Alan Shearer is considering which side to play against Liverpool on Sunday, to get some points for Newcastle, but with the form of most of our players right now, that could be difficult.
Alan Smith – played well on Monday night
It looks like Alan Smith will retain his place in midfield after a solid performance on Monday night, which Shearer enthused about this morning:
“I thought Alan was fantastic,” “He gave us everything he had and justified his place in the starting line-up.”
“I thought he worked very hard. We made five changes against Portsmouth, we just wanted to try to freshen things up – to try to change things around.”
“That was the only reason that we did it.” “Kevin Nolan wasn’t injured. We were just trying something different – his time might come again.”
Smith could well be in the starting line up in each of the last 4 games, since he is willing to give every game all he has, and that’s what the side needs right now.
We don’t need any players who are feeling sorry for themselves, or who have already made up their minds the side is going down. Middlesbrough and Hull City are both too bad for that to be true.
Alan Shearer is faced with the task of preparing the side to somehow get a win in each of our last four games of the season.
Every game is a new opportunity to turn things around, and while the games are starting to run out, it’s still not too late to survive, but we need a win quickly. Maybe Liverpool will not turn up on Sunday.