Newcastle Need Both Spirit and Mental Strength

Sam Allardyce is convinced that if Newcastle can show both the spirit and mentality they showed against Arsenal and Chelsea recently, they can still go on and pick up quite a few points, in their upcoming tough fixture list.


Sam Allardyce – team needs strong spirit and mental strength

After throwing 5 points away against Derby and Wigan recently, Newcastle will need to start picking points up quickly if we are to stay in touch with 6th position, which still has to be the goal this season.  But we are now 10 points adrift of Aston Villa, who are currently in 6th place, but we do have a game in hand.

Sam said today:

“If we have spirit and performance like we showed against Arsenal and Chelsea in the run we have then we will be okay.”

“If we get that mentality and performance we will get some results to make up the points we have let slip against the Wigan’s and Derbys.”

“We need big performances against the Big Four to get those points back. Going into this period they are very difficult fixtures but we can get something out of them by looking at our performances against Arsenal and Chelsea.”

“At Chelsea, but for the assistant referee, we should have had a draw. We edged it against Arsenal, got a draw and probably should have won it but didn’t.”

The frustrating thing about Newcastle is we know they have these fighting good performances in them, but they don’t always show it. And that’s both Sam’s problem and challenge. To bring the best out of the team in every game and therefore get to a higher level of consistency.

Whether we can do that tonight is anybody’s guess, but we need to start showing this grit sooner rather than later.

What do you think.   Comments and opinions are always welcome on this site.

8 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    It would help if BSA knew what his best team was and played it. It would also help if the players were playing in their proper positions.

    Its time we started playing to our strengths, not our weaknesses.

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 2, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #2

    Totally agree Ed. The reason the top 4 are the top 4 is everyone plays their game around them, to combat them and beat their weaknesses….as we have. The problem for NUFC is that every team whether its Derby or Wigan knows they can beat us and our defnece is our problem. Thats means they lift their tempo big time and come out and play attacking football, meaning if we dont score a few were up shit creek.

    We need a mentality thats says we are the best stuff the rest. We are at home to a team that until this season was entirely average…and we are worried. That in itself is worrying because Man C at home should not be a game we are worried about. We should have some fun with this and enjoy ourselves

  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #3

    If we can’t attack Derby at home, we have no chance of attacking Man Citeh!

  • Edd Case

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle Need Both Spirit and Mental Strength – and a huge slice of luck pie and lashings of miracle cream, with a rare cherry on the top of a clean sheet and home goals…

  • Nick Dryden

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #5

    It really beggars belief. Now Sam is trying to justify being so negative by hiding behind Sven and claiming Sven is equally negative. 2 wrongs don’t make a right Sam, but incidentally they held Liverpool to a draw so some plaudits were due. Oh yeah we lost 3-0!

  • Leo

    Jan 2, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #6

    we need alot of things but takes ‘time’ ahghhh

  • Steeley

    Jan 2, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #7

    Play positive football and put players in their correct positions and and the problem is solved Sam! The only reason they arent giving their all on the pitch is becuase they arent motivated enough to play with such negative tactics when they are naturally an attacking team of players!

    It would be like Jean Todt (team manager for Ferrari) saying to Michael Schumacher “I know you’re an amazing driver Michael, but we want you to just try and drive a bit slower and block everyon where possible”.

    No, the answer is to go all out – if you go too slow someone will eventually overtake you and then it’s 10 times harder to try and speed up and overtake them again because you feel like you’ve been cheated out of the lead by your boss!!

  • God

    Jan 2, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Tell you what lads I have been listening to your prayers and am doing my best to help out. But I think your teams manager supports my opposite number as he keeps messing up my efforts with his team selections.

    Still I will ask the holy spirit to have another go for tonight.


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