The Newcastle manager was in bed with the flu bug yesterday, when Alan Oliver of the Evening Chronicle talked to him.
Sam Allardyce celebrating Beye’s winner on Saturday
Sam was not surprisingly very upbeat yesterday, because of Newcastle’s classic last minute win against Birmingham.
â€œAfter the way we came back on Saturday I feel great.” â€œNow we are looking for more good news by getting some players back for Saturdayâ€™s game with Fulham at Craven Cottage.â€ â€œI have arranged a behind-closed doors game this week when we are hoping that the likes of Damien Duff, Abdoulaye Faye, Claudio Cacapa and Shola Ameobi will all play.â€
â€œMichael Owen will probably not play in it but we are expecting him back with the rest of the first-team squad nearer the end of the week.â€ And while Saturday will probably come too early for him he should certainly be back for the game with Derby County at St Jamesâ€™s Park a week on Sunday.â€
Thatâ€™s very good news from Sam on the injury front, because we do have a lot of games coming up, and we need to pick up some points to move up the league.
Michael Owen is another player who seems terribly injury prone, and he has started just 21 games for Newcastle since he joined the club in August of 2005. Oba Martins will soon be away on African Cup of Nations duty early next month, and we will need Michael to be ready to participate in games during the time Oba will be away on International duty.
We are not sure itâ€™s worth extending Michaelâ€™s contract, until he proves at Newcastle he is worth the enormous wages we are paying him.
â€œWe created and missed a lot of chances against Blackburn Rovers last weekend and again against Birmingham City on Saturday.”
â€œIf we had taken some of these chances we could have had a comfortable 3-1 victory on Saturday instead of relying on Habib Beyeâ€™s last-minute winner.â€
That’s one thing Sam has already talked about, that we must take our chances when they present themselves. Certainly when Michael gets back, he should be able to help in that department. But with just over 20 games to play this season, Michael has a lot of work to do for Newcastle, and we certainly hope he can start a good scoring run at the club.
But the news from Sam on the injury front is encouraging indeed this morning.
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