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.