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.
“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.