Alan Shearer was pleased with the second half effort from his players this afternoon, but he seems a little ticked off at the Oba Martins injury, which he was only told about at 11:00am this morning.
Oba Martins – pulled out at 11:00 am this morning
Martins missed the game this afternoon with a groin injury, that he said he woke up with this morning in the hotel.
And it seems that Shearer is not too happy with the late withdrawal after they had practiced a system all week with Martins and Owen and had to switch it at the last minute.
Alan said after the game:
“Possibly we could have won the game if Martins had been fit,” “I was disappointed it took until 11 o’clock to sort out the injury in the first place.”
“There was no evidence earlier in the week that he had the injury. It was disappointing that after two days of practicing a system, we weren’t able to implement it.”
“He just said he woke up late and had a sore groin, the medical staff saw him and he wasn’t fit to play. We’ve asked him to explain it, and we’ll look at him further in the morning.”
“But out of every negative you take a positive. Both Andy and Shola have given everything and proved a point today.”
We’ve never fancied an Owen Martins partnership up front, because there’s no physical presence there, and it could well be that Andy Carroll has shown Shearer he needs a big man up front.
Andy showed the guts and courage that had been missing from a number of Newcastle players today, as he scored with a brilliant header after 81 minutes, and had only just missed a few minutes earlier with another powerful header.
And late in the game he was in defense both kicking and heading clear of the danger zone, and put in a terrific performance over the last 20 minutes of the game.
A spirited display from the Gateshead-born striker and we’d like to see him start on Sunday at Spurs, even if it means Martins starts on the bench.
When he was brought on he posed an immediate threat to the Stoke defense with his physical presence, and his all out-play for the Newcastle cause.
Newcastle played well in the last 30 minutes of this game, but in all honesty Stoke should have had the game wrapped up by then – but Newcastle could still have stolen the winner in the frantic last 10 minutes of the game.
The lads came back from the dead today – and that has to be the good news, that we did manage to get something out of this game, when all had seemed lost.
But the team will need to play a lot better next week at White Hart Lane if we are going to get a result in London next Sunday.