It seems that Alan Shearer has been more than pleased with the attitude of the Newcastle players, in the 10 days he has been in charge of his home-town club.
Alan Shearer – delighted with response from his players
Alan Shearer talked today about the attitude he has seen from the Newcastle playing squad:
“They’ve been great.” They’ve taken to the ideas, the little things really well,” “I think they’ve wanted to do that. They’ve wanted to be told where to be, at what time to be there – to be together.”
“They’ve wanted to be pointed in that direction. You can use a million excuses.” “But what we’ve had from the players is that the tempo of training needed to be a bit quicker, a bit more intense.”
“You can’t train for three hours every day, you can’t run them into the ground. But you have to gauge from the experienced players we have as to how long to train for.”
“The players’ response to that has been fantastic.” “They’ve shown a real attitude to say that this is the way they want to go.”
Newcastle seemed to be on the way to a good result against Chelsea last week and we did great until Coloccini made that mistake, and once you are a goal down against a side the caliber of Chelsea, it’s hard to come back,.
But that Michael Owen “goal” that was wrongly disallowed after 72 minutes that would have made the score 2-1, could well have been the trigger – if only it had been given. That’s where some luck is important in our games, and we haven’t had too much of that lately.
Of course Coloccini’s error was just the latest in a long list of mistakes made by Newcastle defenders this season, and the defense had been our Achilles heel this season, and also in the last 16 seasons at least, come to think of it.
“For 60 minutes we did OK against Chelsea and I was reasonably happy, but we’ve got to turn that to 92, 93 minutes.”
“We have to eradicate errors in our game, because the longer you keep making errors, the more you’ll get punished.”
Alan’s right and that’s the first thing we will look for in today’s game, a very solid performance from our defense, and we are hoping that both Bassong and Beye will have top games for the club in central defense.
If Newcastle can hold the Stoke side, and maybe even get a clean sheet, we then have every chance of winning the game, and wouldn’t that be something!
It would be a big change, that’s for sure. 😀