Sam Bemoans Newcastle’s Bad Luck

Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce bemoaned the luck, or lack of it, of his Newcastle side after their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City last night at St. James’ Park.


Sam Allardyce – Newcastle had no luck last night

The Newcastle manager also thought Manchester City’s Brazilian midfielder, Elano, should have been sent off for a 41st-minute foul on Abdoulaye Faye, which we have to admit looked very bad at the time.

Sam said after the game:

“I think the tackle from Elano was a straight red card, ” “He got away with it. He went over the ball – no attempt to play it whatsoever.”

“And Damien Duff got through and the referee gave a foul. The linesman had his flag up but when I looked at the replay it wasn’t offside.”

“They then kicked it down the other end and Elano scored – but we shouldn’t have been 1-0 down.”

Michael Owen, a half-time substitute for Oba Martins, missed a good chance just moments after the resumption.

Big Sam added:

“It would have lifted us all had the chance gone in. It hit Harty (City keeper Joe Hart) on the toe – he knows nothing about it, and it goes wide.”

“From there on it got more and more difficult, because we had to start over-extending ourselves. Manchester City sat deeper and deeper and just waited and waited and then scored the second, and that killed us off.”

Allardyce described the goals from Manchester City that beat his side as terrific finishes:

“I thought our performance was good.” “We are just down on our luck at the moment. We cannot get 1-0 up to see us on to victory, but we did more than enough in the first half today to get 1-0 up.”

“That’s the disappointing thing – we are always having to fight our way back, and that ultimately is the hardest thing to do in the Premier League.”

So what do you think? Was it just bad luck?

Let us know what you thought of the game and the Newcastle player performances. The result is certainly not a good one for us, that’s for sure.

Comments always welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Greg

    Jan 3, 2008 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #1

    Yes well i bemoan his poor managerial decisions.

  • Edd Case

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #2

    I agree with Greg.

    Sam can blame this, that or the other – but there’s no way, given the evidence of the first half, that we’d be in half as much cack if we’d have been playing 442 from the start of the season.

  • Steeley

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Greg- haha, I’ll second that!

    There’s always a bloody excuse from the fat git! When will he wake up and smell the coffee that he just isnt good enough?

    Hitzfeld to arrive in the summer with any luck!!

  • Jeff from Malaysia

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #4

    I waked up on 3am morning and saw our team been beated…:(

  • viddy dukes

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #5

    well i think there playing like they should for once
    faye is great i wanna see more,beye is great i wanna see more,emre should be a starter.

    and viduka needs service(emre) , and get the spanish guy on and get nzoggs up where he belongs sorry smith you don,t even need to show up the best game you have had is against man city.
    (on the bench) even though your a good player .

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #6

    steeley im afraid he wont, read the previous post 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #7

    THe fact is we should have an extra 11 points, win vs reading, 2 wins against derby, win against wigan.

  • viddy dukes

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #8



  • iain

    Jan 3, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #9

    edd thats exactly it.

    if wed been playing 442 all season, the players would be used to it and CONFIDENT, thus creating more chances and probably scoring more.

    although tonites 442 was still flawed with two defensive cm players, how where we expected to break down a team sam had attacked for being too defensive against liverpool when we couldnt muster a shot against wigan.

    tbh at home now we should have every attacking player available on. and play martins with owen to give the poor lad some confidence, otherwise imo he will think hes just a bit part squad player and that was the very reason he left inter.

    sam might say citeh play defensivly but they have there attacking players there ready oncethey have defended an attacking 5 of elano/petrov/bianchi/ireland/johnson or fernandes with only hamaan holding.

    imo our dfm get in each others way and leave stuff for each other instead of dealing with the situataion.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:01 AM

    Comment #10

    Its over , finished , he’s gone …. he just doesnt know it yet .
    morts program speach set it up , and the seed of the sacking has been sown by sam himself .
    he’s lost the players , attendences are dropping , majority of his signings have been flops , results speak for themselves .
    won – 7
    drew – 5
    lost – 9 .
    those 7 wins flatter him aswell .

