Sam Allardyce was not surprisingly at the Manchester City Liverpool game on Sunday, where for only the second time this season, City didnâ€™t win at home.
Â Sam AllardyceÂ – wants a good performance tonight
They ended up with a 0-0 draw to have a home record of won 9 and drawn 2. But Sam has used this to point pout that Manchester City were very defensive during that game to try to at least contain the strong Liverpool side who pushed right until the end for a goal which really would have seen them gain a deserved win.
â€œWhen you go out and see the Premiership in its entirety, and you go and watch a game like Manchester City against Liverpool and see City set up at home and say we are not going to get beaten, well, Sven is getting all the (good) headlines and he is putting up a 4-5-1 formation at home.â€
â€œI watched the whole game live and he didnâ€™t let his side go out to attack. From the front three (Martin) Petrov down the left, (Stephen) Ireland down the right and (Darius) Vassell up front, no one else got anywhere near the Liverpool 18-yard box. But he has got nine wins and two draws at home.â€
â€œ So you know the balance of play in many occasions is that he sets up a team not to get beaten against a Liverpool side that if you try to attack, will punish you and win the game.â€
We tried a similar formation against Liverpool earlier in the season, but Newcastle failed badly on that occasion, mainly because the defense didnâ€™t bother turning up for the game along with a few more players. That 3-0 defeat, which followed our 4-1 defeat against Portsmouth and 1-1- lucky draw at Sunderland, is probably our lowest point of the season, so far.
We are now on a possible 3 defeats in a row, and itâ€™s a very good time to produce a performance like we showed against Chelsea and a win. We think a performance like that will be good enough tonight to get all 3 points, and Sam is certainly looking for another good performance from his team.
â€œWe need the spirit and performance we showed against Arsenal and Chelsea where, but for the assistant referee, we should have had a draw.â€
It’s really a good time, being the first game of the year, to put in another gritty performance like we gave against Arsenal.Â And if we do that, because of Manchester City’s form away from home not being all that good. we can certainly get the win.
Starting the New Year with a win is exactly what the Doctor ordered. Let’s go for it lads.