Sam Says “We Were Awful” – We Agree

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.

Sam added:

“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.  Hopefully, we’ll see that at Chelsea on Saturday.

Comments are welcome.

35 comments so far

  • valle

    Dec 26, 2007 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Yah… Well if the tension among fans on this blog are anything to go by, Sam will need to deliver some magic soon. I cant see it happening tho, and im afraid the next 2 games could be the end of Sams time here, leaving us in an unstable position once again, where the top managers will see us as poisen ivy and as such we will be back to carnivale.

  • billygee

    Dec 26, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Sam, I like many other thousands of fans actually got excited pre-season when i found you were appointed as manager and even more excited when i saw the players you were bringing in. I had high hopes. I actually saw some very good players at Newcastle and expected very good football.
    Well i am highly disappointed and disgusted to now see what i am getting for my money. I honestly can’t believe what i am watching, it’s a bloody joke.
    It the start i thought, well give him time and he will get it right. Now i don’t think you will ever get it right as your tactics are totally wrong, players out of position, players on the bench who should be on the pitch, defensive football, absolute dross.
    Sorry Sam, but the fans are right, it really is time for YOU to go. You have had 5 months and it is getting worse.

  • Gordon Baxter

    Dec 26, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #3

    An improvement against Chelsea? Keep dreaming the man is inept and must be replaced with someone who knows something about football and man management. I personally if I was Mike Ashley (or/and/ had his money) would write the lot off and start again.

  • Andreas

    Dec 26, 2007 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #4

    God damn! Just pick a ‘effin team that can utilizing our strenghts, i.e. attack with width, instead of this retarded “counter the opposition” crap.

    Bloody hell, against the “top 4” away such an approach might be forgiven, but against the bottom team at home and away at the 2nd worst team there shouldn’t be any other option but to go out and destroy them (and now I don’t mean physically but skill wise)!

    SA’s negative mentality make me sad. If he just could admit that we play/ed crap and that he has made a lot of mistakes and then rectify it asap (PLAY TO OUR STRENGHTS! DO NOT FOCUS ON THE OPPOSITION, THEY WILL FOCUS ON US IF WE TAKE THE GAME TO THEM!)

  • ross

    Dec 26, 2007 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Big Sam said after the Derby game we would be going out against wigan to stop them from playing and making it hard for them. In other words, going out for a draw away from home. FFS, has the penny still not dropped. Newcastle dont do defensive football. We dont do playing for a draw.

    When will he realise we have the playing staff capable of taking sides apart if we use the right tactics.

    we need to get this shit sorted 🙁

  • JoshI

    Dec 26, 2007 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    His excuses are sooo pathetic! he is starting to make me sick with all this shit he comes out with. We are a team with potential ability and hes a shit manager who can’t utilise it now and won’t be able to in 2 seasons…. however much longer he stays at the toon is to long!

  • billy

    Dec 26, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    big sam is minge piss . lets see what the match of the day lot think tonight .

  • Halliday

    Dec 26, 2007 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #8


    We’re shit and we’re sick of him!

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #9

    yet more excuses, January is unlikely to bring any points – there’s something badly wrong at the toon, this is SAMs team FFS he bought most of em, how much time does he need, even Steve Bruce and alex mcleish have improved play and results without buying anyone – pressure has gotten to Sam big time and he just can’t handle it.
    I just hope mort has been sounding out our next manager in advance of sacking Sam

  • Adrian Swall

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:04 AM

    Comment #10

    MOTD said nowt. I reckon they know our next manager is from Barcelona (“I know nothing, Mr Fawlty”)

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #11

    the only pressure sam can handle is a pressure cooker to cook his dumplings in.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #12

    adrian swall, explain, am i missing somethng?

  • Adrian Swall

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #13

    Hi Tom Toon. He’s the guy who thinks a hamster is a hammer. His back room staff include Polly and Sybil.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #14

    forgive me, of course ino wht u r on about

  • Edd Case

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #15

    How about one man from Barcelona REALLY coming to Toon.

    Frank Rijkaard anyone?

    As much as I want him to stay at Barca – he may get the chop soon, if Barca don’t start playing better…
    Now we might be a bit too quick to moan but Barca fans are something else!

    Still, if they dont want Frank, I’d gladly have him.

    Never wanted to see the back of Ruud, and Frank is of a similar mould…

    Schexee football anyone?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    yer rijkaard will be good, deschamps is also free

  • Cockney Magpie

    Dec 27, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #17

    im so angry right now if there is anybody out the who still thinks Sam is the right man for us is either in denial or just a twat

  • Leo

    Dec 27, 2007 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #18

    “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.”

    just whats wrong with that sentence everyone!!!

    contain them!!! they were 2nd bottom ffs

    if sam doenst realise what he is doing wrong soon then he is going to be without job, but with a bigger bank balance- thats a disgrace!

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #19

    exactly leo..

    can’t believe we are not letting teams worry about us instead of us worrying about them! what’s going on..

    let them worry about keeping up with us instead..

    this is losing the match even b4 it starts..

    we are suffering from the worst injury crisis ever.. the manager is out of his wits

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 1:44 AM

    Comment #20

    The frequency of us getting almost to none shots on target is increasing!

    tsk tsk he must realize this! how stupid can he be..

