Alan Shearer has been a sharp critic of the pathetic displays Newcastle have served up this season and none worse than the last two games when we were easily beaten 3-0 at home by Leicester two weeks ago.
After that Steve McClaren shared with the players some home truths in the week that followed that pitiful display but then we were hammered 5-1 at Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace last Saturday,
So whatever Steve did that week certainly didn’t work and we assume he moved to plan B this week to get his players ready for the game today against Liverpool.
Alan Shearer – players have shown no courage lately
The players have all too often this season given up in games, which is a high crime and misdemeanour on Tyneside and will not be tolerated.
This is what Alan has written for the Sun on Sunday today.
“I have not seen any courage in this Newcastle United side of late and that is what they have to show this afternoon.”
“If not, we could be looking at a cricket score given the way Liverpool have been playing away from home.“
“They have scored three, four and six in their last three domestic away games at Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton.”
“Newcastle, meanwhile, conceded three at home to Leicester and five away at Crystal Palace in their last two games. It does not bode well.”
“Newcastle need courage to get tackles in, to run for every ball, to try things, to not give up or hide.”
“They have to be prepared to receive the ball in difficult situations. They had better not dare fold like they did in the last two games. The fans simply do not deserve it.”
We hope that Steve McClaren points out to the players what Alan Sharer has said before the game – that may cause them – well some of them at least – to put up some fight and show some courage this afternoon against the barnstorming Reds.
But we have to say we are just a little bit dubious of what the outcome of this game could be at 6:00 pm today and if are taken apart for the third game running this could be Steve McClaren’s last game in charge.
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