Iain Dowie has called again for the full backing of the ever faithful Newcastle fans, in tonight’s so important league game, which we must win, and failure to do so will probably see us relegated this season.
Newcastle Assistant manager – Iain Dowie
The support of the Newcastle fans this season has been one advantage that most other teams have not enjoyed, but the players have hardly repaid that loyalty with decent performances.
Iain Dowie is well aware of the fabled Newcastle fan support, and has asked for the fans tonight to give it all they’ve got, in an attempt to get our first win in 11 games, and stand some chance of survival this season.
Now Dowie is asking for even more loyal and vociferous backing for the most important game in the club’s recent history.
“Of course, they’ve got a part to play. In all fairness, despite the performances, they’ve been brilliant since we came in,”
“The support away at Liverpool was terrific – they want to see a performance, we owe them a performance. It will be a wonderful occasion to play in and the players should know that.”
“The stakes of the match are absolutely huge but on the flip side it should be a wonderful spectacle and everyone has to rise to the occasion.”
It’s very true that the Newcastle side owes the fans a good and committed performance, because they’ve gone down too many times in the last few months to defeat, without putting up too much of a fight.
In fact while we may have better players than teams like Hull, Stoke and Bolton, those teams have outfought Newcastle and that’s why they are now safe from relegation, and we aren’t.
Dowie believes that putting Middlesbrough on the defense early is crucial and it would also be nice to actually score a goal. It goes both ways in these games, but the real responsibility is down to the players to start producing for the games.
They certainly get paid ridiculously high wages to do so, but haven’t produced much this season – at all. Once it goes say 30 minutes and there’s no score, the fans will wonder again if they need to play for 5 hours or more to score a goal, which it looked like against Portsmouth.
And of course this is not the first time we’ve said this is a must-win game – but because we haven’t won many of our must-win games this year, there are only 3 games to go and if we fail to win this game, things will start to look bleak indeed. Fog on the Tyne indeed.
Yes, if we don’t win tonight we’ll come out and say that two wins can still save us, but that’s too much like deja vu – all over again, and we’re getting a little sick of it.
“Of course, it’s an important game but I don’t think with the experienced players we’ve got there will be tension or nerves,” “I’m not sure there were nerves against Portsmouth and I don’t think there will be against Middlesbrough.”
“The first half was not full of nerves – I thought we started really well and penned Portsmouth back in their own half for most of it. We made changes in the end and it sort of destabilised the system.”
“Possibly there were a few nerves there and it didn’t work in the late knockings of the game but that shouldn’t worry us unduly for Monday. The first half was a positive display.” “Really, we should have won the game. In fact, we need a similar start on Monday.”
A couple of quick goals would be a great way to start the game tonight, because then we may see the lads display a little bit of confidence, which has been missing for far too long.
It’s high time the loyal Newcastle fans need a win they can celebrate, and unfortunately failure to do so tonight could seal our fate for the season.