Sam talked yesterday on the subject of playing Wigan Athletic on Boxing Day and needing a vital 3 points from the match.
Sam Allardyce – it’s a winnable game for us if we play well
Derby were bottom of the league with an absolutely abysmal record away from home but were still beating Newcastle with just 3 minutes to go in normal time on Sunday, before the impressive Mark Viduka saved our blushes, and we scraped through with a draw.
We hope Newcastle can recover from that huge disappointment, and give the fans what they rightly expect â€“ 100% commitment and some good football and some good skills. We certainly pay our players enough to provide that.
Sam said yesterday:
“The Christmas period is where people begin to start fighting harder and harder for their position at the bottom.â€ â€œWigan have got a new manager, and as with Derby in Paul Jewell, they start getting more commitment and more organization.â€
â€œWigan are in the same position at the moment by winning one and drawing two under Steve.â€ â€œThey will have picked up some confidence, so I will expect a very difficult game, but one in which if we do hit our form, each individual and as a team, we can call it a winnable game.”
It’s fair to say that Chris Mort must have been displeased with Newcastle’s performance on Sunday, and Sam cannot use the excuse that the players are still acclimatizing to the Premiership for much longer. If they keep making these mistakes, then perhaps they are not good enough to be playing in this league.
But surely we can expect to see some better performances from the lads as they start to gel. We need another performance like the team gave against Arsenal, and if we can do that tomorrow, that will be 3 points in the bag. But we’re never sure which Newcastle team will turn up for each game these days. If it’s the same team and display as on Sunday, we’ll probably lose tomorrow, and Sam can both expect and deserve to be in a little hot water.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.