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 itâ€™s 3 points and as Sam says this morning thatâ€™s what the team needs to build their confidence for the upcoming holiday program of games.
Sam talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWe 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.â€â€œYou canâ€™t always win pretty and we werenâ€™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.â€
So weâ€™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 didnâ€™t seem to have the urgency we needed. But on further reflection of Saturdayâ€™s game, we would rather win and play badly then play great and lose.
Thatâ€™s the philosophy that at least makes the game on Saturday more acceptable. We can beat Derby on Sunday at St. Jamesâ€™ Park and then weâ€™ll have taken 9 points from 3 games and that will be good, in anybodyâ€™s book. Itâ€™s exactly what we need at this stage in the season, so things aren’t too bad right now.