Sam Allardyce has talked about the game last night and the fact that the Newcastle players are probably at their lowest ebb of the season. We hope this is rock bottom as Sam says, because we donâ€™t want to go any lower than this. But what Sam talks about this morning, are nothing but excuses and sob stories.
Sam Allardyce – it’s all woulda coulda shoulda this morning
Sam told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe players are very dejected and disappointed. It has been a massive effort, with so many games in such a short period of time.â€ â€œNow it is three defeats on the trot and, in terms of confidence, that is hugely draining.â€
â€œWe have to take it on the chin, and take the positive points out of the game.â€ â€œHowever, we cannot keep shooting ourselves in the foot by playing so well and not gaining results to go along with it.â€
â€œIt was a very disappointing result at home, having played so well in the first half and not taken advantage of the chances we created.â€
It was very even in the first half, and Newcastle certainly had the better chances but looked inept when those chances presented themselves. On another day we could have easily gone two up, but we didnâ€™t, and thatâ€™s why we are now in such terrible trouble. The Newcastle players get paid huge amounts of money to play the game, so weâ€™re not going to feel too sorry for them. They will need to get themselves together for Saturdayâ€™s game, and start to earn their wages â€“ like our tremendous fans do every single day.
Sam went on:
â€œIt was typical of the Premier League â€“ it will kill you under those circumstances. It killed us just before half-time with the Elano goal.â€
â€œIn the first 10 games of the season we scored first in seven of them, and you saw how many points that brought us.â€ â€œPeople might say it sounds like we are making excuses, but we are not â€“ have a look at them.â€
â€œWe feel the challenge from Elano on Abdoulaye Faye was a straight red.â€ â€œIt was a horrendous tackle, but not dealt with. People talk about two-footed tackles, but this was 10 times worse than that.â€
â€œDamien Duff was through one-on-one and was held by the full-back. The linesman gave offside, but when you look at the replay, it is onside.â€ â€œRichard Dunne upended Steven Taylor towards the end from an Emre free-kick â€“ a penalty at that stage would have given us an opportunity.â€
But what Sam is talking about is all what we would call woulda, coulda, shoulda. If only the referee had flagged for their 5 offside goals and had given us that penalty we deserved, we would have won 1-0 and not been beaten 5-0. Just trying to make a point here. If the King was a girl he’d be Queen. It just doesnâ€™t mean anything that’s very real. These things happen in every game, and thatâ€™s part of the game and you need to win whatever goes against you, because it happens to all teams.
Sam went on:
â€œYou never know, but even that one was not given.â€ â€œThe tackle from Elano was a straight red,â€ â€œHe got away with it. Weâ€™re talking about stamping out two-footed tackles. That was worse. There was no attempt to get the ball whatsoever.â€
â€œHe went over the ball. Heâ€™s not a tackler. He just went to do him. It was a defining point in the game. It might sound like excuses to some people. But poor decisions cost us.â€
It just about says it all when we talk about things like this in last nightâ€™s game. Like Brazilian Elano should have been sent off. If we had played better, then maybe we could have talked about that this morning. You cannot control how the other team plays or what the referee is going to do.
But you can control the way your own team plays and thatâ€™s what we have to now concentrate on Saturday. What we can do for ourselves on Saturday, that’s all that really matters right now. Ensure that somehow, the lads donâ€™t fall to a 4th defeat in a row.
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