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. Jamesâ€™ Park.
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:
â€œI watched Portsmouth against Aston Villa (last Saturday) and theyâ€™re a team who couldnâ€™t win away for love nor money in the last two years,â€ â€œNow Harry Redknapp has built a team that plays better away from home than at home, whoâ€™ve won six on the trot away and who pasted Aston Villa (3-1).â€
â€œVilla 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.â€
â€œThey do that so well theyâ€™re probably the best team in the Premiership now by far, I would say, away from home,â€ â€œIt suits the players theyâ€™ve got. At home theyâ€™ve struggled by drawing one or two 0-0 but thereâ€™s no harm in that when youâ€™re winning six on the trot (away).â€
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.
Weâ€™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.