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