Shearer Works On Players’ Morale Before Crucial Stoke Game

It’s clear that Alan Shearer is trying to work on the mental side of his players, as he tries to instill confidence into them, that has been drained with just one win in their last 15 games.


Alan Shearer celebrates scoring yesterday – what’s new? 😀

Alan talked this morning to the Newcastle Journal about the upcoming crucial game at Stoke:

“We know what type of game to expect down there on Saturday, but knowing what you are going to face and handling it are two entirely different things,”

“Stoke have a fantastic home record this season and they will be confident after winning at the weekend.”

“It’s a must-not-lose game for us, but we have seven games like that between now and the end of the season.”

Shearer has still not been able to work with all the players in training, as Steven Taylor and Seb Bassong have not returned to training yet, but we expect Alan wants to use both against the Potters on Saturday.

Of course we still have other players injured too – like Joey Barton, and one reason Shearer brought Paul Ferris  back as the head of the medical department, was to try to find out exactly why Newcastle have so many injuries each season.

But it is on the mental side of the players that has been damaged the most in recent weeks, and not the physical side, and that’s the area Alan needs to rebuild, and the quicker the better. Alan continued:

“We’ve still got a couple of lads who are missing so I’m still not in a position where I can work with everyone just yet,” “We’ve got a full week ahead of us and we’ll be working on confidence.”

“We’ve sat down and watched parts of Saturday’s game again and looked at the positives we could try to take from it.” “But we also know we have got to eradicate the sort of mistakes that we made.”

And the open training yesterday at St. James’ Park was well attended with around 8,000 fans turning up, with the kids being on their Easter break right now. That should have boosted the morale at yesterday’s open training session, and it’s clear Shearer is bringing out all the stops to let the players know how special the Newcastle club is – the same one that is now on the brink of relegation.

Alan continued:.

“I said to the boys, ‘Where else would you get thousands of fans turning up to watch training when the team is third bottom?’” said Shearer.

“It’s unique and you’ve got to appreciate it, and the players loved it.”

Well it’s good to hear the players enjoyed it, and let’s hope their play come Saturday is a step-up from last Saturday against Chelsea. The lads in the game played well and looked well organized until the Coloccini mistake for the first goal.

We cannot afford any more mistakes that lead to goals, which is why Shearer will be anxiously awaiting the return on youngsters Bassong and Taylor to training this week.

We cannot lose against Stoke on Saturday – that’s true, but we think it’s a little worse than that because surely we need to win that game, we’re so adrift of the pack right now. Draws will not help us now – and we have to go all out for the four wins we need to survive.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

28 comments so far

  • geordie jock

    Apr 8, 2009 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #1

    The players should already know this is a special club but the trouble is they spend too much time talking a good game instead of playing a good game. The other trouble is the players we have are just not good enough barring a few, Bassong and Beye being the exception. The rest are absolute sh*te.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 8, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    Hope we can keep Delaps throws at bay.

    The smoggies play Hull on Saturday. I hate to saw that a hull win would be the best outcome. If we loose (worse case scenario) and smoggies win – we drop to second bottom. Lets hope we win and the mackems loose.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 8, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I think the players know what a special club it is, they do try but their just not good enough.

    Simple as that!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    special needs.

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Think Sherear will make an impact, we arent playing as a team , hoepfully the little things he is doing like getting the lads eating together will get them playing as a team

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    haha. Yeah just watch them climb the table now that they are eating together.shearer is a genius!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Benny you are a tool mate.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #8

    i was going to go to the shearer training session yesterday but i couldnt make it as i have a job.

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Now that was actually funny benny

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Post 6 that is, Your still a prat though.

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #11

    i have to say bennytoon , i know people dont really like you around here but i think your a witty little f*** i really do!

    That special needs comment so childish but it made me laugh , well done

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #12

    ¿por qué se sigue hablando a mí? idiota.

  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #13

    moobs.. if you have a job why do you hand around on the forum of a team that always beats yours? ha ha ha

    chin up baldy

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #14

    No responda a continuacíon

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #15
  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #16

    thats him.. baldy nut!! ha ha ha

    get ya moobs out moobs man!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #17

    broon ale- spurs have beaten newcastle more times than we have lost even though we have lost the last few games so you need to get your facts right.

    I suppose my 2 week holiday to kenya in september is going to pay for itself. Found any new friends on facebook lately. Ian huntley is on the look out for new friends.

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #18

    broonale- how old are you? You act like a 9 year old. No wonder your single.

  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #19

    moobs man.. you kidding, my girlfriend is stunning,,

    chin up baldy.

    and by the way.. since we have been in the premier league you have lost more games against newcastle than any other team. conceeded more goals too. ha ha ha

    chin up moobs

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #20

    broonale- your girlfriend mings! Shame you wont be in the premiership next season. Pity your life revolves around football so relegation will hit you hard. At least you have the loving arms of your ropey girlfriend.hahahaha

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #21

    And who is graham horne? Another dim wit wanting to be my friend.

  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #22

    ha ha ha ha.. you havent seen my lass. clearly because she is stunning. i am proud to be her fella.
    your life revolves around the nufc blog.. worrying considering you’re a spurs fan.

    plonker.. 6 in a row,

    chins up baldy!

  • bennytoon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #23

    broonale- well beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Surprised you have time for a girlfriend as you spend your evenings and weekends on here. hahaa

  • Steve R

    Apr 8, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Lads, let’s ignore Benny, anyways ED, Bassong has been training since last thursday, check I really think if we have the back four of:
    and a 4-3-3 formation, we could knick points from Stoke.
    Did Guthrie ever play right-wing for us? What about:


    Just an idea…

  • broon ale

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #25

    evenings and weekends?? ha ha.. dont think so moobs.

    only 9-5 mon to friday..

    ha ha moobs

  • Micky Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #26

    broon ale pics of the missus or shut up. If you are so proud then put your money where your mouth is. 🙂

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 8, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #27

    Steve R, I’d prefer to see Beye at CB with Bassong, simply because Steven Taylor is having his best form to date with us at the minute and it’s all been from RB!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 8, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #28



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