Today really is D day for Newcastle United, and we will find out by 10:00 pm tonight local time, whether our players really have the heart for the relegation battle we’ve be in all this season.
Michael Owen – can he score goals?
We’ve had chances galore this year to get away from the relegation zone, as Manchester City, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Stoke, West Ham, Bolton and Portsmouth have all done, but we continue to lose or draw games, usually lose them. We’ve lost 6 of the last 10 and our last win was against bottom placed WBA in February.
So we don’t have high confidence in our players going in to tonight’s game against Middlesbrough, where a win would take us to 4th bottom and give us a very decent chance of surviving in the Premier League after the team has performed hopelessly and without much fight for most of the season if we are top be honest.
The club has just about run out of excuses as to why we are so bad this season, and still in the drop zone, with just 3 games to go.
That’s the truth, so we will wait to see if the side that turns out tonight are a nervous set of overpaid and over-pampered stars, or they have been inspired by Alan Shearer, and really go for it. Nothing less will be good enough tonight. The time has now gone where more excuses will placate the Newcastle fans.
We couldn’t help thinking this game was somewhat similar to when Bobby Robson took over in early 1999-2000 when we were second bottom with just a few points form our first 7 games and Ruud Gullit had been sacked.
In Bobby’s first game in charge we lost narrowly to Chelsea 1-0, and then in his first home game we were playing Sheffield Wednesday at St. James’ Park, who were in bottom place.
Bobby certainly had the lads ready for that game and we were 5-0 up at half time, and 8-0 up at the final whistle with a certain Alan Shearer equaling the Premier League scoring record with 5 goals.
But that’s when we had players with heart, and we have yet to be convinced of that this season, unfortunately.
Alan will try to inspire his players like Bobby did that day, and of course it wouldn’t be a bad idea to let Bobby Robson have 5 minutes with the team before they come out. There’s a man with passion and fight for the Newcastle side.
And we are being told today that Shearer has urged his Newcastle United side to seize the initiative from the start in tonight’s game, and take yet another chance the Magpies have been handed with another inept display by Hull City on Saturday, when they went down 2-1 at home to Stoke City.
But the Newcastle record is just hopeless this season, and particularly this year.
We have one win in our last 19 games, have won6 games in total, less than any other Premier club, and have just 4 wins at home, and it was as long ago as last December against Spurs when we had our last home win.
It’s very depressing when you inspect the Newcastle record to any degree.
Can the lads do it tonight? We don’t know, but we’ll be hoping like we always do – but we are looking forward to getting some of our players sent packing in the summer. Most of them have been little better than a disgrace for the last 5 months.
We’ll have more positive articles out this morning – but this one is a factual one, and a gut check – and therefore can hardly be too upbeat.
Three wins in our last three games will lift the mood on Tyneside big time, but do we have the players who can finally bring that about? We are not convinced we do.