With two of our three remaining league games being at home, surely it is not unreal to think we can at least win one of those games, and maybe even two to save ourselevs.
Jonas Gutierrez – Owen wanted to play
Jonas Guteierrez didn’t make the starting eleven on Sunday, but he did come on in the second half, and Michael Owen eventually made an appearance at hisormer club, with just 10 minutes to play in the game, in which we were well beaten 3-0.
Gutierrez talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
“Michael wanted to play, I could tell that, and he wanted the best for the team,” “The manager must decide who plays in his team.
“I, like Michael, trained during the week and then you hope to start. But the manager is the manager and whenever we get called upon, we have to do the best for the team.”
Owen was given a nice reception from the Liverpool fans as he warmed up in the first half, and he came oin to great applacse in the 80th minute, a nice gesteure by the Liverpool corwd for one of their former heroes, who seems to be going through some rough times right now.
But it’s likely that Alan Shearer will again play Owen, Viduka and Martins up front against Middlesbrough and hope that one of his strikers, or anybody else, can actually score a goal for the club. Maybe Andy Carroll is the lad who will come through for us – again – in our next game, which is of course crucial to our survival.
“There is no doubt his mind will be right for next week,” he said. “We have to win and we all have to pull together.
“I didn’t start at Liverpool but we are all determined and focused on next week’s match with Middlesbrough. If we don’t win that, it will be very difficult for us to stay in the Premier League.”
The 121st Tyne-Tees derby will be a most important game for both clubs, becasue their Premier league survival depends on the result, but we have to have the advantage of being at home, but whether we can take advantage of that, after not doing so for absolute eons, is another question.
Two of our last 3 games are at home with the other home game being against Fulham, who are more than decent this season, and there’s little doubt that 2 wins in those games will save us from relegation.
We can turn it around with the two matches we have at home,” “We will have to prepare for that like they are two cup finals. We know we need to perform better and get a better result against Middlesbrough.
“If we don’t, it will be very, very difficult to stay in the Premier League. Middlesbrough have also not been playing too well and it’s good they have not been picking up points.”
“We have to concentrate on getting out of it. We have possibilities to stay up still, so what has gone has gone. If we can take six points from the two home matches we have coming up it will be a different situation.”
If we can win against Middlesbrough, then whoever scores the goals will be heroes on Tyneside. You would think that would inspire some of our players to score wouldn’t you?
But there’s something big missing from the squad, because great players come through when it really matters – and yet we are still waiting, and even now could still go down.
We have to hope Alan has some decent players lined up in ther summer, should we survive this nightmare season.
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