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:05 AM

    Comment #11

    Hadrian i wouldnt call all his signings flops, except for smith, barton and geremi (he was free). Rozehnal will come good. Enrique looked great tonight sam is just a stubborn bastad and wont change, he should be sacked for not adapting.

  • Hadrian

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:08 AM

    Comment #12

    geremi wasnt in the starting 16 and hasnt turned up all season , smiths a goalless striker who thinks he can play in midfield .
    rozzy’s a bit of a calamity , im not sold on cacapa.
    enrique we have seen about 5mins of , and bartons in jail !
    barton , smith and jose , thats like 15+ million there , return on our investment?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Well tonight enrique really looked the part and if he played like that for 90 mins I can see why he paid so much for him. He has tremendous speak and very good attacking wise, he is not slouch defensively aswell. Possibly my new favourite toon player. 🙂

  • Hadrian

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #14

    yeah you would think that tom, butthere has been some reason he’s been left out the squad , i rememeber one quote along the lines of “where trying to justify what jose can do” , could never get my head around that , and around the same time we started seeing less of the lad .
    i think your spot on with allerdyce being smug enough to not adapt .
    the writing was on the wall when he said he’ll do it his way , we’ve even had geordie royalty have a quiet word in his ear.
    no, the day sam announced the team sheet agasinst bolton had me worried , barged in with all his new signings thrown in there regardless of what he had inherited ,
    his blind loyalty to the likes of geremi has got him in this mess , and it took him 20 odd games to work it out that he needed dropped, never mind the armband taken off him .

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #15

    another reason im wanting him out is that he will porbably bring half the bolton squad here if he gets the money.

  • Another malaysians

    Jan 3, 2008 at 2:43 AM

    Comment #16

    wow i dont expect there r malaysians supporting newcastle ! at last…im nt alone 😀

  • Ausgeordie

    Jan 3, 2008 at 3:13 AM

    Comment #17

    I got up at 6.30 am and watched the game and to be honest I am getting sick of having nothing to support. No clean shots on goal, only long range efforts, non existant passing game, too many players with their backs to the oppositiion looking to hold the ball up instead of breaking up the pitch, Martins playing like a blind man, Milner playing like shit since being moved to the right ( maybe we was all wrong) etc etc. I’m glad I dont live in Newcastle because I’d be as pissed off as the rest of them. Its no fun having no confidence in your team but we never know which one of our teams will turn up. My money is on stoke….seriously.

    PS I hope we can hold on to NZogbia. When the best player on the pitch is your left back your in trouble.

  • in toon

    Jan 3, 2008 at 4:24 AM

    Comment #18

    I bemoan the fact our manager is Sam Allardyce.

  • Another Aus Geordie

    Jan 3, 2008 at 4:31 AM

    Comment #19

    I to got up at 4.30am (Western State time difference earlier than Eastern States) this morning to watch the game. We just lack ideas and pace (which we should not as we have both in plenty on paper).

    I agree with most of the comments in previous emails however Sam as also bought some good players such as Faye, Baye (who has been one of our best players this season), Enrique (given a chance i think he will be good). I also think Rozehnal will make it as well. However our best player this season has to be NZogbia ( one of Sir Bob’s buys) although he did fade away last night towards the end of the second half, suprisingly when he changed positions to the wing. A position I have always thought we should play him.

    I agree though that most of Sam’s signings have not lived up to expectations Geremi is a waste of time, Barton is in the same catagory ( much prefer Emre as a more creative player) and suprising Smith has not fulfilled his hype, he is a player I thought a lot of in the past, however I will give him 100% for effort. Cacapa I am still out on, he has the potential to be another Titus, at times he pulls off some grat tackles, he did last night, then he goes and does some crazy back passes. Vaduka has his moments but for me he is to slow, I would prefer to see Owen and Martins together for a while, although I think Martins is still inconsistant and Owen is the better finisher. Martins does work his socks off and will make chances for Owen.

    Well that’s my moan for the day.

