Sam Allardyce was a disappointed man after Newcastle’s 1-0 defeat to second-bottom Wigan Athletic today. Sam described the team display as awful, and we have to agree with him.
Sam Allardyce – we were awful today
When asked what he thought of his side’s display after the game this afternoon, Sam told Sky Sports:
“Awful, for the want of a better word. You have to prepare to face people who are fighting for their lives and Wigan are doing that since Steve (Bruce) took over.”
“We picked a side to live with the tempo we knew they would try and play at, and simply from start to finish we didn’t manage to.”
“We gave away too many silly free-kicks, and conceded a goal which could have been avoided.” “There was the same amount of chances for both sides, but the free-kick turned it in Wigan’s favor in the end.”
“Wigan worked hard, and didn’t allow us to play, but when that happens you have to roll up your sleeves, use your skills and brain power to overcome that, and Wigan were very good at that. I can’t knock them for that.”
“We have failed in 90 minutes to get a shot on target. We came here to win and we have failed miserably.”
Allardyce thought his players may still have been suffering from failing to pick up maximum points against Derby County on Sunday. But Sam believes Newcastle have thrown away points during an important part of the season. Sam’s right, and let’s point out it’s also part of being a professional footballer, to be able to put games like the Derby game behind you. The players certainly get paid enough money to do that.
“The disappointment of Derby may have carried over, but we have now played two winnable games and only taken a point, which is unacceptable in my view,”
This will be a massive disappointment for Newcastle fans, who were hoping the team were turning the corner after 2 successive wins recently. The next two games were then against the bottom two teams in the league and the fans have every right to expect more than a single point from those games.
To pick up just one point from the last two fixtures is completely unacceptable, just as Sam says. We need a huge improvement in the team’s performances very quickly, that’s a certainty.Â Hopefully, we’ll see that at Chelsea on Saturday.
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