Big Sam – Result Taken Away From Us

Both managers today seemed pleased with the performances of their teams this afternoon, as Chelsea beat Newcastle United 2-1 at Stamford Bridge today in a well contested and exciting game.


Sam Allardyce – result taken away from us today

Newcastle can count themselves unlucky not to come away with at least a point as Kalou’s winning goal, after 87 minutes, was clearly 2-3 yards offside. Why the linesman didn’t flag for offside we’ll never know – unless somebody asks him, and see if he was asleep.

A disappointed Newcastle manager, Sam Allardyce said after the game:

“A result has been taken away from us by no fault of our own but by an assistant referee that has got a horrible decision wrong.”

“We have to take that on the chin, it can’t be changed. We have to accept that disappointment but look at the positive side of the performance and continue by trying to get three points against Manchester City.”

“You have to complain more when a decision like this is made and it has cost us a crucial result.” “We have had a poor Christmas and that point would have made us feel that much better.”

Chelsea coach Avram Grant, who had many players missing today, through both injury and suspension, was also obviously pleased with the performance of his players and said:

“We created so many chances today so we deserved to win. We created eight or 10 good chances.” “I think the supporters are behind us. They know we are not having an easy time with all the problems we have. We continue to fight but it is not easy.”

“This is the time to speak about the players who played. They showed good football in the first half and a lot of character at the end of the game.”

“The substitutions were made because Joe Cole had an injury and Michael Ballack has not played so many games.”

Shay Given kept Newcastle in the game through the first half and made even more good saves after the break. But it was a good game and the Magpies showed real courage in taking the game to Chelsea in the second half to get right back in the game.

A similar performance at St. James’ Park against Manchester City on Wednesday evening (19:45 pm KO), could well get us all 3 points. But we must maintain this consistency, and not drop back to the insipid performances we gave at Wigan and against Derby County. If we can do that we must be in with a good chance against the high flying Manchester City.

Comments very welcome.

46 comments so far

  • AlexW

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #1

    we still lossed

  • JoshI

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #2


  • Howie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #3

    yes we lost but i still want us to keep sam at least till the end of the season.

  • JoshI

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Yer we might aswell see if he can turn this around, if by the end of the season we are still struggling and have shown no real improvement he should go i think.

  • Hadji

    Dec 29, 2007 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Fat Sam…stop making excuses for once in your life,why you never mentioned about the 8-9 goal chances for Chelsea.
    You ain’t gut balls Sam,a true pus.y.
    Is Qique Sanchez Flores still available???

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #6

    god i hate our manager, 2 shots on target, imo that doesnt even deserve a draw, and then when we are 1-1, he sets up for a draw, shocking.

  • Gooderz

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #7

    We may have lost (and to 2 debatable goals as well) but the desire was there and we did cause Chelsea some problems. As was said in the previous article, more performances like that starting with Man City on Wednesday will go down well and get the results we need to see.

    Along with greater consistency, I now hope that January will see one or two players come in who will improve the quality of the squad.

  • JoshI

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8

    In Jan we need those players who can create our chances, as we can’t seem to do that at the moment. Shocking amount of shots on target, we need some skill and creativity. Unfortunatly i don’t think sam will get any players like that.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #9

    this is were statistics lie…….if one watched the game one could see that we did have around 10 good chances and Chelski were only saved thanx to some last ditch defending and goalkeeping, like Duff and Oba’s chances.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #10

    then they would have been counted as on target.
    but only 2 shots were.

  • joey barton

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #11

    I was listening to the game with my new cell mates and i reckon if i was out there we would of won 3-1.Im the best player at newcastle thats pretty obvious unfortunately im a daft twat and will be spending a lot more time in my new cell.Its a pity i wont be able to play against man city because without me theyll beat us aswell.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #12

    it doesn’t have to be on target to be a great chance.

    like Duff’s chance at the end, Oba shoot it across the goal to the far post where if Belletti had a shoe size smaller Duff would have connected.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Well just 1 point from the last 3 games so we must push for all 3 on Wednesday night. Man City are good but if we play like we can then we can do it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #14

    yes ToonKing i know that but you said:

    ‘we did have around 10 good chances and Chelski were only saved thanx to some last ditch defending and goalkeeping, like Duff and Oba’s chances.’

    Emphasis on goalkeeping, last ditch defending.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Exactly right toon king. i watched it aswell and the stats do tell a different story.

    The problem is people are looking at it in the wrong way. We didn’t go to Chelsea to attack, we smartly set out to do a job on a good chelsea side who are unbeaten at home for a long time. Therefore the amount of chances we had in comparison to them is irrelevant as we were probably going to try and absorb their pressure and then occassionally hit them on the break. Which is exactly what we did and we could have scored maybe two more goals today if we had been a little less wasteful of our chances (cough cough martins cough).

