Sam – We Deserved The Win


Newcastle’s manager Sam Allardyce was delighted with his side’s win at St. James Park this afternoon, against a resolute Birmingham City side.

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Sam Allardyce – had no doubts his side deserved the win

Over the last two games, before today’s game, Newcastle had done well yet had only secured a single point, which was hardly what the team had deserved against Blackburn and Arsenal. The game today was a must-win game and the lads got all 3 points with a late winner from right back Habib Beye, who is currently enjoying a good run of form.

But Newcastle made it hard for themselves again, when they gave away a poor goal in the 9th minute with Camerone Jerome the scorer, and Rozehnal being the culprit.

But Obafemi Martins equalized from the penalty spot for his 7th goal of the season after 36 minutes, before Habib Beye headed home a 90th minute winner, when he met an Emre corner. Habib headed it down and into the goal, for his first goal at the club and sent the Newcastle fans home extremely happy.

This was our first win since we beat Tottenham 3-1 on 22nd October, and while we may have been a bit lucky today, it makes up for the previous two games, and in any case, the luck tends to even itself out over the season.

But Sam was in no doubt his team deserved to win today as he talked to Sky Sports after the game:

“The enjoyment comes later on,” “The relief is always when the whistle blows and you have won a game that you deserved to win.”

“We made hard work of it and we were our own worst enemies in the first five or ten minutes.” “But the reaction of the players was terrific. The fans kept with them and got behind them and they responded in the right way.”

“We gave everything we had to find that final chance and the quality of corner was the key.” “Habib Beye, one of our star men, has got the goal. It was a well deserved three points in the end.”

“From here on in we have got to make sure we go down to Fulham and cut out those silly mistakes and start putting our away form right in terms of results,”

When Sam wakes up tomorrow morning he will be able to have a wry smile on his face, for a change, since his team has done extremely well taking 4 points from their last 2 home games in the last 4 days. We now have 22 points from our 16 games and are dead center in the league in 10th position.  Time to push up that league again.

Hopefully we can take this result as a spring-board and our next game is next Saturday at Fulham, so we would hope to have one or two of our players back from injury. We expect Faye to be back in central defense for that game.

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15 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Dec 8, 2007 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #1

    i think beye is strting to settle in now and looks the part for us , taylor … he’s a good lad aint he !! .
    rozy … rozy didnt have a good game , the lad must be good , you dont get called up to an international team like his without being good !
    barton … , his foul was on purpose as he’d been beat , only reason for this i can think is joey obviously has no confidence in his team mate’s dealing with a breaking run out wide practicaly on the half way line .
    i love a healthy tackle myself , but joeys just being dumb about them , even the mackems one was pre meditated .
    we need more defenders come january , centre backs at that . let sam break the bank on one i think mortnashley.
    and where the hell are the defence splitting passes from us? im seeing them from every other team in the prem bar us .
    id like a very creative midfielder , not of this charging run malarky , but someone smart enough to pick a pass out .
    ameobi’s gotta be shifted on cos he’s not getting used , if we can get hold of crouch id like to keep hold of owen aswell .

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  • Gareth

    Dec 8, 2007 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #2

    A step in the right direction, it may have been a bit lucky but let’s hope that sparks off some sort of run. Definitely agree we need more creativity – if it’s true we’re after Arshavin then I’d be happy with that. Saw him against Everton on Wed and he was a class act.
    And Ed – it’s an English team you’re talking about so hows about sticking to English spelling! c-e-n-t-r-e!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2007 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #3

    Kerzhakov and Arshavn – In
    Owen – Out

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  • LiamBirchy8

    Dec 8, 2007 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #4

    arshavin, ben-haim and brown in

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  • stjames

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #5

    HADRIAN: “and where the hell are the defence splitting passes from us? im seeing them from every other team in the prem bar us .”

    Yes, where the h*** are they???

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  • stjames

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #6

    We always seem to go in with a hammer when we need a screwdriver!!!

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  • cockney magpie

    Dec 8, 2007 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #7

    i think we should get Rochemback from M’Boro he is a great creaive midfielder or De Ridder from Birmingham

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  • Toon_Under

    Dec 8, 2007 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #8

    Agree with getting in Ben-Haim and signing up Wes Brown for the summer. Both would help Taylor (clearly our best Premier League quality CB at the club) and are definitely better than paying for Edmilson to come and warm the bench. If we get rid of Owen, then look at a striker or two, but don’t get rid of Shola – he’s twice the player Viduka is..

    I know it is an away game, but for fulham I would like to see Enrique come in with N’zogbia wide left, Geremi benched and Milner out on the right. I don’t think Geremi gives us much (though he has slightly improved in the last 2 games) and he seems to be a statue in defense too. Plus that means with Milner out right we have balls coming in from both flanks. Fancy that!

    Even put Zog in CM if we play with a 3 man midfield – at least he can play straight down the middle and cut their defense apart.

    Also, drop Viduka and put Shola on the bench – at least he might be able to move and offer something to the team. Viduka is either still very unfit or is lacking hunger (or both) – give Shola a go Sam…

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  • Tripp

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:07 AM

    Comment #9

    We could also just start Emre. Though we’ve gotten good results by playing him as an impact sub. How many games has he come on late and gotten a result (goal or an assist)? BTW, how did Birmingham come to be called ‘Brum’ (or ‘Brom’)?

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  • Hadji

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Tom…Kerzakhov would be excellent for us no doubt about it.
    What about Mathias Fernandez from Villareal cause hes hardly even playing there,i think he’s RW position.
    I would love if we can lure Pandev for Owen.
    Imagine this
    …………………..Given
    Beye……Taylor……Faye…….Enrique
    …..Srna………..Arshavin………Emre
    …………………..Smith……………………
    …………..Pandev………Martins………….
    Subs…Harper,Kerzhakov,Cacapa,Rozy,Duff,Zog

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  • SGToon

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #11

    Yeah…couldn’t agree more. we do need a couple of creative players. Fighters we have alot,creative ones…we’re lacking.

    I’m beginning to see why Geremi is in for most of the games. It’s because he is multi lingual and we have a multi national squad..Just look at our back 4. Apart from that, he’s pretty ok player. As for Zoggy playing leftback…I think Big Sam is training him to be our emergency left back after Enrique…and he needs games to learn.

    The link up with milner is sensational…I could see a new partnership between those two.

    I reckon once AN Cup is on the way, Big Sam is gonna play the natural 4-4-2 with zoggy on the left and enrique at leftback.

    Don’t you agree guys?

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  • yh

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:57 AM

    Comment #12

    I hope zoggy moves up to left wing as well although he’s doing decent at left back running up. However his defensive capabilities leave more to be desired – he’s not a left back afterall is he??

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  • Callum

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:29 AM

    Comment #13

    N’Zog is playing well at left back i think, him and milner link up well, when duff returns duff can play left wing and milner move to the right 🙂

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  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #14

    tom under ameobi is no where near as good as viduka he should go and as much as i love taylor disagree with him been our best defender i think faye and cacapa are better but everyone has there own opinions

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  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    and edmilson would be a good signing in my opinion put him in dmf

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