Alan Shearer was happy with his players on Saturday, and with a little luck in those last 8 minutes of normal time we could have won the game, and that’s something we will need to do sooner rather than later, if we are indeed to survive this season.
Shola Ameobi – culpable for first goal with poor marking from corner
And while the lads played well, especially in the second half, it was poor marking from Ameobi that let Abdoulaye Faye have his free header on goal after 33 minutes.
It was interesting when Carroll came on that he was very prominent in defense, heading the ball away and kicking the balls clear, as well as scoring a goal and going close with an earlier header.
With scoring two great goals for the Reserves a week ago, what else a player has to do to start a game on Sunday we’re not sure.
Alan said today:
“I’m asking the players to be brave, to demand the ball and show me out on the pitch what they show me in training, and they’ve done that today,” he said.
“I just thought it was right to change one or two things around and leave one or two people out. I asked the players to come in and do a job and they’ve done that.”
“The more players we can get fit, the better chance we’ve got of survival.”
Habib Beye had another sterling game in defense, and for Sunday we are hoping to have Steven Taylor and maybe Barton and Viduka available for selection, and that should strengthen the squad big time.
Habib talked briefly to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Hopefully this will give us a bit of momentum now because after they scored few people would have expected us to leave with anything,”
“Now we have six matches left, 18 points to play for and we know we can stay up.”
Certainly the way Habib has played these last two games should be an inspiration to the Newcastle players, and both 22 year-old Seb Bassong (who we expect) and 21 year-old David Edgar (who we didn’t expect) both had great games too.
And one last thing, for those of you out there who are already calling for Alan Shearer’s head after just 2 games in charge, please give us all a break!
This man has put his head on the chopping block for Newcastle, and we know he will do all he can to save the club over the last 6 games, and the least we can do as fans of Newcastle United is to support Shearer, the team and the club towards survival over the next 6 weeks.
Remember, it’s so very easy to criticize, that’s why lots of people do it in this life, but it’s so much harder, and takes so much more grit, courage and determination to do the very difficult job that Alan and Iain have taken on at Newcastle.
Please support the club.