Another game and another inadequate performance from the Newcastle players, and today seems like déjà vu – all over again.
Alan Shearer – wonder if he really wants this job?
Yes we heard all the players last week say how it was a must win game, and that Shearer had instilled belief in the team and the club, and they knew what they had to do last night, and nothing but a win was acceptable – they knew all that.
And what did they do? Went out and gave another relegation like performance.
If we cannot win against Portsmouth at home – who can we win against? Surely not Liverpool away on Sunday afternoon – but it will something like that to convince many Newcastle fans that these players are not a lost cause.
We could possibly beat WBA at home, but they would need to send their Reserve side, just to make sure we could win that game.
Yes, the Newcastle players right now are hopeless, and they are proving that with almost every game they play – they seem to be a lost cause. Where’s all that pride?
And poor Alan Shearer has to look after these little babies, and we don’t envy his task one little bit, but we would have had the whip out before now to these overpaid stars – but that may not be allowed these days.
With Newcastle now on 31 points after 34 games, after having 22 points after 18 games, there seems no way the team can get anywhere near 40 points.
Remember that 43 points we ended up with last year, was the worst ever points total in the Premier league for Newcastle, but now we can only equal that if we win our last 4 games, and we will not do that.
Alan seems to have lost hope in his maths, as he professes he doesn’t know what points total will be enough to stay up. We have to hope that both Hull City and Middlesbrough are even more inept than we are, but that’s asking a lot.
But if those two sides would promise not to win any more points this season, we would still stay up.
Our game plan we had for last night didn’t work, although everything worked exactly according to plan – but for some unknown reason, Portsmouth goalkeeper David James never threw the ball into his own net – if he had done that, just once, we would have won the game – what a spoil sport David has become in his old age!
Alan talked to the Evening Chronicle today and was asked how many points he thought the lads needed to stay up:
“I don’t know, I really don’t know.” “I don’t know what is going to be enough to stay up.” “I would dearly love to think we could go there and get something.” “We will be trying to do that.”
The disappointing thing about this run-on is the inept way in which our players are approaching the task. They seem like men totally bereft of any direction or spirit, or of any hope – it just seems all too much for them.
When you are pampered from the time you are a small boy, because you are so good at football, you lose the chance of developing as men, and it looks like we have a lot of overpaid and immature players at the club – and far too many for our liking.
Alan went on:
“Everybody will write us off for Liverpool. And I understand that.” “But we’ll go there prepared and see what happens.”
“They are under pressure too, they are going for the title.” “I saw them at Hull, and they didn’t play particularly well but won the game.”
“You never know in football.”
It’s hard not to criticize the team too much (although we are doing a good job of it in this piece), because we still have a chance of staying up, so we shouldn’t be too critical.
We have to hope Middlesbrough and Hull produce the goods for us, and don’t win a single point from now until the end of the season – work it out – if that happens we stay up.
As Jim Carey once said in the movie when he was told by the girl, that even if he was the very last man on earth, it would still be a million to one chance – Jim uttered with some delight – so I still have a chance!
While it may not yet be that bad – it’s getting that way – and the players are hardly giving us anything to be hopeful about, are they?
We’re ready for the stories this week that we can get something out of the Liverpool game away, after failing to win against Portsmouth at home – but hey – pull the other leg – it’s got bells on – no way Jose – not with this bunch of players at any rate.
And if they do win at Liverpool, we’ll issue a public apology to the Newcastle players.