Sam Allardyce talked to the Evening Chronicle just before the Newcastle squad got on their plane to London this afternoon and Sam’s aware the pressure is still on.
Sam Allardyce – understands the pressure is still on him and the team
Sam is still aware the pressure is on for the team to start picking up points. Our next three games are all winnable ones at Fulham tomorrow, Derby County at home the following Sunday and then Wigan Athletic away on Boxing Day. Indeed if we can get all 3 points from those three games weâ€™ll be a a good position in the league.
Sam talked to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:
â€œWe are happy enough at the way we have played in our last three games and we are hoping we have turned the corner with a fair performance at Blackburn and four points from Arsenal and Birmingham City.â€
â€œBut the pressure is still on at Fulham tomorrow. We know we have to put an unbeaten run together like Everton haveâ€
â€œThey did not have the best of starts and yet I think they are now unbeaten in 11 matches and this is something we are looking to do.â€
Big Sam was boosted by the news that Nicky Butt has recovered from the groin trouble which forced him off against Birmingham City last Saturday.
The Newcastle manager added:
â€œNicky is OK.â€ â€œHe went off against Birmingham because his groin was a bit tight, which was the result of playing a couple of games against Arsenal and Birmingham in the space of four days.â€
â€œBut as far as our other injured players are concerned, Claudio Cacapa is the only one who is getting back for tomorrowâ€™s squad, with Michael Owen, Damien Duff, Stephen Carr and Abdoulaye Faye still not ready.â€
We’re a little surprised that Abdoulaye Faye is still out injured. He’s a good defender and dominant in the air, and our defense seems a lot stronger with him in it. Let’s hope Faye and a few others currently injured will be ready to play against Derby County next Sunday. We owe Derby something after they beat us 1-0 at Pride Park in that terrible performance of ours. We owe them a hammering.
But first things first, and let’s hope the lads can play well at Craven Cottage tomorrow, because that’s the next thing on the agenda.