Sam Allardyce sympathized with the fans after yesterday’s terrible performance against second bottom Wigan Athletic. He put full responsibility for the defeat on the players.
Sam Allardyce – now look at the trouble you’ve got me in Ollie
Allardyce believes they had every right to turn on their team and agreed with their assessment.
“I don’t blame the fans,” “If I was them I would be singing what they were singing because it was not good enough.â€
“I am a top man in my field and I know it was not good enough.” It does not take much for them to know. They have been watching long enough to know it is not good enough. They are not daft.”
Several of the players had below par games yesterday and for those fans who didnâ€™t see the game â€“ think of the Fulham game â€“ but we lost. Sam talked about the fact he has a small squad of players to choose from once January comes along with the African nations Cup. But it’s interesting what’s Sam’s reaction is because when he first signed on as manager we remember him saying it was very important at Newcastle top keep the fans behind him. He said once that when you lose the fans you are in big trouble. He’s now in trouble, that’s for sure.
“We can’t get anyone out because we have four players leaving for the African Nations Cup,” “We only have 15 players to select from.” “We don’t ride with a big squad and we’re not riding with the performances we were riding with at the start of the season.â€ “We have got to make sure we turn it around as quickly as possible this time.â€
“We needed to try and win it if we could but then make sure we didn’t lose it, but we’ve tossed it away and we have put ourselves under extreme pressure again.â€ “These are the players I have got. Some I have bought, some I have not. Most of them have showed me what they can do with the good side of it but too many are showing me what they can do on the bad side of it.â€
“The level of form they drop to is unacceptable. Everyone can have an off day but ours are really off and that is our problem at the moment. We hit a level of performance which is very good but the consistency does not stay. The next performance seems to be between 20 and 30 per cent below their best.â€ “This cannot happen in the Premier League because there are no easy games.”
He’s right to say the players had poor performances yesterday, and Sam’s also right to say this needs to be turned around quickly. But our next game is at Chelsea in London on Saturday afternoon, and that will hardly be easy. But that’s the only thing left for this team to do, and hopefully they will be learning quickly that you need to play in every Premiership game, and none of these games are easy, as in other European Leagues.
With this level of performance of the team right now we wonder aloud if Chris Mort will sanction any new players coming to the club in January, especially those with no Premiership experience. It’s four months after most of those players came into the club last August, and most are still coming to grips with the Premier league.
What do you think?
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