Fans Have Every Reason To Be Sceptical of Newcastle Players

Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie have to remain positive and give it their very best shot on Sunday at Villa Park, and there is a chance, a small chance, that we can indeed beat the odds.


Iain Dowie – working hard to keep the spirits in training camp high

Iain says the belief and positive attitudes are still there in the Newcastle dressing room, and that’s despite the crushing loss against Fulham last Saturday, when even a point could turn out to have saved us from relegation.

And Iain believes the club has every chance of emerging as winners at Villa Park on Sundfay.

If they can do that they will be heroes and will be given that kinf of welcome – but they have to do it, and whehn they’ve been tested this season, only really against Middlesbrough and Wigan, who are both below us in the table, have they produced the goods.

Iain said:

“People have asked me whether it’s possible to be optimistic after the hammer blow at the weekend. It’s not only possible, it’s imperative that we stay positive,”

“We will be very, very positive against a very, very strong Villa side – it is the only way we’re going to get anything.” “Looking back, there is no need to get too downhearted by what happened. Whatever you say about Saturday’s game, we had loads of chances.”

“I would say we had four gilt-edged opportunities to score and if any one of those goes in the whole situation changes. Things haven’t gone our way with referees’ decisions either. Mark Viduka’s goal should have stood and the Bassong decision could have gone the other way.”

The Journal is reporting that Dowie spent Monday evening with manager Alan Shearer analysing the Fulham game, and is adamant that the potential is there to upset the odds.

“People focus on how they felt afterwards – I did. But it creates a false perception of the game. I think there are a lot of positives to take out of the game. We pressed from minute one to minute 90,”

Perhaps our biggest problem was the final ball, which I didn’t think at times was good enough. But there is no point in us dwelling on it now, we can’t affect the past now. We will improve at Villa.”

“We will have to. They’re an excellent side. A lot has been made about them at home but when that place is full and the team are on song they’re difficult to play.”  

When you have to draw to stay alive, and probably have to win to make more certain the team stays up, of course you have to be positive – that’s the job of Shearer and Dowie, and it’s the jobs og the players to get their mind-sets so they are ready to give top performances.

They just haven’t given us many of them all season, and for a club as famous and great as Newcastle, they have brought the Tyneside club to the brink of disaster.

The criticism that is coming to the squad is they have just 34 points from 37 games. After beating Tottenham at St. James Park ib December, our second win ina roiw, we had 22 points from 18 games.

So it’s the last 19 league games where the squad has let the club and themselves down. Why would think we would get just 12 points from 17 games in that time?

That’s the disappointment – a real disappointment- a massive disappointment.

Do we hope the lads can do it on Sunday?

Of course we do, but with that record and losing to Fulham 1-0 in our last game in front of 52,000 fans makes the odds of that happening very slim, very slim indeed.

That’s not being all doom and gloom, it’s hoping against hope we can stay up – but the lads have given us maybe three good performances in the last 19 games, since December, with the best one, far and away, being the Middlesbrough game at home.

We are all hoping to see a massive performance from the lads on Sunday afternoon,  but the proof of the pudding is always in the eating, and we haven’t  liked the pudding’s taste too much on game days, since December.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    ED harrison have u those a date for your blog ending m8 if it is

  • geordie jock

    May 21, 2009 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Too little too late from these pampered overpaid poor excuses for footballers. The sooner the season is over the better, wether we stay up ( ha ha ha ) or go down. I cannot bare this season any longer watching this totally crap standard of football from players with no heart or passion and the sooner they all leave the club the better. My main concern is that Mike Ashley is still in charge of the club next season because without any major backing we wont be coming back up in a hurry ( Assuming we go down ). Please, Please, Please Mr Ashley F**k Off now.

  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Let’s face it, our hope lies with a Hull defeat. The best we can hope for is a draw.

  • Jezza

    May 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #4

    I don’t expect any commitment or effort from the charlatans and mercenaries who make up the Newcastle first team, as they slip to an inevitable heavy defeat on Sunday. For most of them, their only concern as they take to the field at Villa Park will be avoiding injury so as not to jeopardise their lucrative moves to another club in the summer. These wasters are largely responsible for our inevitable relegation, but come Monday morning the transfers requests will be flooding in along with quotes about “needing to be playing in the Premiership” even though they weren’t good enough to keep our club in the Premiership. If relegation is what it takes to get shot of these 70 grand a week conmen, so be it. Good riddance.

  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #5

    leavein on a freight trian dont know when ile be back agen

  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Major backing? Why would you need major backing in the Championship? Wolves have spent next to nothing and they won it. You only need big money in the premier league. We would actually do all right in the Championship with £20m a year to spend. It’s a lot more than any of the promoted clubs spent. Where we would need the investment would be to prevent us going back down.

  • Stardust

    May 21, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #7

    Stardust // May 21, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Folks – if the interest is there – Worky, Myself and Rodzilla are going to pull a new blog together.

    Please send an email to : if you want to be informed.

    It will also help us see the level of demand

  • geordie jock

    May 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Where the hell are we going to get £20m to spend in the championship ? we havn’t spent £20m in 2 seasons in the premiership.

  • Stardust

    May 21, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #9

    Micky – just posted on other blog – no it will be free for bloggers.

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #10

    In the 1990’s we were know as “THE ENTERTAINERS”

    In the present climate we shall be known as “THE IMMOBILES”

  • Sav

    May 21, 2009 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #11

    Stardust, to misquote Groucho, I wouldn’t want to be a member of any club that had a nutjob like you as a member.

    And if your mitts are on it, it’ll be an Ashley PR machine and an outlet for the over-inflated Stardust ego.

    ….But thanks for asking.

    The players are the players. You have to blame the management and especially the board. – I was underwhelmed when we signed Butt, Smith, Nolan, Ryan Taylor and completely in the dark about the lads from La Liga (Enrique, Colo, Jonas Xisco. Natch etc.). I can’t remember the last bloke we signed when I thought: ‘this is just what we need!’.
    In the meantime I’ve thought that selling Zog, Given and Milner were all whopping mistakes.
    But, hey, I’m just a supporter. What do I know?

  • batty

    May 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Stardust // May 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM

    Batty – rottweillers at the door to stop you entering
    <<<<<<<now thats not very nice is it

  • Stardust

    May 21, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #13

    Sav – cool thats your prerogative – we are doing it for folks who enjoy the banter.

  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #14

    GJ – just going on the figures that have been mentioned before. We could quite easily have £20m. Are you getting confused with net spend? If so then I agree.

    By the way has everyone voted for ed’s blog yet? I guess we don’t have a big enough readership to dominate. The Arsenal blog is way out in the lead.

  • Micky Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #15

    Stardust – thanks for the clarification. I’ll send on an e-mail.

  • brownrob

    May 21, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #16

    I had an idea of starting a site that was a mix of and nufcblog, but having a few writers as well as I dont have time myself to write as I do have to work!

    It would have all the player profiles, galleries, match reports etc as well as the blog!

    You would need to register, so it would be easy enough to block any “tools”

    Id put a voluntary Paypal donation thing on it, to avoid ads

  • Stardust

    May 21, 2009 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #17

    BrownRob – we will need moderators on the new blog – if it appeals to you as it wouldnt be so much commitment drop us a line.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 21, 2009 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #18

    Good initiative, Stardust et al.. Just sent you an email.


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