  • jeremy9

    Jan 3, 2008 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #20

    I don’t know what’s worse. You guys madly supporting your team and getting not a lot of what you want over x amount of years or me falling in love with soccer two years ago in the states, picking Newcastle as my team and going through Roeder/BSA and sub par results. I guess by far it has been worse for you. But, I have been really tempted to pick Arsenal (previous to last year) or a Blackburn or Liverpool but I am not going to do it because someday, you guys will have a trophy and a good manager and a great, exciting, attacking football. Wishful thinking?? Depends on your time frame. Someone please explain ‘howay the lads’ and where i can always watch Newcastle United online please!!!

  • malaysian youngster

    Jan 3, 2008 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #21

    i really like faye in the middle. he hold the ball very well. he make full use of his physical and is a great ball winner. i just like him to protect our back line and butt did ok. better than emre i think.i really wish can have n zogbia at CM. with faye. the way he dribble sort of remind me of dyer. and stop playing milner he is truly big sam’s son.a dumb ass. just hope he dont cross the ball and cut in and shoot like he always did and score goal by fluke.duff was good beye is great.

  • Hammy

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #22

    In life you make your own luck, obviously Sam has plenty but it’s all bad.
    Wish Sam would turn up at Shearers Bar and try to explain exactly what he’s trying to do,
    like get beat on purpose and get a huge pay off, he’s maybe been on the phone to his equally bent pal Souness for advice.
    I’m sick of the excuses, it’s not like we are a Sunday league team and just meet up half an hour before kick off. These guys train together all week, what do they do?
    Sorry Sam, cheques in the post……

  • Hammy

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #23

    Oh and another thing, anybody see Nigel Pearson sharing a joke with Sam with about 10 minutes to go…wish we had something to laugh about….f***ing jobs for the boys if you ask me,

  • carl

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #24

    we need to get a replacement for milner, he was terrible last night, but agree if we played 442 all season we would be much was a better performance but we just couldnt score.oh and martins was like an 8 yr old striker

  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Where’s the likes of Drago, Dragoner etc the pro Sam brigade? They were abusive and abnoxious! Condecending to boot!

    Well if people like these continue to back him we will be done for, January is going to be a very hard month for us with Sam in charge. If we continue like this we’re done for. I CAN see us being dragged into a relegation battle!

    Ashley act now or this investment you have will be worth as much as the sponsors on our shirts! Pull your finger out and show us how ruthless a business man you really are!

  • mark

    Jan 3, 2008 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #26

    Compare the cries for Shearer like this lads –

    Shearer was a great player, great goalscorer, fantastic commitment, determination and will to succeed.

    Sam is an experienced Manager, is rebuilding, and said at the very beginning of his tenure its going to take some time. Rome wasnt built in a day…

    Imagine you run a restaurant, you have a Chef who is good but a few meals arent up to scratch.

    You have a waiter, he can serve 10 people at once, he is faster than the rest of them, can take 15 orders at once, and knows the ins and outs of the kitchen, but theres no proof he can cook…

    Do you sack your chef for that waiter to become chef???

    No. Didnt think so.

  • will

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #27

    Stop making excuses Sam. You have a squad that most premiership managers dream about. Their performances so far have been abysmal. We haven’t won a game recently because we haven’t deserved to. If you can’t get a result then sod off and let someone else take charge. Stoke is your last chance.

  • LeazesEndLoyal

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #28

    I wouldn’t even give him Stoke, if we lose that our season is over!

  • Hammy

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #29

    Sam’s turned me into an alchoholic………
    unfortunately the beer goggles don’t have the same effect on match days……..
    any lawyers out there? can I sue fat Sam for woeful perfomances inducing me to drink more and therefore increase my chances of heart disease?

  • Injurylawyers4fans

    Jan 3, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #30

    You certainly can, I’ll get something drawn up right away, just yourself sir?

  • Tripp

    Jan 3, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Jeremy9. Sounds like a description of me. Howay is a geordie expression for c’mon. It can also mean “well done”, I think. It’s a shortened version of the term “hadaway”. Geordies, did I get that right? If you’re interest in Geordie, get yourself a copy of “Wicked Geordie”.

    Look into Setanta sports. They have a number of options available here in the states including a broadband option for watching games online.


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