If We Can Beat Portsmouth We Can Still Survive


Alan Shearer has just 5 weeks to somehow work the miracle that will save Newcastle United from relegation from the Premier League, for the first time in their history.

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Alan Shearer – starts work today on how to beat Portsmouth

There’s a lot of pessimism around Tyneside right now, and there was quite a bit on this web-site yesterday, following Newcastle’s dismal display in London yesterday, at least for the first 65 minutes of the game.

Our view is that we don’t mind being beaten as long as the lads show some fight, pride and passion, and very little of that was on display yesterday.

But Alan Shearer has a job to do, and one thing he will not do is let the squad get too down on themselves, and certainly he will not allow any self pity from the players. They shouldn’t feel sorry for themselves because we deserve to be exactly where we are, based on our performances and record since Christmas.

Alan Shearer is proving to be a monument of self control and common sense, as it looks like his players have again let him and the Newcastle club down, but we also have to hold back on too much criticism, because we can still do it, if the players will only stand up and do what’s required of them.

Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“There is no room for feeling sorry for ourselves.” “We have to go to work and try to get three points against Portsmouth – and it starts now.”

“I understand why the fans are deflated. We’re exactly the same.” “We fully intended to go to Tottenham and get three points out of the game, but it hasn’t worked out that way.”

“My thoughts are now on Portsmouth and trying to win that game.”

This is becoming a huge test for Alan Shearer and the Newcastle United club, but Alan has never come up short before in his character, and we don’t see him coming up short this time around, but whether he can save us from relegation with the spiritless bunch of players he has taken control of, is now an open question.

We’ll just have to see how we do next Monday against Portsmouth, but we are not going to be swayed by all the good words that will come out of training and in the lead up to our next home game.

How the players perform for us against Portsmouth is 100% of what matters next Monday – and it will now be a little bit of a surprise if they play great.  But let’s hope that’s what happens, and they don’t disappoint the Newcastle fans – once again.

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50 comments so far

  • magforlife

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #1

    Pride and passion are a pre requisite and shouldnt be asked for or demanded, this alone wont win us games, playing attacking football on the deck will instead of continually turning back the ball to the keeper or kicking it out of touch. I am now at the ripe old age of 53 and feel as if this is the season which will see me off, i have never been so frustrated as i am watching this one paced bunch of highly paid couldnt give a toss ex international has beens.

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  • Dr Mackem - Inbredologist

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #2

    in my opinion, this shuld be a straight forward win.
    we destroyed them at fratton park 3-0 so who says we cant do it on our own soil.
    they gained a solid win against bolton this weekedn but large part of the game they were being dominated at home.

    p.s. they even drew to WBA at home, ahahaha!!!!!

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  • ObaFan2

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d prefer if the players say nothing until the end of the season.

    As for our situation, it is still possible to stay up but our team is finding it difficult to create chances.

    If Oba and Dukes can play more and maybe Barton, then maybe we have a chance.

    Going to be a painful end to the season however it works out and a clearout in the summer is vital.

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  • Micky Toon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #4

    We win our home games, we stay up. We don’t do that and we are down, simple as. We won’t get anything at anfield and we never seem to get anything at villa.

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  • geordie jock

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Put the players against a wall and shoot the useless b*stards. I am so sick of hearing comments from the players saying we will do this and that and for them to give nothing on the pitch. Mike Ashley has to sell the club and get out of our lives and take all the overpaid crap with him. NUFC R.I.P.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #6

    Somehow i think the best possible team is available for the first time!!!!!!!!!

    —————————-Harper———————–

    —-Beye———–STaylor——Bassong——Enrique

    ———–Jonas———-Barton———–Duff——-

    ———–Owen———-Viduka———Martins—–

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #7

    So basically we have to, HAVE TO play 4-3-3

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  • Bosck

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #8

    i said it on the last article and i will say it again if we get 2 wins against portsmouth and boro, and a draw against fulham we will be ok.

    i reckon the following for hull and boro’s results till the end of the season:

    Hull 0 – 3 Liverpool
    Villa 2 – 0 Hull
    Hull 0 – 0 Stoke
    Bolton 2 – 1 Hull
    Hull 0 – 3 Man. Utd. so 1 point

    Arsenal 2 – 0 Boro
    Boro 0 – 2 Man Utd
    Toon 2 – 0 Boro
    Boro 1 – 1 Villa
    West Ham 2 – 0 so again 1 point

    i cant see either of them gaining points so although we need a massive clear out in the summer i dont think it will be a fire sale due to relegation it will be able to be a planned strategic reshaping hopefully with a strike force of carrol, martins and ranger being left over and maybe at a push viduka on a pay if you play deal. owen doesnt seem to care, and ameobi isnt good enough.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #9

    “There’s a lot of pessimism around Tyneside right now, and there was quite a bit on this web-site yesterday, following Newcastle’s dismal display in London yesterday, at least for the first 65 minutes of the game.”

