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.