We Need To Start Creating More Chances – Shearer

Alan Shearer has come out again to back his captain, Michael Owen, who is having trouble scoring goals these days.


Michael Owen – hasn’t scored a goal since January

But Alan knows what it’s like when you are a striker and then go therouh a dry spell.

The good news is once Michael does get his next goal, he’s likely to score more, once the load of expectation is off his back.

That’s also true with Newcastle winning, we need out first win for a while on Monday night, because that can then give the lads confidence they can go on and win two more games and hopefully be safe.

Alan talked about Michael Owen:

“When you are a center forward and you haven’t scored goals, you are going to get criticised. I know that. He knows that. He has had it before and he will have it again, but he can handle it.”

“Michael is fine about it because he has been in this situation before where people have asked questions of him and people will always ask questions of a goal- scorer when you go on a small barren run.”

“But it is up to ourselves to create chances, because we know that if we do create chances, then Michael will be there and Michael will score goals.”

“Creating chances has been a concern because we haven’t created enough in any of the three games I have been involved with and that is something we will try to correct on Monday.”

We need goals on Monday night and an early one would be just what the doctor ordered. With the atmosphere at St. James’ Park likely to be white hot on Monday evening, that could just happen, and it would be great if Michael sticks it in the net.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, morning to you sir.

    I think MO will find his shooting boots and net we at least one on Monday – call it blind faith, hope, luck or about time.

    Do you think if we will offer Viduka a years contract after this season is over – if he helps us stay up? Just a thought.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    We haven’t got one creative midfielder at the club!

    Quality squad building!!!!!!!

  • lesh

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #3

    Might Nacho, if he’s fit, may be the one to be the desired creative midfielder?

  • Stuart79

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    He’s probably forgot how to bloody play the game let alone where Newcastle is!

  • sahota

    Apr 24, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    This guy playing baseball on top of @Toon Graeme’s comment just hit ball on my head. ha ha 🙂

  • ArtyH

    Apr 24, 2009 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #6

    After the initial adrenalin rush from Shearer taking over everything has returned to as was. We have NO mid engine room, so there are not going to be any chances created. This is depressing. When you look at the team, management setup ( bar Shearer ) and the prospect for next season it all looks so bleak. It really does not matter if we get relegated this season or not. Why because it will happen next season if we are still under the current owner/setup. The club will be destroyed by these cowboys, it needs to be sold to a footballing syndicate or cash rich benefactor.

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #7

    ArtyH – the dust has settled now with shearers arrival and we can all look back at this season as one of the worst we have ever seen in a long time.

    I’ll advised owner employing a casino ‘yes’ man with no football savvie running the show.

    The loss of players on credit to which we are to recieve a single penny and purchase of players for cash who have not set the pitch on fire.

    A gobshite manager who has showed no tactical knowledge of the modern game and crumbled under the pressure and ended up in hospital (no ill feeling and as a man I wish him all the best in his recovery back to health)

    Over paid sicknote dwellers who have done f’all this season and strangly seem to be ready for action now.

    Dennis wise – nuff said

    Terrible performances

    Dire cup runs

    Continuous threatening leaflets to sit down or be banned from the stadium

    Over priced coffee and beer

    Continous bashing in the press (southern based) – who keep using the words Geordie Messiah (tossers)

    Appauling communication with the fans

    Flirting with relegation zone all season and with 5 games left – well and truly in the poop.

    I wish I could say – Top ten finish – ok.

  • Stuart79

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Toon Greame

    Totally agree!

    You will get vilified on this website for having views like that though.

    Some people can’t accept it when people like you and I tell it as it is.

    It’s been a complete disaster!

    I will however still be supporting the team, vocally and financially in every game.

    The fact that I come on here and tell the truth makes some people think I’m not a real supporter.


  • komfort

    Apr 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    graeme & stuart , 100% agree lads.

  • spiderpig

    Apr 24, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    just shows how class viduka is.when he came on last week we created 3 chances thru him,one was a sitter,which oba missed.if we have any chance of staying up,this man has to play.him being injured is the reason why we have won so few games.he holds the ball up so well and brings everyone into play.very intelligent player and underrated by the fans due to injury record and also lacks a little heart.but the cream always rises to the top.ameobi and carroll couldnt lace vidukas boots

  • Nick D

    Apr 24, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    The trouble is Owen can not create anything for himself. He is mirroring shearer completely. Before his injuries, Shearer could make and take his own chances, but at the end he was the sole point of attack and the rest of the team suffered.

    The same thing is happening with Owen.
    Benitez wouldn’t have him back because of it.
    Torres can make his won goals out of nothing.

    To have Owen in you team you need a world class creative midfield, which is probably our weakest department.

  • budmon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #12

    If we play the 4-3-3 on Monday, which im sure we will if Oba and Viduka don’t end up injured, things will be peachy, chances will be created to all 3 forwards and if nicky butt keeps his arse on the bench things will look even brighter! He stops any attacking threat the second he touches the ball. I hope for these three in the midfield monday: Jonas, Duff, Nolan. You cannot get much more attacking than that. Duff could be dropped for guthrie that would be fine too. He did have a beaut against pompey away back in december. lets repeat that result please! thank you! HOWAY THE LADS

  • evildick

    Apr 25, 2009 at 3:22 AM

    Comment #13

    stuart – i dont think you’ll find many people saying this season has been anything other than a disaster.


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