We haven’t heard too much from Jonjo Shelvey recently, but he has today been interviewed in the Chronicle and he has mentioned about how Sam Allardyce sets up his teams – not to lose.
And it seems that’s a big contrast with the way Rafa Benitez sets up his teams, which is to win games.
We were also interested to hear Sam in his press conference yesterday saying he wanted to be informed of how Newcastle are doing at Aston Villa.
But why is that?
Why wouldn’t he just assume Newcastle will win the game and do his best to have Sunderland beat Chelsea at home.
Jonjo Shelvey – Sam sets up his team not to lose
Here’s what Jonjo has said in the Chronicle today:
“Sunderland nicked a goal at the end through Jermain Defoe at Stoke and it could have been different for us if Yohan Cabaye had scored but thankfully it was a poor penalty.”
“It’s not about Sunderland, it’s about us. They will nick the odd point here and there, that’s what Sam Allardyce does.”
“He sets up his teams not to get beat.” “But if we win our games we will have no worries.”
“It was massive last Saturday, we needed it to get out of the bottom three.” “Sunderland nicked a goal at the end of their game, but the main thing is, if we win our games we will be all right.
“We have 52,000 fans coming here and they’re supporting you and cheering you on, it gives you that extra bit of determination and grit to see games out.”
“I thought the lads were outstanding against Crystal Palace. There was also a moment of quality from Andros to score the goal.”
“It will be some atmosphere at our end. I don’t think Villa get a lot of fans at the minute so it will be interesting.” “I am sure we can go there and win.”
“They aren’t in a great place at the moment but we can go there and get the three points.” “We have to fight to the end. You could see what it meant to the fans at the end of the Palace game.”
“We now go to Villa and look to keep pushing, hopefully we can do it.”
If Newcastle are losing 3-0 in the second half tomorrow afternoon – heaven forbid – does that mean that Sam Allardyce would settle for a draw with Chelsea?
Again, why does Sam want to know the score at Villa Park?
That’s the difference with Rafa – he wants to win the game no matter how the other teams – Sunderland and Norwich – are faring – and in any case it’s something he cannot control.
But he can control how Newcastle perform – and he is going all out for two wins in the last two games of the season.
If we can do that we may even survive.
Howay The Lads!!