All successful people are positive but realistic about things, even when things are in a complete mess.
Michael Owen – scored a good goal yesterday – disallowed
And that’s the case today with Alan Shearer as he still believes Newcastle can avoid the drop, even though there was little proof of that in yesterday’s second half display from the team, in front of sold-out crowd at Newcastle.
The Geordie fans deserve better, but when was the last time you heard that?
We had hoped for a mini-miracle win yesterday but a draw would have been great, but what we got was another defeat not unlike the last one against Arsenal.
We’ve had 3 defeats in a row at St. James Park to Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, and luckily we don’t have to play them again this season, although trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa loom large before the end of the season.
Alan Shearer talked about Newcastle’s situation today:
”I am still confident we will avoid the drop, and so are the players.” ” One game is a long time in football but we still have another seven and there will be plenty more twists and turns before the end of the season.”
” Yes, the results went against us today and we know we are on a fight – and we are going to give it a fight.” “But we must stop conceding silly goals. We have had a chat in the dressing room and we know what has to be done.”
”Knowing and doing are two different things but we’ll give it a try. What this result might have done is deflect attention away from myself.”
Two poor goals conceded from Frank Lampard and Florent Malouda in the second half gave Chelsea a rather easy win in the end, but the two teams immediately above Newcastle in the league table – Blackburn and Stoke – both won and Newcastle lost further ground on their relegation rivals.
And Newcastle yesterday seemed to have scored a goal when Ashley Cole cleared Michael Owen’s shot off the line – but television replays showed the ball had indeed crossed the line, but Shearer refused to complain about the officials:
“The linesman made a mistake but it wasn’t his fault we lost this after noon.” ”We know had that goal counted we could have given our fans a rousing last five or ten minutes .”
“And don’t forget that we will not be playing a team of the quality of Chelsea every week. ”
And experienced Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink had some good words of support to say for the Newcastle side as he talked after the game:
“When a team is 2-0 down and in the bottom three you normally find that their morale is down, but I didn’t see that in Newcastle this afternoon and this will give them a good foundation in the future.”
“Obviously there were special circumstances at Newcastle with Alan Shearer coming in and it was our job to remove all the energy from their team and the supporters in the stands, and I thought we did it very well.”
There’s no doubt the mess at Newcastle has gone on too long, and we’ve hardly had much luck either, as Joe Kinnear went down with heart trouble and since then, if you don’t count the WBA game, we’ve taken 2 points from the last 6 games, so in retrospect relying on Hughton and Calderwood was a huge mistake by Ashley.
But this is where we are – just 7 games to go, and effectively 4 points from safety, we can still do it, but with every defeat the chances of that seem more and more remote.