Alan Shearer is hoping for a surprise tomorrow, so that Newcastle can come away with something from Anfield, when nobody gives the team any chance at all.
Alan Shearer – hopes for surprise tomorrow
A defeat tomorrow for Newcastle would be consistent with what we’ve been doing in our last 18 games – getting beaten by most sides, good and bad. Sorry to keep bringing this up but our record this year is just a disgrace.
We have one win, 7 draws and 10 defeats in those last 18 games – and that’s relegation form if ever was saw it. And anything but a defeat tomorrow would be a huge surprise, let’s face it.
The problem with tomorrow’s game is if we are beaten, we’ll logically say we didn’t expect anything out of the game. But the problem is that leaves us with just 9 points to play for, and we’re at the very least 3 points (maybe 6 points) from safety, so our position says we have to try to get something at Liverpool, to break this terrible run of form.
Alan said today:
“I’m looking forward to pitting my wits against Rafa Benitez as I have done in all the games so far,” “Whether we can come away with anything remains to be seen.”
“We’re looking forward to the challenge and the battle of going to Anfield and trying to come away with something because that is what we will try to do. He has a magnificent squad to choose from, so we are up against it.”
“We are not third bottom for nothing, but as I keep saying, it is not impossible. We are the underdogs but nothing in life is impossible.” “A few teams have gone to Anfield this season and got something, they’ve come away with points – and we’ll be looking to do the same.”
“I’m not going to give anything away in terms of formations or selection, but going there with three strikers like we did against Portsmouth would be pretty mad. Mind you, I’ve done mad things before so we’ll have to wait and see.”
“I was at St James’s Park for the game over Christmas and it wasn’t pretty was it? Maybe it was a turning point in the season, or signaled a change in people’s mindset about where the season was about to go, I don’t know.”
“For every bit Liverpool were brilliant that day Newcastle were equally poor. Everyone can see it -– they’re going for the league and we’re fighting off relegation.” “There’s been a huge change in the two teams’ fortunes over the past however many years.”
“It wasn’t too long ago that Newcastle were challenging (for the title). There’s been a huge change downward for Newcastle and upward for Liverpool, they keep improving and getting stronger but we can still go there and get something from the game.”
Just for the record, in season 2002-2003, under brilliant manager Bobby Robson, Newcastle finished 3rd in the Premier League, Chelsea were 4th and Liverpool were in 5th place – how things have changed – at least for Newcastle. Liverpool and Chelsea have done fabulously well since then, and are two of the best sides in Europe, without a doubt.
We have to hope as fans, that whatever happens this season, Alan Shearer is here for the long haul and can quickly bring Newcastle back challenging in the top six, there’s not much else we can do but hope.
Yes, that’s the same thing we’ve done these last 40 years, and we’ve won absolutely nothing.