Sam Allardyce was able to meet up with owner Mike Ashley before the game last night with Stoke City.
Mike Ashley – at the game last night at Stoke
Newcastle played quite well but still only narrowly avoided going out of the competition at the first hurdle. Some plain good luck and great defending in the second half saved the day for the Magpies, who can breath a sigh of relief to still be in the competition for todayâ€™s 4th round draw. Some pundits were saying a defeat last night would have been the end for Sam at the club, but we think thatâ€™s just made up nonsense.
Sam said after the game last night:
“It would have been a shock if we had lost, that is for sure,” “But other people were putting more onto the result than they should have done.”
“There is nothing I can do about that. I just have to keep my focus on the players and try to ensure they perform at their best.” “We need to put a few wins on the board and we need to find more of a cutting edge.”
Allardyce refused to talk about the subject of his meeting with Ashley, other than to confirm that Mike, who now sits among the Newcastle fans at most games, is looking fit and well after a recent vacation.
Newcastle had the better of the first half and should have been at least a goal ahead when Michael Owen was clean through on goal but goalkeeper Simonsen saved his attempted lob. But then Stoke launched their own onslaught in the second half and the central defensive pair of Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye played really well.
They combined to somehow keep out Stokeâ€™s best chance, when substitute Jon Parkin tried to drill the ball home from Ricardo Fuller’s pull back from the bye line. But the ball was amazingly cleared off the line we think by Taylor with help from Faye.
However, Newcastle had some good opportunities in a game they dominated for long periods, especially in the first half. Steven Taylor came closest in the second half when he bundled a close-range chance against a post following a corner.
But it’s another game without a win and some fans are still insisting that Sam should be replaced. But we saw definite signs of some good play from the lads last night. We have to support the club in this difficult time period, and we think they’ll come through for the club.
What do you think?
Comments always welcome.