Allardyce – The Win So Richly Deserved

The memory of Sam Allardyce, with that black woolly hat on, bouncing up and down with his assistant coaches after Habib Beye had headed Newcastle 90th minute winner yesterday, will long live in our memory.


Habib Beye – scored the vital winner yesterday

If you wanted to see a manager completely committed to the Newcastle cause, there it was right there.

It was unlucky on a good Birmingham side, who made it very difficult on Newcastle in the second half yesterday but Newcastle should have been ahead after stretching Birmingham in the 20 minutes before half time. How Milner and Martins both missed chances from one yard out we’ll never know.

But we needed a win yesterday, however we could get it – and we got the 3 points.

After the game a little more composed Sam Allardyce said:

”I think today’s monumental effort is a great credit to the lads because the huge disappointment of going 1-0 down to such a sloppy goal again was going to be a big ask for the nerves,” “The lads came storming back with 14 shots on goal in the first half, hit the bar a couple of times, their keeper made a couple of saves, and instead of having the game dead and buried by half time, we’ve had to rely on a penalty.”

“Second half we had a bit of a lull which was, I think, down to the efforts of three games in a week. But the fans got behind us and we kept on going, kept on going, kept on going, and a quality ball and a quality header has put us three points on the board that we so richly deserved.”

With 15 minutes to go, this game seemed to be going for the inevitable draw although it was anybody’s game at this point with Birmingham having played particularly well in the second half. But in truth Newcastle should have had the game wrapped up by the interval and had by far the better chances in the games, so at least on that basis Newcastle deserved the win.

But Birmingham look a much improved side under Alex McLeish and they have played well in his first two games in charge at Tottenham and Newcastle.

But it was Newcastle’s day yesterday, and we owe it to the great skill of Emre. This is not the first time the little Turk has come into a game from the subs bench, and made his great skill work for Newcastle’s good. It was an excellent corner from Emre, and somehow headed home by the ecstatic Beye. When interviewed after the game the Senegalese full-back could hardly contain his delight with a grin on his face throughout, as big as Tynemouth. But it was Newcastle’s day, and the team had luck they had earned in the previous games.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • yh

    Dec 9, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #1

    God you gotta love this lad Beye.
    Great spirit, even greater perfomance(s).
    Just what we needed for that bloody broken down Carr.


  • Indian toon

    Dec 9, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #2

    beye should be the captain of our side. he has got the leadership qualities to lead the player’s at sjp.

  • Stamford Toon

    Dec 9, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Beye, Beye, Beye’s the man,
    Beye, Beye, Beye’s the man,
    Beye, Beye, Beye’s the man for the Black & White Toon Army.
    sing it to the tune used for Oba and give Habib an even bigger boost for the commitment he has shown.

  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #4

    beyes a great player great player i agree YH we needed a decent right back unlike usless carr

  • Leo

    Dec 9, 2007 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #5

    i agree beye maybe should be the captain ahead of geremi, has more experience, speeks many languages and can lead by example

  • Obafan

    Dec 9, 2007 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #6

    I totally agree that Beye should be our captain, he is a leader and is used to be the captain of a great team.

    When he won that corner and waved to the fans then you see that he enjoys lpaying for us. By far our best transfer last Summer.

  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #7

    when we have a fully fit squad i dont think geremi will get in the team as when owen is fit we play 4 4 2 which means geremi will probably go out and make way for duff i think our team will lokk like this
    beye cacapa faye zog
    milner butt barton duff
    smtih owen
    not neceserily what i would play but i think that thats what it will be i would play viduka and owen up front just because of the fact that viduka scores more goals than smith and thats what wins you games but allardyce will never drop smith (great player but doesnt score that many goals for a striker)

  • scott 9

    Dec 9, 2007 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    would love it if he did hit the goal trail though


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