Sam was justifiably disappointed with the defensive errors yesterday against Derby County. Youngster Giles Barnes, who looked good, and Kenny Miller both punished the Newcastle defense for some poor play at the back.
Sam Allardyce – defense let us down yet again yesterday 🙁
Allardyce talked to the Shields Gazette this morning:
“Mark Viduka’s goals shouldn’t have been to bring us back to 2-2, but obviously they were and that’s the real disappointing thing.â€ “Mark Viduka’s scored two very important goals for us, and instead of them getting us on the way to victory, it’s brought us back to get a disappointing draw.â€
“We know we should have won this one on the balance of play, but we only have ourselves to blame by not scoring first, and not putting enough fear into the opposition.” “We completely bombarded them in the first half, but didn’t convert them, apart from the hardest one.”
“Early in the second half (our defending) was our Achilles heel again, and it meant we had to come fighting back again instead of going on to win the game.” “Our basic defending let us down. They had two shots on target, and scored two goals.â€ “We had numerous shots on target, and scored two. It should have been enough for us to win the game, but it wasn’t, and that’s the disappointing thing.”
Sam is absolutely right to say that if our defensive work had been better yesterday, we would have won the game. How long we’ll be giving poor goals away like yesterday is anybody’s guess.
But we thought we’d be much stronger in defense by this time of the season. As we said earlier today, we’d like to see Taylor and Faye at the heart of Newcastle’s defense at Wigan.
The two central defensive positions are still up for grabs for the two players that take their chance and play solidly at the back. Wonder what the chances of a clean sheet at Wigan are. If we can keep a clean sheet at Wigan the chances of us winning the game have to be extremely high. 3 points would be very nice indeed, especially after yesterday’s big disappointment.
What do you think?