Shearer – We’re Going For All 3 Points At Stoke City

Alan Shearer has talked at length today about this week’s training, and what the lads must expect at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.


Alan Shearer – has fully  thought through the Stoke game

Alan talked at length to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon, so let’s take a look at everything he said about the vital and so crucial game at Stoke on Saturday:

“It’s been a good week and one I’ve enjoyed, hard work and long hours.” “The response has been fantastic from the local people and the players.” “Their attitude towards what we’ve tried to put in place and change has been positive.” “Training has also been upbeat.”

“It’s important we changed one or two things.” “We’re third bottom for a reason.” “People can make excuses for all sorts of reasons and it’s up to us to get out of it.” “We go in on Saturday with great hope and confidence.” “It’s imperative to get something.” “We’ve got a late kick off and things might change.”

“But we’re going there for three points.” “What the players have done is put in a good shift this week and hopefully taken some confidence from what they’ve done.” “We’re looking eradicate silly errors from our game.” “To do that you need to concentrate for 90 minutes, sometimes 95 minutes.” “There will be a lot of long balls kicked into our box.”

“We have to be big enough to handle that.”

Those long balls into the box are just one reason why we must have Sebastien Bassong at center-back against Stoke, since Coloccini is decidedly weak in the air, as he proved only too well against Liverpool, when Sami Hyypia dominated him on corners. Of course the young Bassong was out suspended for that game, and we missed him badly in that game.

But with Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique both missing the game on Saturday, we think the best bet would be to have Ryan Taylor at left back and somebody else – maybe even Coloccini or David Edgar at right back.  But the absence of those two defenders will tend to weaken our defense, at a time we can hardly afford to give up too many goals, if we are to win the game.

It will take all of Alan’s inspiration and the solid management of Iain Dowie, for us now to get the win we so desperately need on Saturday evening.

But we have to continue to live in hope, and trust the players will wake up from their 15 game nightmare, in which they have only one solitary win, and start to deliver the goods, before it gets to be just too late.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I can see us going with Geremi at right back now with Taylor on the left with Beye and Bassong in the middle, its the best we can do im afraid

  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #2

    sick of hearing all the talk about the game. it just needs to happen. my impatience is unbearable

  • cashley_out

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #3

    we need 3 points in stoke and we need man uts to win at least 6-0 cmon man utd
    id prefer this line up :





    id love to see xisco given a chance and marins good pace id put him a winger what u think

  • cashley_out

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #4

    sunderlan 0-6 man utd

    macheda 2
    ronaldo 1

  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Geremi? You must be kidding.

    Edgar Beye Bassong R.Taylor
    Jonas Nolan Guthrie Duffman
    Owen BigAndy

    Krul, Cacapa, Butt, Smith, Godsmark, Xisco, Ranger

    Never before has 9 points been so crucial but it starts on Sat. The defense will have to concentrate, the midfield will have to chase and keep. The strikers will have to notch. Shearer will have 3 hairs left.

  • cashley_out

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    i think big andy should come on in the last 30 or 20 mins ill put xisco

  • cashley_out

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #7

    martins has pace f@ck duff it was becuse of him aginst chelsea

  • cashley_out

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #8

    nolan always loses possention

  • Fostino

    Apr 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #9

    why are people putting edgar in before colo….all of a sudden colo our last choice defender even tho he hasnt missed a game all season…..wake up lads

  • stevep

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Geremi is our best option for RB – Stoke don’t have a lot of pace so we dont need to worry about that, ryan taylor isn’t up to much in my opinion and his set piece delivery is every bit as bad as geremis

    sad that we have to rely on players such as geremi to get us out of this hole as he clearly isn’t up to it but we have nothing better

  • stevep

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #11

    DJG – how can you put smith etc on the bench before martins, thank god you aint the manager we’d be down for sure

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #12

    I hear Ryan Donaldson is starting :O

    Not. Although he should make an appearance

  • Fostino

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #13


    i aint supporting geremi, but it was this time last year when keegan was playing the famous 4 – 3 – 3 formation and it was geremi that was starting right of the midfield

  • Why did we sell Faye? 🙁 He would be perfect in this game 🙁

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #15

    True, Faye was decent

  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Faye wanted to go

  • Toon_Fresh

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #17

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Rozenthal tho.

  • baztoon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18

    If we are going to win this game Andy Carroll must start

  • Doocey

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #19

    Roz was pretty poor

  • Nick D

    Apr 9, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    what a refreshing change from kinnear and hughton, actually looking to win rather than avoid losing.

  • DJG

    Apr 9, 2009 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #21

    stevep // Apr 9, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    DJG – how can you put smith etc on the bench before martins, thank god you aint the manager we’d be down for sure

    If we play Owen and Martins together we will go down for sure.

  • chuck

    Apr 9, 2009 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #22

    Dont agree Colo is`nt good in the air, he is decent.
    Cant believe this recent bulls**t everyone jumping on him , sure he has made mistakes, so did Taylor, so do most defenders, so give the guy a break, otherwise he will lose any confidence he has left.
    The self proclaimed best fans in the country have a history of looking for fall guys and driving them away from the club, not to mention managers.
    About time you got behind the team instead of being constant critics.

  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 9, 2009 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #23

    Win on Saturday????????
    3 Points??????
    We actually need to shoot the ball on yarget for that to happen.
    Never seen a worse Newcastle team for movement when off the ball.
    No one wants the ball.
    When we see how Man-u,L`pool n Chelsea ++++
    play it makes us look like a schoolboy team.
    We deserve to be relegated to be honest even though it hurts to say.

  • Singapore Magpie

    Apr 10, 2009 at 2:07 AM

    Comment #24





    i would like to see xisco given his chance. i know he can do it. nolan has not been performing but i’m sure he will pull it off soon enough..

    we will win 3-1 — owen-2 xisco-1


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