Magpies Must Start Winning Soon If Survival Possible

Alan Shearer has said it has been another good week in training.


Iain Dowie and Alan Shearer – can they save Newcastle?

While that’s fine, if we don’t pick up any points tomorrow afternoon in London, then things will look even bleaker on Tyneside, and we just must try to get the wins that can save our season.

Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“It has been a good week again, but it is now about getting something tomorrow.”

“That is the way it is going to be from now until the end of the season, getting this game out of the way and preparing for the next one.”

“This, though, is the important one because it is the next one.”

Since Alan arrived we’ve had a couple of games, one at home against Chelsea and one away against Stoke City and have picked up just a solitary point. We will need to improve that record fairly soon, before it gets just too late and we run out of games.

Alan was asked if the need for points has increased even further, since he arrived at the club, and Alan said:

“Without a doubt, it has massively increased, but I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying it, I really am.”

“It is another difficult away game for us.” “Tottenham have have several good players and it will be tough.”

We think all the last 6 games will be tough, but this is the situation we have got ourselves into through this season, and in truth, it is now up to the players to prove they are big enough to play for this club.

Up to this point in the season, there are very few of our players who can truly say that. We have to hope there will be more by tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 pm.

Comments welcome.

40 comments so far

  • edburn

    Apr 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s quiet on here today, isn’t it?

    We need wins, but I don’t think tomorrow is a must-win. It would be so good to beat the spuds.

    Incidentally, why do their fans hate us so much?

  • batty

    Apr 18, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #2

    edburn because they are a bunch ov c0ck sucking cockney bsards m8

  • edburn

    Apr 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah I thought it was something like that 😀

    Bunch of idiots!

    Talking of idiots – Merson on SSN – (Talking bout Viduka)

    ‘I’d play him all day. For 45 minutes.’


  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #4

    edburn // Apr 18, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    “Incidentally, why do their fans hate us so much?”

    Perhaps they don’t like being constantly insulted by strange people from up north. Some people are funny like that! 🙂

  • JJJ

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Can we survive –

    Unfortunately the answer to that is “no its too late”.
    But hopefully Shearer stays on makes the nessassary changes and builds a squad capable of growth for when we hopefully get back up next year…

  • JJJ

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #6

    If Sunderland lose or draw to Hull, and Blackburn lose today with Borough losing or drawing and we pick up a point. We’ll be in with a 50/50% shot of survival.
    Long odds though but possible.

  • edburn

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Worky – hope your ok medical wise 🙂 and you may just be right… Ha!

    Well JJJ has clearly been forgetting to take his pills 😉 cheer up mate! We’re not down yet.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Probably total BS. I remember on the official site somewhere it said we are not looking to replace that position.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Of course we hgave a chance. Have you lot seen Hull, Boro and the Mackem’s fixtures? EThey won’t be picking up many points. We just need to win at LEAST 2 of our home games and get a point at Spurs and Villa. 38 points will be the safe point and i reckon it will come down to goal difference.

    Going Down:

    West Brom

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #10

    I think the game against Portsmouth next weekend is one of the biggest games we’ve had in years, we have to win that game.

  • Dragonera

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #11

    Although i can see us winning all our home games and maybe snatching a win at Villa or Spurs. Leaving us with around 40-42 points

  • edburn

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Hull have got an awful run-in, if they lose today they’re in serious trouble. The Mackem’s isn’t as bad, but still tough.

    We need wins off Pompey, Boro and probably Fulham. Hopefully we can get draws off Spurs and Villa, but I don’t expect anything off Liverpool.

  • dougnufc

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #13

    I think Boro and Hull will follow WBA down. Boro and Hull have 5 tough games, where the Mackems have 4 and we have 3.

  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #14

    edburn // Apr 18, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    “Worky – hope your ok medical wise and you may just be right… Ha!”

    Thanks again edburn.

    Incidentally, I’m in North London, and alot of my friends are ‘Spurs supporters. They don’t understand why we’ve got such of a chip on our shoulders about them. They just want to get on with their usual business of hating Arsenal!

  • roscoe

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Spurs fans hate us cause we very similar teams. Should both be competing for top six but we always seem to underachieve and we always beat them so it irritates them. I would love to beat them but it’s not a must win, a point would be great.

    37pts = safe
    TOon TOon

  • workyticket

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #16

    roscoe, they don’t “hate” us. They’re indifferent about us.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Is anyone gonna score today??

    C’mon Bolton, Stoke, Fulham and hull!!!!

