Sam – Newcastle Defense Tremendous


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.

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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.”

“We 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.”

“We are short of numbers at the moment with African Nations (Cup) players going away and a few injuries.”

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.

Comments very welcome.


94 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #1

    NOB!

    Scared to attack Stoke.

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  • carl

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #2

    this guys wrong in the head, should be done for crimes to football at nufc

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Already moaning about losing players to ANC lmao.
    Also Roz was lost at times @ rb but Smudge looked lost the whole game !

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  • yo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #4

    lol. nice picture of Allardyce…

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  • Tom Cairns

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #5

    sure we should be beating a team in championship but so should liverpool. it could have been a lot worse and even though we could have done without the extra game considering our current form i reckon we did pretty well. cheer up people 🙂

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #6

    if our chairman and ashley were footballing men i can guarantee you sam would be out already

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  • Ross

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #7

    he wasnt scared to attack stoke.
    he played the 4-4-2 we’ve been asking for, with zogs on the wing and enrique at lb, as everyone craved.
    the only problem with the squad was butt and smith in the mid. should have swapped one of them for emre, because it didnt work at all. probably should have played taylor at rb aswell, roz looked sh!t scared at times.
    he’s right to be proud of his defence, faye and taylor were top notch for 90 minutes.
    it wasnt a good performance by any means, but promising signs were shown in the first half by some of the lads, zogs quality as per.
    get them to sjp and finish the job.

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  • James

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Can anyone name me a game under Sam where a player didn’t play out of position? I’m getting sick of seeing the line up and screaming at the TV. Square pegs in round holes gets you nowhere.

    Smith in the creative midfield slot (no pace or creativity since he was born).

    Duff best left winger we have – on the right wing

    Rozenhal at right back

    Manure are going to turn us over at the weekend

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  • carl

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #9

    hard working,descent good people pay good money to follow the toon everywhere they go, and to see the likes of smith wonder round the pitch like a headless chicken and a cm pairing that even my 8 yr old cousin knows wont work.

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  • Edd Case

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #10

    Sam – Newcastle Defense Tremendous – No, try ‘lucky’.

    I’ve just got home and skipped through the recorded match, looked painfully similar to every other game this season…

    Rozy at right back? What’s that all about?

    Smith back in the starting 11 then? Funny, I didn’t realise both he and Butt were better than Emre / Faye combination.
    Butt’s passing, shooting and tackling looked shocking tonight…sigh…sam old, same old.

    Sam is a peanut.

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  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #11

    allardyce is missing something. the defense was good but it was against the mighty stoke.

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  • Jon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Yeah we were very very lucky tonight. I’m afraid Ashley and Mort don’t know a thing about football.
    For them NUFC is business not football.

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  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #13

    i dont understand why butt keeps havin a pop cuz he cant shout he’s a ball winner but to be fair in the starting 11 thers nobody (apart from the wingers) who can bag from outside the area. viduka cant run 6yrds, its jst not how owen plays only emre can who was sub.so he’s most proberly on his way which is sad. buy diego……

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  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #14

    face it we miss dyer swap him for butt tonight we win 3-0

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  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Tom Toon ….Ashley must have no interest in football ….he only invested about 150 million in our club ……obviously not a football man. Why don’t you engage your brain before you type??

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Jan 6, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #16

    jesus,i dont want to read this blog any more…do u cheer for Sunderland ???man,i dont know what you expect from Newcastle this seasson…why dont you look on the bright side ! we were solid against Stoke! look at the BlackBurn,Everton and Birmingham ! they should be unhappy !!! anyway,Newcastle will win on the SJP,and im out of here,bye-bye

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Centre of the park was awful and is the reason we cannot create anything apart from on the wings. Best passes came from Zoggy. Butt and Smith in the middle is just pathetic and it makes us so predictable. Opposition simply double up on Zog and Duff cos they know Smith and Butt are useless. Speaking of which, where the hell was Smith today??? he needs to get benched. Butt wasted about 30 passes again as usual. Rozenhal looked awful at rb. And overall good defensive performance but we weren’t up against much were we? The so called “great championship striker” Ricardo fuller is utter shite and couldn’t even join Derby.

