Sam Looking For Away Wins


Sam Allardyce is obviously looking at improving Newcastle away form, which has been poor this season. Portsmouth is the team in form away from home this season, and of course were 3-0 up against Newcastle after just 11 minutes when they played recently at St. James’ Park.

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Sam Allardyce – looking at away wins

But we wonder what Sam has picked up as the Portsmouth key in their away successes. Sam talked about Portsmouth to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I watched Portsmouth against Aston Villa (last Saturday) and they’re a team who couldn’t win away for love nor money in the last two years,” “Now Harry Redknapp has built a team that plays better away from home than at home, who’ve won six on the trot away and who pasted Aston Villa (3-1).”

“Villa had more passes and more shots on goal than Portsmouth, but Portsmouth are clinical in their finishing. They suck the opposition in to get big spaces to counter-attack into.”

“They do that so well they’re probably the best team in the Premiership now by far, I would say, away from home,” “It suits the players they’ve got. At home they’ve struggled by drawing one or two 0-0 but there’s no harm in that when you’re winning six on the trot (away).”

Portsmouth have not done as well at Fratton Park as they have away from home. They have 19 points from their 9 away games but only 11 points from their 7 home games, although they are unbeaten at home this season.

The way to win is to have the attitude we showed in the second half against Blackburn when we attacked them in the second half and but for several missed chances could have even won that game.

We’ll see how we do at struggling Fulham on Saturday but we just have to start picking up points in the league. Our only win away from home this season was on the first day of the season at Bolton, and we are at least due another win….soon.
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7 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam is dead right about the finishing aspect, we could have won several games but for this. Oba seems to be the main culprit he really ought to be putting more away. Apparently he does it for fun in practise games.

    I wonder if they concentrate enough on shooting in training, Andy Cole was a stickler for working at shooting in any situation. 99% of it is just pure hard work!

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  • Leo

    Dec 12, 2007 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    this is good that he is looking at pompey to see where he can improve his away form, maybe while he is at it he could look at matty taylor to help our left back position to give nzogbia back his favoured birth

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  • George

    Dec 12, 2007 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Are we not all looking for away wins, but come on any win is good. Only trouble is we have had a lack of wins full stop.
    Away wins has been a problem for years with us, so how about building a good solid team throughout, and then the results should start coming about. Would that not be more satisfying.

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  • scott 9

    Dec 12, 2007 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    if we can counter attack fulham we will win they have davies and murphy in centre mid who like to attack so if we have butt and geremi breaking it up we will catch them on counter attack and if we have viduka playing were gueranteed to score and if martins sorts his finishing out fulham are ok at home but we should have to much quality for them

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  • Bosck

    Dec 12, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    George the point is, like i think SA said the other day, if we are not picking up more points away from home then the pressure is not on so strongly to win at home, like it was before the portsmouth game.

    OF course we want to win games at home but the more points we pick up away the less pressured we’ll be at home so are more likely to relax and play better football without the points being so vital.

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  • Rich

    Dec 12, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #6

    We should play against Fulham as if we are at home, im not into all this negative, cautious away from home stuff, attack them and we will have too much quality for them and get the 3 points!!

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  • Bosck

    Dec 12, 2007 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m with you rich, i think we should try to play the same style all the time. the best way to silence an away crowd is to attack their team and outlplay them rather than sitting back and letting their side come at you.

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