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Allardyce Looks to Electric Atmosphere and Win

Sam Allardyce has never been involved in a game between Newcastle and Sunderland before, and the same can be said for Sunderland manager Roy Keane. But Sam admits he just cannot wait to sample the electric atmosphere of the occasion on Saturday.

Big Sam is right when he says the best way to put the antics of last week’s Portsmouth game behind us is to get a win on Saturday. We’re sick of talking about that game – it was so bad, so a better chapter can be written on Saturday to take us into the international break with a win.


Sam Allardyce – looking forward to electric atmosphere of the derby game

Sam talked to the official club site www.nufc.co.uk today about the game:

“I’ve heard so much about the derby and I’m looking forward to it,” “It should be an electric atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light and both sets of fans and players will be right up for it.”

“It’s my first experience of a Tyne-Wear derby as a manager or a player and hopefully it will be a winning one.” “We want to win and I want my team to show who is the best in the North East.”

“There’s no better place to put our poor away form right than in this magnificent derby.”

We have to admit to being a little bit dubious about this game, if we were to be brutally honest. We’re concerned, especially in the first 30 minutes. Any lack of concentration in this game and we could be punished. It may even be a good move to play young Steven Taylor in the center of our defense on Saturday. Steven can lead by example of what it means to play in a Newcastle Sunderland derby game. Saturday is not the time to make even more mistakes in defense and Newcastle have to come out of the blocks at full speed.

Anything less than that will just not be good enough. But we’ll have our match preview tomorrow morning on the game and you can let us know what you feel on our Newcastle United Forum about the game.

Comments and opinions very welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Lasse

    Nov 8, 2007 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #1

    I support the idea of placing ST back in the hearth of the defence again. The key word will be commitment and no one in this (special) version of Newcastle United is more committed than ST.

  • indian toon

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #2

    sadly i heard that only 1ooo of our supporters are given tickets in the away fans section.. but our guys will be there in numbers mixing with the mackems.. hope the boo boys do a good job booing micheal chopra..

  • Leo

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #3

    thts just tactic my the unwashed to keep us quiet. scum bags, guess where i am haha, mackam land, i will have to have a big wash when i get home. it stinks hear.

  • Obafan

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #4

    My team:

    Beye – Rozehnal – Faye – Enrique

    Subs: Forster – Taylor – Milner – Owen

    Drop Smith out of the selection cause he is a red card bomb who can explode everytime in the game.

    We need to start to pass the ball and stop kicking long passes who don’t reach the attackers; it won’t be easy next Saturday, but we need to win this game, not only because it is the derby game, but also because we are slipping away at the league table after our excellent start.

  • yemozone

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    They don’t have to boo chopra b’cos we sold him

  • stjames

    Nov 8, 2007 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    The one big advantage of having young players is – ENTHUSIASM. The younger players have got so much more of it. The more experienced ones bring (or should bring) stability which is essential, but no team can succeed without enthusiasm either. In that respect at least, bringing back Tayls would be a very positive move.

  • yh

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #7

    Taylor should start.
    Owen should be benched.
    We should bloody win!

  • Hadrian

    Nov 8, 2007 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #8

    no hopefully sam , this one must be a win , for all our sake’s .
    if sam has any sense he’d have our local lad taylor back in the squad for this , id be expecting him to show the rest of the lads on the pitch exactly what this derby means .


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