Sam – Newcastle Players Finally Starting to Gel

Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce seems optimistic the team can go on a good run now that his new-look squad has shown definite signs of finally starting to gel on the pitch.


Joey Barton – seems to be coming into some form

We’ve done quite well in our last 3 games but only 4 points from them is probably not what we fully deserved. Newcastle head to London today ready to face a struggling Fulham side tomorrow. They will be looking to build on our fine win last Saturday against a good looking Birmingham City side.

Sam Allardyce, who we don’t have to tell you has been under enormous pressure in recent weeks, after just six months in charge at St James’ Park, is growing more confident the team will have a much better second half of the season.  We certainly hope so.

Sam said today:

“Joey Barton is coming to fruition, for me – not just because of his quality, but also the energy he has,” “He played three games in a week last week and finished for the first time this season against Birmingham – and he did not look that fatigued, so that’s very important.”

“We are getting to know each other a bit more – Alan Smith up front, Steven Taylor at the back, Habib Beye at right-back showing the sort of form he did at Marseille.” “Players are starting to play to their best on a regular basis, and that’s what will get us consistent results.”

It’s true that players are starting to show some good form, so we just have to hope the team turns up tomorrow at Fulham, and puts in a good performance. That’s the main thing, and then we can go about picking up the 3 points for a win. But we’ll still need to be at our best and anything less than that, may not be good enough. Fulham is a side already fighting against relegation, and they will be a very determined outfit tomorrow afternoon, we should make no mistake about that.

Comments always welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Johnny Utah

    Dec 14, 2007 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s not forget that there are so many more bodies in contention for a spot on the bench.

    We haven’t even seen Duff play under Sam all year. It could be deadly if Enrique stay on the bench, Zog plays LB while Duff plays up front. That is a formidable left side tandem.

    We need a little more forward contribution, but Smith is doing everything but score. If Owen ever gets healthy we could get Smith and Barton teamed in the midfield with Owen and Viduka up front.

    This team is definitely coming together…

  • Callum

    Dec 14, 2007 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Its good that SA said ‘Alan Smith up front’, hopefully he’ll keep him their and not put him back to midfield.

  • Betting on the Toon

    Dec 14, 2007 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    It was always going to take a while I suppose for the team to gel under a new manager. Like I have said before, I just hope the club do give Sam at least a season to show what he can do at St James’ – all to often in the past the club has gone with the knee-jerk reaction and it hasn’t paid off. He needs time (at least one full season) to prove he is good enough (or vice-versa).

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 14, 2007 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #4

    Continue to put out teams that play well and continue to improve and you’ll have the total backing of the fans.

    If we witness lack lustre performances again and the pressure will be right back on you.

    IMO the jury’s still out, we’ll see in the next few weeks if Sam is right for the Toon and the Jan transfer window.

    You notice I haven’t mentioned points/wins just performances, thats what matters to me and I’m sure many Toon fans (except wsq maybe ! lol ) think the same. Play well, put in good performances and the points will follow.

    I’m not really a BSA fan but I hope he IS the right man for the job for the sake of NUFC.

    Lets hope it’s a good game tomorrow.

  • ChrisM

    Dec 14, 2007 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Sorry. Am i missing something here????? Exactly when did we start to gel and come into form? When has Barton started to fruit?

    I’m not trying to be negative here but we got beat against Blackburn albeit a better performance, drew well against Arsenal mid week and what in the end fairly luckilly beat a team we were expected to beat on Saturday. We still werent firing on all cylinders attacking and creation wise.

    Lets not get ahead of ourselves now eh? We can start getting a little more excited when we’ve put a proper run together playing far better football.

  • Bill F

    Dec 14, 2007 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #6

    Spot on ObaFan2 thats what we a lot of us have been saying for months.

  • Howie

    Dec 14, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #7

    lets be honest we are probably not gonna make europe so what we want this season are good peformances that make us proud and as you say the results will then follow. i want big sam to succeed because i dont think there is any1 better out there that wants to come to us at the moment.

  • Leo

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #8

    put their team on the back foot from the start and take advantage, push every player on the ball. surely the fitness now will be good enough to mean that they are able to go for 90mins full tempo

  • Tripp

    Dec 14, 2007 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #9

    The Brum match was fairly schizophrenic. We looked pretty shakey at times and then sprung to life, eviscerating their defense. The finishing needs to improve. When we kept the ball on the ground I think we did a lot better. Bypassing the MF didn’t bring results. If we can play good possession football I think we’ll dominate FFC and the like. And that’s what we need to do. The goal for this season should be to have a very high win percentage against the “beatable” teams. Then, against the top half of the table we need a good number of home wins, some away draws, and if we can nick one or two on the road we’ll be in a good position at the end of the year. I’m still not sure we want to get into europe just yet. Our focus may need to be soley on the EPL for another year.


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