Alan has talked today about not being too impressed with the fitness levels of the Newcastle players, although he doesn’t come out and say that directly.
Alan Shearer – has increased tempo of the training
Shearer may have concerns about the overall fitness of a team because we have seemed to wilt in the second half of a number of their games this year. How many times have we gone in all square at half time, having played well, and then end up conceding goals and losing the game in the second half?
Quite a few, and that happened against Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea as three recent examples.
Shearer talked about the fitness levels today:
“You have to look at the reasons as to why Newcastle – or we – have not managed to last 90 minutes,”
“There are a million excuses that everyone can give you. Is it concentration? Is it that they’re not fit enough? Not sharp enough?”
” Has the training been as intense as it perhaps should be? What we’ve tried to do with the training is make it quick and played at a high tempo.”
“It’s very difficult to do much about the fitness levels in such a short space of time. What you can do is up the tempo in training.”
We remember when Kevin started this season he said he wanted his players to be the fittest squad in the league, because we may not be the most skillful team but you can always ensure you are the fittest, and that seemed to make a lot of sense.
It’s something obviously something Alan believes in as well.
For Stoke City today, we think it’s almost do or die, because if we are beaten it will start to look very bad for the club, but a win will completely rejuvenate not only the Newcastle players and the City of Newcastle, but also the many Newcastle fans around the world.
As the Newcastle Supporters Club in North America pointed out yesterday – Shearer played with passion, strength and courage in his playing days, and if we had seen more of that from our players this season, we wouldn’t be where we are in the league right now.
Let’s hope that Shearer factor starts to show through today – big time – because we really need all 3 points.
Howay The Lads!!