Sam – You Can’t Always Win Pretty

Sam Allardyce, not surprisingly, was very pleased with the 1-0 win at Fulham on Saturday. As far as the result goes it was almost perfect. An away win, with a clean sheet


Sam Allardyce – wins are not always pretty, but a win’s a win

It was certainly not a pretty win, but at least it’s 3 points and as Sam says this morning that’s what the team needs to build their confidence for the upcoming holiday program of games.

Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“We only had five points away from home before this game with no clean sheets, now we have another three points and another clean sheet, which is obviously going to build confidence for our next away performance.”

“The players have now reinstalled the belief they lost maybe three or four games ago.”“You can’t always win pretty and we weren’t, but we were effective.”

“When you play away from home you have to make sure you cope with what the opposition throws at you and we did that. We now need to get all our injured players back on the pitch.”

So we’ve now had 3 game without a defeat and two wins in a row, so that will no doubt do a lot for the confidence of the Newcastle players as Sam says. In truth the game was a painful one to watch and we were just surprised we didn’t seem to have the urgency we needed. But on further reflection of Saturday’s game, we would rather win and play badly then play great and lose.

That’s the philosophy that at least makes the game on Saturday more acceptable. We can beat Derby on Sunday at St. James’ Park and then we’ll have taken 9 points from 3 games and that will be good, in anybody’s book. It’s exactly what we need at this stage in the season, so things aren’t too bad right now.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Piss Off Sam

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Sam tell me about a game this season where we played well to win!!!!!!

  • Indian toon

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #2

    now i know the reason why bolton had low attendances at matches. its boring football that sam plays. but it definetly guarantees a clean sheet and if luck is on your side a win.!!!

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 17, 2007 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    That’s our first clean sheet in a while….. Against a below average Prem team….. How long until the luck runs out?

  • Marguerite

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #4

    DO NOT GET ME WRONG I LOVE NEWCASTLE WITH A PASSION AND ALWAYS WILL …. BUT …What a b***** attitude to take Sam. Get real we have played appallingly all season. There is no skill, no pace and no creativity in your team.

    I knew when we appointed scroat (Souness) that our club would be set back a minimum of 5 years and having watched the standard of football you are offering so far this season, then I may well have to readdress the timescale.

  • Bill f

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Thing about the Toon is that you will still get massive attendances even if we were playing cr*p in the lower leagues. Doesn’t stop us demanding better. I am expecting more by the end of the season and will tolerate ugly for now.

    Especially if it gets us a top six finish (my minimum expectation Sammy)

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 17, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #6

    The fact is that he is bedding in he basics and the rest will come soon, transfer rumours have to om from somewhere and yo don get linked to people like arshavin, diego, deco i u re going to play crap football. BSA has said a fair bit that the good football will come with time.

  • valle

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #7

    There is just no pleasing some ppl, i remember a big section of the bloggers back in Sir Bobby’s days called for his head too. But hats of to the away crowd, u guys are doing a big job getting behind the players and pushing them on to the end.

  • Marguerite

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8


    Give me the style of play under Sir Bobby than the stuff we are enduring at the moment.

    Agree with your summary of the away support though.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 17, 2007 at 12:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Wake up and smell the coffee, how long can we be lucky for? It’s not as if the team is improving, it’s crap! I don’t see us moving forwards at all.

    The tactics are bizarre, our best attacking threats playing out of position at lb and rw, shocking!

  • scott 9

    Dec 17, 2007 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #10

    piss of sam- we played well against everton tottenham bolton wigan we payed well in all those games
    we do need pace and creativity in the team though we should sign diarra and arshevin that would make a big difference and we shouldnt play 4 3 3 we should play 4 4 2 with 2 wingers if we signed 2 players like diarra and arshevin i think our team should look like this.
    beye faye cacapa zog
    arshevin diarra barton duff
    viduka owen
    if this team stayed fit it would have the ability 2 get in the top 6 just need to sign a central midfield player and a creative midfiled player / winger cause i dont think he will ever play emre and barton in the middle would love to see it though


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