Thereâ€™s no doubt that Newcastle were unlucky not to at least get a draw on Saturday at Chelsea and with any luck could have taken all 3 points.
Sam Allardyce – consistency of Newcastle crucial
Newcastle had played very well in the game, and deserved something out of it, before Salomon Kalouâ€™s offside goal that gave the Blues all 3 points. We just didnâ€™t get the rub of the green on Saturday, but Sam Allardyce still thinks he can take a lot of positives out of the game.
Allardyce told Newcastle World TV today:
“There were a lot of positives and we have to take them into what is a crucial, crucial game against Man City,”
“Every player can take something from the game but now they have to make sure they keep to that level and not dip below it.â€
We think thatâ€™s going to be the key for Sam, to have his players at a consistency very close to their best. Thatâ€™s what a good coach should be doing after all, getting the very best out of his players.Â But we donâ€™t think Sam can let the team drop to the levels we plunged to against Derby or Wigan. The more games we see like that, the closer Sam will be to the exit from the Newcastle United hot seat. The fans just have to see some progress being made in this, Samâ€™s first season at the helm.
“We have been robbed of a point by what was a blatant offside and I think the officials are the only people in the stadium who haven’t seen it.â€
“Before that we had long periods of attacking play and could’ve got a winner had the ball fallen to our players at the right time – as it did with Chelsea for both their goals.”
“But we have to get on with things and we have two big games coming up starting with Man City.” “I want the players to find a level of consistency because we’ve already shown what we can do this season.”
It will be interesting as usual to see which team Sam will play tomorrow night against Mancchester City. We’d like to see an attacking 4-4-2 formation with Milner and Duff on the wings, and maybe Visuka and Owen to start up front. But we have to go all out for the 3 points tomorrow, that’s an absolute necessity.