Despite Everton having just one shot on target during their 1-0 win last night, Sam Allardyce believes his side ‘completely dominated’ the game – also sending a subtle dig to Rafa Benitez regarding NUFC’s ‘negative tactics’.
Don’t get me wrong, we were awful last night and there’s no way we were good enough to justify taking all three points, but some of Big Sam’s post-match comments are pretty bemusing to put it mildly.
Here’s what Allardyce has to say after the game when speaking to Sky:
“Newcastle had won the last four and apart from the last 10 minutes, we dominated the game and for me there was only ever going to be one winner.
“What was wrong with our style today? We completely dominated the game, out-passed the opposition and found it very difficult to break them down because of their negative tactics of dropping ten players in their own half.”
Again, I’m not saying we deserved to win in all of this, but I’m really not sure what game he was watching.
Let’s break it down..
“we dominated the game and for me there was only ever going to be one winner” – We had more clear cut openings, more shots, more shots on target (only fractionally, but still), more corners and, with 57% of the ball to our 43%, it’s not like they completely dominated the possession stats.
“Negative tactics of dropping ten players in their own half” – Basically exactly what Big Sam did at St James’ Park for the full 90. Also, it’s not like Allardyce’s Everton played with attacking intent. His approach probably defines the term ‘negative tactics’ and that’ll be why so many on Merseyside want him out. They may have won, but the home fans inside Goodison will have been far from impressed. Criticising Rafa for negative tactics when this is Big Sam’s trademark is pretty priceless.
What an awful game of football and a classless post-match interview to match. To be arrogant in victory after a game like that is quite laughable really – but that’s the gravy guzzler for you!