Shearer – Lads In Buoyant Mood For Stoke Game

It seems like the lads are in buoyant mood going into this weekend’s tough game at Stoke City, which somehow the lads have to win – somehow.


Alan Shearer – in pensive mood as he oversees the training

Newcastle will travel to Staffordshire tomorrow a full 3 points adrift of safety, following last weekend’s 2-0 home defeat against Chelsea, and Newcastle have a worse goal difference than 4th bottom Sunderland right now, so we are effectively 4 points from safety.

But like any good leader, Shearer has been quick this week to go over the positives of last week’s game, as he and Iain Dowie have reviewed the video of the Chelsea game with the players this week in training.

There were a number of positives to take out of the game, but all the good work seemed to end with a bad mistake from Coloccini, and once we got behind Chelsea there seemed no way back, for the in-form London side, as they proved last night with a good 3-1 win at Liverpool in the Champions League quarter final.

Alan talked to Newcastle TV this morning:

“The lads are in buoyant mood despite Saturday’s result,” “We can and will take positives from that game and we have told the players that.”

“It’s also been a help having a full week’s training compared to last week when we had just two days.”

“Every game is huge. But, after Saturday’s result, this one has got even huger – if there is such a word!”

No there isn’t, and the way to say that is probably this one has got more huge – or this one has got even bigger would be even better – but enough of the English lessons. 😀

We have to hope for a distinct improvement in the way the lads play, after Alan and Iain have had a full week of preparation for the Stoke game, and have studied videos of Stoke.

So we should have a game plan of how we can take all 3 points at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday – and anything less will be a disappointment, let’s face it.

If Alan is to become a top manager we would hope there will be some signs of his management effect coming through in the next couple of games, as we just have to get some points up on the board.

And it looks like the game is being televised live around the world again, and it’s a 5:30 pm local kick-off time.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • snorkelboy

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #1

    ALAN SHEARER, can he fix it? ALAN SHEARER, yes he can.

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #2

    This is a massive game and i think it will be tight, think we will win , couldnt care how we do it as long as we do it it can be a long punt up field off a bird and into the net for all i care as long as we do it

  • Martnos

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #3

    Can not wait for Saturday will be in the Stoke part of the south stand at the Britania stadium,

  • Whumpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #4

    snorkelboy – that is a quality chant. Needs to happen on Saturday.

    I’m going to have to risk a month of enforced celebacy to watch the game on Saturday – it clashes with a dinner she’s arranged – but bollocks, I’ll do it anyway.

    We’ll know so much more on Sunday about what we can expect from Big Al and Dowie. I just hope it shows intelligence and an attacking bias.

    Can’t wait. Bring ’em on!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Stoke will take the game to us I can guarantee it.

    We need to be able to come out and out play them and get the damn ball in the net!

  • cicero

    Apr 9, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #6

    Positive to come out of the Chelsea game – they beat Liverpool 1 – 3 and only beat us 1 – 2 (if you count Owen’s not given goal) – really though player for player we are better than Stoke the lads just have to start believing in themselves and start playing.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme’s right – these are hard, non-nonsense players who try to exploit exactly what we’re bad at defending – long balls and set pieces.

    They will get past us at some point, so the old KK ‘score more than they do’ approach may have to be it. I just hope Taylor and Bassong are back – we need Bassong’s positioning and skill, and Taylor’s brick-wall defending to keep them out. Beye will be good for dealing with the set pieces, but one man can’t do it all.

    As for going forward, I really think we’ve got enough skill and guile in there to get a couple past them.

    I think we’ll win, but only by a goal. I’d take that!

  • cicero

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #8

    Having said that I wish we’d signed James Beattie when he went to Everton, he would have thrived at the toon.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #9

    Whumpie – I would take 0-1 at this stage – but more goals the better for we goal difference.

  • richyg01

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Last nights 3-1 Chelski win certainly makes our loss to them at the weekend look better, BUT we will get a spanking by Liverpool on 2nd May!

    I think this weekend we should see some marked improvements in the team with AS being in there for a full week of training now and imposing his methods on the players.

    Also AS has highlighted one of the most obvious things which other managers have not improved upon and that is to provide some Ginola-esque delivery into the box, until we get that, it doesnt matter who starts upfront.

    I can see AS going with a front two of:
    Owen & Carrol

    Wether he decides to play 4-4-2 or 4-3-3 will show how he feels we can attack the game, IMO if its 4-3-3 he feels we can take the game to them and really attack them and get some goals.

    Time will tell…..

    ALAN SHEARER, can he fix it?, YES HE CAN!
    ALAN SHEARER, can he fix it?, YES HE CAN!


