Ispirational Shearer Gets Top Performances From His Players

It was a pulsating game that was beamed live around the world, and the game showed just what passion Newcastle fans have for this game as Alan Shearer had the Newcastle players playing out of their skins to get a fabulous 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough tonight.   


Alan Shearer – his players played out of their skins tonight

 And that was after going behind after just 3 minutes to an unfortunate own goal from Habib Beye. 

Newcastle attacked from the first minute, and in the last few minutes when they were ahead 3-1, they launched attack after attack, and Andy Carroll went close twice near the end.

Maybe the lads are now a lot fitter than when Alan first took over, since they were full of running in the last 20 minutes of this game, and it was the first time since Portsmouth that we have scored 3 goals, but the side looked full of goals tonight.

The lads also got over an unfortunate own goal they conceded which was just so unlucky for Beye, but that didn’t stop the Newcastle players coming back with Viduka hitting a magnificent shot that came off the woodwork, and Steven Taylor almost had the ball in the net.

But then an absolutely bullet header from Steven Taylor from Danny Guthrie’s corner was a stunning goal for Newcastle, and showed why Steven started off as a youngster playing center forward – this boy loves scoring goals, just like his manager did.

And then Martins hit a beautiful goal only a minute after Shearer had brought him on for Michael Owen, who may have been slightly injured, and Oba ran to his manager Alan Shearer to celebrate the goal. We hope that groin is OK.  😀

And then it was that man Peter Lovenkrands, who go another vital goal for the club, when he hit an inside pass from Kevin Nolan, back to his best form, that almost broke the net.

Newcastle could easily have run riot in the last 5 minutes as Middlebrough were opened up again and again, and Andy Carroll was unlucky not to at least notch a goal.

The Cathedral that is St. James’ Park was just an unbelievable place tonight, and the Newcastle fans showed again why their support is lengendary. If only we had a decent tewam like Liverpool, think what it would be like.

But Alan Shearer has tonight proved he can get the lads ready for a big game, and his changes show he can read a game brilliantly.

The good thing is when it really mattered tonight, most of our players played out of their skins for the cause – a wonderful committed display that was full of guts and glory, that we haven’t seen for quite a while.

Tonight’s performance could be remembered as the performance that saved our season.

After the match a delighted Alan Shearer talked to Sky Sports:

“It is a magnificent feeling, it really is,”  “I asked them (the players) to show courage, determination and to go and show me the ability that I know they have got.”

 “It would have been easy for them to feel sorry for themselves after going 1-0 down, but again I mention the word courage.”

“They didn’t let it affect them. They went on and still had the belief they could get something.”  “There were some big, big performances out there from big men. I couldn’t ask anymore from them.”  

Alan has now to get the lads ready for the game against Fulham on Saturday, and the job is only half done, and another win on Saturday could well cement our Premier League survival for this season, with any luck.

It’s Alan Shearer’s first win, but this man has now shown he knows what football is all about, and at the final whistle it was so obvious his players just adore the man.

So do the Newcastle fans.

Howay The Lads!!

10 comments so far

  • AndyNUFC

    May 12, 2009 at 12:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Obviously the points are essential, but let’s not forget it also gives us a bit more advantage with the goal difference. Shearer is the first manager i’ve ever remembered to have the guts to change things by taking the “untouchable, always reliable goal machine” Michael Owen off. So glad he did. Owen helped keep us up last season, now maybe his absence will keep us up this season… Ha!

  • Geordie1973

    May 12, 2009 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #2

    Haway the lads. Still climbing down from the Martins goal.

    Another one on Saterday, and we’re safe !

  • Michael12

    May 12, 2009 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Firstly congratulations to Shearer for getting his first win as Manager of Newcastle united. The players seem to have his back. There was great character to come back from a goal down especially being an own goal.

    A great team effort and good still hard to deduce the the tactics but there seemed some semblance hopefully of some.

    A big well done to the players for showing character and spirit. There is still plenty of work to be done and we find ourselves in the fortunate position where we are still in control of our destiny.

    Let us build on this and pray our hard work and great fans can lead us to more points in the remaining two games.

  • nzedtoonman

    May 12, 2009 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #4

    ladss… , saw it in new zealand on the internet man , thought the flags were great…excellent rallying from the toon army , and good midfield passing excellent last goal corker from loveygrands

  • Paul141726

    May 12, 2009 at 2:06 AM

    Comment #5

    This time next year, I hope Joey Barton wishes he would have stuck around for the re-building of the Northeast power that IS NUFC

  • Duffman

    May 12, 2009 at 6:02 AM

    Comment #6

    I agree, Nolan had by FAR his best game for the toon. It was good to see him not giving the ball away all over the pitch, making an occasional tackle, and sometimes appearing in the box.

  • bowburnmag

    May 12, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7

    Michael12 – fair play for giving due praise. I thought Shearer got it spot on tactically to be honest. I questioned the 4-4-2 but Guthrie did more than a decent job wide on the right. Joined in at the right times and managed to be effective without being a typical wide player. His set-pieces were a sight to see after so many examples of poor delivery. Jonas was pretty ineffective individually but probably balanced things up as necessary. Big Al has charisma in abundance so rousing the troops is probably his easiest task, given what’s at stake and 50,000+ fans going mental. Kudos for his selection and his tenacity in making big decisions on his team selection before and during games.

  • workyticket

    May 12, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #8

    Credit due to Shearer undoubtedly, not least for realising his mistake in the past few games of fannying around with different formations and confusing the players at the worst possible time. Credit is also due to him for being a good man manager, and making some good substitutions too. However the most “inspirational” force last night was undoubetdly THE FANS at SJP.

    However, in the aftermath of an excellent and much needed victory, we as a collective are in danger to making the same mistakes all over again, on focusing too much on one man and letting it completely distort our view of reality. We shouldn’t forget that.

  • OHurley

    May 12, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Good call, Worky. Insightful comment, m8

  • Michael12

    May 12, 2009 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10


    Well, it is only fair that I give him credit for success because I give him stick for failure. While I have been perhaps his most audible managerial critic, I have always wanted him to do well because his success is our success.

    You could see this meant a lot to him. While neck deep in tripe he kept on going now we are knee deep in it but what is most important is we have it in our hands.


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