Newcastle Can Still Avoid Drop – Shearer


All successful people are positive but realistic about things, even when things are in a complete mess.

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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.

Comments welcome.



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61 comments so far

  • Dragonera

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Watching Swansea City. I hate to say it, but they look a better side than us offensively. We are that bad.

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  • joppadoni

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    dunno what to say after yesterdays 2nd half, exactly like arsenal and man u games. i dont think we are gunna get out of this, be hell maybe the season tickets will be cheaper woot!

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #3

    i think weve all realised now that we just arent good enough. im always optimistic but im my heart i feel we will go down.

    but i hope shearer and the lads can do it!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    It is looking bad.

    Few more defeats and things will start to fall apart.
    I agree the senior squad is not good enough and the current team would struggle in the championship next season.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #5

    NUFC BLOG IS ENDING!!!!!!!

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  • batty

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:26 AM

    Comment #6

    ile wait till next week to decide if we wil go down or not

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #7

    ED HARRISON.

    cheers for making this site good for us fans

    enjoy your retirement mate 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Just read the news Ed…my weekend has now been well and truly spoiled : (

    Anyway good luck in the future.

    SJT

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #9

    ED

    when is this ending then mate???

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #10

    I feel sorry for Bennytoon he will never get over it
    🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #11

    End of the season Ryan

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #12

    SJT

    haha, looks like benny wont be coming on here at the end of the season to possibly laugh at us 😉

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #13

    anyone know any other decent newcastle fan sites???

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #14

    Haha
    I will miss ripping the pi55 out of Benny.

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  • batty

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #15

    ware have read this

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  • DanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Even Ed’s had enough of NUFC lol. Great blog will be missed… Cheers Ed.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Hopefully The Club will follow Ed’s lead and pack up as well 🙂 useless buncha…..!!!

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  • matthewjai

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #19

    did anyone saw sir bobby’s comment?
    he said the club get rid of ppl who got leg like milner and nzogbia but bought some who can’t run such as smith barton and nolan

    i still dun understand why some ppl think that selling milner is a good deal

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  • Alanmc09

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #20

    Thanks ed for all the news and good luck in your retirement!
    Looks like tynetime.com will be the next toon blog!
    It defo has the potential!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #21

    Ed, I’m gonna miss this site when you stop it. It’s the source of my Newcastle news, and it’s good to have a bit of a bias in our favour for once.

    It’ll be hard to find another site to replace yours, but I acknowledge that you do have other things to do, and you make great sacrifices keeping this blog running. I hope you enjoy whatever it is you do once the season ends.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #22

    The team is jaded and can’t work as a unit i.e team work..in other words they are technically limited.

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #23

    i think ed deserves a round of

    APPLAUSE!!!!!!!! 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #24

    I can understand Ed not wanting to do write ups from the championship..it’s going to be painful.

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  • Alanmc09

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #25

    Ryantoon-www.tynetime.com itz nt the worst

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #26

    Yeah I agree I will miss coming on here moaning and doom mongering 🙂

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  • komfort

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #27

    aye , sjt benny the back door merchant is gonna be devastated without doubt…good luck mr ed on your retirement..let’s have a party!!!

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  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #28

    Ed.
    I’m really sorry to see that this blog is ending at the end of the season it will be sorely missed. Best of luck in your retirement

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #29

    Saturday afernoon and Saturday night summed up: No movement up front! I need some crumpet!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #30

    Haha

    Benny is a prick of the highest order.

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  • dougnufc

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #31

    Thank you Ed, this site is simply magnificent, and it would be really sad to see this blog go. I respect your decision and once again, thanks Ed.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #32

    Never again will we get political guidance from 51Toss

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  • hitman

    Apr 5, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #33

    cheers ed you have done a cracking job mate,im no computer geek,but can some one not take over the running of this blog like.

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  • komfort

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #34

    hitman , i propose stardust..he’s deed clever.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #35

    The thought of having to go to the pub more often and communicating face to face fills me with dread. I’ll have to keep my pants on for a start.

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  • hitman

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #36

    aye,hes into all that book learning.lol

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #37

    I propose that joiner who’s a David Bowie impersonator: Ziggy Sawdust

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  • jimiley

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:14 PM

    Comment #38

    We should embrace relegation and all the benefits it will bring.
    Some wins and a better atmosphere at the ground.
    Getting rid of all the overpaid loafers.
    MA losing 100 mil.
    If we stay up, we will have season after season like this one. Owen and the like bleeding the club dry year after year.
    Relegation will be a good thing and regenerate the club which is on its kness. Out go Owen Viduka, Oba, Butt duff etc and bring in some lads who want to play for the Toon and are not here for the obscene amounts of money the loafers “earn.”

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  • komfort

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #39

    isaac , i dont think he’s gonna have a nuff time mate coz he also runs littlewoods & freeman catalogue clubs as well..mind am gonna miss his acid tongue put downs.

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  • jimiley

    Apr 5, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #40

    The atmosphere at the ground yesterday was very poor. Because we all know that Shearer is not a magician. Shearer the CF may have saved this club with 8 games to go. Shearer the manager will not. The fans saw it on the pitch. Reality hit home yesterday when Shearer failed to make loafers walk on water. It will be ironic if the Mackems end up 4th bottom and send us down but thats the way things are shaping up under MA. Thanks Mike. Any Ashley fans want to praise what Mike has done for the club?

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