    So why did it get better after 65 minutes Ed? It was largely because we Shearer once again abandoned Dowie’s wreckless wing back idea (Dowie has always been a 3-5-2 exponent) and switched to four at the back. So why do you want to scapegoat the players for Dowie’s tactical failings?

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  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #10

    There is no room for feeling sorry for ourselves.” “We have to go to work and try to get three points against Portsmouth – and it starts now.”

    Two things about that statement from Shearer:

    1: They got no right to feel sorry for themselves. They were crap in the first half and as usual we couldnt get the ball between the sticks. I dont care how many they score in training – it means bubkiss if they dont in a match.

    2: Heard it all before. We’ll prepare for the next match yada yada yada. Im not underestimating Pompe – they will see us as a whipping boys mixed with a touch of revenge.

    Ive managed to catch up with all the lads who went to the match yesterday and from SJP and they all say and think the same. Were in the sh*te big time and cant see we stay up.

    Unless we pull a miracle out we arse next Monday night it looking more like fizzy pop than premier pints!!

    Not my ususal optomistic self – Im up and down more like a yo yo each minute.

    Still cant beleive I launched me cup accross the room yesterday!

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #11

    Turkish Mag…….
    Have you not been listening or watching?
    S.Taylor is injured so he canny play.
    Not expectin much from the Pompey game.

    Toon Graeme….
    How did the lass take it when ya flung it across the room?
    Tis stressful supportin this club alright

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #12

    workyticket // Apr 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    So why did it get better after 65 minutes Ed? It was largely because we Shearer once again abandoned Dowie’s wreckless wing back idea (Dowie has always been a 3-5-2 exponent) and switched to four at the back. So why do you want to scapegoat the players for Dowie’s tactical failings?

    Don’t want to burst your anti Shearer/Dowie bubble worky but Dowie has never ever been a thee at the back manager!

    At Oldham he played 4-4-2 at palace he played 4-4-2 until the prem and then they played 4-5-1. At Charlton he tried 4-5-1 too. So I think you’re making this up to try and prove a point that just isn’t valid.

    Sorry

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  • Johno Toon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #13

    Last few weeks i always knew it would come to our 3 home games and nothing has changed , yes i would of hoped for 3 points against stoke and something yesterday , but they are gone and we need to get 9 points from 3 home games, yes it will be hard but i think we will do it.

    KEEP THE FAITH

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  • Pompey Jim

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    This caught my eye on newsnow so thought I’d have a read and see what you though. Hope you don’t mind a few comments from a pompey perspective?

    I think you’ll beat us on Monday. We are ultra defensive at the moment especially away from home. I would presume that Shearer will play 3 up front as he did against Spuds and that will probably be too much for us. It the most winnable game in your run in and sitting back would suit us.

    The pressure is off a little having beaten Bolton. As for Dr Mackem I’m not sure what game you were watching but we were the only team who looked like scoring. As for drawing with West Brom, no shame there, they were well worth it. If my memory serves me right you drew at home with Derby last year??

    A shame that Setanta have moved this to a monday evening as the annual trip to to your city is the best in the division. Win lose or draw as we have found out in recent years we still always have had a top weekend.

    All the best

    pompey fan

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Teams who are going for the championship title bottle it occasionally when the pressure gets to them.

    We will be under the same pressure on our home games and I don’tknow whether we can cope with that

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Stuart79 // Apr 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    “Don’t want to burst your anti Shearer/Dowie bubble worky but Dowie has never ever been a three at the back manager!”

    Stuart, I’m sorry but you’re a lying little s*it and I will prove you wrong when I get back from my meeting. Later …

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Look forward to it Worky. Cancel ya meeting this is more important

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  • mohtools

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #18

    Good LUCK I will support you till the end!!!!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #19

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/kiraly-unable-to-disguise-scale-of-dowies-task-685599.html

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/2321461/Ian-Dowie-has-last-laugh-at-Crystal-Palace.html

    There’s two newspaper articles coveringteams managed by Iain Dowie. It shows quite clearly that palace played 4-5-1 and Coventry 4-4-2

    Any other lies you wanna make up to fit your agenda worky?

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20
  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #21

    http://www.oldhamathletic.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10337~23673,00.html

    One from his days at Oldham too from their official website.

    Do you want me to go on Worky or will you be embarrassed enough?

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  • sahota

    Apr 20, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Its not understandable why the hell these players just play well in second half. Only thing I am worried about is how many players in squad really are playing for the cause. Its easier to say we will win 3 games at home. I can not see us doing that. I would still be happy if we can win 2 out of these three and hope we get 1 point from another games (SOMEHOW, GOD knows HOW).
    And then our fate will be in hands of HULL and BORO. For me We should defeat BORO , thats MUST MUST win and one win in another 2 home games, then we will still have a chance of staying up.

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  • Mag 48

    Apr 20, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #23

    Magforlife
    Know what you mean! I’ll be 70 in a couple of months and this season has done for me.
    Decided earlier in the season this would be my last Its local football for me from now on.
    Can’t see it getting any better we’ve got no mid-field what so ever Forwards that could’nt hit a bulls arse with a shovel which all puts pressure on our threadbear defence However you jumble them up or change them around makes no difference they are not good enough.All we can hope for is a miracle and a large lump of luck which seems to have deserted us of late.
    God I wish I could see some glimmer of hope!!

