Can Dowie And Shearer Come Good In Time To Save Newcastle?

Alan Shearer has told Newcastle fans this morning, that his players know only too well that the game on Monday night, against Middlesbrough, is a monumental game for the club.


Dowie and Shearer – can they come good – in time?

In fact, this could be the most important Premier League game we’ve ever played over the last 16 years.

As we’ve said before, we have to hope it’s not too much for our players, as most of them haven’t exactly shown us very big hearts this year, to say the very least and keep things clean,

In fact most of them have been worse than hopeless.

And the expected turn-around of the team has not come yet under Shearer and Dowie, and as games start to run  out we have to hope Shearer gets his first win ever as a manger on Monday night, otherwise we could be in more serious trouble than we already are.

Alan Shearer said today:

“It is irrelevant that it’s a derby because the stakes are so high.” “The players know that, they are aware of the stakes and how important it is.”

“There is a tremendous amount of pressure on both teams.” “We’re thinking at the moment a win could be enough to get us out the bottom three, but we know that could change.”

“I believe we can do it, and I have seen enough from the players.”


Alan has not been too accurate on his forecasts in our previous 5 games, but if we are indeed going to survive thern some of our players will need to start playing the football they are capable of.

We will need to start creating a lot more chances for the forwards, and then the forwards, like Owen, Viduka, Martins and Lovenkrands, will need to take those chances, which they have not been doing of late.

And lots of Newcastle fans will have a keen interest in the game at the KC Stadium on Saturday when Hull take on Stoke City, and the Reebok Stadium as Bolton play host to struggling Sunderland.

We would hope that both Hull City and Sunderland end up on the losing side, but Hull must have more than a decent chance of winning against Stoke, and if they do that, if could signal significant problems for the Magpies, as Hull would be 6 points ahead of us, and we’d have just 9 points to play for.

When you think we’ve collected just 4 points from the last 30 – that wouldn’t be good, to say the least. Yes that’s our record over the last 10 league games since we beat WBA, and it’s unbelievably bad.

But Shearer continued:

“The pleasing thing is results keep going for us.” “There have been times when we haven’t changed things, but we’ll be in there fighting.”

“If we create chances like the Portsmouth game we are in with a chance.”


The pleasing thing is that the other sides keep losing, just like ourselves, and if any of the teams had done anything at all over the last few games, we would have been dead and buried by now.

It’s about time we did something to save ourselves and not rely on other teams to do it for us.

13 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    May 7, 2009 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed – its true what you say – we cant rely on other teams results alone.

    The fact that we have not been able to score or win games has cost us this season.

    I am dreading the end of the Fulham match when the players do a circuit of the pitch (well centre circle as they did last year). Its either gonna be applause or a chorus of unthinkable jeers and boos. The later I hope its not.

    Ive got faith in Shearer – its the team I got a problem with.

    I’ll do my bit – turn up and give it my all as a supporter til the last man is off the pitch.

  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #2

    Good on yer, Graeme – I think we have to cut these players a little slack by remembering what they’ve been playing through this season – 4 managers, front-page scandals, up for sale, not up for sale, cockney mafia, players in jail, injury lists, constant sniping from press and even fans. Enough to put the hardest in a padded cell – never mind the frail egos of top sportsmen.

    I know people would like to think big salaries make up for this – but in reality it makes things worse. If you’re not getting results and you know you’re being overpaid, it just adds guilt to a lack of confidence.

    Of course, we’ve had some useless, prima-donna salary-chasers too, but I think most have just struggled to focus on play and find any kind of consistency to build on.

    I doubt if most fans will see it like that, though – they seem to think that if you’re rich, your human nature just disappears and you become imprevious to the things that would send us all to the funny farm.

    Give ’em some support – they need it more than ever.

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #3

    Aye whumpie,
    can’t disagree there like, you called it about right!..

    …Confidence, confidence, confidence!..

    …That’s what footballers, in fact, ALL performers run on…Not money!..

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Please win on monday FFS!..

    …It’s me god-damn mo-fo’n birthday(shared with Wor Jackie, yey!) & it’s goin’ to ruin it for me if we gan doon…So, PLEASE WIN!..

  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #5

    punk skunk – you share a birthday with Milburn, and who do I get?

    Hitler. I kid you not. 20th April.

    Still, it has to be a win, or I start looking at trains to Plymouth for when we go to play them. At least it’s closer for me, and the tickets are cheap.

    Please, god, no…

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Lol @ whumpie!..
    …Gutted mate!..Hitler ffs, didn’t he lose in the champs league final?..

    …Aye, me & ‘Wor Jackie’ gan way back… 🙂

    …Can you imagine how made up i was when i realized!..What a legend!..

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #7

    Please not plymouth on a friday night!..

  • Whumpie

    May 7, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Can you imagine ol’ Adolf as a football manager? Would his style be all that different from Fergie?

    Or would he blow his brains out in the dugout if they lost?

    Would one ball be enough?

    As for Rommel as a defensive coach…

    Sorry. I’ll stop now.

  • punk skunk...

    May 7, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #9

    That’s exactly what i was just thinkin’ man, i just couldn’t formulate the words!..

  • the holy grail

    May 7, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10


    are you for real cut them slack???? why the hell should i cut them slack, they are paid an absalute fortune EVERY WEEK win loose or draw.
    the absalute least i as a paying fan is effort to give 100% and i dont even see that its absalutely disgraceful. look at us against man utd and chelski when we drew and then look at us against stoke and hull its indifencable how they can play as good as the did to gain drews against tham and even beat villa, to then get beat or drew with hull or stoke.
    dont dare blame it on anything else but the players they are the ones who go 0n2 the pitch and play crap, as a working man could i use an excuse that my partner keegan walked out (keegan) or my house is up 4 sale as an excuse to underpreform at work NOT A CHANCE,
    footballers are to mollycoddled 2day and they just need to stand up and take responsibility for what they do on the pitch

  • korn8

    May 7, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #11

    all this talk about how much the players earn and how good they are supposed to be, it doesn`t matter. They lack confidence!

    Hopefully we play against a side that are as hopeless as us at monday, and it can turn out we got the best players after all. Please, show us some effort at least…
    Howay The Lads!

  • Sav

    May 8, 2009 at 3:06 AM

    Comment #12

    Simple , Grail. If we are still in with a shout after Fulham, we will need them to perform to their best again against Villa. No sense booing before that. If they don’t beat Boro and Fulham though….

  • Tom_Toon

    May 9, 2009 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #13



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