Liverpool Defeat Not A Major Setback – Shearer

Liverpool were far superior yesterday, and they hit the cross-bar 3 times, so the result – and our resulting goal difference – could have been a lot worse.


Alan Shearer – losing to Liverpoool at Anfield is not a major setback

Is it just us, or do we seem to be getting worse?   Maybe that’s not possible but the hoped for instant improvement under Shearer just hasn’t materialized, and the 4th manager for Newcastle this season, seems unlikely to be able to save the club from the disaster of relegation.

We now have just 3 games remaining in our disastrous season – who would have thought last August we would have been in this position in the league right now?

The next game is next Monday at home to Middlesbrough, then we have Fulham at home and then Aston Villa away. Our performance yesterday at Anfield cannot give us much hope for the Aston Villa game, either.

Shearer doesn’t believe the defeat was a significant setback to Newcastle’s survival hopes however:

“The best team won, I’ve no complaints,” “I thought the first goal was offside but I don’t think it would have changed the course of the game. But this game wasn’t going to seal our fate, it’s the next two. Nothing’s changed.”

“They hit the bar three times, when you look at it that way I suppose we were lucky to keep it at three.” “I was disappointed with the way the goals came about. The first one I thought was offside and the second and third one came from set pieces. That’s not me griping, we would have lost anyway.”

“But players were given players to pick up (at set pieces) and didn’t. That’s the disappointing thing.” “We haven’t been creating chances, that’s been a problem,”  “Today’s game was always going to be very difficult to try and score in, because they’re a very, very good team. But it doesn’t mean I’m not very disappointed.”

We need two wins and that will save us but we also have to score goals to win a game, otherwise we’ll end up with 0-0 draws which are just not good enough for us at this stage of the season. And we are still 3 points (that could increase to 4 after today’s Hull game) from safety.

We keep asking for some of our players to step up to the plate to save the team, but it doesn’t look like we have enough players with the fighting mentality that is needed so much, in a relegation battle.

Whatever happens at the end of the season, we should note that point, when we bring fresh players into the squad for next season, but we need to unload lots of players in the summer, whatever league we play in next season.

15 comments so far

  • Toonkistan

    May 4, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #1

    i see ourselves getting onli 3 pts or may b 4 pts till the end of season….win against boro and a pt against any of fulham or villa…hers hoping these 4 pts will be enufff…6 would be gr8 and 7 would save us for sure

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #2

    Its not a set in terms of result , we all knew we wouldnt get anything out of this game , but its a set back losing barton , i didnt see the game but i belive we were awful so that might be a set back

    But win against boro and the whole thing chnages on its head , one win and it will get us going

  • Toonkistan

    May 4, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3

    i cant see ourselves beating fulham i dont knw why :(:( also y do shearer play colocinni, i hate to say it but he’s no good…when is Taylor & enrique coming back ?

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    i think colccinni would solve our defensive midfield problem , to be honest.

    I think we might sneak the win against fulham, we beat boro it should give the whole place the lift that is needed

  • ArtyH

    May 4, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #5

    Barton should be sacked and if he goes to a tribunal so be it, I wouldn’t pay him another penny. We are right in it now, the players on the pitch yesturday were just not interested. Give the reserves a chance, at least there may be a bit of passion, or has the cancer spread to them also?
    Give the young lads a chance? They could not do any worse than the shite that was dished up against Liverpool, and no its not just that it was Liverpool, no one gave a toss.

  • JJJ

    May 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6

    The logic behind our hopes for survival is very unfounded…
    I can compare this to a cricket game where the commentators state that the batting side still has a great chance despite needing to score 12 an ove over the last five overs because they have five wickets in hand.
    (We have to get 6 six points at least from our last 3 games and we have a chance because we have two home games).
    The problemis the foundations that have been set up will put too much pressure on the players and as in the cricket game when the batting side tries to score 12 an over, they crumble under the pressure and lose the game 90% of the time.
    We see the same situation here – we see Oba and Owen misses sitters they’d normally put away because the pressure on them to score is so great it turns easy chances into a life and death situation…

    We have left things too late. But as Spiro said in a previous post – as much as it will hurt to get relegated I also feel tht it would be the lesser of two evils…
    Staying up, would result in no changes to the system and the same overpaid, overrated players staying with the club.

