Sam talked today about Newcastle not having the free scoring style that marked the games at the beginning of the season, especially at home.
Sam Allardyce – wants 3 wins on the trot before Christmas
We scored 3 goals at home 3 times running earlier in the season, but recently have found goals much harder to score. Sam addressed the situation today and warned the Derby County game is not the shoe-in it looks on paper.
Sam told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œAnything less than playing to our maximum will mean weâ€™re caught out, thatâ€™s the last thing we want after building our confidence in the last few weeks. These games can be harder than the likes of Arsenal coming here, in terms of motivating the players.”
“The jolt we got against Birmingham City when they went ahead after starting well proves the point.â€ â€œThe key for me is converting the chances weâ€™re creating, weâ€™ve won games, but not as comfortably as we should have done. Chances have gone that should have been converted. Birmingham was a penalty and a corner, Fulham was a penalty.”
“Open play goals have become few and far between in recent games, but itâ€™s not because weâ€™re not creating chances, itâ€™s just weâ€™re not making the most of them when they are presented.â€
The return of Michael Owen shortly, certainly cannot hurt the situation, but the England international has still not recovered from a thigh strain he picked up playing for England, and will definitely not play tomorrow. Now we are being told it is also unlikely that Michael will feature against Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day.
Sam knows the pressure will be on the team tomorrow to collect all 3 points and he seems to be setting up the crowd so they will be patient, but thereâ€™s still that possibility of Newcastle getting 3 wins on the trot for the first time under the Sam Allardyce reign.
Big Sam explained:
â€œI know Paul Jewellâ€™s talking about building for next season already and psychologically that is probably a good thing for the players, it takes the pressure off them and, before he came, they were probably over-anxious and playing with a bit of fear.”
“For us itâ€™s about getting another win and a milestone for us this season. Getting three wins on the trot would be a first for me here and, for me, thatâ€™s a big motivation for our players.â€
It will be a big disappointment if we cannot collect the 3 points tomorrow, but we also know that teams like Derby, especially with new manager Jewell now on board, will make themselves very hard to beat. But we think we can do it again, even if the goal (or goals) come late in the game.
What do you think?
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