  • Dragoner

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #21

    “Sorry Sam, but the fans are right, it really is time for YOU to go. You have had 5 months and it is getting worse.”

    what has happened to us. Are we actually talking about five months like its always enough time for a manager to have a positive impact? All i hear is SVEN SVEN SVEN, HE DID THIS HE DID THAT. Get over it! Man City got him, be happy for them and move on. Not every manager has an instant impact, you sound like spoilt little brats.

    I live in London. I have many Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea fans for friends. When i ask what they think Newcastles united’s biggest problem is, do you know what they say. Not Sam, Not the players, they all say that the fans are the biggest problem. That is a scary thing, and it is too late to stop the booing, we have a reputation now and its stuck with us. So expect a lot of scared, poor performances from our players and a lot of snubs from potential signings who dont want the pressure.

    Well done to all the boo boys and instant success fans out there. You have done more damage to the club then sam allardyce could ever do.

  • KKN39

    Dec 27, 2007 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #22

    to be honest, the best thing i can hope for now would be we lose the next 4 games in a row, concede 12 goals and score zero, then BS get sacked by Ashley/Mort (reluctantly lol) but quickly hired by a crap club owner who then offers him stupid $ to take from us some crap players BS bought or highly rates, like 5m for Smith, 1m for Butt, 2m for Geremi, 3m for Rozehnal, and i hope he wants to take Owen and Ameobi with him as well – if that’s what it needs to remove BS and his deadwood – then pls get a seasoned European mgr to lead our relegation dogfight. i hv faith in Zog, Milner, Taylor, Martins, Barton, Beye, Enrique, Viduka, Duff, Given etc though, they are at least capable of lifting us above the like of Wigan / Fulham / Derby with the right mgr in seat

  • Sean from Hong Kong

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:17 AM

    Comment #23

    If Sam want his time, he should us STH… The style of Newcastle play is awful, just play Meaningless LONG BALL and runing around. We don’t mind to play like Bolton. What is the different btw us and Bolton, they win but we don’t.

  • Magjp

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:56 AM

    Comment #24

    The fans have every right to criticize, they pay their money to watch the games ffs. If the football is shite, it is shite there is no two ways about it and the fans knows.

    Does anyone remember how we lost against Blackburn? WAS THE FANS REACTION LIKE THIS??????

    And Dragoner , those Chelsea and Tottenham friends of yours that claim the Newcastle fans are the problem, why don’t you ask them why they changed managers this season?? Its not about Sven and Man City, its about footbal and potential that we have in the club.
    For heavens sake, Derby have 7 points and they got 4 from us!!!!
    Why does Sam play Smith as a holding Mid? Why isn’t Milner on the right?

    I think the fans will have a lot less to complain about if the same results had come from a game where every player was played on his preferred position.

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:03 AM

    Comment #25

    it’s better to admit and realize we r shit b4 other ppl start telling us we are shit.

    gawd, alan smith was playing in holding midfield role again. wahahaha

  • briss

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:22 AM

    Comment #26

    I just catn believe we can’t beat teams like Wigan?!? WTF mate? SAM better come up big soon or its not gunnu be him at the end of the season that will be around. I STILL BELIEVE!!! WHO R chelsea??????!?!?!?!?!

  • Len

    Dec 27, 2007 at 6:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Allardyce has been found out. The last of FFS mistakes about to be paid off.

  • Jan

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #28

    Rozehnal back in the team !!!

  • Sandy McNair

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #29

    What does BSA mean we were awful?

    I was good, his player are out of postion and not encouraged to play football, he was shit. I would like to say to you BSA -Goodbye.

    Maybe you can get a job at newcastle falcons. I think the use the long ball tactic!

  • Sandy McNair

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #30

    I think halliday has the song for the away supprt to sing at chelsea

    “We’re shit and we’re sick of him!”, “We’re shit and we’re sick of him!”

  • valle

    Dec 27, 2007 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #31

    Dragoner… I agree, Sam is finding out about his players using new formations and tacs. Im starting to fear for him if he dosnt deliver soon tho.

  • Eamonn

    Dec 27, 2007 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #32

    It was crap for sure, but we’re not going to get sucked into a relegation situation this season. So let’s give BSA a season, and see where we are in a years time. It’s doing us no good at all sacking manager after manager, Ashley/Mort realise this and will hopefully get a winner in place if/when they decide that BSA is outta his depth at our great club. Personally I think BSA has earned a crack at the job as he did achieve at Bolton imo. Still recent performances have been terrible, it can only get better from here? Who are we playing next …. Chelsea away , ouch.

  • deano

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #33

    i was neva happy with sam,his a total loser with a fat belly and no brains

  • bottlodog

    Dec 27, 2007 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #34

    Mr Ashley,Mr Mort and Mr Allardyce – It’s up to you to convince me to turn up next wednesday to lend my support to that shower of shite – well…….I’m waiting

  • Andy H

    Dec 27, 2007 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #35

    We should beat teams like Wigan whatever stupid formation we choose but when it comes to the hard teams in the new year we will get nothing unless we go for it and stick to a formation and find a best eleven. But if we try 1 upfront against shit teams then I can’t see Big Sam going for it against decent opposition. I can see us putting on a perfomance at Chelsea and then thowing it away again with more awful tactics and football.

    Villa outplaye Chelsea first half yesterday with 2 strikers and 2 really attacking wingers who both have played up front.

    I would pick:
    Beye Taylor Cacapa Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Smith Martins


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