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #24

    “Do you want me to go on Worky or will you be embarrassed enough?

    Right-o Stuart, let’s look at some Dowie formations. Here goes.

    “John Eyre is a prime example. The 28-year-old striker found himself out of favour – but Dowie pushed him deeper into midfield and wing-back roles, and he is now playing some of the best football of his career.”

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/sport/football/oldham_athletic/s/21/21088_dowie_well_get_even_better.html

    “Dowie shows West Ham no mercy”

    “OLDHAM ATHLETIC (3-5-2): L Pogliacomi — F Hall, C Hill, D Beharall — J Low, J Eyre, P Murray, C Armstrong, D Eyres — W Andrews (sub: C Killen, 72), C Corazzin. Substitutes not used: D Miskelly, D Holden, Lourenco, S Vernon.”

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/football_league/article870502.ece

    “Furlong settles the Loftus Road nerves”

    “Oldham Athletic (3-5-2): Pogliacomi; Haining, Hill, Hall; Eyre (Corazzin, 73), Murray (Carrs, 84), Armstrong, D Sheridan (Duxbury, 84), Low; Eyre, Andrews. Substitutes not used: Miskelly (gk), Baudet.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/football-league/furlong-settles-the-loftus-road-nerves-590560.html

    I will get some more examples later, there’s quite a few! 😉

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #25

    Stuart, my last reply is “awaiting moderation” apparently.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #29

    They were the links I posted showing Iain Dowie 3-5-2 teams. More on the way …

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #32

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2005/nov/28/match.crystalpalace

    “Dowie sensed that drastic change was needed in the second half and switched to 3-5-2 before bringing on Andy Johnson.”

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #33

    http://www.cpfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10323~30183,00.html

    “A change of formation soon afterwards saw Dowie switch to 3-5-2”

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Worky

    Let me get this right. You give me three links all from Oldham which was 5 years ago yet you say Dowie has ALWAYS been a 3-5-2 exponant.

    You also give one example of him at Palace when he didn’t start with 3-5-2 but changed to that just to try something different during a game.

    I give you three different match reports at three different clubs and non are of Dowie using 3-5-2.

    So your quote that he has always been a exponant of that system is total rubbish.

    So I think we can safely say he hasn’t and isn’t a exponant of 3-5-2 like you say.

    Thanks Worky, good entertainment as usual but wrong as usual

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #35

    31 workyticket // Apr 20, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    http://www.cpfc.co.uk/page/MatchReport/0,,10323~30183,00.html

    “A change of formation soon afterwards saw Dowie switch to 3-5-2?

    Also says that the players were trying to get used to the new system half way through the game this is.

    Now if they used that system all the time why would they be trying to get used a new system that he changed during the match?

    Wrong again!

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #36

    In summary Worky

    Dowie used 3-5-2 at Oldham when he first started management.

    Dowie changed to 3-5-2 at Palace at couple of times during a match.

    I know what you mean when you state that Dowie has always been a 3-5-2 exponant!

    Ha Ha Ha

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #37

    “Worky

    Let me get this right. You give me three links all from Oldham which was 5 years ago yet you say Dowie has ALWAYS been a 3-5-2 exponant.”

    Yes I said that he has always been an exponent, I didn’t say that he used it in every game he has managed, though he has indeed used it many, many times, as have other Championship managers. Don’t try to distort my argument, it won’t work.

    No, I gave you more than three links, and more teams than Oldham. Attempting to lie simply doesn’t work when the evidence is there for everyone to see.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Stuart79 // Apr 20, 2009 at 6:04 PM

    “In summary Worky

    Dowie used 3-5-2 at Oldham when he first started management.

    Dowie changed to 3-5-2 at Palace at couple of times during a match.

    I know what you mean when you state that Dowie has always been a 3-5-2 exponant!

    Ha Ha Ha”

    You want more Stuart?

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  • workyticket

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #39

    Stuart79 // Apr 20, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    “Don’t want to burst your anti Shearer/Dowie bubble worky but Dowie has never ever been a thee at the back manager!”

    Anyway, we’ve established now that this is a lie, and I’m bored with this now. Try to be more honest in future, it’s the best way.

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  • Stuart79

    Apr 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #40

    It’s a lie because why exactly?

    You said he has always been a 3-5-2 exponant! It’s in black and white on here!

    He’s used it once in his managerial career, five years ago at Oldham.

    That does not mean he has always been a 3-5-2 exponant!

    It’s like saying that KK has always been a 4-3-3 exponant because he used i in the last 7 or 8 matches last season.

    KK was a 4-4-2 exponant, we all know that.

    Just admit it when you are wrong for once!

    It’s a very flawed personality when you won’t admit your wrong.

    Gordon Brown is finding that out at the moment!

    Unbelievable!

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