Alan Shearer has revealed this morning some of the things he told the team at half time at Stoke last Saturday.
Alan Shearer – we need to move Stoke around a bit more
Alan is really hoping the great comeback by the lads in the last 30 minutes on Saturday, to rescue a point from what would have been a soul-destroying defeat, will be the turnaround he’s looking for, and he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The great hope is that this can be a turning point.” “It could be a great point, and we hope it will be.”
“But the aim is to go on and get the results we deserve and want.”
Newcastle must get something from out game at Spurs on Sunday, and we’ll know how the other teams have done before our 1:30pm Sunday kick off.
Shearer knows that he must somehow tunaround the mood in the Newcastle team, and somehow get the players back to playing the way we know they can, if only they had some confidence in themselevs, and ion our ability to beat the drop.
But Shearer has revealed he was just delighted to get the kind of response from the team over the last 30 minutes of the game, when they almost pulled off a shock win and all 3 points.
“At half-time we said one or two things.” “We wanted them to demand the ball more and be a bit braver.” “We wanted to use the extra man we had at the back due to the three center-backs to help move Stoke around a bit more.”
“They did that and, apart from the first five minutes in the second half, when we were under the cosh a little bit, we did that.” “The way we reacted after conceding the goal was also fantastic.” “We didn’t concede another one soon after, and that has been a big problem in recent months.”
“We said that while it was 1-0, we were always in the game.” “We knew we would get chances, it was a case of taking one of them, and we did that.” “We were happy to get a point.”
Quite honestly we would have thought the lads would have gotten some tough words form Alan at the break, because we looked awful in the first half, and were even lucky to be just 1-0 down at half time.
But of course you have to measure strong words with those of some encouragement, especially when the lads’ confidence right now is so brittle.
But they all have to step up soon, and be men, if we are to survive this season, and execute the great escape, as things still look rather tough right now, unless our play improves significantly.