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Sam demands more stability

20 Jul 2007 - 10:05:32

Sam Allardyce has warned Newcastle United fans that he is planning to reinvent the Magpies as a more defensive force this season.

The St James' Park boss is scouring the transfer market for top-quality defenders as he looks to counter the club's recent Achilles heel of conceding too many goals.

Allardyce has already landed Czech Republic defender David Rozehnal in a £3million deal, but is looking to further shore up his defence with more new signings.

"We have got to get more goals from other players in other positions rather than Oba (Martins) or Michael (Owen)," he said.

"Obviously, Mark Viduka has a good goalscoring record and Shola (Ameobi) is back with us now, who has a decent goalscoring record, and Joey Barton has been leading goalscorer at Manchester City.

"There are more possibilities for goals in the side, we have just got to get the permutations right.

"But the big concern is I want to score one goal and win a game of football. I don't want to have to score three every game.

"That has been the case at Newcastle for the last two years. That is why they have not got to where they should go, because they have conceded far too many.

"That is why I am looking to make sure I sign quality defenders to get those clean sheets which can be very, very important and mean one goal can win us three points."


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