Shearer And Dowie Concentrate On Winning Home Games

It’s getting to be the business end of the season, and if Newcastle can win all their remaining three games, it seems certain they will be able to stay up – and given where we are right now – that would be fantastic!.


Iain Dowie – keeping the players upbeat and believing

But that three run winning streak that’s required just must get off to a good start on Monday, in a game that will be the most crucial.

It’s crucial because a win and it will lift the morale of the players and essentially they will have just two more games to win – at home in front of a supportive crowd of over 52,000.

But a defeat or a draw will continue the pathetic run of results we’ve had since late December, and it will then be very difficult to escape the drop – which will be embarrassing and even a little humiliating for the team – but then again we’ll have deserved it.

Iain Dowie and Shearer just have to keep the players upbeat and believing in themselves, and Iain talked about that today:

“The mood is very much upbeat around the place. I’m not a great believer in negativity – you’ve got to have a positive approach,”

“My attitude now is that whatever had happened over the weekend, we’d still have had to win those home games.”

“So now we need to get that win that is going to be vital to us and it will give us belief and we can go from there.”

Successful people never concentrate on the negatives, but they try to learn from them and move forward, which is what Alan and Iain have to do in these very difficult days for the Newcastle club.

Newcastle have not had it easy with injuries this season , and more bad news yesterday as it was learned from a scan that Steven Taylor has indeed re injured his ankle and will be out for at least another couple of weeks.

We always have a bad injury record, almost every season, which is why it was quite stupid to start the season with such a small squad – but there will be plenty of time to have investigations on why a team so good, and a club so proud, got relegated, should we go down.

We have to hope we can still survive, but the players just must start showing urgency, belief and spirit to do that.

Howay The Lads!!

7 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    This article in the journal stinks of similar articles of Kinnear and Hughton a few months back.

    Its fine to talk the talk – but can they walk the walk. At this point the walk is probably gonna be the longest and most important walk this season (which lets be honest – has been shite)

    Pompey went down to 1 – 0 to a lovely Rooney goal which showed there defence being absolutely rubbish. From what I saw (1st half) Manchester were in control for the majority and seemed to be alot of space opened up by them.

    I have no doubt that shearer and dowie will have done their homework and its now time to work on it for Mondays match.

    Ive read alot of stuff this week on various websites and the all seem to reflect the same topic – a very loud 90 mins from the NUFC SJP faithfull.

    I call upon everyone who has the opportunity and ability to be there in person to get behind the lads and to those watching afar over the world – be it at home or the pub – to be as vocal as possible. We need to put in a 90 min shift and drown out the pompey fans.

    Anyone see Liverpool v Arsenal – thats a crowd backing the team (both).


  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #2

    Monday is going to be tough. I just hope the crowd aren’t so nervous that they go quiet – that’ll project onto the players and make things a lot worse.

    Beer is needed. Lubricate both the vocal chords and the spirit, then go sing yersel silly without any let-up.

    If we go a goal down, sing louder. If we miss a pass or give the ball away, sing louder. When we score, go utterly spactardic. Then sing louder.

    Never give up. Never surrender.

    ..sorry; that’s from Galaxy Quest. Where was I?

    Oh, yes. Bloody sing. Intimidate the Pompey players till they can’t think straight.

    Those 3 points. They will be ours. Oh, yes. They will be ours.

  • Rodzilla

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    “utterly spactardic”

    …like it.

    St James world, St James world, party time – EXCELL-ENT! WOOoooooooo!


  • AndyT

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #4

    What I would give to be able to be in St. James’ Park on Monday. I’ll be with you boys in spirit!

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #5


  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #6

    I’d be pretty upbeat too if I was picking up £50K plus every week whether I did a good job or not. If I performed in my job like they all perform in theirs every week, I’d be fired and on the first plane back home. We should be able to stop all the salaries of these underachieving players until they start to show some spirit.

    Sorry, if this seems blunt but This bunch have no heart for NUFC. Come what may, injured or not, goals or not, perfornmance or not, win or lose, they pick up a huge fat cheque. After their 90 mins of running/walking/strolling about the pitch, they forget about it and go out to the pub in their ferrari or bling mobile! We get relegated, they don’t care, another team will give them a big wad of cash and life goes on. For us, the undying fans who bleed B&W, we are left devastated every poor performance and hopeless loss.

    Someone needs to give them all a wage ban slap them around a bit…

    Rant over… 🙁

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 3:55 AM

    Comment #7



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