Alan Shearer has come out today and said it’s still possible for Newcastle to stay in the Premier League, but that’s his job, after all.
Michael Owen – hey I just missed another chance!
The truth is we are doing nothing to help ourselves and threw away a golden opportunity last night to do something to help ourselves – like actually win a game.
Alan said after the terrible and frustrating defeat of his team:
“I’m disappointed we haven’t take three points – for 65 minutes we forced the game without any success in front of goal,”
“I can’t fault the effort or commitment – I asked for them to start from the first minute and they did that.” “We created enough chances to win the game, that was pleasing. But it was ironic, the three players I wanted up there all got one chance but they didn’t score from them.”
“I don’t know whether that’s going to be a good point or a bad point. What I can guarantee is that there will be a lot of twists and turns before the end – we have to stick in there and keep fighting, and we will. Four games in football is a hell of a long time.”
“We’re relying on other people. Results went for us, apart from Blackburn. It’s going to be a tense end of season but we’ve got to make sure we’re still in there fighting by the last game of the season.”
We have to say one of the things we’ve been disappointed in over the last several games is that the players have not been as inspired as they often played when Joe Kinnear was at the club. Joe seemed to have the knack of getting the players to play above themselves, like when they came from behind with 10 men against Man City and almost won that game.
Alan has to tow the party line of course, which to be we can still stay up, which is very true, but also very unlikely.
Alan was asked if he thinks the lads can stay up, and he continued:
“Absolutely I have seen enough to suggest we’ve got a chance,” “You won’t get anywhere without effort and commitment and we showed plenty of that.”
“Probably the last ten minutes we were dead on our feet but if one of our chances had gone in we’d have been picked up again.”
“We’ll all be looking at those chances thinking ‘If one of them goes in’ but that’s the difference, isn’t it?”
Owen’s miss, when released well by Viduka in the 63rd minute, was the big miss of the game, and you would expect a top striker to put a chance like that home, but he didn’t, and now hasn’t scored in his lat 9 games, and has but one goal this year.
And the big guns of Michael Owen and Oba Martins both had good chances to score in the second half, but missed both their chances, and once again the £110K/week captain failed to produce the goods when it mattered.
Unfortunately Michael could turn out at the end of the season to be the worst transfer deal ever for any Premier League club, as his goals have cost Newcastle over £1.5M each over the last four seasons.
And he could even trump that by seeing his team relegated and failing to produce the goals to save the club, when it mattered. We are angry more at the players than anything else, as it looks like this bunch of pampered and overpaid stars just don’t have the guts when it matters – that’s what upsets us the most.
They can change our minds by going out on Sunday and beating Liverpool, and then maybe we’ll believe in them again.
A pending disaster indeed for Michael Owen, but even more so for Newcastle United, a once very proud football club.