Alan Shearer is facing one of the biggest matches of his career today, and certainly the biggest of his very short management career.
Alan Shearer – one of his biggest games ever
Alan is hoping that the fans can make a difference today, and he is hoping and praying for a great and positive atmosphere at St. James’ Park tonight.
Alan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“The atmosphere at St James’ does give you a lift. I have said it already, and I know we keep asking our fans for things and they might get fed up of us asking, but for three games I am asking them to really turn it on and make it a really good atmosphere.”
“I understand they are as nervous as everyone else, but I want it to be great on Monday from the first minute. An atmosphere the players will enjoy playing in and hopefully we can repay them by giving them something to shout about.”
“I hope it will be an atmosphere that the opposition won’t enjoy. I know Portsmouth have some experienced players, but I want it to be intimidating.”
Newcastle have been given an opening over the weekend since Hull, Middlesbrough and Sunderland all lost, so a win could see Newcastle overtake Middlesbrough and be just one point behind Hull, and two behind Sunderland. In other words a win can put us right back in the mix, and hive the lads great confidence for the final four games.
Blackburn beat Wigan 2-0 yesterday so have moved on to a decent 37 points, which at the moment is 7 points clear of Newcastle, so it may be getting down now to 3 teams from 5 being relegated – but you never know.
Those five teams are WBA, Middlesbrough, Hull, Sunderland and Newcastle, and all three North East teams are in there.
Ultimately of course, it is up to the players to produce, which they have not done so far this year, and let’s hope tomorrow’s headlines are not like those of Sunderland today, where their manager, Ricky Sbragia, says the Sunderland players should be ashamed of themselves for their abject display in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at bottom of the league WBA.
We have to hope we are celebrating only our second win this year, and only 7th of the season, and if we are not, things will look bleak indeed – very bleak