Shearer Praises Harper, Duff And The Brilliant Bassong


Shearer has praised Newcastle defenders Harper, Bassong and Duff today, for their solid performances against Liverpool on Sunday.

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Steve Harper – had good game at Anfield 
  Shearer told the Evening Chronicle today today:

“I thought Harps had a good game. I thought Sebastien Bassong was massive again, and I thought Duffer at left-back did very well again.”

“I thought those three were the pick of the bunch.”

Damien Duff has played very well for Newcastle since Alan arrived at the club, and he’s put in some solid performances of late.

Duff had to drop back to a more defensive role on Sunday after Spanish left-back Jose Enrique injured his hamstring, in the 0-0 stalemate at St James’s Park a week last Monday.

In fact Duff looks good at left back, and he played there a few times with Chelsea with some success, and Alan Shearer admits he has been impressed by the Irishman’s application, with no other left-backs available at St James’ Park.

That’s simply because,  for whatever reason, another left-back, to compete with Enrique, was not signed last summer or in January.  That’s the level of ridiculous planning that’s been going on at the club, and of course we also let Charles N’Zogbia leave in January, who used to fill in there for the club.

There’s little doubt that Bassong is Newcastle’s best player in almost every game these days, as he’s become one of the best and most consistent players at the club in his first season. The youngster fully deserves to be capped by France at the end of the season, he’s done that well.

Alan added:

“I thought Damien did very well covering in there. It’s not his rightful position, but I thought he did very well.”

“We all know how important these next three games are now.”

“What happened at Liverpool has happened.” “We have to forget that now. It’s gone and we must eradicate it.”

And there will also be pressure on Alan to get some points before it’s too late, because in 5 games in charge we have just two draws and one goal – not very good at all.

But the good news is that a couple of wins in our next two games should be enough to save us, but whether the lads will step up to the plate this time, and get the job done, is a good question.

They haven’t done it but once in the last 19 games, when we beat WBA away 3-2 in February.

That’s nothing less than a disgraceful record for the side, which needs to be imporved.

Howay The Lads!!


250 comments so far

  • harry861

    May 5, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #1

    These 3 I summed up as the best 3 players in the Liverpool match I wonder what he thought of Smith performance. 100% effort what did it achieve Yellow Card & lucky it wasn’t Red Card

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  • Ericles

    May 5, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Quite right too. But has he slagged off those who played shite against Liverpool? Have we still got to see the likes of Butt, Smith and other has-beens selling us down the Tees on Tyneside next week?

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #3

    iam sorry for takeing you all for mugs and getting you relagated love joe

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  • WELSHMAG

    May 5, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #4

    My team v boro.

    ——————Harper—————
    ——————————————
    ——-Bassong-Taylor–Beye——-
    Jonas—————————–Duff
    ———Guthrie——Smith———-
    ——————Owen—————–
    ————Martins—Carrol———

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  • G

    May 5, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Assuming S. Taylor is fit for Boro, how about dropping Butt, and playing Colo in the holding midfield role, I am informed he has played there for Argentina, and performed well. I would go along with Guthrie and Smith in the middle, but I would suggest a more conventional back to basics approach with a 4-4-2 formation Welshmag.

    Cheers

    G

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  • dougnufc

    May 5, 2009 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #6

    ————————–Harper————————–
    Beye———-Coloccini—–Bassong————Duff
    —————————-Butt—————————
    ——————-Smith——–Guthrie—————-
    K. Lualua——————————————-Jonas
    —————–Owen/Martins/Carroll—————-

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  • G

    May 5, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Harper
    Beye (if fit), S. Taylor (if fit), Bassong, Duff
    Jonas, Guthrie, Smith / Colo (?), Smith / LuaLua?
    Carrol Owen (Keep Martins on the Bench, and use his pace at the end of the game, rather than waste it in the opening minutes?

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  • Prince Bassong

    May 5, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I’d settle for:

    ———————-Harper———————
    —Beye—-S. Taylor—-Bassong—Duff—-
    –LuaLua–Guthrie–Butt/Smith–Jonas—
    —————–Owen—Viduka—————

    Subs: Krul, Edgar, Nolan, Martins, Smith/Butt, Carroll, R Taylor.

    Carroll can replace Viduka because he’s never fully fit anyway.

