Alan Shearer – It’s Relegation Form – Must Do This In Next Two Games

We did well last night against Manchester City but at the end of the day we still lost, and that was our 5th defeat at home on the trot.

If we are to stay in the Premier League this season, we must do a lot better than that at St, James’ Park.

And Newcastle also have to make sure – as best we can – that we are very competitive against the bottom 14 clubs in the league table since there isn’t all that much between those sides.

But we have lost successive home games to Man City, Everton, Leicester, Watford, and Bournemouth and we should be winning four of those games.

It’s just 4 points from the last 11 games with 9 defeats.

Alan Shearer – need to go for it in next two games

Rafa must turn this thing around quickly, and the good news is that in the last three or four games we have looked a better more organized side.

And that seems to have coincided with the return of mercurial captain Jamaal Lascelles.

Jamaal again was masterful in defense last night, and he seems to be able to organize players around him to good effect.

This is what Alan Shearer has said about last night’s performance and what must happen in the next couple of games:

“It is relegation form from Newcastle, there is no doubt about it.” 

“The way Rafael Benitez set his side up against Manchester City, it looked like he has one eye on the weekend game against Brighton.”

“That is the game they cannot be beaten at home. They are a Championship side playing in the Premier League, I think the fans understand that.”

“Benitez has dropped hints that he needs bodies to come in and if he does not, it will be a relegation battle.”

“Against the likes of Brighton and Stoke, they need to have a different mindset and go for it more. ”

“Today it was very negative setup.”

We have to go all out for wins in our next two games, and if we can do that and get all 6 points, then things will look a lot more rosy for Newcastle’s future this season.

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17 comments so far

  • Jib

    Dec 28, 2017 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #1

    And there you have in a nutshell
    why Shearer’s future lies in punditry
    not management.

    “Today it was very negative setup.”

    No shit Sherlock

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Beefnan, RE:silence – personally, I was mesmerised by some of Citeh’s players, in particular De Bruyne, B Silva, Grundogen and Sterling. (or just very, very drunk!) I love to watch excellence in any sport. Did not get the Strawberry corner booing De Bruyne at corner, either. I remember a few years ago, East Stand/Leazes corner, we used to applaud great visiting players, who often applauded us, back.

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Beefnan – Beefman 😳

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #4

    JIB, Big Al’s no Wordsworth!

  • toontaff2

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #5

    Looks like Aarons slipped, whilst trying to cross it – nearly scored.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #6

    What about that ball their keeper pinged 70 yards straight on to the chest of one of their players. Compare that to Rob Elliott’s malfunctioning missile kicks.
    I thought De Bruyne must have done something in the past. Disgraceful booing him just for being so good if that’s what it was.

  • SColl

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #7

    I am baffled as to why pundits are slating that we decided to set up the way we did. Teams have tried to have a go at City and been torn apart, teams have tried to keep it tight and been torn apart. This City side is special, don’t get me wrong it helps that they have an unlimited budget.

    Had Rafa picked his strongest 11 and told the lads to go and have a go, we probably would have been on the other end of a 4/5-0 like all other teams. That would have had a massive impact to morale and confidence going into the weekends fixtures which in my opinion are crucial if we are to stay in the league.

  • Nufc-83

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #8

    Aarons went for a chip it was a great effort and unlucky. I am not sure why he is being labelled as finished and should be sold. He needs time to get back up to speed and was immense at times prior to injuries. Also saying he lost his pace the only real time he stretched his legs was against Kyle Walker who is incredibly fast so can’t give an honest opinion really.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Mixed thoughts in yesterday’s game.

    Let’s face it. City are probably one of the best in the world so to nearly nick a point isn’t bad. Likewise to only concede 1 isn’t bad.


    They hardly had their shoot for boots on. As the commentator said 1 key ingredient for an upset is missing chances and that was there.

    Think Rafa set the team up correctly. It’s nit like we weren’t going for it at the end. Merino a bit earlier might’ve helped.

    Tactically we were good but you could see the nerves in the players. Shelves and Diame keot misplacing passes that prevented us from breaking.

    In general I did t mind watching it too much though. I think I was almost watching it out of nerves for what the damage could be.

    Thought dummet looked good. Murphy again showed flashes. Hope he can continue developing and e has potential and is direct.

  • yorkymag

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #10

    Oh Shearer of course it was a negative set up
    Otherwise we would have been ripped apart,
    Perhaps when we stay up on a superior goal difference people may look back and think that was a good job well done
    I sat in my regular seat with the same people who have been in the same seats for over 20 years ,everyone was in awe of city they are very very special.
    That’s why is was quite ,not because we were poor
    It was like watching a game of chess and Rafa got his tactics spot on ,but for Gayles massive miss we would have had a draw .
    It is simple they are brilliant simply brilliant ,but it’s not our job Alan to make it easy for them
    No it is to make it difficult ,pundit Neville ,Alan’s mate when managing in Spain tried open and expansive football against Barca and get thumped 7-1
    That’s why Shearer is a pundit ,great player of course but not capable of anything now other than shooting his mouth off
    And that’s why Rafa is one of the best in the world ,

  • lochinvar

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #11

    Too much talk of City hitting the post two or was it three times and thereby letting us off the hook.
    We hit the post twice against Everton in a game in which Rooney should have been sent off and Elliot dropped the ball at Rooney’s feet to give them an undeserved win. Everton were as bad as City are good and if we’d beaten Everton and clawed a point off City that would have been for points. Games such as Bournemouth should – could also have been won.
    If the likes of Diame were more incisive with passing and dealt less on the ball giving if away and Shelvey got fit as he looks like a cart horse sometimes these are the small but significant issues that can influence games.

    Rafa used the second half last night almost as a warm up for the Brighton game but let’s be clear we need a pacy positive clinical approach to this game and a clear win before going to Stoke to do the same.

  • jarra mick

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #12

    I thought our 9-0-1 formation worked quite well, we should use it more often

  • giimps

    Dec 28, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #13

    Thought it was Darlow at Everton, your right though, we were unlucky with woodwork, unlucky with Rooney being in the right place when Darlow dropped the ball……the fact that Citeh were restricted to shots from 25-30 yards out and very few on target, the goal hit the post too but crept in somehow ,we don’t get that kind of luck, we didn’t get the penalty ( aguero or sterling would have been given it in the same situation) we need to make our own luck in the next few games and hope we get decent reinforcements through the door in a weeks time

  • jarra mick

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #14

    “We don’t get that kind of luck” ??
    What about the total flukes against palace and Liverpool that earned us 4 points?
    We would be right in the shite without them flukey goals

  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Is everyone else in the country wrong about our first 30 mins of tactics last night,except the majority on here right,”oh yes they did say it was tactically boring didnt they” listen not ever have i saw a team do what we did from the start of that match, i love my club, i love us to have a go, i love to see the fans up and cheering, makes me proud, last 5 mins and injury time we had a bit of a pop, next 4 games are winnable of course, Rafa will be king if we do, in Rafa we trust?? do you know what i did not ever like that fella before he came here and i still dont, how many wrong records is that he has already broken?

  • beefman13

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Rafa says with new owners we can be top 8, will we be happy with slightly better than win loose draw football?????????? i dont think so.

  • jarra mick

    Dec 28, 2017 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Even if he takes us down again there will still be idiot supporters chanting his name. Yes I accept he has had limited funds but he has made the squad a lot weaker than it was when he took over due to his shocking signings. He has replaced wijnaldum, sissoko and Townsend with the likes of Joselu, Diame and manquillo


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