I suppose we can expect nothing less from Sam Allardyce.
The Everton boss coming out with some pretty outrageous comments after Monday night’s match.
The scousers were victorious but it was a game where neither side deserved to win.
Sam Allardyce surely the only manager who can come out after a game where playing at home against average opposition and having only one effort on goal, can then accuse the opposition of being negative and game spoilers!
The goal came from a long hopeful cross into the box which then got a lucky [for Everton]/unlucky [for Newcastle] deflection, Theo Walcott turning and finishing well from around eight yards.
Apart from that Martin Dubravka didn’t have a save to make in the 95 minutes of ‘action’.
Sam Allardyce was in full on defensive mode after the game, hilarious claiming ‘we completely dominated the game and outpassed the opposition.’
The former Newcastle manager adding ‘You can’t knock our football…there was only ever going to be one winner.’
I won’t claim that Newcastle were adventurous because that then would make me look as daft as Fat Sam, it was only in the final stages when Rafa’s team did show a bit more of an attacking edge.
The introduction of Dwight Gayle gave Newcastle the pace and movement they had lacked up front and he was repeatedly fouled and won NUFC free-kicks in decent positions, with Keane [how on earth has he ever played for England?] lucky not to get a second yellow.
The only real chance before Gayle came on, was when Kenedy charged down a Pickford clearance and Perez somehow couldn’t manage a 10 yard easy pass which would have left Slimani one on one with the former Mackem keeper.
A match that was a waste of everybody’s time and any neutral who sat through the whole game must have a pretty sad and empty life.
On the positive side for Newcastle fans though…
At least I wake up this morning and can remind myself that at least we don’t have Sam Allardyce as our manager.
“What was wrong with our style today?
“We completely dominated the game and outpassed the opposition.
“Found it very difficult to break them down because of their negative tactics of dropping 10 players into their own half.
“We have moved up the league and we are on the right track – moving in the right direction.
“The lads have battled hard, worked hard, Theo Walcott was our game changer.
“If we lose next week it [the criticism] will be same again.
“We will all be rubbish if we lose again…but if we keep winning we’ll be OK.
“As a manager, when do all the fans like the manager?
“Newcastle had won the last four, and apart from that last 10 minutes, we dominated the game.
“For me there was only ever going to be one winner.
“You can’t knock our football.
“You can knock some of our passing that went astray, but you can’t knock me for that, I don’t pass the ball.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Everton 1 Newcastle 0
Evertonl: Walcott 51
Possession was Everton 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Everton 9 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Everton 1 Newcastle 2
Corners were Everton 4 Newcastle 6
Referee: Robert Madley
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 79), Shelvey (Merino 83), Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Slimani (Gayle 63)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)
(To read the match ratings on all Newcastle players after this defeat go HERE)