Allardyce Pleased With The Bairns

Seventeen-year-old Kazenga LuaLua, who is the cousin of former Newcastle favorite Lomana Lua Lua, now at Portsmouth, made his Newcastle debut last night as a 74th-minute substitute.


Andrew Carroll – 18 year-old made first appearance this season for the club

Manager Sam Allardyce was pleased with the impact of youngsters (bairns) Lua Lua and also Andrew Carroll, who came on as a late substitute for the tired Mark Viduka.

But Sam was pleased with the contributions of his two teenagers:

“Two young lads came on and did some good things in possession of the ball,”

“Andy Carroll could have been the ultimate hero but didn’t quite make it. At least he got the chance to miss.”

Newcastle are now finding goals hard to come by and scored just once in their last 4 games. Sam continued:

“The service has to get better,” “We need to find a little more cutting edge in every department,” “I don’t quite know how we didn’t score at the end of the first half.”

“Overall it was a good performance and a good result, although we could have done without the extra game with the players away at the African Nations Cup.”

“But four Premiership sides got knocked out by lower division teams and there was none harder than this one for me.”

We thought Newcastle played well but there has been some harsh criticism for Newcastle from some of our readers last night, which surprised us a little.

Let us know what you think?

Comments always welcome.

PS – bairns is a Geordie slang for babies for those fans around the world.

42 comments so far

  • indian toon

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    seems like sam has limited funds for the transfer’s . seems this is his first and last season. also james triosi is a very good pacy winger.

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #2

    If the board truly believed Sam was the right man for Newcastle they would back him financially in the transfer market. They clearly don’t, and give him dribs and drabs to get through the season before sacking him in the summer.

  • ToonKing

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed, Lomana Lua Lua is at Olympiacos now. 😉


    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed i thought we were decent last night with only our final ball forward letting us down.Lets not think this tie is over though remembering what Birmingham did to us last season.We will also be without the African players for the replay.

  • aaron d

    Jan 7, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Lua-Lua plays for Olympiacos not Portsmouth.

    Kazenga Lua Lua looked ok last night, only making one waywood pass, he beat a few players and passed the ball well. Definate one for the future.

  • ChrisM

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    Spot the zebra – We were utter shite last night full stop. I’m actually quite embarressed because i’m getting the piss taken out of me by my workmates (those who obviously had nothing better to do than watch all of that crap) up here in scotland.

    Woeful in every department – except Faye who was solid.


    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    ChrisM we all have our opinions kidda.If youre one of these fans that want a Manager sacked after only a few months than id take the piss out of you aswell.
    BTW did anyone see the Burnley v Arsenal game earlier on? A player we were rumoured to be scouting, Kyle Lafferty played well against Sagna before being sent off.

  • Graeme

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #8

    The fact is, we need to buy a midfield. Without one we are achieving nothing and will continue to achieve nothing.

    Surely, even if they are going to sack BSA (which I very much doubt) it has to be a good move to get some good players in, sooner, rather than later!!!! If they dont invest, we go even further backwards!!!

  • UTD111

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #9

    Dominated the first half. 59% posession overall (even according to the United haters at the BBC). Defence were great in trying conditions. Well I’m certainly happy with the performance and the result in what was a very tricky tie. A team in the division below Stoke’s played Liverpool off the park – any criticism there from the media…….thought not!!
    Come on lads – dont join the media campaign against United – fight it by being 100% behind the club when they need us – its what we always did before the Keegan bandwagonners swelled the ranks………

  • Andy C

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    Well said UTD111 couldnt agree more – Man City fans were singing ‘where were you when you were shit’ well i was there and the banter was awesome and we didnt expect to win every week which meant everyone was alot more relaxed and enjoyed themselves!

  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d be rattling on Wenger’s door to see if he’d fancy letting Gilberto go….

  • billy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #12

    ha utd111 i remember the days before keegan and the chants of sack the board it wasnt all great support.yesterday was ok first half bloody awful second but at least we have another chance unlike some other prem clubs . the shi** press dont slaughter other clubs like they do us and they would of loved us to have lost.

