Shearer watched his side play all out for about 70 minutes last Monday night, and while they didn’t play particularly well, it seemed the effort was there, but the confidence wasn’t.
Alan Shearer – needs four committed performances from his players
To be fair to the players, they didn’t have any luck against Portsmouth and just one goal could have ignited the team, and with Lady Luck on our side we may have even be able to take the 3 points and lighten up Tyneside significantly.
But it wasn’t to be, and the game was surprisingly devoid of many chances, but those we did get, we missed them once again.
Shearer will be demanding the same level of commitment when Newcastle United travel to Liverpool this weekend, and this game will be important, if only to preserve our decent goal difference- which could yet save us from the drop – and the last thing we need is to get walloped on Sunday afternoon.
Alan Shearer talked today of Monday night’s game:
“I couldn’t fault the commitment and work-rate,” “For 70 minutes they worked extremely hard, forced the game and gave it everything, but in the last 10 minutes there wasn’t a lot left in the tank.”
“We have to go to Liverpool with that same spirit.” “It will be tough but we’ll be giving it our best shot.”
Newcastle need to surprise their fans with something out of the Liverpool game, since with only 47,000 there on Monday night at St. James’ Park, some may be starting to take the players’ lead, and begin to give up the ghost a little, on the chances of survival.
But maybe that’s being unfair to our fans, who have snapped up every ticket for the last game of the season at Villa park.
That single game could decide what happens to us this season – unfortunately or fortunately – whichever way you want to look at it.