Sam was interviewed after the game today and admits that the Newcastle performance wasn’t a good one. In fact he admits the team has played so much better than this, and lost.
Sam Allardyce – we didn’t play well today and didn’t deserve the win
Sam said after the game:
â€œIt was a penalty, yes. The challenge was made, he completely missed the ball and took the man over.”
“The referee was there on the spot right in front of it and gave the right decision.â€
It looked definitely like a penalty and Newcastle should have had another one in the first half when Beye had his shirt pulled by a Fulham defender following a corner. Barton’s penalty enabled Newcastle to celebrate a victory away from St James’ Park for the first time since the very first day of the season, when Newcastle beat Sam’s old side Bolton Wanderers.
And this was the first time on over a year that Newcastle have kept a clean sheet away from home and the first time since September 1st against Wigan at home, when Newcastle have registered a clean sheet.
No doubt Sam Allardyce will be pleased with the clean sheet and especially the stout defending of Brazilian Claudio Cacapa, who came in at the last moment because of an injury to Steven Taylor.
â€œPoints are all-important in the Premier League. We dealt with what Fulham had to offer and waited for our opportunity. We got one at the very end and got three very valuable points.â€
â€œWe have played much, much better than this and lost, particularly in our last away game when we played Blackburn off the park. Today we probably didn’t deserve to win but they certainly didn’t deserve to, that’s for sure.â€
Well, at least Sam is honest. We didnâ€™t play well and we didnâ€™t deserve all 3 points and yes, weâ€™ve played a lot better than this â€“ and lost. Like at Blackburn Rovers a couple of weeks ago, as Sam mentioned, when we gave a heart warming performance in the second half, but still went down 3-1, after taking the lead through Martins, just after half time.
Funny game football, isnâ€™t it?
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