    It is much like when Man U went to Liverpool. It was easy to see that their plan was too absorb liverpools threats and then counter attack. That is what they did and they won the match. If you actually watched the match you would see that Man U contained Liverpool quite well with them not being much of a threat and only having half chances. However, if you check the stats of that game it would seem as though liverpool were hard done by as they had much more shots than Man U and more possession.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #16

    nobby and parker played great for WHU again today . why did sam say he had to flog parker again? ohh yeah it was so he could bring joey in wasnt it !

  • Callum

    Dec 29, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Get rid of Sam – If he played attacking football in that second half we would have got the draw or maybe even have won, Chelsea were on the backfoot untill we took Smith and Martins off and that just invited pressure from them which eventually they scored even though it was offside – thats not the point – the point is, with positive attacking play we would have got the draw or win 🙂

  • jeremy9

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #18

    You talk about SamA making excuses, for one he has got a real good reason to, secondly, ALL managers make excuses post game, it’s what they do.

  • jeremy9

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #19

    I think we need better center mids. We didn’t control the ball that well from what I saw; they were pressuring us quite a bit until it was tied at 1.

  • cathal

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #20

    we were robbed but i watched the whole game and it was lik watching derby! twas awful! big sam out! bilic/mourinho/jol in! time 4 sexy football

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #21

    sexy football all the way, we want kelly brook but we’ve got margret thatcher.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #22

    i was working today so ive only just got to see the highlights: butt with a howler x2 how can you miss a ball, muppet. Smith obviously didnt do much today? I didnt evne see hm on the highlights.

    Ive been saying ill support sam when hes plays 4-4-2 with no smith 🙂

  • islander

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #23

    This match showed us, hos important it is to have creative mf. In first half we were forced to defend. Their mf were stronger than ours. When Nzogbia, in second half, played lv, the team createt and forced Chelsea to defend. LB and CM is our weakest link with players out of pos. Faye showed the way to day, he was good in front of our def. If BS want our support, he must make a team, who can play attaching 4-4-2 football. That is what we want and what we like.

  • Hammy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Big Sam is into percentage football, I wonder if he is into percentage management? like what percentage the likelihood of him still being in a job if City beat us come Wednesday?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 11:49 PM

    Comment #25

    yes most of us have been saying for ages that cm is our weakest link, we need a good playmaker who will also do a bit of defending – dudu

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Dragoner – Im sick of reading your pro-Fat Sam comments.

    We royally suck at the minute.
    IF, and I mean IF, we were playing attacking, attractive football and having a pop at opponents, then I’d just about accept where we were in the league.

    The trouble with your arguement is this, you say that we set out to do a job, absorb the Chelsea attacks and hit them on the break…”like Man Utd did at Liverpool” – EXACTLY! Like MAN UTD did…

    We are not even a tenth the side Man Utd are. They CAN get away with doing a job on teams in the top 4 etc, because they can defend and have a better squad of players.

    We have to play to our strengths. Going to Chelsea to try and absorb presssure and perhaps come away with a point is not the way to go about it – not yet anyway.

    We must be looking to win matches, particularly when teams we come up against, like todays Chelsea side, are vulnerable.

    This is what angers so many fans with Fat Sam. He clearly doesn’t see it that way and tries to set up our starting 11 to absord the opposition.

    We are not good enough. When we go a goal behind (one clean sheet in 15 matches currently) we rarely have anything in the tank to get back on level terms, let alone win a damn match – even against ‘lower’ teams.

    If we could only start with a 442, Zog/Duff, Milner on the wings, Vid and Owen/Martins up top, Emre and Butt/Faye in the middle, back 4 of Beye (what a class act he’s turning out to be), Cacapa, Taylor, Enrique? (The new Luque?).

    I cannot get behind Fat Sam while he spends so much time thinking about the opposition. Why not think about us, our players and detail every match like we’re going to bloody well win it.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #27

    “we royally suck” your a kid aren’t you

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #28

    Dragoner – we’re all kids at heart, aren’t we, cocker?

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #29

    regardless of what your long point is (i read about half way) you say we cannot do what man u do as we are a tenth of their team. Well thats pretty funny considering we DID do what Man U did and absorb their pressure. I dont know if you remember but we were robbed by a very very poor decision

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #30

    how mature edd case, i suppose andy’s earlier analysis of you is right, you are an IDIOT.

    go away and grow up you sad little boy

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #31

    oh and heres another suggestion, if your sick of reading my comments……….dont read them. They will all be labelled Dragoner so that makes it nice and easy for you to notice. see it isn’t that hard now is it.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #32

    Dragoner – I wont get drawn into this name-calling (“sad, little boy” & “IDIOT”) nonesense with you as it’ll end up getting stupid, these things always do.

    Trying to keep this discussion more adult like, I reject what you say entirely.

    You miss my point.

