Sam has been talking about Newcastle’s inconsistency this season, and he admits it just infuriates him.
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.â€
“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?â€
“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.
“In my view, the home match against Arsenal was the sort of standard to which we must aspire every time.â€ “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.â€ “But for some infuriating reason we have not produced that form regularly, which is why we find ourselves in mid-table going into 2008.â€
“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.
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