It was our first home win in 5 months, only our second win this year, and only the 7th win in 38 league games this season.
Alan Shearer – pleased with performance last night
But our 3-1 win against Middlebrough last night was something to behold, and with the crowd packed full and waving black and white flags, any neutral observer would have thought we’d just won the European Champions League.
But no, this is the crowd and support Newcastle gets when they are rock bottom of the league and fighting for their Premier League survival, and there’s no other football club anywhere can get that support.
A very relieved Alan Shearer, after his very first management win ever, told the Evening Chronicle:
“We’ve got the winning feeling back.” “Let’s keep it going – it’s been a long time in coming so let’s use it to our advantage.”
“Let’s believe we can go on and win the next two games.” “Why shouldn’t we?” “If we put in that performance on Saturday against Fulham we’ll get another big result.”
Shearer heaped praise on his players for putting on one of their best performance of the season at St James’ Park, when our Premier League survival was on the line – a defeat last night and we would be in the Championship next season.
Last night also interestingly marked the three-year anniversary of Shearer’s emotional send-off in his testimonial against Celtic in recognition of his 10 years of loyal service to the Newcastle club.
How many would have thought a short 3 years later he would now be manager at Newcastle United, and the youngest manager in the Premier League.
“Somebody reminded me it had been three years actually.” “It felt like three years in the last 15 minutes, to be honest.” “It was all worth it when the final whistle went.” “It was a bit more serious and a bit more important.”
“The players came up trumps and gave it everything they had.” “I am pleased and proud of them, but we know there are two games to go.” “The fans were awesome – just brilliant.” “We asked them to turn out with their flags and scarves and they served up a fantastic atmosphere.”
“I told the players to enjoy that atmosphere. There haven’t been too many times when it’s been here recently.” “What a great feeling, let’s have more of it on Saturday.”
Shearer was very satisfied with his players last night, but he had to admit he felt a little sorry for his former England team mate Gareth Southgate, whose Middlesbrough side will likely be relegated this season.
“I have got sympathy for Boro.” “As much as we’re on a high, they will be on a low.” “I’ve got sympathy for Gareth, but we’re here to do our job for Newcastle and nobody else.”
Indeed last night after the game, when Gareth Southgate was being interviewed on Sky Sports he looked like he might break down any minute. But Gareth is a good man, and he said some great things after the game that he and his players can learn from. It’s times like this that make the man, and we’re sure Gareth will be a better man and better manager for what he’s gone through this season.
If the experience doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger.
He’ll be back up with Boro, we’re sure of that.