Shearer Pleased With Second Half Gutsy Comeback


Alan Shearer was pleased with the second half performance of the Newcastle side this afternoon, as they looked defeat full in the face, and came through with a great header from Andy Carroll.

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Andy Carroll – great goal from the 20 year-old striker

After the game, which was well supported by both sets of fans, Alan Shearer talked to Setanta Sports:

“It was (a) vital (point),” “When we got that goal I thought we were going to go on and win it.”

“The players showed in the second half they were up for the fight, up for the battle. We needed a little bit more quality in the second half and we got it.”

“The big man’s (carroll) come on and showed to me that he wants to play a big part. I was delighted for him. I just said to him go and make a name for yourself.”

“If we can get balls into the box, with the size of him and the hunger, not many people can handle him.”

Shearer asked Carroll at the Reserve game to show him what he could do, and he scored two great goals, and he’s come on today and saved the side with a great header and put in some sterling work in defense late in the game.

You cannot ask for much more than that, and we really hope Alan will give him a start next Sunday, although Andy will definitely see a lot more playing time, that’s for sure.

Alan was asked if he thought Newcastle could survive this season and he answered:

“Absolutely yes. I know the players do, especially after that second half performance.”

“I was aggrieved at one or two decisions, particularly that one. ”

Alan was talking about the corner that led to Faye’s first half goal, which clearly was a goal kick, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, and Newcastle had luck on their side on other occasions, so we cannot complain too much about that one.

Newcastle were far too hesitant at the start, and couldn’t put a string of passes together until about 15 minutes into the second half, and against a better side, we could have been dead and buried by then.

A big improvement is needed before the trip to Spurs next Sunday, and Alan still has lots of work to do on the defense, which still looked disorganized this afternoon, but on a personal basis Bassong, Beye and young David Edgar had sterling games. 21 year-old Edgar particularly gave everything he had today for the Newcastle cause this afternoon.

Beye was magnificent at the back again, and he looks to be a key player for the side during the run-in, and he had better get used to center-back because that’s where Shearer will want to use him for the rest of the season.

But his was a good result at the end of the day, and hopefully the lads will take confidence from their fight-back this afternoon.

Comments welcome.



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80 comments so far

  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Agree with a lot of what you say Ed I was well pleased we came out in the second half and started to show a bit of bottle as the 1st half was shocking. but i still think we were real poor untill Jonas and Carrol came on.

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #2

    spot on dave

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  • beyethegreat

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #3

    what is carrolls ratio at times last year and against city he has not looked good but every game i havve seen him after that he has been outstanding even if he hadnt been on the scoresheet he looked a handful by winning things in the air and holding things up and it pains me to say this but ameobi imo has actually improved since the sir bobby years if we stay up ameobi must go he cant do anything dont get me wrong i will support him while he is here but sadly hes not good enough

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #5

    To be fair Ed, I don’t think there were many decisions where we got lucky. Stoke had the obvious corner that should have been a goal kick, which even I could call before they showed the replays which made it entirely obvious.

    Still, we should be used to it by now eh? Having decisions go against us and cost us points, it tends to happen a lot.

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #6

    beyethegreat the thing about strolla is that he must be real shit hot in training as they all have given him a run in the team (managers) but when i see him he is just useless but like u while he is here i have to support him lol

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Haha beyethegreat, the fact that they think anyone would actually want to buy Shola is laughable. The fact that there’s competition for him is just too much 😛

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Beye we should bite their hands off if they’re offering £2 mill for Ameobi.

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #9

    Shearer has proved straight away he knows f-all . To play shola and that formation, duff and taylor wide he is clueless as to tactics and team selection.
    As soon as jonas and carrol were introduced we looked a better team (442). Shola should never get near any team. Ask 100,000 geordies before the games shola or carrol? The 99,999 were proved right the manager was not! Get real shearer before its too late early evidence you don’t know what your doing.

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  • beyethegreat

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #10

    big d ben b n shot

    tbh i never read the article(i was to busy doing summersaults after reading the headline)i never ealised there was competition for him wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lol

    thouugh we should still support him while we are here and i hope no 1 would boo him if we play against him

    why?

    it just shows our club and fans in a bad light

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  • Doocey

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Shearer had to play Ameobi! Although i would’ve tried Xisco should he have been fit./

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Doocey- Stoke are totally dominant in the air, they bully, they rely on aerial tactics. So why put a wimp without a clue in the team before Carrol please explain!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Doocey why play Xisco, just start with Carroll, if Shearer’s tactics are gonna be to punt the ball into the box surely Carroll is the man for the job.

