Newcastle United do not have a very good record when they have played on Boxing Day and away from home, over the last decade or so, and we would hope to change that tomorrow at Wigan Athletic.
Sam Allardyce – needs all 3 points at Wigan tomorrow
Since 1993, Newcastle have played away on the day after Christmas 8 times and failed to win on all 8 occasions, so the official Newcastle United site writes in today’s news.
However, as always these days, even after the massive disappointment for fans on Sunday, Newcastleâ€™s away allocation of 5,000 tickets has already sold out and the Magpies will have another tremendous backing for the game in Lancashire. It’s hard to ever criticize the Newcastle faithful, who turn out home and away in good weather and bad, hoping to see their team rise back to the top again. Newcastle easily have the best backing in the Premier League, but that seems to have no bearing on our league position, unfortunately.
It turns out that Big Sam has defeated Newcastle United twice on Boxing Day, when he was still at the Reebok Stadium, so we have to hope that Sam has the knack of winning these festive games. But it didnâ€™t look like that on Sunday, thatâ€™s for sure.
If you look at the games played immediately after Christmas Day, but not necessarily on Boxing Day, the record gets even worse. The last 10 times we have played in those games we have lost 7 and drawn 3.
But that record just tells us we are due for a win (of course), which is what all Newcastle fans are hoping for at the JJB stadium tomorrow. Thereâ€™s absolutely no reason why we shouldnâ€™t take all 3 points, as long as we play solidly at the back. Having both Taylor and Faye there tomorrow will certainly help that cause. And a win will raise the mood of Geordie fans everywhere. It’s up to Sam and the players now, but make no mistake, we can take all 3 points tomorrow, and should be expected to, whatever happened on Sunday.
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