    Relegations would be a positive if the following players left and we could rebuilt a squad…

    – Owen is finished as a striker for me – yes he performed last year but it was only over a 6 game period (4 weeks of 4 years is not good enough) and every player has their swansong.
    He is only named captain on reputation and to try inspire himbut has never shown any leadership ability and even a great friend in Alan Shearer felt he needed to be dropped last week…
    (100k a week). Replacement = Ranger.

    – Jonas, this guy receives so much praise and I agree his workrate is fantastic in tracking back, but he is almost always recovering a ball that was lost after another failed dribble. He ever looks to pass the ball, but he is always head down and he loses the ball 80% of the time. (40k a week). Replacement = Lua Lua.

    – Barton, this man has talent but is his own worst enemy and to be frank has ruined his career, he attracts far to much negative press to a club that has enough pressure form the media as it is and he has now run out of chances or excuses. (60k a week). Replacement = Guthrie.

    – Smith, this guy is on big wages and like Jonas there is no doubting put in 110% in every game, but like Jonas he doesnt getanything for his efforts except a manditory yellow card. He cant score goals as a striker and cant create, or pass as a midfielder and as such offers nothing but freekicks to the opposition. (50k a week).
    Replacement = ?

    – Coloccini, this guy was again at fault for leaving Benayoun completely unmarked in the box and has been at fault for a number of fouls, where he just doesnt have the pace or stamina for the premier league, he starts well but tires both physically and mentally in every game resulting in crucial errors towards the end of halves. (50k a week). Replacement = Steven Taylor.

    There are other players that could be mentioned but those are the main ones that just wont be missed…

  • Stuart79

    May 4, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    Pressure is huge.

    Clubs chasing the title buckle under the same pressure and they have top notch players. (we know this)

  • JJJ

    May 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    Line up for Borough…






    Subs: Krul, Lovenkrans, Carrol, Edgar, Vuckic, Jonas, Smith.

    I would have had Barton instead of Butt, but the idiot got himself banned.

    And surely the likes of Oba and Owen (despite losing pace) can out pace and get behind the likes of Wheater and Huth.
    Owen can pick up on the pieces and cleverness of Viduka. And hopefully Butt leaves the passing to Guthrie and Duff.

  • RyanToon

    May 4, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #9

    liverpool defeat not a major setback??

    no just the other 34 games have been that the problem!!

  • JJJ

    May 4, 2009 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Another thing I’d like to say is although Duff gets a lot of criticism… we can all agree he is not the player of old who could take on players at will. But he is still a very usefull player and I believe very clever… He should be used in the same role that Ferguson uses Giggs so effeectively now for Man United….

  • Johno Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #11

    jjj i have been sayin that for ages that duff could sort out our lack of creativty in the middle of the park , he is a bit leight weight but he can pass the ball , unlike the majority of who we use in there

  • Shanghaitoon

    May 4, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #12

    We’re still relying on Hull losing their remaining games. We have no real idea if they will do that. To date they’ve showed more fight than us!!

    To be honest, I think alex fergusson could have come in instead of Shearer and still not got anything… the basic fact is that the players do not have their heart in NUFC, its in a nightclub somewhere or the next team to come calling… they can walk away, with the exception of a few, most of them just cannot be bothered. since Bobby was fired, you cvannot say all our managers have been total crap… Sure not the best but they’ve done well at other teams generally. Its our overpaid, underperforming primadonna players who just have to take the full blame here.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 4, 2009 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #13


  • korn8

    May 5, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #14

    We beat Boro, we have to 🙂

    Did anyone hear what the supporters singed for Shearer?
    The only time he smiled/laughed in 90 minutes 😉

  • Tom_Toon

    May 5, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #15


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