It just so happens that it was against Portsmouth that Alan Shearer beat Jackie Milburn’s record of 200 total goals for the Tyneside club.
Alan Shearer – hoping for first win as manager on Monday
The Newcastle manager says he is “hoping and praying” that he gets his first win as a manager against Portsmouth on Monday night, and it looks that’s what the team needs, to give us any chance of escaping relegation this season.
Alan re-wrote the history books at Newcastle when he scored his 201st goal for Newcastle when he put the ball under Portsmouth goalkeeper Dean Kiely at the Gallowgate End, on February 4th, 2006.
Of course Alan is the leading Premier League scorer of all time, with an amazing 261 Premier League goals, and he also scored more than 150 goals while he was at Blackburn Rovers and Southampton, in addition to the 206 goals he scored for Newcastle.
Alan talked about that 201st goal for Newcastle a little this morning to the Newcastle United official site:
“I broke the scoring record against Portsmouth and I’m hoping and praying that I break my managerial duck against Portsmouth,”
“I don’t care how it arrives, as long as we get that three points.”
“But we have to be at it from the first whistle, I don’t want to be stood here on Monday night talking about a good spell of 20 minutes here and there.”
“We have to, and will be up for it from the off and, with the fans behind us, I’m confident we’ll get the win.”
We don’t care how we get the win either on Monday night, but we need all 3 points, and failure to do so will in all likelihood see us relegated for the first time ever from the Premier League.