Alan Shearer got his very first point as Newcastle manager, and let’s hope there’s a lot more of those, especially over the next 6 games.
Alan Shearer – his substitutions turned the game
Shearer admits the introduction of Jonas Gutierrez and goal hero Andy Carroll helped swing the game in Newcastle’s favor during Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Stoke.
Jonas Gutierrez, who was surprisingly left out of the starting line-up, replaced Danny Guthrie after 63 minutes, and Carroll replaced Shola Ameobi after 70 minutes.
Both players had good games with Jonas playing as though he wanted to get as much work in, as he usually does during the full 90 minutes – he was everywhere over the last 30 minutes. No wonder this lad is a fan favorite on Tyneside, as he worked his socks off for the Newcastle cause.
And of course we’ve talked enough about Andy’s contribution, and both players, even though they came on as subs, helped turn the tide for the Magpies and they can both take great pride in that.
They both showed the energy and enthusiasm the Newcastle side needed to get back into the game, and of course, we were still 1-0 down after both players had been introduced.
Shearer talked about the substitutions this morning:
“The aim was to add some attacking energy when we brought Andy and Jonas on.” “We gambled a little bit and tried to go in there with a little bit more pace and power and it’s paid off.”
“But I think the players, particularly in the second-half, have shown me what they’ve shown me in training all week.” “And that is that they can pass is around, demand the ball and be brave going forward.”
“The subs did help to change the game in our favor but we’ve now got to take that performance from the final half hour into our remaining six games.”
And of course after Andy’s goal the team seemed to get more energy from somewhere, and went all out for the winner, and it’s just a pity we didn’t have that little bit of luck a couple of times ion the last 8 minutes.
We need to get the first goal in one of these games so the lads can go on and get the win we so desperately need to finally turn the tide against the relegation threat.
But to be fair to Stoke City, they played very well and they have done just fabulously this season under Tony Pulis, and they hardly deserved to be beaten for what Tony called their best home performance of the season.
It’s a pity these teams are keeping their best performances for Newcastle.
But of course, it’s up to us over these last 6 games, and we think the lads can and will survive this season, as long as we support the players, Alan, Iain, Chris and Colin for the next 6 weeks, with everything we’ve got. 😀
It’s far too easy, and a rather cheap shot, to pull down the lads, given the plight we are in right now.