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  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #18

    doesnt mean just cos he invested money in the club he is a football man. he is a business man you clown like our most of are players in it for the money. if he was a football man why did he not support a team before buying us

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  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Robert …get used to some of the stuff on this blog. I think many are Mackams who come on to stir the sh*t, cos they are not Toon fans. Most are whinging glory hunters who haven’t a clue about football

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  • Dragoner

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #20

    Lua Lua and Carroll both looked bright and enthusiastic. Lua Lua could be our answer to our right problems if we train him up right. Oh well, back to SJP. I hope it aint another repeat of last years FA Cup return to SJP. 🙁

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  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    nobbys dad are you just happy to sit back and settle for second best just like most the team

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  • Leo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    no injuries is a positive… oh and we didnt loose. theres being a toon supporter of late…

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  • Leo

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    yeah and lua lua and carroll looked good.

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  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #24

    nobbys dad and robert. i think u 2 have both lost your ways five yrs ago our team was feared by everyone even across europe do u rember when we beat juve 1-0 we wher part of europes elite our quility on paper hasn’t changed u could argue its better!owen and given world class talent taylor milner zog we keep under-achieving and we’re starting to get used to it we’re suprised when we win.and now we’re supposed to be happy with a draw to stoke in a league that watford lead!

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  • Hammy

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Say what you like about Allardyce but you’ve got to admit he has skin like a rhino……laughing and waving at the crowd, either that or he’s on prozac. The guy has been under tremendous pressure and most lesser folks would have walked or topped themselves by now.
    Anyway like him or not you’ve got to admire him for that imo.
    In the conditions and how we’ve played lately I’d have settled for 0-0, hopefully they’ll slash admission prices for the replay and fill St James.
    Faye will be a big miss when he travels to the ANC.

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  • Hammy

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #26

    ROBERT DON’T DO ANYTHING RASH!!!

    it’s only a game….

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  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #27

    John – I don’t sit back, I go to the games – OK wasn’t there today but I’m a long time season ticket holder and first went to SJP in the late 60’s – so I ‘ve seen them come and I’ve seen them go.

    Ashley may be a businessman but he decided to invest in a football club (he didn’t have to and could have put his money somewhere else). To suggest, like Tom Toon does ,that because Ashley hasn’t sacked Allardyce he knows nothing about football is plainly ridiculous. Maybe he thought that it doesn’t make sense to change the manager every five minutes and what the club needs is stability. If Ashley is in our club to make money then the club will have to be successful for him to do that – so we all win.

    I may not be happy with the football but if Ashley and Mort are prepared to give Allardyce him time then I am – 40 + years a supporter., I’m no glory hunting Manc or Chelski fan. Toon till I die whatever the football….it’s in my blood and I support all who wear the Black and White because that’s what we are SUPPORTERS!!

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  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #28

    emre never plays away from home cos he is like solano never used to perform away from home

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  • Frustrated Santa

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Players out of ther intended and best position, all over, game after game.. This club has becomone an embarrasment, loosing at home 0-2 to City, and 0-3 to Liverpool, and not able to finish of Stoke.!!?? Patience yes.. but hello? If a team of the size of Newcastle can not win their home games instead of loosing by several goals, and not finish of Stoke, something is seriously wrong..

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  • Zx

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Haha, wonderful defense Sam. Do you need 3-5 years to create a team that can beat Stoke?
    If we can’t beat Stoke, how can we even start dreaming of becoming a top side? We got Man Utd next week, let’s see what excuse you can churn up again.

    I’m getting used to us not winning games already. Can’t believe St.James is actually filled for every games. I won’t pay money to watch this kinda football that’s for sure.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #31

    I really think CM and MA are already looking for a replacement.

    Lualua to play as our creativity in the centre or right wing for Milner.