    Martins can be used to inject some pace.

    Nolan can be introduced in a more advanced role if we’re in dire need of a goal.

    R Taylor covers the wide positions and Edgar covers the defence in case injuries are picked up.

    Zenga is inexperienced but Guthrie can move across and support him as well as having the superb Beye backing him up so it’s not really a problem having him in there to give a bit of directness to our play.

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 5, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #9
  • Hugh Jorgan

    May 5, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #10
  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #11

    As much as I love the toon – alas I do enjoy a bit of Champions League.

    Im looking forward to tonight match. Alas I will miss Chelski’s as I am attending the Newcastle Arena to pay homage to Girls Aloud with the Mrs. May god have mercy on my soul for thinking impure thoughts about Cheryl Cole (husbands a d*ck)

    Im hoping Arsenal loose and manure secure their place in the final.

    Anyway back to the toon – I do hope Tayls will play for we.

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #12

    you lot r dcks if you think your staying up

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Toon Graeme hope you like championship football u mug

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #14

    you lot ar a joke

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Hmmm alas we have a prize ar$e on the blog.

    The d*ck of the day award goes to…..

    JokerKinnear.

    You type hard words little man. School finished like?

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon Graeme ur not going to catch us dck face

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  • DanToon

    May 5, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #17

    v Boro

    ………………..Harper
    Baye – Coloccini – Bassong – Duff
    ………Guthrie – Butt – Smith
    …………………Owen
    ………….Viduka – Martins

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Jokerkinnear –

    You have just proved you are a childish idiot by saying that.

    Grow up child and jog on. Unfortunately you aint the first d*ck and wont be the last on here.

    Keep posting you idiotic pre-pubesant (know what that means) insults and we can all join as one and laugh at you for being what you are…

    a d*ck who has actually wasted his ( yet to be proven) time to actually register and log in.

    I pity and laugh at you little boy.

    hurry the new series of Batman is on at 430. My 3 year old will be watching. Will you?!

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Toon Graeme ur not man enough to hav kids

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Dantoon – looks good formation. Would use Gutierrez and Carrol as subs – ala pompey.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #21

    Jokekinnear – YAAAWWWWNNNN.

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #22

    wer gona beat stoke and stay up pluss the boro wil beat u

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  • workyticket

    May 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    jokerkinnear, you are a naughty rascal! 😉

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  • DanToon

    May 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    i would start Guiterrez but i don’t think Shearer will.

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  • Toon Graeme

    May 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Jokekinnear – ahhh that explains it. A Hull man supporter.

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #26

    kinear has got u in this mes

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #27

    workticket do i no u

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  • workyticket

    May 5, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    They divven’t caal us “Sherlock” for nothing, like!

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  • DanToon

    May 5, 2009 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #29

    Get ya gaffer back on the sun bed the dirty mackem c**t!

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30

    workyticket r u a hull fan as wel

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #31

    DanToon ur going down with the boro

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #32

    we r getting shearer next season

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  • chuck

    May 5, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Disagree Ed, in fact Beye is and has been our best player all year long.
    Yes I believe Bassong was a great find but he does`nt have the consistency of Baye and looses concentration at times.
    I still believe Bassong`s best position is wing back, though he is decent as a centerback.
    He has both the pace and ability to get forward,
    think of Beye on one side and Bassong on the other, withTaylor and a replacement for Colo in the central defender role, defence sorted.
    Have to agree Duff has had some good games this season, has done well tracking back, his game is not quite what it was at Blackburn but can still put in a good shift.
    Unfortunately like Beye getting a bit long in the tooth.

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #34

    workyticket wots ur spat with the nob stuart79

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  • 51times

    May 5, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #35

    Hull is a total hole, they’ve got a (bad) university down there but that’s about it. Honestly, it’s like Liverpool in the 70’s.

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  • workyticket

    May 5, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #36

    jokerkinnear // May 5, 2009 at 4:29 PM

    “workyticket r u a hull fan as wel”

    I support the same team as you, but it isn’t Hull.

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #37

    51times u talk poo u gay boy

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #38

    lol wt

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  • jokerkinnear

    May 5, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #39

    51times even underland r better than u

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  • Stuart79

    May 5, 2009 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #40

    jokerkinnear // May 5, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    workyticket wots ur spat with the nob stuart79

    LOL

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