Shearer – Portsmouth Is Biggest Game Of The Season

Alan Shearer has had some good words to say about Portsmouth manager Paul Hart.


Alan Shearer – must win game against Portsmouth

Hart has successfully guided Portsmouth to a few wins lately, and they are now probably clear of relegation on 37 points, a full 7 points ahead of Newcastle, who remain second bottom of the league

Alan talked about Paul Hart today:

“Paul Hart has done well. They need two or three points to survive but he’s done a good job.”

And Shearer is well aware that the game against Portsmouth on Monday night is truly a do-or-die game, because failure to win that game will probably condemn Newcastle to the Championship next season, and while it will still be possible theoretically to survive, it probably will not happen.

Alan talked about Monday’s game:

“This is the biggest game of the season, no doubt about it. It’s my job to make sure the players know that.”

It’s all hands to the pump on Tyneside too, as the fans will no doubt pack St. James’ Park for Monday night’s game, and they will be seen around the world, because not surprisingly this game is being televised live around the world.

We have to hope our players will be ready for this game, because we’ve been disappointed with their play and attitude so many times this season, but it’s not too late, not yet anyway.

We have been able to celebrate a win once in the last 17 matches so it would really be great, if rare, to be able to celebrate a good win on Monday night, for a change.

We certainly need one, and that would allow everybody connected to Newcastle to look forward with real hope of surviving what has been an absolutely terrible season.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #1

    The roof is going to come off on Monday night!

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    I truly would love to get something out the Liverpool match. Even a point would help. Woah – daydreaming again!

    Aye – biggest game this season by far.

    Its gonna be a nerve tester for sure!!!

    I know a few extended family members who will be in the pompey seats and nothing would give me more pleasure than the ability to gloat!!

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #3

    Unfortuntly it has come down to a must win game, i fear we draw or woarse still lose and we are down , but i di think we will win and when we get that win we will get the other 2 wins that we need to win

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #4

    TG: In those seats you need to be a goat 🙂

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Johno – I think if we do go down a goal – we need to immediately raise the volume to spur the lads on.

    Ive got faith in our back line. With Bassong and Beye we’ll be ok!!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #6

    A bronze statue if we win?

    There’s be a bronze plaque under my seat if we lose!

  • Isaac Hunt

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Any one else having weird dreams about the toon?

  • Johno Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Graeme im 100% sure we will stay up! never been more sure on anything

  • Davies

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Yup. Saw them playing a beach football tournament last night. Shearer and Owen up front. Don’t remember who else was in the team or what the score was.

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #10

    Give us the back line with the most clean sheets this season:

    We get the most out of Coloccini with Beye and Bassong by his side.

    I don’t want to see Steven Taylor in defense again.

  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 24, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11

    Yea Isaac strangly enough Albert Riera scored the winner in the League cup with Coloccini providing the cross and going nuts when the ball hit the back of the net.

  • Tel

    Apr 24, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    Biggest game of the season without a doubt, I have been living in hope for 40years, a few more days wont kill me. However I think the season was lost when we failed to replace KK with a manager immediately, when we failed to replace JK when he took ill before the West Brom game and whilst I am sure AS will come good I think it is just too late. Their have been far too many amateur decisions, based on hope rather ran a solid policy, we havent spent any money for five transfer windows, whilst selling our best players and replaced them with inferior cheaper has beens / wanna be’s, of dubious premier league quality. I think ashley is reaping his reward and will lose still more money. Now the rumour bit: Allegedly from a friend of Ashley who was in a taxi and loose lipped. Ashley has agreed to sell the club to a Alan Shearer led consortium. Part of the deal was to let shearer manage with 100% control and that meant bye bye to wise. The price is dependant on which league we are in next year. Whichever it is it must be without Ashley and with a sustainable long term plan. Good luck for monday, sing your hearts out and cross everything you have. Howay the lads.

  • workyticket

    Apr 24, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #13

    That doesn’t even qualify as a ‘rumour’ Tel.

  • korn8

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #14

    I remember the game at st.james`park last year when we played against Fulham. Mark Viduka played a great game and scored that crucial first goal. It was really good to hear “local hero” after that game, i hope we can think about positive things like this against Pompey. Of course it is possible beating them!


  • Rodzilla

    Apr 25, 2009 at 1:47 AM

    Comment #15

    stick it up your topiaric shiny ass then quirky privet

  • jim

    Apr 25, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #16

    Well the mackems think their safe-and maybe they are-but u can never speak to soon-after their (away) game at west brom today, they have a pretty tough run in ide say-anyway were due a change of luck and have to think positive and forward now-if we can beat portmouth on monday-and we can-we mite just go to anfield witha little more hope and pride and maybe even make them drop 2 points by gettin a draw-its not impossible-if results go in our favour today and tmoro we could be looking a bit more optomistic going into the liverpool game,anyway-lets push the piana with the support and see what we can get the attacking formation to do-they mite remember how good it feels to actually score some and dare i say win! lol viduka can hold the ball up well and martins and owen and he can surely bag a cple or more-then maybe bring on nile ranger ide say with half hour to go-haway the lads! bring the noise! il be in leazes corner with the bairn-theres still tickets left get ya arses there !


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