Sam Allardyce has revealed how he plans to engineer a victory over former club Newcastle United when Everton face the Tyneside club on Wednesday.
The Toffees head to one of Allardyce's old stomping grounds in St. James' Park in the Premier League as they look to continue their good form of four matches without defeat.
Th 63-year-old masterminded a 1-1 draw with city rivals Liverpool on Sunday, but he told the club's website that a different tactic and game plan would be required to see off the faltering Magpies.
He explained: “We have to play a different tactic because it is a different team, who have different sets of skills and obviously different weaknesses. Our plan will be slightly different to the Liverpool one.
“St James’ Park is always a test for your players. The test is to nullify Newcastle’s attacking flair because it keeps the crowd quiet. The crowd at Newcastle, when the team is in full flow, spur the players on to good performances.
“If you can keep them quiet, keep possession and frustrate them and then play through their lines, then that crowd goes quiet and you get the opportunity to expose and attack their defence. They conceded three goals against Leicester so we’ll be looking at that, particularly at what areas did they expose Newcastle to score, and see if we can do the same.”
Sam Allardyce said the right things pre and post Sunday's game. He's said the right things about strengthening in January too. He may not have been people's first choice but he's not made a bad start.— Watched Toffee (@WatchedToffee) December 12, 2017
Allardyce has overseen an upturn in the Blues' defensive fortunes since his arrival, with only one goal conceded in the last four games.
The veteran manager went on to add that he was expecting more resilient defending from his charges in the upcoming slate of matches, and backed them to win more than they would lose if they could replicate that solidity at the back.
‘It’s the worst Everton team I’ve ever seen’— Darren (@nsno_83) December 11, 2017
It’s not even the worst Everton team I’ve seen this month, lads. Never mind ever.
He added: “I instil the basics in the team and the team then expresses itself how it feels, because they have to be the ones that make the decisions - right or wrong decisions - from there on.
"If you make fewer mistakes than the opposition, you give yourself the opportunity to win a game. Then, it’s about how much quality you have to win that game, quality in the end is what pays off in the end, wherever you are.
“The quality of our defending paid off [against Liverpool] and then one moment - we barely had another - we took full advantage of and I have to say the quality of Wayne’s ball that opened up the back two of Liverpool caused the panic. That panic resulted in the penalty.”