Todayâ€™s game at Stoke will not be an easy one for Newcastle, because whether we like it or not, we are not at our best against supposedly weaker teams.
Sam Allardyce – Owen starting should be big help
Sam Allardyce, the Newcastle manager generally sets up shop to stop opponents playing, and the team are certainly not at their best when Newcastle have to take the initiative and attack.
But that view of Newcastle doesnâ€™t sit well with Big Sam, the former Bolton manager, who talked today to the Times:
â€œYou tell me in whose philosophy itâ€™s not important. Was that not Manchester Cityâ€™s philosophy [when they beat Newcastle 2-0 last Wednesday night]? What is said about me is fictitious nonsense, because thatâ€™s what everybody does.â€
â€œWhen Sir Alex [Ferguson] comes and plays here with Manchester United, or Rafa Benitez, do they come and set out a defensive ploy to stop us playing? Yes. Always. They wait, and then open you up when they are ready, because they have more talented players than most Premier League sides.â€
Stoke are a big and powerful side, although the return of Michael Owen should give Newcastle a chance to score the goals weâ€™ve been missing out on, these last few games.
Sam said today:
â€œHaving Michael back is critical,â€ â€œWe want him to be scoring the sort of goals that Alan [Shearer] used to score on a regular basis.”
“He can win us games we donâ€™t deserve to win, and thatâ€™s very, very important.â€
We have no high hopes of this game tonight, although we think a good FA Cup run would help the team a lot this season. But in other games recently, we’ve had high hopes, so maybe the way we feel is an indication we’re going to do a lot better today.
We’ll try anything we can to get Newcastle back on their winning ways – as you can see. 😀
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