Sam Has Two Problems – Defense and Attack


Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce admitted last night that both the players and himself are disappointed that Newcastle could not beat a side who are bottom of the league. And he talked last night about the problems he has to solve, which are both in defense and attack.

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Sam Allardyce – defensive frailties on display again yesterday

Derby’s relegation seems inevitable, but Derby were ahead twice in the game yesterday and tripled their number of away goals. That doesn’t say much for the Newcastle defense does it?  And Sam talked after the game and was disappointed at our defense again, and also that our strikers couldn’t put away the chances they had.

Sam said:

“We still have two clear problems to resolve,” “I’m disappointed that we’ve had to come back from a goal down on two occasions and I’m disappointed that our basic defending allowed our opponents to have two shots on target and score two goals.”

“It got a bit frantic, but that’s understandable because we all realized we shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to get into that position.

“It’s basic defending. I’ve seen signs on occasion that we’re becoming more resilient and better at the back. But then the problem crops up again. We just have to continue to work on it and we have to tidy that area up and make sure we don’t give our opponents gifts that make life more difficult for us. It’s something that we can do better at.”

Sam very accurate there. We suppose if our defense had been more solid yesterday we would have won. Even if we had let the first goal in we could have recovered and won the game 2-1 but it was Derby’s second goal that put the cat among the pigeons in the second half.

Trying to look on the bright side, we could use both Steven Taylor (who should have started yesterday for Rozehnal) and Abdoulaye Faye back in defense, even it means they will replace Cacapa and Rozehnal against Wigan.   We need a more skillful and spirited performance from the side on Boxing Day and a win would extend our unbeaten streak to 5.  A draw really wouldn’t be enough for us, because after all Wigan are second bottom of the league and we must starting beating these teams.

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8 comments so far

  • George

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #1

    I hate to say this but Sam Allerdyce has definately got problems.
    We are going backwards not forward in improvement. We have plenty striker power but no one seems able to convert.
    We have a greater number of options in defence but are no better than last year.
    We have a couple of good young wingers who are played on the same flank.
    We have oodles of midfeilders who do the same job of defensive protection and holding, but our creative midfeilder is sitting on the bench.
    Shay Given is definately shakey in front of our current defence, has any one noticed how many times his punching is not good enough, he does not catch cleanly like he used to. His kicking is frightening.
    Yes Sam we have problems, but how many are down to you and your tactics.

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  • Edd Case

    Dec 24, 2007 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree in full with your post Ed, however, what we really need, is a miracle.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Hes got mental problems, the main porblem is the midfield, they dont do anything its just 3 or 4 players doing nowt.

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  • Rocky

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Team against wigan

    Harper
    Beye Faye Cacapa Enrique
    Milner (Geremi) Emre Butt (Barton) Nzogbia (Duff)
    Martins (owen) Viduka (smith)

    What is BSM playing at? How can he possibly blame the team when he is playing players out of position. It’s a joke playing Martins on the right and Milner on the left. What is this man playing at? Can he noy use logic and sense and see that if you play half your team out of position, you’re bound to play bad and lose!
    And what is he doing leaving Emre on the bench. He is our only creative midfielder! I seriously think that we have a decent team, but we need to start playing and playing player in their right positions. It’s ok if we got injury problems when players have to cover, but not when you have your full squad available.

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  • iain

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #5

    defence and attack ???

    and what part of the team is responsible for both and is letting us down ???

    MIDFIELD. derby had no shape yesterday anywhere on the pitch, but simply they always hadmore numbers in mf then we did, so they
    ran rings around us.

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  • TOONNUTTER

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #6

    UNTIL SOME ONE UNDERSTANDS THAT WE NEARLY GOT BEAT OF THE BOTTOM OF THE LEAGUE AS THEY SHOULD HAVE A HAD DEFO PEN.

    IT IS SIMPLE NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

    WIGAN WILL BE NO PUSH OVER FOR US, AND ME JUST TYPING THIS MAKES ME SICK.

    I HOPE TO GOD 2008 BRINGS US SOME LIGHT, OTHERWISE ITS ANOTHER SEASON OF DISTRESS AND HEARTACHE.

    SUPPORTING NEWCASTLE UNITED SHOULD COME WITH A HEALTH WARNING.

    MERRY XMASS TO YOU ALL !!!

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  • Marguerite

    Dec 24, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Sam has FOUR problems, not two, the aforementioned defence and attack, plus his own gross ineptitude but mainly the crap midfield. Until the engine room of the team is sorted then I do not expect any lasting improvement in the way we play. Sitting watching this dross is soul destroying.

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  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Dec 24, 2007 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #8

    Rocky’s team looks good apart from I would have Given in goal & Taylor at CB instead of Cacapa. Can’t see us getting anything at Wigan & Chelsea if we play like we did yesterday.

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