Alan Shearer has rightly called on his team to finish the season with a flourish, and produce two more big performances against Fulham and Aston Villa to complete the great escape.
Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie celebrate Lovekrands 3rd Newcastle goal
Do you think they look happy?
After the 3-1 derby defeat of Middlesbrough at St. James’ Park last night, in a pulsating game that we haven’t seen the likes of at St. James Part for far too long, the Newcastle team put in an absolutely sparkling performance of skill, guts and glory, and when it mattered the lads were not found wanting.
But we now need to get ready for the Fulham game on Saturday afternoon, and then the final-day trip to Aston Villa, because we are still not safe yet.
Alan said after tonight’s game:
“I’ve asked for three huge performances. They’ve given me one tonight and there’s another one needed on Saturday against a very good Fulham side.”
“This was the first game of three. We asked them to go out and get three points – they’ve done that, and I thought they were magnificent in difficult circumstances.”
It could be that one more win is all we need to survive, because of our superior goal difference, and indeed if we win on Saturday and Hull lose at Bolton, that could be it.
So Alan is not getting carried away with things right now, and the next step is another very good performance against a good Fulham side this Saturday, and we need to get 3 points out of that game, if at all possible, in front of a St. James Park sellout – that’s for sure.
“It will probably go down to the last game of the season because Newcastle don’t do things the easy way,” “The club needed that win, the players needed it, we all needed it. They should enjoy being out of the bottom three and enjoy someone else being in there and hopefully we won’t be in there again and I don’t believe we will be.”
“This will give them the confidence and belief that was lacking and hopefully we can now go on to better things.” “I don’t want to sound negative but there is a long way to go. The way this season has gone I really don’t know what will be enough but at least we gave the fans something to smile about.”
“I don’t want to sound pessimistic but I have just told the players to enjoy that winning feeling in the right way and we’ll be in training tomorrow to work on a few things. We have won one game and we’ve got two to go.” “If we win the next two we will stay up.”
“We knew it was in our own hands and what we had to do.” “I’m not so sure that we will need another six points but that will guarantee it. I don’t think this win will be enough.”
“I think we will have to get at least another win and hopefully that will come Saturday but Fulham are on a tremendous run themselves.” “That’s the first time we’ve gone behind and won. I knew we had some characters in the dressing room and it’s been shown tonight,”
“When we went 1-0 down it would have been easy for the fans to turn against us, but they backed us all the way and we gave them something to smile about.”
So we’ve put in one terrific performance last night, and we need just two more, and in all likelihood we will be be safe, after looking so ominously close to relegation, before last night’s game.
But we just cannot return to the poor form we’ve shown all year, not after tonight’s performance. It’s in our hands now – so let’s go for the jugular, starting on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!