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.
“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!!