Sam talked again about the dreadful game yesterday. There cannot be too many more games like this from Newcastle, because the standard of play yesterday was woeful and completely unacceptable, and that’s a fact.
Â Sam Allardyce – under pressure again after woeful performance yesterday
Sam told the Newcastle Journal today:
â€œWe told the players this would be the case before we started. â€œWe picked a team to be fresher because we had played on Sunday against Derby but we simply could not cope with Wiganâ€™s attitude of closing us down and making life difficult for us to play. In the end some of the players as individuals never lived up to their reputations or gave the best they can.â€
â€œPlayers started passing the ball straight back to the opposition or straight out of play when we know they can do better. It shows the hard work of Wigan had paid off.â€
Of the four shots Newcastle were able to get in during yesterday’s game, just one was on target, from Mark Viduka. And of all people, Titus Bramble headed Viduka’s overhead kick off the line in the second half. The other three shots were blocked at close quarters. The defense however looked more solid than itâ€™s been in a while, with Faye and Taylor looking very strong in central defense. They looked solid at the backÂ and didn’t make any errors at all. In fact Steven Taylor is turning out to be a very important player for the team right now.
â€œDefenders have done their job and defended very well and stopped Wigan playing the ball forward quickly,â€ â€œWe had possession, our creative players have just not created.â€
â€œIn the end we cracked under the pressure because we have never held the ball up or created anything.â€ â€œOur problem is we shoot ourselves in the foot,â€ â€œWe got ourselves back into a good position after the win at Fulham to win these two winnable games (against Derby and Wigan).”
“No disrespect to Derby or Wigan, we should be looking to win these games if weâ€™re going to do anything this season. But you have to have your application right first and certainly it wasnâ€™t there. After looking at taking six points out of these two games and putting a bit of a run together, we have one point.â€
â€œWe sit in mid-table hoping we can take the next step but weâ€™re not capable of it,â€Â â€œWe should be giving the performances that should win us football matches and weâ€™re not getting them.â€
â€œThe only pressure we put on ourselves is by performing at that level. We should be big and professional enough to handle what is thrown our way. We have to roll our sleeves up, get on with it and fight. This is what gets you out of trouble. Then you can use your ability. We cannot rely on ability alone, we need to have much more than that in the Premiership.â€
Those are good words from Big Sam, but the team is just so inconsistent we never know which team will turn up. We talked about this in yesterday’s preview of the Wigan game. It’s hard to predict any Newcastle game at the moment because we never know if it’s going to be the fighting team that almost beat Arsenal – and deserved all 3 points. On the other hand it may be the team like yesterday, which looked all over like a relegation outfit.
The good thing about this, is hopefully Sam is finding out who doesn’t have the temperament for the Premier League where top performances are needed in almost every game. The sooner he knows the players he can trust in every game, the better the results will get. But there’s not a lot of time, and Sam has to start turning this situation around, and quickly.