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Sam Infuriated by Lack Of Consistency

11:19 am, Friday, January 4th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 19 Comments

Sam has been talking about Newcastle’s inconsistency this season, and he admits it just infuriates him.

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Sam Allardyce - Newcastle inconsistency infuriates the big man

Sam said today:

“I am the first to admit we have had an inconsistent season, but we have shown ourselves eminently capable of top-class performances, which is what makes it all the more annoying that we have too often failed to produce that standard.”

“Which is the real Newcastle United? The one that played excellently against Arsenal at St James’ Park in early December and also defeated Spurs and Everton in style, or the one that fell to defeat at Wigan, Reading and Derby?”

“I firmly believe it is the former.”

Newcastle’s woes deepened a little more on Wednesday evening when, despite turning in a gallant first-half performance against Manchester City, Newcastle went down 2-0 at home. Martins, Duff and Milner all missed decent chances in the first half, as did Michael Owen within a minute of the restart.

Had they taken their chances, the result on the night might have been very different, but the Magpies are not fiunding goals easy to come by these days, and looked laborious in front of goal on Wednesday. On the other hand, City dispatched their goals in great style.

However, while Allardyce knows another opportunity slipped away on Wednesday, he is confident the ability his side has shown in their better performances to date this season can get them out of trouble.

Sam continued:

“In my view, the home match against Arsenal was the sort of standard to which we must aspire every time.” “That night, despite losing an early goal to a high-quality team, we got at them with skill, passion and energy and forced our way back into the contest to get a draw that could easily have been a victory.

“Everyone pulled together on the night and nine times out of 10, that sort of performance would bring a win.” “But for some infuriating reason we have not produced that form regularly, which is why we find ourselves in mid-table going into 2008.”

“The side that gave the ball away so badly against Wigan is not the real Newcastle United by any stretch of the imagination, but the league table does not lie.”

Sam has another chance to turn the tide for Newcastle, when the team takes on Stoke City on Sunday, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. A win will lighten the mood on Tyneside, but a defeat will take us further down into the mire.

We’re hoping for a win or at least a draw. It also looks like the game is being televized live around the world.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: FA Cup · Newcastle News



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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    “Sam Infuriated by Lack Of Consistency”

    take away “Sam” and insert “Fans”

  • 2 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:27 AM

    We have plenty of consistency – 3 crap managers in a row.

  • 3 Nick Dryden // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    What’s he on about? They have been extremely consistent and not in a good way!!!
    Of course Butt says Sam must stay. Butt has just been given a bumper new deal. Butt wouldn’t
    get in any of the top 4 teams.
    Starting to get really disappointed with Mort & Ashley.

  • 4 Leo // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    he has constantly changed the formation. use 442 and keep it.

    then eventually when the squad is used to your methods then introduce 433 or 451

  • 5 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Mort and Ashley are stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment. They are more than willing to invest, just not in the type of player Sam wants to bring in. Both of them said no to Barton 3 times according to Sam.

    We have a lot to thank Ashley for:

    Getting rid of Shepherd
    Clearing some of the debts.
    Investing £200 million of his own money already. He thinks that’s enough for year one.

    Both of them want to build Newcastle from the bottom up with the academy and young players. They will be here long after Fat Sam is sacked and investing in our team for years to come.

  • 6 Ed Harrison // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    James – good comment – think you are right about Mike and Chris – it’s got to be an uncomfortable time for them both. We don’t seem to be moving forward.

  • 7 Doctapaul // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    The time for shock, anger, resentment and rejection has passed.

    It’s time to accept where we are right now and move on.

    Booing the team and Sam doesn’t work – it only helps us let off steam.

    The best we can do now is be patient and get behind the team. They need us more than ever.

    If they continue to stumble or falter then Sam will have plenty of places to run but nowhere to hide.

    Stay cool.

  • 8 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    I’m 100% convinced that regardless of what happens at the weekend or in other matches, Mort will wait till the summer to sack Sam. He will be sacked in the summer no question. Because even if he was successful he wasn’t their man so the previous regime would get the credit for it.

    In fairness to them they will have given him a season to prove they are wrong and that he is the right man for the job. It’s quite clear he isn’t.

  • 9 Southern_Magpie // Jan 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    “we have shown ourselves eminently capable of top-class performances”

    What are you talking about Sam? We’ve been terrible all season, even playing poorly when we’ve won. I worry if he believes we played with so-called ‘style’ against a very poor spurs team. Yes we won, but it was by no means pretty!

  • 10 Tommie Lewis // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    We cannnn play well…. we just haven’t for a few games. But arsenal was a good performance?

  • 11 StevieA // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    At least he is talking about performances and consistency. That’s what we need, good performances and to build a consistent team.

    We just don’t know what we are going to get anymore!

    At least those words are on his mind, I do wonder how much of this crisis has to do with the players not doing as Sam tells them too. He sounds very frustrated by recent performances.

    Having said that we are being a bit negative considering we should be in the top 8 at the very least.We shouldn’t worry about other teams, most teams should be worried they will get a thrashing at St James not the other way around.

  • 12 Southern_Magpie // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    We played well against Arsenal yes, but not “top class” as Sam said. There have been other times that we’ve played well this season, most recently against Chelsea and the first half against Man City. But we have at no point shown real quality as yet this season.

  • 13 Tommie Lewis // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:23 PM

    I don;t think at any point we have really had any wonderful performances from indaviduals though. Yeah it’s a team game, but most of Arsenal’s wins, or Man U’s can come because Ronaldo or Tevez/Fabregas or Adybeyor. I can only think of a few mags that have taken the game this year. Zog comes to mind (V Boro). So before we can slate the manager, we gotta see who’s producing loads on the pitch.
    I think every toon player bar 2 or 3, can say they aren’t playing to their full capabilities this season.

  • 14 JP from The Rock of Gibraltar // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    Exactly why we have to buy consistant players within our range for example Gareth Barry, David Bentley, Micah Richards, Shorey.

  • 15 Obafan // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    James you should be a journalist, fantastic comments m8!!!!

    I just hope that Mort and Ashley don’t make the mistake by holding SA too long, ause the players he now wants don’t look like players who will strengthen us (like Ben Haim), but who will make us more the team that kicks the ball upfront and holds for the 0, that is what we don’t want in the future…. We want a team that can play nice football and who are willing to attack, that should be our priority…

  • 16 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Obafan – thanks for that. Much appreciated.

    Mort and Ashley will only secure those on Sam’s list that they will be happy to have after Sam is gone in the summer. If they don’t like his list then they will say there is no money to spend.

    The Barton transfer has completely shattered the trust he had with them to secure the player he wants and not the ones they want. As shrewd businessmen they will not tolerate this again.

  • 17 ObaFan2 // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Everyone Infuriated by Lack Of Consistency @Toon, BSA got nowt intersting to say (for a change) Just shut up don’t wind the fans up and GET ON WITH UR JOB fgs.

    What’s worse BSA’s pr or his team/formation selections? Close call!

  • 18 Toon Barmy // Jan 4, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml;jsessionid=Q1MCNZTVBI3AFQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/sport/2008/01/03/sfnhen103.xml&posted=true&_requestid=69355

    Just read this article in the Telegraph about our deluded fans…LIVID

  • 19 AdamJD2 // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Doctapau….I agree. Lets all quit freakin bitchin and support the team. We’ve had so much damn turnover its GOING TO TAKE TIME!!




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