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Points from the game:
    -Enrique’s distribution is poor, he’s too slow to get stuck in and doesn’t seem like the solid LB that we crave.
    -Rozenhal is not a RB, he was utter garbage, and I’m still not convinced he’s a good CB.
    -Nobody in the Midfield apart from Butt wanted the ball and had any sense of mind to get into attacking positions.
    -Smith should be playing up top, he’s rubbish in Midfield.
    -Why are our wingers playing so deep? How come our CM’s are higher up the pitch than our wingers? We keep playing far too deep!
    -We have no accurate distribution, we need playmakers and wingers!!!!

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #14

    We’ve got pace on our wings, so we need to isolate full backs of opposition teams. Duff, N’Zogbia, Milner really need to press higher up the pitch. This will allow our strikers to hold a higher line, and it will also mean that Butt won’t always be bursting a gut to get into the box and take crap shots like he did. Don’t get me wrong I thought Butt has been exceptional and is really showing a new sense of stamina and worth, but he can’t shoot!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #15

    Spot The Zebra – yes we know all about the Birmingham replay last January – we should have won at Birmingham. I though we were good in first half last night and lucky in the second half. But Owen has to start coming through for us.
    Overall the last 3 games we’ve been good without getting the results. They’ll come. Pity Faye is going – he and Steven were just great last night.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #16

    But as you can see from ChrisM – some fans were really disappointed last night. We thought it was a great game to watch.

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    All fans become managers after a game thats shown on TV, but we all notice things afterwards, what should have gone on during the game. But whats been pointed out are simple football things, press higher, attack full backs and get to the by line. Simple football. We can all see confidence is lacking, but it doesn’t mean you neglect to do the simple things. Just attack, take a winning attacking mentality and at least try to reach the heights of Man Utd or Arsenal, if we lose in those circumstances then i’m sure we as fans would feel alot better. But most of the time we’ll win with such an attitude. I blame the players, it’s always the players who let the team, fans and manager down. Ultimately the Manager and the fans have to live with there incapabilities!

  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #18


    If Butt had been playing for the Falcons he’d have had about 15 points yesterday…nice.

  • mark

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #19

    I think we played fairly well last night, just need, as Sam knows and said, that spark or cutting edge.

    A few mates txt me last night and were going “Were like League 1 or something” I found that a joke of a text as I felt we played well. Good result.

    Great defending, pleased with Enrique. Rozenhal is a bit of a bottler for me, a little bit poofy.

    Overall though a good performance, pleased the fans didnt boo Sam off last night, things will click soon, some tough games though but lets get behind the club.

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    At least he had the confidence to have a go. Smith is a striker, you expect his finishing to be better than Butts, but I haven’t seen him take a long shot, never mind a shot on goal as of yet! Whats that about?

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #21

    Mark – I really hope Enrique comes good, he had a good reputation in Spain and would love him to excel in the Prem. He did win headers, looked big and strong, but I didn’t see him win many tackles and his passing was poor! Things which can be worked on, hopefully once fully confident he’ll be solid!

  • Hammy

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #22

    Enrique flighted 2 0r 3 great long balls, but his short passing wasn’t great, although it was pissing down and Stoke were on top of the toon as soon as they had the ball.

  • Bill f

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23

    I thought Enrique started well but lost his way somehow, I wouldn’t say he had a bad game and the conditions were atrocious. He needs Sam to give him more games then I think we will see a quality player. It is all about confidence he certainly has the ability.

  • Graham

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Maybe its me, maybe i’m just disolusioned at the minute; but anyone who thought we played well last night (even in the first half) was watching a different game to me.

    We were playing a championship side for gods sake who may or may not make the play offs come may – and if they do get promoted they will rival Sunderland (or Derby) for the lowest points tally next season!!

    Faye was solid, Taylor was good with a leader next to him, Nzogbia was the only other player who stood out for me (Enrique had some good spells but some poor ones too)

    The BBC were saying that Butt was outstanding – OUTSTANDING! he couldn’t manage a decent pass all night and must have thought he was playing for Newcastle Falcons with his shooting attempts!

    We are in big danger this season of going out in the replay and getting dragged into a relegation battle. I mentioned on one of these blogs a few days ago that on our current form i reckon we’ll get another 14 points this season putting us on a total of 40. Nothing i saw last night against much lesser opposition than we have left to play in the league has altered my opinion on form or results.

  • true

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #25

    Kash2 re Enrique you say… he didnt make many tackles and his passing was poor remember he is a £6m full back if he can’t tackle or pass now (comming from a technically superior country) he NEVER WILL!
    the ? is … is he a duff buy!?

