We have to hope that at 10:00 pm on Monday night we are above Hull City in the league on goal difference, with just 2 games to go in the season.
Oba Martins – lost goal scoring touch
That’s because we have to hope that Stoke City beat Hull today, and we manage our first home win of the year against Middlesbrough on Monday night. That is a scenario that could still see us safe from relegation this year.
But it’s dependent on Hull being as hopeless as we’ve been all year, and they may not oblige today at the KC Stadium against The Potters.
It turns out that neither Newcastle or Middlesbrough have failed to score in any of their last 3 games, they’ve been so poor, and the last we looked you cannot win without scoring at least one goal.
And Shearer has many supposedly top strikers available to him in Martins, Owen and Viduka, but the last player to score for Newcastle was 20 year-old Andy Carroll, with his great header at Stoke.
The 3 strikers on a combined quarter of a million pounds per week wages (£250K/week for the 3 of them), have been hopeless for us all year, with Viduka out injured most of that time, of course. There’s 3 players who are hardly earning their vast wages at Newcastle.
But Alan still has to hope for a near miracle, and that his team can start playing a lot better than they’ve done anytime this year.
Alan said today:
“It’s vitally important without a shadow of a doubt,” “We’re at home and we’re the team that will be looking to force things.”
“We will be looking to try to change the game and I believe we will have the players to do that.”
“We will be looking to win the game from the off and whoever scores first will have a big chance of winning it.”
This is almost the Newcastle squad’s last chance to produce when it matters, and if they fail to do that on Monday night – shame on them.