Newcastle Need Fast Start And Goal Against Pompey


Iain Dowie is again taking over some of the media interviews this week for Alan Shearer, and he has talked today to the Newcastle Journal about just how important it is for the lads to get off to a good start against Portsmouth on Monday night.

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Iain Dowie – we must start quickly against Portsmouth

In our last two games, against Stoke and Tottenham, we’ve started very slowly and with not much conviction, and let the other side immediately gain the ascendancy. In both cases we’ve gone in at the break one goal down, and given ourselves a big mountain to climb in the second half.

So one of the things Alan and Iain are working on this week is how to simplify the game plan, so the lads start off quicker and get right into Portsmouth – and the other four teams we still have to play this season.

Iain said today:

“We haven’t had that quick start that we’re looking for and it is absolutely crucial that we do better in the first half on Monday,”  “We’re working on some strategies to combat it, me and Alan have some things we’ve been talking about and we’ll be talking to the players about it on Wednesday and on Thursday. We need to start at a tempo.”

“I do think, particularly for a home game where there will be a fantastic atmosphere, we’ve got to give the Geordie faithful something to go after.”  “We’re going to put a few little bits and pieces in place that will allow us to know what we’re doing early on and allow us to play to our game plan.”

“I think we’re going to try to simplify it early on for the first 20 or so minutes of the game. We have mentioned it – so far we’ve not done quite enough in the first halves, but hopefully we can do that against Portsmouth.”  “I think it’s been well documented that we’ve tried to increase the intensity of things since we’ve been here.”

“Everything that we’ve been doing has been at a greater tempo – training, preparation. Now we need to take that into games.”

It’s really a last chance against Portsmouth, and not only do we have to get off to a fast start but a goal would be good too, so the lads can start believing in themselves again, and that has been absent for quite a few months now.

But we still have a chance of survival, if we can win our last 3 home games of the season, and we just have to take that chance to save ourselves from embarrassment and disaster –  – anything but a win on Monday night will not be good enough.

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5 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Apr 22, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, can you make a new topic on the new kit? I want to see the reactions and comments from the fellow toon fans.

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  • BT9MAG

    Apr 22, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Well Doug, until then…

    The timing of it is a bit cynical! I can never remember them coming on sale as early as May 14th (then again we weren’t usually 2nd from bottom at this stage of the season) so obviously tryin to flog as many as possible while we still have the premier league status!

    Secondly, I prefer not having the color, but the rest of the strip looks like it’s been put together by an adidas team who just can’t be arsed! The Northern Rock logo needs to change, that black block looks messy, and the white patch on the back of it (obviously for name and number) just looks like ‘well we did a black one last time’…

    I’ll still buy it of course, but remember when we used to have shirts that neutrals would want to wear! Like the design with the shield of the back for your name and number, or the goal keeper top that showed a sun setting on tyneside? Aaaah the good old days…

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  • Whumpie

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #3

    Encouraging stuff from Dowie. It’s such a good change to read the quotes and at least think, “yep, I get what you’re saying” rather than immediately thinking it’s all spin and waffle.

    One thing we’ve missed for the past few years: straight-talkers. We have two of them in charge now.

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  • Sav

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Well after accusations of chopping and changing and a degree of muddled tactics, the message is,’fly out of the traps and get a ruddy goal’ Nowt wrang with that.

    But “We’re going to put a few little bits and pieces in place that will allow us to know what we’re doing early on and allow us to play to our game plan.”

    What’s that about then?

    And “I think we’re going to try to simplify it early on for the first 20 or so minutes of the game. ” – Sounds like we are aiming to bombard their box with long balls from the off (like the last 15 minutes against Spurs) and hope to crack Pompey early on.

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  • workyticket

    Apr 22, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #5

    In terms of team tactics and statements off the pitch, this Shearer as manager thing is starting to look like a complete facade.

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