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Shot bru, its the defensive qualities as well mate that Carrol has, and dip brain has not.

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  • tysontoon

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #15

    It sounds like we went with Plan B due to Martins.

    It still kinda boggles my mind how much support martins gets from this site, while Owen gets hated on by numerous posters.

    Out of the two, Martins has made numerous comments that could be considered negative towards the organization (wether its about him not playing, or possibly going elsewhere).

    Owen has said nothing but the right things.

    Martins gets subbed off and storms off the field. Owen always conducts himself like an adult should.

    On the pitch, Owen is much more consistent, just lacks the “spectacular” goals that martins gets once every 10 games.

    And the, seemingly, main knock on Owen is his health…. yet Martins is incredibly injury prone, especially for his age.

    Sell Martins and bring in B?aszczykowski to replace Duff.

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  • batty

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #16

    shit game its the worst ive seen us play for a long time the fans were brilliant never stopped singing even when we went 1 nil down and we all went fcking mad when andy scored

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #17

    Lads the other problem is we dont have anyone in midfield that is a consistent scorer and assister, but i think Jonas well start once he gets his 1st. but its something we haven’t had in a couple of years

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  • Doocey

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #18

    Actually, I dunno why i said I’d play Xisco lol!
    Carroll to start at Spurs.

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  • WELSHMAG

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #19

    I cant believe people here are getting on shearers back already! he had worked on a system all week and then oba pulled out last minute so he had to find something else thus having to change tactic and players. Also we had enrique and steven taylor out of the defence which complicated things further. All in all I’m pretty pleased with the result as a point at Stoke is seen as a good result. Shearers come here to save his beloved team from dropping and possibly never coming back, it’s a very brave and time consuming thing to do so lets get behind him and the team untill the end of the season.

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #20

    WELSHMAG totally agree mate

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #21

    Tysontoon who knows how old Martins is anyway 🙂

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #22

    I would just hate to think that Oba bottled it today. as now is the time for the brave. here we go again motd

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #23

    wasnt carroll injured thats why they didnt start him
    maybe shearer didnt wanna rush him back

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #24

    Welshmag all due respect somegood points! However he would not change a complete system because of Martins.Simple fact is Duff & ameobi should not play in any system. Jonas and Carrol should- they got him out of jail!

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  • shearerwonderland.

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #25

    a theory here
    abdoulaye faye and martins were good mates at newcastle you dont think thats anything to do with his recent ”injury”
    not remember them dancing at the um… was it reading match?
    or another theory
    he basically knew of stoke physical capability and he knew he wouldnt get past the defence so he just gave up

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Another Martins theory- he does not have the stomach for a fight. He has been attrocious for the last few games.

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #27

    Carrols Header get better everytime u see it

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Top class header Dave very hard to do.

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #29

    … It was Andy, not Dave!

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #30

    LOL

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #31

    great goal dave emm andy

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  • Tom4Nufc

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #32

    Lol, woops! Didn’t read that properly!

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  • Shot Bru

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #33

    Fatastic header by Carroll, he is a handfull in the box and more impotantly can score goals, he should start from now till the end of the season.

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #34

    Ha ha Tom, still a good header.

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #35

    I honestly think we will see him start as i think strolla got his one and only chance and didnt take it.

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  • Big Dave

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #36

    boro must have the ugliest manager in England

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  • tom tomb

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Just pleased we have not got Southgate can you imagine him standing next to Dowie. With Beardsley in the backround!

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  • batty

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #38

    no dave west brom have

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #39

    Here, I think it’s fair to offer constructive criticism on Shearer, I’m not saying the man is useless, I’m just saying his team selection should have been better – He was left in the s**t by Martins, but he said it himself, Shola was still gunna start – poor, poor decision IMO!

    Granted Shearer saw reason and brought on the 2 best players on the pitch today in enough time for them to do something (previous regimes did not) but he should have started them in the first place….The point at which I will make a sounder judgement on Shearer is on the team sheet at WHL – lets see if he learns from his mistakes!

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  • Ben_BKK

    Apr 11, 2009 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #40

    lol Big Dave, I was thinking that earlier. Is he from Middlesbrough originally? Cause that would explain everything if he is 😛 Same with David Wheater haha

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