  • true

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #26

    graham, right now i would be happy with 40 points!

  • Toon_Under

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    I thought Enrique had a reasonable game. He’s still finding his feet, and considering thats one of the only games he’s played a full 90 minutes in, i think he’ll be better for it. His distribution in the air over about 30 yards was poor, but his link up with Zog didn’t look too bad. He just seems a bit nervous and needs to start backing himself more. Remember the lad is still very young (21 i think??) and he will improve – despite his price I never thought he’d come in a be top drawer straight away..

    Impressed with LuaLua (gee I’ve missed saying that!) in particular his running at players. No fear, nothing to lose and it showed. And Carroll, well the commentator on ESPN thought that had the chance he had fallen to Viduka it would have been buried – little did he realise Viduka would have still been ambling in from the 18 yard box!

    Overall, a bit touch and go towards the end, but we need to get Owen in the game which means Viduka must be out and Smith must play up top, maybe with Carroll as a backup.. We’ll get them in the rematch for sure.

    With regards to transfers, we’ve seen our youth players come through and do well, so maybe we can boost our midfield stocks from within?? They’re not world beaters, but they are at least hungry and have some confidence..

  • Kash2

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #28

    @Graham – We should have dominated Stoke, we’re premiership team with better players (allegedly)!
    @True – He might not be confident enough, and may also be lacking true match fitness. We’re making excuses for him, but we just hope he comes through!

  • estechco

    Jan 7, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #29

    Do you suppose Enrique has ever encountered mud before? I know he’s a professional and all that, but I think most of us what take a while to aclimitize to playing in Spain for instance? Thought he had a decent enough game in the circumstances. My only slight criticism of him is that he sometimes holds onto the ball too long and gets caught in possession, but otherwise suprised he hasn’t played more, allowing zog to move forward

  • true

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #30

    Kash2 I too want him to be a success i hate to see one of the best wingers in the PL at left back, lets hope he gets a run in the team and we can then see if he can cut the mustard.

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #31

    When Enrique gets up to full match fitness and sharpness he will be very difficult to leave out of the team. He was classed as one of the best left backs in Europe when we bought him. That’s why we had to pay nearly 7 million.

  • broon ale

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #32
  • Bill f

    Jan 7, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #33

    I thought Carroll did add a bit of menace to a rather toothless looking attack and should start before Viduka against ManU. Someone with a bit of height and strength and a touch of nastiness will be needed against Vidic and Ferdinand.

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #34

    zog showed in the first half yesterday why he should play left wing every week with the ball at his feet running hes 1 of the best in the league and is by far our best player. its obvious allardyce playing him at left back was to wait for duff as his first choice left winger

  • john

    Jan 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #35

    james.. hugo viana was rated as better than cristiano ronaldo and look what happened there. looking at enrique he will never make it in this league he is slow and over weight and never gets stuck in. the bulll…….shitter

  • James

    Jan 7, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #36

    John – At the moment I agree about Enrique – as does Fat Sam. You can see why he hasn’t been playing him. He’s well off the pace and overweight. But he is a terrific player and will obviously take much longer to adjust to the Premiership.

  • Dragoner

    Jan 7, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #37

    I just wish Stoke didn’t have that spell when they could have scored. Because apart from that we handled everything they could throw at us. To the media’s disappointment our defence was never really tested until that point, which came from a simple clearance that Taylor couldn’t do. Yet we continue to praise him for his off the line clearance, even though it was all his fault they got there in the first place. The only reason Stoke started to create chances was because they were spurred on once they came so close to scoring. So it was all Taylors fault to begin with. Also, Owen had two good chances to score and he cocked it up. We need better players

  • Leo

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #38

    i thought lualua was 17 and that carroll was 19, also lomana lua lua is now at olympiakos i think

  • scott9

    Jan 7, 2008 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #39

    we didnt play that bad in the first half.
    iwe definatley need a creative central mid field player i think we should sign
    bruno alves
    if we signed these players just think how our team could look.
    beye taylor alves zog
    arshevin faye maniche duff
    they only reason i pit smith there is because he is the first name on sams team sheet

  • NUFC

    Jan 7, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #40

    arseshaving TOM_TOON


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