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Woop Heskey scores! Means diddley squat for us though, apart from we shudda bought him – doh!!

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #19

    Gordon saves Arrrghhhh!!!!!

  • edburn

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #20

    Especially fulham!

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    Yeah if fulham and hull win today i’ll be a happy man, I might even do some housework (wife is nagging) grrrrrrrr.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Fulham are in the ascendancy!!!! C’mon….

  • Toon_Factor

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyone got link to Sunderland or Boro??

  • Stuart79

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #24

    We want Hull and Mackems to draw and Fulham to win.

    Hulls run in is fckin horrible!

    I don’t see them getting 3 more points!

    The more that can go down the better for us. If Hull win they are more or less safe!

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #25

    Link to everything….

    You might have to download a few add ons unless you click the media player links. You should bookmark this site its the best one.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #26

    Hmmm think I’d prefer a hull win, means we’re only 2 points of mackems as opposed to three. Could make all the difference as their goal diff is better if we end up equal and we’re not exactly racking up the goals at the mo, kenwyn and cisse are probably on better form.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27


    If Hull win it means we’ve only got Mackems in our sights! If it’s a draw we have both teams in our sights and with Hull’s run in I think Hull would go down!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #28

    Not good news!

  • Stuart79

    Apr 18, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #29

    I’ve said all along that I think after this weekends games we will be 4 points off safety.

    After this weekend everyone above us has really hard games when we play our home games, that’s when we will get out of the bottom three.

  • Spuggy

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #30

    It’s a fair point Stuart, but we’ll have to see how it pans out, if it comes down to us or Sunderland (got a feeling it will). Shouldn’t of mentioned cisse’s form should I! It’s a game of 2 halves though, fingers and everything else crossed.


    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #31

    today we need sunderland to win, boro to lose and black burn to lose.

    Hull and boro are the one’s we need to watch, everyone else is out of it if you ask me. I’ve done the predictor hundreds of times with different outcomes and hull and boro always end up below us if we win our home games.

    Hull have –

    Sunderland v Hull, 0 points
    Hull v Liverpool, 0 points
    Aston Villa v Hull, 0 points
    Hull v Stoke, possible 3 points
    Bolton v Hull, 0 points
    Hull v Man Utd, 0 points

    the only other ones we gotta worry ’bout is boro, we need them to lose today BIG time.

  • LooneyToon

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #32

    Shot Bru // Apr 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    I think the game against Portsmouth next weekend is one of the biggest games we’ve had in years, we have to win that game.

    May 1992…Newcastle V Pompy…The Toon desperate for a win to stay in Division 2……

    History about to repeat itself…….

  • LooneyToon

    Apr 18, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #33

    We dont need Boro to lose today welshmag….granted it would help however a draw would be decent for us…..there run in is horrendous….

    Hull, Boro and WBA for me to go……Hulls run in is worse than Boro’s….sun tan dan Browny must be worrying now

  • Jan Stavik

    Apr 18, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Toon need to start picking up points, now they are nr 19 of 20. I predict 0p tomorrow, a point against Spurs will be a bonus.

    Hull will go down, I’m quite sure about that. WBA, Hull and a team from the north east, hopefully Boro but it can easily be the Toon…

    Yet another terrible season…

  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 18, 2009 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #35

    mackems won, boro drew, stoke won, blackburn lost… Not good for us… we need 3 pts tomorrow!!

  • Shot Bru

    Apr 18, 2009 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Amazing how it works out Looneytoon, we certainly need another hero like David Kelly. Remember the Leceister match at Filbert Street when all the fans were standing by the goalposts waiting for the final whistle, sends shivers up my spine just thinkin about it, and whats ahead.

  • chuck

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Once again the voice of reason WORKEYTICKET (gonna have to change your “nom de plume”)

    It`s true most Spurs fans are indifferent to-wards NUFC and i have never understood the animosity directed at them from the fans here,
    strange ?

  • geordie deb

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #38

    Chuck I agree. I lived in London for nearly 10years and most Spurs fans don’t give a t*ss about the Toon they’re just interested in the normal local rivalries Arsenal etc. I also find the animosity from some of our fans towards them really strange, I think most people are pretty indifferent.

  • chuck

    Apr 18, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #39

    Think it`s part and parcel of the provincial vs. capital attitudes.
    Soft southerners, Geordies tough and shirtless, southern press, cockney mafia etc.
    It`s all very juvenile and a bore really

  • PaceOba

    Apr 18, 2009 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #40

    Win at our hand!
    Click my link


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