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.
Sam Allardyce – defensive frailties on display again yesterday
Derbyâ€™s relegation seems inevitable, but Derby were ahead twice in the game yesterday and tripled their number of away goals. That doesnâ€™t say much for the Newcastle defense does it?Â 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.
“We still have two clear problems to resolve,” “Iâ€™m disappointed that weâ€™ve had to come back from a goal down on two occasions and Iâ€™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 thatâ€™s understandable because we all realized we shouldnâ€™t have allowed ourselves to get into that position.
“Itâ€™s basic defending. Iâ€™ve seen signs on occasion that weâ€™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 donâ€™t give our opponents gifts that make life more difficult for us. Itâ€™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.Â Â We need a more skillful and spirited performance from the side on Boxing Day and a win would extend our unbeaten streak to 5.Â 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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