Sam Allardyce today praised his Newcastle United players for their determination to keep going, after a second successive last-gasp win at Fulham on Saturday.
Sam Allardyce – happy with 3 points and the players’ spirit
Newcastle had Habib Beye to thank last weekend for his injury time header which snatched all three points against Birmingham City. Beye had another excellent performance for Newcastle today, as indeed did Claudio Cacapa at the back and the Brazilian made some crucial interceptions, especially in the second half. That was good to see since the last time Claudio played was for 16 minutes against Portsmouth a few weeks back, when he was responsible for giving away 2 bad goals. It looks like he wasn’t fit for that game, and today he looked a very good and experienced player at the back.
This week it was Joey Bartonâ€™s turn to be Newcastleâ€™s last minute match-winner and hero, with a 91st minute penalty at Craven Cottage today.
Afterwards, Sam Allardyce, who must have been frustrated during the game (we certainly were), nevertheless hailed his players:
â€I have to give credit to the lads for keeping right at it until the end for the second week running.â€ “Our fitness levels are beginning to tell at the moment and that has showed in the last two games.â€
“It’s fantastic to get an away win and keep a clean sheet.â€ “It’s a vitally important three points because it keeps our run going and I must praise the lads for sticking together in recent weeks.â€
“Now we’ve got a couple of big games over Christmas which we will certainly be looking to win.”
It didnâ€™t really look like we were any fitter than Fulham today, and in truth it was a disappointing performance from the lads. If you contrast the way we played against Arsenal to the way we played today, thereâ€™s just no comparison, and Arsenal would have torn us apart on today’s performance.
So it’s obvious, we still have to become more consistent, but the performances of Beye and Cacapa today were very good indeed.