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Shearer’s Reaction To Newcastle’s Defeat At Foxes

10:56 pm, Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Alan Shearer used his Twitter account after the game to pinpoint Newcastle’s big problem – when we get the chances there is nobody around who can out the ball into the back of the net.

Alan’s right to say this is a massive problem for newcatsle over the next 9 games and we have scored only 7 goals in 14 away games this season.

So much for getting the players we need in the transfer windows.


Rafa may have to use Seydou Doumbia and/or Papiss Cisse to see if they can hit the target.

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  • 1 Laurent Robert 32 // Mar 14, 2016 at 10:58 PM

    Doumbia can do good things. I just hope he starts with a bang when he gets the chances. He almost did at Stoke.

  • 2 WWSBRD // Mar 14, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Christ lads we will probably go down yes but we have Rafa in charge right now just enjoy it

    There’s plenty outside the club who can point out how crap we are, and with glee, but if we go down with Rafa am going to bloody enjoy having an actual top level manager in charge of Newcastle while I can he’s had 3 days and we went to the league leaders and lost 1 nil, why shouldn’t we decide to believe Rafa can get us going against worse teams?

    I’ve hated Newcastle for long enough but I am going to believe in Rafa until we are officially relegated because why not?

  • 3 Blackley and Brownlie // Mar 14, 2016 at 10:59 PM

    Exactly my thoughts on previous thread, Al.

    Is Doumbia a good goalscorer or another Carr dud? Anyone know much about him? We need a saviour.

  • 4 Newcastle for alltid // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:04 PM

    I was absolutely gutted after the game. I genuinely believe that we should have taken all 3 points. At least 1 point. The problem is that the players are not in the state of mind to do it. The confidence is just not showing. They are overwhelmed by the circumstances they find themselves in at the moment.

    The reason why I think this is a game we should have won: Leicester are not a great team. BUT, they simply play very good football. Fast passing, sky-high work-rate. They play a team including Danny Simpson, Robert Huth, Marc Albrighton, the list goes on… These are not great players. Not extraordinary at all. But they have cracked a simple code to win games. Run, and always put pressure on the player in possession and his passing options. Force the opposition into making mistakes, run some more and score. Every team in the world can do this, including Newcastle. These are footballers making thousands upon thousands of pounds each week, and if you make them understand that by running for their lives for 90 minutes every week. Out of the 10080 minutes you have in a week, running for 90 minutes and making thousands is a fair deal I would say. It`s less than 1% of your week! If you can get this mentality into a team, and work on it in training you win games. Imagine if City, Chelsea or Arsenal did the same thing with the players they have. They would already have been miles ahead at the top of the league.

    The players treated the Leicester-players with too much respect at times, especially in the first half. Bite Leicester back with their own style of play, and every team in the Premier League will, IMO, have a fair chance to beat them, as most teams does have better individual players.

    I think the team started to understand this, especially after the 50-minute mark. We showed work-rate, and actually shut Leicester out almost completely. It shows the point made above that if other teams play Leicesters style of football against Leicester, they have a chance.
    Most teams would have scored a goal or two in that second half. Our problem is the lack of confidence. Too many wasted or misdirected passes, and in the moments we had going forward, no player dared to play the final pass or finishing the attack – instead passing it on to another teammate to do the job.

    Had we gotten a goal, it would have made a world of difference. The team would have gotten their belief back, and our game would start to flow again, making the next couple of matches looking winable again.
    Now it`s Rafa`s job to tell the players they are able to do this. They don`t need to look further than to Leicester to see how.

    PS! I`m not taking anything away from Leicester. They play fantastic football, and are a joy to watch. They do have standout talents in Mahrez, Kantè, Vardy. But they are just part of a side that aren`t impressive in names and pure quality. They just understand what football is about.

  • 5 stuart no9 // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    stuart no9 // Mar 14, 2016 at 10:56 PM

    I dont understand people saying we are going down ,
    We are only 1 point behind 4th bottom , we have to finish 1 point above 3rd bottom , there is a maximum of 27 POINTS LEFT , Why is getting 1 point above sunderland that difficult ?? come on lads . 27 points on the board , from what ive seen tonight , we will be fine

  • 6 U.S Magpie // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    Watched the game here in the States. We looked better as Alan said and everything he has said is correct we need that goal scorer. Mitro although holds the balls up well doesn’t look anything like the pacey striker we need and Perez looks still a little out of his league. I for one would love to see what Doumbia can do with starting and not coming of the bench. Lets face it if we start the kid and he does not score then he has done exactly what our forwards have done for the last god knows how many games. Honestly would love to see him and Cisse playing up front together, now that would be something that could change Newcastle’s season. Howay the Toon!!!!!!

  • 7 davetoon // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Exactly NFA. The belief is missing

  • 8 manxpie // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:12 PM

    ww no good mate i still felt it more than ever and suffered it just as much with shearer in charge
    rafa isn’t the problem or why we are angry or anything else
    but the players are to blame and have been for a long long time

    but they seem to get away free even though they get payed wat we can only ever dream of

    i seriously would take parking the bus with youths than try with this bunch of shite

  • 9 NoahJ // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:16 PM

    interesting bringing on siem de jong over doumbia; to be fair, de jong brought a slickness to the forward line.

    would like to see doumbia start the next match please.

    I get the whole defensive midfielder duo combo, but anita just is not good enough; would even prefer de jong in that position. him and shelvey are both smart players and can control the match from the back

  • 10 mainemagpie // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Have no idea what Anita brought to the game tonight, passing was awful, defensive work was a awful and link up play non existent, what did Benitiz see in him?

  • 11 wynsleap // Mar 14, 2016 at 11:49 PM

    Not Colback’s fault as he is not a left back but he really brings nothing to the table. Didn’t think there was a lot between the two teams apart from an offside goal.
    Think Townsend should have been brought on a lot earlier and Perez should have been left on.
    Don’t know who voted for Shelvey tonight but I thought he was awful. Missing tackles, humping the ball aimlesssly forward and creating nowt. De Jong looked better when he came on.
    Real weak links in this team are Colback, Anita and Mitrovich. Unless we start to score goals we are sunk as we are well aware that our defence will always let at least one in. Having said that, I didn’t think Taylor and particualarly Lascelles did too badly tonight.

  • 12 asl123 // Mar 15, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    I would not blame the striker for the lack of goal. Did they receive the service they need from the others? Our midfield just a lot awful. Really need to bring someone like Cabaye to open up up the game and create chances, to play football/soccer instead of rugby like. What we did during the transfer window solely on attacking player that we already have bunches of them.

    Anita? Time to go was long time ago. He was terrible, doesn’t seem to be existed on the field. The lads also barely pass the ball to him. Shelvey? No idea where the ball should go other than kicking it forward aimlessly. The other? Just average accept Mitrovic worked his sock off

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