Alan Shearer is not one to be affected by anything that’s written about him in the gossip press, as he’s seen it all before, and he’s at work right now at the Benton training ground, going about the job in his usual all-out and dedicated style.
Alan Shearer – it was over the line Ref!!
Alan Shearer talked the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today, and he’ll be doing a lot of that over the next 7 weeks, as he tries valiantly to save Newcastle United from relegation.
Alan said today:
“Without doubt there was still plenty to suggest we can get out of it. I have said that to the players.”
“Yes, we’ve lost 2-0. And, yes, there have been one or two things said about the things that we’re disappointed with.” “But we’ll continue to take the positives.”
Newcastle didn’t get any breaks against Chelsea, and even a Michael Owen goal was disallowed after 72 minutes, but the ball was shown, by constant TV replays, to be over the line before Ashley Cole cleared the ball.
Michael had a quiet game but still managed to really score, so that’s why he will in every side, from now on that Alan turns out. We need some goals big time to survive.
The linesmen (sorry that should be referee’s assistant) these days always seem to be asleep, and unwilling to make the tough calls when they need to – lack of guts, that’s what it is.
Shearer, who now has the chance of a full week’s preparation with his players before the do-or-die game at Stoke on Saturday, and he continued:
“We need that elusive win and we need a goal.” “It was always going to be difficult to get that against Chelsea, albeit we probably should have had a goal when there was the one that wasn’t given.”
“Whether that would have altered the game or not, I’m not too sure. It would have given us a good last 10 or 15 minutes.” “Mistakes happen, though. We made mistakes on the day and so did the linesman. We just get on with it.”
“Chelsea was tough. But when you look at Stoke’s record and the way they play, it will be equally as tough.” “But we’ll go into it in the right way and take the positives from the Chelsea game.”
“Wins are the only thing that will get us out of trouble. We realize that.” “It’s disappointing. But we move on – instead of eight games, we’ve now got seven.”
“We go to Stoke next week with six or seven days training behind us.” “That’s a few days extra to prepare.” “We need to try to look at who we’ve got. We might have one or two injured players back next weekend.”
“We’ll work hard from Monday morning and see how we can improve things.”
Hopefully Bassong and Steven Taylor will be back, and it wouldn’t surprise us if young Danny Guthrie gets a start next Saturday too, as Kevin Nolan wasn’t all that effective last Saturday, but of course Kevin has all the grit and determination in his play too.
We really like the way Alan is going about his task at Newcastle, and he, for one, is not getting carried away with things, and he knows he has to work quickly and urgently to get results quickly if he is to have any chance of succeeding.
But he’ll work night and day over the next few weeks to try to save the club, we can be sure of that.