At his press conference last Thursday Alan Shearer was quite clear that it was up to the players to produce for Newcastle United this afternoon, and he also talked this morning about the way Oba Martins can produce for the side.
Oba Martins – never know what he will do next
Shearer talked about Martins:
“He is a very different player to what Michael brings.” “But what the opposition fear with Oba is they are not sure what he is going to do because at times, he probably doesn’t know himself.”
“You can take that as a negative or a positive, but he is a threat.” “He is good in the air, he can score great goals and we are going to need that every bit as much from him as we are Michael.”
“As we are Shola (Ameobi), as we are Andy Carroll.” “We are going to need all those players firing on all cylinders.”
Of course Newcastle need goals badly, and we have just 3 in the last 6 games which have really took us into the bottom three with a bang, getting just two draws form those games and 4 defeats. We are certainly due a win, if that’s anything to go by. 😀
Of course three of those six games were against the top 4 teams in the league, in Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, but we should have done a lot better against Hull City and Bolton away from home.
As well as cutting out the silly mistakes in defense, the team has to start creating chances for the boys up front.
“We are going to have to start creating some chances because otherwise, there is no point in having Michael, no point in having Oba or the two big lads in Shola and Andy.”
“And hopefully, Mark Viduka – and the young lad, Nile Ranger.” “We have got to start giving them a bit of ammo.”
Of course we have Steven Taylor and Jose Enrique out today, which is a pityu but we think a back four of R.Taylor, Beye Bassong and Duff should be talented enough to put in a good display this afternoon.
And Alan Shearer was as straight as a dye at his press conference on Thursday afternoon, when he coolly answered questions form the press. Alan made the point that you can have all the excuses you like, and can prepare and talk endlessly about what we have to do to win the game today, but it’s up to the lads to go out there and be brave enough and gutsy enough to get the win.
That was the bottom line, and Alan was so clear and straight about what needs to be done, and he challenged the players to produce this afternoon, and said it was imperative we got 3 points.
With Blackburn being easily beaten 3-0 by Fernando Torres earlier this afternoon, sorry make that Liverpool earlier today, then that’s one result in our favor and we can gain a full 3 points on both Stoke and Blackburn with a win today.
I was looking for my own boots at the end of Alan’s press conference, so if the lads aren’t inspired today – they just never will be, and Alan will need to get some other players in there, maybe the youngsters, to get the job done.
Alan has Nile Ranger and Andy Carroll in the squad today, after both impressed for the Reserves on Monday night.
Howay The Lads!!