Jake: 'a point's a point?'

Jake: ‘a point’s a point?’

Malcolm Dawson writes…..an away point is always good and after it seemed like defeat was on the cards especially welcome. We are still a few wins away from safety and even two on the bounce might not get us out of the bottom three after today’s results but let’s not quibble. Sam was happy and says so in his post match e-mail to M Salut and the rest of the extended Mackem family.

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Jake's take on Big Sam

Jake’s take on Big Sam

Dear Colin,

When you’re two-nil down at Anfield you think your day’s all over, but today we fought back from being two goals down with two quality goals of our own. We earned ourselves a point by not giving up and never saying die. It looked like the fear left us and we seemed to play a lot better after falling behind.

I was disappointed when we fell to one-nil because I thought we didn’t deserve it, [Patrick] van Aanholt had an unbelievable chance to pull us back just after, but he didn’t manage to score and then we were at fault for their second goal. I thought we had defended well up until that point and we had created a number of chances.

We had to make some changes today because of illness and injuries and then Duncan [Watmore] got injured early doors too, which forced us into another change.

[Adam] Johnson came on and he got forward a little more than what [Yann] M’Vila, [Jan] Kirchhoff and [Lee] Cattermole had been doing and it made a difference.

We never said die; we showed character and worked on opening up Liverpool a little bit more and it paid off with a quality free kick and then [Jermain] Defoe took his chance and wow, what a goal! It’s the quality of those goals that got us our point.

It’s not often you can come back from being two goals behind to get a point and it’s a very precious point for us today!

Thanks for your support,

Sam Allardyce



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Born in Hetton le Hole, deputy editor Malcolm Dawson's first game at Roker Park was the three all draw with Leicester City at the beginning of the 64-65 season. Having spent more than thirty years living in the East Midlands, he was Chairman and Information Officer of the Heart of England Branch of the Supporters' Association but has now returned to live in County Durham.

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