Former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has done well against Newcastle, since he was fired in January of 2008, after only eight months on Tyneside, and his Blackburn side and his West Ham side earlier this season, have both won at St. James’ Park since he left.
Chris Mort and Sam Allardyce at Newcastle in 2007
And Sam will be wanting to notch another win against his former club this afternoon, and if he’s successful that could be another blow to Newcastle’s chances of staying in the Premier League.
Alan Pardew seems worried about West Ham’s set plays, and the ability of our former captain Kevin Nolan to get goals in the penalty box – and we’ll not even mention local striker Andy Carroll’s heading ability.
This is what Alan Pardew said in the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve done well against teams who are direct, like Stoke and Everton.” “Since I’ve been here we have been very competitive in those games.”
“But West Ham because they are very good at what they do.” “We know at some point they will leave something for Kevin and we need to be around him.”
“In all my time in football I haven’t seen anybody who is a more clinical finisher than him in the box.” “We need to make sure we look after those two for sure.”
“You have to compete – it’s as simple as that.” “Set-pieces have been a problem for us this year.” “We’re one of the smallest teams in the Premier League.”
“But defensively we have been pretty strong.” “We have to take that into today because their set-pieces are a key feature of Sam Allardyce’s game.”
Newcastle are in a nose dive as far as results go, and we must get something out of the game this afternoon.
The longer we go without picking up points the more likely it is that our Premier League survival will be dependent on how we do against Arsenal at St. James’ Park on the last day of the season, which is two weeks tomorrow.
We want to have Newcastle safe before that game – so we can regroup and build in the summer for another Premier League season.
The alternative is just unthinkable .
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