Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce says his Newcastle side deserved at least a draw against a Stoke City side tonight, who were dominant in the second half of their FA Cup clash.
Sam Allardyce – pleased with dogged performance from his team
The first half belonged to Newcastle and they should have been ahead at the break with several chances they should have done better with. The best chance fell to England striker Michael Owen, who should have scored when clean through and only goalkeeper Simonsen to beat.
After the game Allardyce, who appeared tired out at the end of a thrilling game, told Sky Sports:
“I thought we controlled the game, the first half particularly.” “I am a little disappointed over 90 minutes but it’s a very, very good draw.â€
â€œWe will see who we get and hopefully try to finish the job off.”
“Overall, it was a satisfying result and we look forward to the draw.”
And Allardyce had plenty of praise for his defenders, who all played their hearts out – as Sam added:
“They were tremendous. We spoke about the size and strength of the Stoke team, I thought we dealt with it well.â€
“We are short of numbers at the moment with African Nations (Cup) players going away and a few injuries.â€
It was a good game for Sam tonight, even though it wasn’t the win all Newcastle fans had craved. But the performance was a strong one and several new players shone during the game.
We thought Spaniard Jose Enrique looked good and solid, and why he hasn’t played more this season is beyond us. Charles N’Zogbia was again dangerous on the left wing, and we hope Sam keeps playing him there. And 17 year-old Kazenga Lua Lua looked more than useful when he made his very first senior appearance for the club.
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