Sam Says We Keep Shooting Ourselves in the Foot

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.


 Sam Allardyce – under pressure again after woeful performance yesterday

Sam told the Newcastle Journal today:

“We told the players this would be the case before we started. “We picked a team to be fresher because we had played on Sunday against Derby but we simply could not cope with Wigan’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.”

“Players 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.”

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 it’s been in a while, with Faye and Taylor looking very strong in central defense. They looked solid at the back  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.

Sam continued:

“Defenders have done their job and defended very well and stopped Wigan playing the ball forward quickly,” “We had possession, our creative players have just not created.”

“In the end we cracked under the pressure because we have never held the ball up or created anything.” “Our problem is we shoot ourselves in the foot,” “We 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 we’re going to do anything this season. But you have to have your application right first and certainly it wasn’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.”

“We sit in mid-table hoping we can take the next step but we’re not capable of it,”  “We should be giving the performances that should win us football matches and we’re not getting them.”

“The 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.”

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.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #1

    He does the shooting before the match starts.

    If the other team works hard,

    you work harder, make yourselves open and free, working the triangle to keep possession,

    yes the 21% possession in the beginning says it all

    He doesn’t know what he’s doing, that’s the truth.
    Bull shit tactics!

  • steve

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #2

    He’s right – it’s all Emre’s fault along with Milner and Zogs – Sack them now
    we need more players like Smith, Geremi and Barton – guys who can get stuck in

    Sam – You’re a genius

  • wsq

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #3

    haha yea smith is creative geremi is creative

    barton’s not injured.. he had a bad game against derby now he’s daddy is protecting him just the way cacapa had to be protected!

    urghh blame the players?? when the fans were shouting and jeering at him!! hahahaha

  • adam

    Dec 27, 2007 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #4

    sam is the king of the donkeys. he has no idea and is trying to find excuses when in fact the answer is staring him right in the face (when he looks in the mirror). even before this game he was playing people out of position, playing too defensive, AND changing combinations in key areas such as defence where players cant settle.

    SAM…..time to f**k off

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 27, 2007 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    “We have to roll our sleeves up, get on with it and fight.”

    ha ha you’ll probably find 50,000 queueing up .


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