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  • Toon Andy

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #32

    I don’t know what the fuss is about. I though this was NUFC’s best performance in a damned long time.

    Big Sam’s team selection was, for a change, spot on. Smith and Butt in the middle was exactly what we needed in this game and those thinking that Rozenhal had bad game pay too much attention to BBC commentators (God knows why – they can barely pronounce the lad’s name!). Enrique, as has been mentioned, looked great and with N’Zogbia much happier on the wing this must surely be the way forward, especially with the club short on full backs with the ANC coming up.

    We had our least favourite ref, Steve Bennett, today. I don’t know if you lads have noticed, but this lad hates the teams from the Northeast and he, unsurprisingly, gave everything against us. All those little decisions add up and stopped us having a big impact on the game.

    This performance gave me lots of optimism for the replay and the season ahead. We have difficult games coming up, but if fans and players stick together as we did in this game then we can produce results.

    I really hope this game is a sign of things to come: with the media, the country and the officials against us, we still produced a performance and our defence had to be flawless in the face of such pressure. Long may this type of performance continue…

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  • Nobby's dad

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #33

    Spen….football has changed in the 5/6 years since Griffen scored that goal against Juve. Man Utd / Chelsea and Liverpool have spent muli millions since then – what funds we spent were mostly wasted by Bobby and Souness (loved SBR but he did WASTE millions) Hated Souness and he wasted millions. Look at Chelsea this Jan – need a defender as cover – spend 10 million. Need a striker as cover 13 million on Anelka.

    To move forwards we need cash and stability…..say what you like but BSA record in the transfer market at Bolton was very good (given he had next to no cash). I’d argue his signings at the Toon aren’t that bad (given the money spent) plus we’ve got rid of some dross. I’m not happy believe me ………..but there has to come a time at our club when we decide not to sack managers after 6 – 12 months and actually stick with one.

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  • Robert(From Serbia)

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #34

    Spen…yeah right,every body feard the mighty Newcastle with terrible defence…Bramble,Bernard,Griffin,Hughes,O’Brien…LOL

    well,i wil tell you that PARTISAN BELGRADE didnt feard of Newcastle….am i right? i was on that game,and with the NUFC fans,here in Serbia.We wont be a good team if we dont agree…we need stability in our beloved club,and sacking managers and changing them like socks,wont help…N’Zogbia or Martins,or some one else,will get tired of seeing more,and more managers and will want to go away…wait dude,we played 20 games,and you already judge Sam Allardyce,who is working hard for Toon…he is the man,and i would luv it if he stays here for 2-3 sesons,and then we will see what will happen…

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  • Marc Kobrin

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #35

    how the hell can he praise the defence when stoke should of scored 3 or 4 times in the 2nd half – the on the line block and the fluffed shot at given etc

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  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #36

    i like the look of lualua another zog i hope our youth as ever looks bright but the youth we used to have did jenas gone dyer gone viana gone fair enough jenas is a p*ick and im glad he’s doing pap at spurs and not in england frame but carrol should have come on at the hour mark viduka cant run!

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  • steve chrome

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #37

    why don’t people get the facts straight before critisicing the line up. christ all mighty. Beye had a tight hamstring, emre anke, milner sick. do you reckon sam should just play nine people rather than butt and smith. FFS get a grip and stop critiscing.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #38

    he could’ve played edgar, lualua there or moved faye in and played capaca in defence.

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  • spen

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #39

    robert- with tht terrible defence we finished 3rd not a lucky 3rd 8 losses 3 draws and 27 wins 27! i dont think we should sack sam i just dont want another bolton long ball counter attack

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  • john

    Jan 6, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #40

    doesnt mean cos your 40 year supporter you are a good supporter. allardyce is saying the same things as roeder and souness. he said when he joined he had a great squad of players to work with when things started going wrong he said he needs to put his stamp on the club. always moaning about the amount of injuries when he has signed players with bad injury records. he has already said he doesnt trust his players so what kind of message does that send out. and has said his signings were 2nd and 3rd choice

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