    You seem proud that today, we went to Chelsea and absorbed pressure, ‘like Man Utd’…

    We didn’t do that at all. They attacked us and went 1-0 up through poor defending, again. (There was a hand-ball but it was more ball-to-hand). We were certainly set up to absorb, you’re right there, but this team is only capable of this to a certain extent, not like Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea are etc.

    My point is, we should have gone there and set up for a win.

    You see, we set up to stop them playing, that’s great if you can pull it off, FACTS show that we cant – so what was the point?
    We couldn’t do it against Derby, Wigan – why would Chelsea be any different?

    However, if we took a more, Keegan-like approach, and thought, “let’s really get at them today, Ben-Hiam and Alex ain’t played much together, their keeper is suspect”…….and so on.

    We may well have still lost, but by crikey I bet we’d have had more than 3 shots at their goal.

    That’s all I’m trying to say, we MUST be more positive, we MUST play to our strengths and we MUST get this through to Sam.

    Drop Smith, play a 442 and watch the difference.

  • shirts

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #33

    edd–I’m frustrated by Sam too, but I just don’t think a half season’s enough. When Allardyce was announced, I cringed. I really didn’t want him, but he’s here.

    Moreover, he’s here with a proven record of achieving more with less. (yes, modest achievement, but still achievement by their more modest standards.) Bolton were never very pleasant to watch, but they were effective. And the resources they had pale in comparison to ours.

    Isn’t it possible that Fat Boring Sam is on a learning curve? Maybe he’s figuring out how to manage a real big club for the first time. And that takes some time.

    We can’t succumb to the knee-jerk impulse to boot him in the arse and clean out the offices. St. James has had that sickness for too long, since Keegan bit the dust.

    7 managers in 10 years is not a recipie for success.

    Sam is not producing beautiful football. He is building the foundations.

    I think his sides in the last few games have been somewhat more attack oriented. At Wigan it was dire and we lost–thanks to a spectacular, unstoppable free kick and a dull and determined Wigan side. Today it almost succeded, albeit against a half-powered Chelsea. We deserved a draw.

    I don’t like Sam. But he needs more time. Not a nice thought, but seems true.

    One other note–of the players you mentioned in your 4-4-2 paragraph, five of ’em are Sam signings–Viduka, Faye, Beye, Cacapa and Enrique. I think it’s safe to say four of those five have been good. Cacapa had an awful game or two and Enrique’s still unproven. But these signings could work out in the end.

    I agree about Smith, though. I don’t see him as useful, really.

    As sick as it makes me to say it, Sam needs more time.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:26 AM

    Comment #34

    that made me laugh it really did. i was wondering why it was taking you so long to reply. You was asking your mum to type for you wasn’t you.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #35

    Dragoner // Dec 30, 2007 at 0:22

    oh and heres another suggestion, if your sick of reading my comments……….dont read them. They will all be labelled Dragoner so that makes it nice and easy for you to notice. see it isn’t that hard now is it.

    You can’t go round calling me an idiot, a sad little boy and a kid in the space of 15 minutes, then spout out that!!

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #36

    And there’s more from the ‘grown-up’…….

    Dragoner // Dec 30, 2007 at 0:26

    that made me laugh it really did. i was wondering why it was taking you so long to reply. You was asking your mum to type for you wasn’t you.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #37

    Edd Case, cba to read your whole post, love the last line, when that happens and we get a creative player, ill be supporting sam all the way, smith is just the spanner in the works, what has he done!?! maybe assist one goal, but conceeded more from giving away stupid fouls.

  • Dragoner

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:34 AM

    Comment #38

    Edd case my friend i am afraid it is a little bit too late for you to try and assume the mature role.

    but in future here is a little tip for you. If you are going to act grown up then you should try to be a little more consistent with your comments.


    “Dragoner – Your a prick”

    same day, but a little later:

    “Dragoner – I wont get drawn into this name-calling (”sad, little boy” & “IDIOT”) nonesense with you as it’ll end up getting stupid, these things always do.”

    see the problem? don’t try and act smart mate, its not becoming.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 30, 2007 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #39

    Dragoner, I called you a prick alot earlier, i got bored with you hours ago, must you keep insulting me?
    As I said, I wont get drawn into name-calling with you. I called you a prick hours ago, you are seemingly unable to stop trying to insult me…


    Moving on and in response to shirts.

    I am all for continuity.
    I just dont think Sam is the man for Newcastle.
    He may well be learning, I’d be astonished if he isn’t – but what’s he learning?
    What he’s done thus far is show that he likes to play odd formations and play players A) out of position and B) play players who aren’t performing (probably due to A).

    If Sam just stop f%cking around with the team and players and just said, “right, here’s what I think my best 11 is and we’re going to play 442, pass the ball on the ground where possible and really have a go at teams” I’d be his biggest supporter.

    I’d love to give him time, but the more time he gets while he’s consistantly getting it wrong, means LESS time fore someone else, should Sam be sacked.

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 30, 2007 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #40

    Just fooking drop smith and ill be on cloud orgasm.


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