Alan Shearer somehow has to work out how he can inspire his players for the last 5 games of the season, if we are have any chance of surviving this season.
Alan Shearer – must inspire players somehow
Alan talked about the state of the Newcastle dressing room after the Tottenham defeat – a game in which the lads played well only in the last 25 minutes – and it just wasn’t good enough against a much better Spurs side on the day.
“The players were despondent and disappointed after Sunday’s result at Spurs,” he said, “But we’ve tried to pick them up, make training as enjoyable as possible and get across just how huge the Portsmouth game really is.
“We’re at home, against a fellow relegation contender, and we’re expected to win it.” “I’m looking no further than this game and it’s a game we’ll be desperately trying to win.”
We would have been despondent too, if for the umpteenth time this season we hadn’t done the job we were so handsomely paid to do. In the real world, when you continually don’t do the job you are paid to do, you get fired. But football is not the real world of course.
Alan also realizes as well as having to cajole his players into playing good football, which is their sole job, we also have to find a way to score goals again, with just 4 goals in our last 8 games, in which we have just 3 points.
“Our strikers have a massive part to play over the next five games, but I know more than most that you have to create chances for people,”
“In the first half of both the Stoke and Tottenham games, we didn’t create anything, so that’s something we’re looking to change.”
“We need to create more chances because there’s no doubt we’ve got the players to finish them off.”
It’s really do or die on Monday night, and we must win, it’s just as simple as that – it’s black or white – and let’s hope the black and whites finally deliver for the fans.
If they do we are still in with a chance of survival – it they don’t it will take a miracle to stay up in our final four games.