  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Dont care Who plays, dont care how much we beat them by, i dont care about the performance, i dont care about injurys

    Aslong as we win for my first NUFC away game ever 😀

    (thats the spurs game btw)

  • Martnos

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #12

    I second that Turkish Magpie

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #13

    “ALAN SHEARER, can he fix it? ALAN SHEARER, yes he can.

    ALAN SHEARER, can he fix it? ALAN SHEARER, yes he can.”

    I think this is gonna catch on! Well done Snorkey!

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #14

    ig I remember, thats stolen from Obama who stole it from Bob the Builder 😛

  • ACD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #15

    We will win on saturday!

    CHris foy has refereed both our away wins this season ( west brom and pompey) and he is in charge this saturday against stoke! This is the bit of good luck we have been looking for.

    As for the other games…..the next 5 games are on tv!!

    Keep the faith!

  • Fostino

    Apr 9, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #16

    what channels ACD, i no stoke is setanta and spurs is sky!!

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Any news lads?

  • boater

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Anyone who has Jonas in their side must surely want us to go down..

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #19

    I can see Jonas scoring on Saturday

  • NotAGhostToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #20


    1) Whenever ed says ‘Mark my words’ – drink 2 fingers

    2) Whenever ed reuses quotes to excitedly put a new spin on it – 2 fingers

    3) If anyone says how bad ameobi/ how good bassong is- 2 fingers

    4) Headline ‘Must win game’ – 3 fingers

    5) Owen gets injured – 3 fingers

    6) Ameobi scores – 4 fingers

    7) Ameobi scores overhead volley from 25 yards – Down a bottle of neat vodka

    8 ) Smith scores – Down two bottles of neat vodka

    9) Viduka plays a full game and scores a goal – 1 Shot and a newkie broon in one go.

    10) Ameobi falls over when the ball is passed to him – 2 fingers

    11) Freekick/corner hits the first man – 4 fingers

    12) (watching with a rival team, mate) Gutierrez skins their player – they have to down their drink

    13) Taylor handballs/commits a foul and puts his passion face on/ clutches body part to try and con the ref – four fingers

    (feel free to add your own, just thought i’d make it as its coming to the weekend)


    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Come on the toon! 1-3 with caroll getting the first from a set piece, owen notching a close range tap-in and Butt scoring a 25 yard screamer! Stokes goal from a delap throw in, bounces awkwardly, no-one touches it and it ends up in the net with harper looking red faced.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #22

    Doocey // Apr 9, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    I can see Jonas scoring on Saturday

    You on drugs?

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #23

    There for Welsh Mag would we not win 3-0 as a throw in must be touched by another player?

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #24

    Doocey….u’ve been saying this for the previous 10 matches hehe no offense but i can see you posting the same comment come the next match 😀 but god knows i’d love Jonas to start scoring for us 🙂 Howay the lads

  • RyanToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:35 PM

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  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    Sebs back for stoke but Taylor Enrique and McLovin are out

  • RyanToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

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  • RyanToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #28

    edgasr gotta play left back now or even jonas

  • Stuart79

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #29

    Can we be anymore unlucky!!

    R Taylor will probably play at LB, Bassong to play centre half with Collocini unfortunately!

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #30

    worst piece of news whole week….gawddd will we ever get to see our strongest line up play ….WTF

  • Toonkistan

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #31

    cant we have a backline of

    Geremi Beye Bassong Taylor

    god know i dont want to see collocini in the starting lineup …geremi is not used anyways so better use him RB as he has experience

  • RyanToon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #32


    r.taylor coloccini bassong jonas

    guthrie nolan butt duff

    carroll owen

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #33

    Team For Satuday


  • Fostino

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #34

    beye colo bassong r taylor

    nolan butt jonas
    carroll martins

    or carroll out for duff who pushes to the right and owen up front

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 9, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #35

    Personally Id like to see Xisco given a run out instead of Carroll

  • ACD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #36

    stoke – setanta
    spurs- sky
    pompey – setanta
    liverpool – setanta
    boro – setanta

    i think!!

  • ACD

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #37

    beye – colo – bassong – duff
    nolan guthrie butt
    carroll – oba

    come on the lads!!!

  • ToonRich

    Apr 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #38

    Dowie has been talking about how well the youngsters/reserves are doing…I wouldnt be suprised to see Mr.Ranger & Smudge on the bench this weekend – perhaps give Ranger 20mins 🙂

    My ideal lineup:

    Duff & Jonas could always swap! Very much doubt we’ll see 3-4 of the players above!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #39


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #40



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