Let’s take a closer look at Newcastle’s game yesterday and see if we can analyze it a little, and see the task Alan and the coaching staff, not to mention the players, have on their hands for the final 6 games of the season.
20 year-old hero – Andy Carroll – played great!
- The fact that when all seemed lost the lads came back and put in an excellent final 30 minutes and could have even won the game with a little luck. But let’s be clear there’s no way Stoke deserved to lose this match and Stoke manager Tony Pulis was upset they didn’t win it
- The goal and the general play in both attack and defense by local youngster Andy Carroll. The lad’s only 20 years old but he showed the way for the more experienced and much better paid players in the team. He must start at Spurs!
- The general play of our three at the back – Beye, Bassong and Edgar who all had sterling games, and it was really good see 21 year-old David Edgar have such a good game in such an important match for the Magpies. Joe Kinnear never seemed to rate him, but there’s a good player in there, and on this performance we should keep the lad when his contract ends this summer.
He has the spirit of Newcastle in him, that’s for sure, and if the older players cannot show that, then play the youngsters. He certainly doesn’t deserve to be dropped on this performance. How about S.Taylor Beye Bassong and Edgar as back four for Spurs?
- The general play and leadership of Habib Beye, who had another excellent game at center-back. Yes, he’s playing out of position and he may be better at right back, but he’s the best center-back we have right now, apart from Bassong, and he can organize the defense and use his immense experience – he gave all he had again yesterday and Sebastien Bassong was his usual sturdy self – great to have him back. If we survive this season both these players need new improved contracts.
- There were some signs yesterday that some players – Beye, Bassong, Edgar, Carroll and Guthrie could be warning to the Shearer management, and they could become the key players in the run-in as Alan tries his best to reinvigorate the lads. He must play the players who will play for him and not rely on the more experienced ones who continually don’t peoduce – we just dont’t have the time left.
- We started the game without any confidence and could easily have lost this game in the first 55 minutes. In fact it was Stoke’s own fault they weren’t 3-0 up before we woke up on the hour mark. But this will not be good enough in our future matches against better teams.
- After practicing for a week together, how was it that we couldn’t string a couple of passes together in the first half? Even the TV commentators rightly said we gave the ball away every time we got it in the first half.
- While the individual defenders had good games yesterday there was not good enough communication or marking in the defense, and it’s the first time for a long time we’ve played just 3 at the back. We got away with this yesterday but against stronger teams we would have conceded more goals – let’s have 4 at the back – please.
- We were disappointed at the leadership and play of both captain Owen and vice-captain Butt, our two most experienced players. They will need to step up to the plate soon, if we are to survive this season. Alan must have also been disappointed, but he’ll probably not mention it – not yet anyway.
- How come Abdoulaye Feye was left unmarked from the corner that gave Stoke City their goal? Another bad mistake by the defense and one that will have Shearer fuming on something they practiced all last week. Shearer in his first management experience has gone in at the deep end – and that shows his immense courage and love of the club, and that’s why he’s such a hero on Tyneside, and around the world.
If only more of his players showed the same courage!
- We expected Newcastle to be the team to come out in the second half all revved up but no, it was Stoke who did that. And they could well have had a couple of goals to seal the game in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but for some luck on the Newcastle side.
We have to hope Shearer can inspire the players in the games ahead. Show them a tape of the 1955 FA Cup Final Alan.
Let’s have your opinions, good and bad, on the game yesterday.