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Shearer SomeHow Has To Inspire Lack-Luster Newcastle Players

We are now 4 points from safety and the only way we’ll be able to avoid relegation this year is by winning our three remaining home games.


Alan Shearer – tough job for Alan

But when you think we have won one game in the last 17 matches, that will be a tall order for our vastly over-paid and under-performing players.

Alan talked about the game and how he was disappointed again about the way we played in the first half, when again we went in at the break one goal down:

“It was a familiar story. I asked them for a reaction at half time and they gave me that. I said to them after the game, ‘I’m very pleased with the second half, but give me an explanation why there’s no urgency like that from minute one.”

“We have our own ideas about that, but we’re going to keep them to ourselves. We have to start games from the first minute like we finish them in the 90th.” “At the minute, we’re looking to do that, but it hasn’t materialized. Effort-wise, I have no complaints.”

“You’ve seen the urgency and the spark in the second half, and you’ve seen the belief that they can pass it around. I want them to do that for 90 minutes, then we’ll have a chance of taking three points instead of one or none. I still believe that we have enough.”

“I know that everyone’s been looking to our home games for the last nine or ten games, and that’s no different now. We have to win those three home games.” “I think we have to win all three of them now – they are all must-win games.”

We don’t fully agree with Alan on the effort part, because we’ve lost points in the last two games because of our poor and lackadaisical performances in the first half, which seemed to lack effort and urgency, not to mention spirit and guts.

Bu this has got to be more than frustrating for Alan Shearer, who was brave in trying to get points yesterday by putting on both Oba and Viduka after 60 minutes, and they both made a difference and it looked like Oba was really trying to get the ball in the net.

He was probably trying to make up for last week, but the Newcastle fans saw his considerable spirit yesterday, even if it’s obvious he is still injured.

Newcastle’s performance improved dramatically once Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins came on but we know that both players are not fully fit, although a fit Viduka and Martins could save the side from relegation.

Alan continued:

“I changed it around by putting Oba and Mark Viduka on and they helped change things. It would have been very difficult to have started with those two because of their fitness.”   “But I thought they changed the game and gave us a bigger threat going forward. We didn’t really have that in the first half.” “It’s important that Oba and Mark have got some minutes under their belts.”

“We’re certainly a bigger threat with those two on the pitch than without them. That’s clear for everyone to see. It’s something we can work on. They didn’t suffer any problems during the game.”   “So if we can keep them fit during the week and get a good week’s training into them, we should be in better shape.” “Everyone will be in contention to start next weekend.”

It’s good that Viduka and Martins looked good yesterday, but there are just too many question marks on some of our more experienced players like Owen and Butt.

Both again had unspectacular games, and we always think the great players play great when it matters – so if we have any great players at Newcastle, they should be playing well right now – but there’s very few players doing that this year.

That’s why we have one win in our last 17 games, and although it’s probably premature to do this – we put that responsibility for our plight squarely on the shoulders of our overpaid players. And while we probably over-reacted with our article immediately after the game, we still think it’s the players who have to bear this burden – they are letting this club down plain and simple.

It’s about time some of them woke up and started earning their considerable wages – because that’s something very few of our players have done this season.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Apr 20, 2009 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    it looks grim to be fair.

    it’s gonna be a big ask to win the 3 games when we have only won 4 at home all season.
    fulham seem to be a tough nut to crack these days, boro is a derby game (of sorts) and they are always tight affairs and then there’s pompey.. scrapping for their lives. it’s not going to be easy.

    we can write off the liverpool game and probably the villa game.. although they are on a worse run of form than us.

    i suspect benny will be on here all day for the next 12 years following their win.

    please do us all a favour and dont rise to him.. he makes this blog boring.

  • roscoe

    Apr 20, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #2

    Typical NUFC style we’ll lose to Pompey and them beat the pool. That would be a laugh!

  • ThaiMag

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    R.Taylor Beye Bassong Duff
    ———–Guthrie Jonas
    ———–Viduka Martins


    We can win with this team for the next three home games. It would be better to see Barton and Enrique back to the starting line up soon.
    And no more Butt in the team please, he keeps passing the ball to the opponent.

  • Ericles

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    The accurate predictions on this blog site over the season has been unerring. Time Shearer started to read it. Time to cut to the quick and drop the has beens who have got us into the present situation. We cannot beat the drop with Coca Cola quality (R. Taylor, Nolan, Smith, Viduka), nor with under performing and overpaid “names” (Butt, Owen).
    The final desperate fight back starts with Pompey and we have got to put out a side with passion, guts, pace and enthusiasm for NUFC. If we have got to go down (and we are not yet) then let us do it with the young ones (especially young locals). Why? Because they will play their balls off for Toon. Because they will stay to try and get us back up if the worst comes to pass. The rats are already thinking of deserting the sinking ship which they have not bothered to bail out in time. Tme to blow a Tyneside bugle instead of a Merseyside one!!!!!

  • geordie jock

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    A good dose of andrews liver salts couldn’t move this parcel of shite. I have said it again and again this is the worst squad in NUFC history, No class, No spirit, No guts. Apart from Beye, Bassong and possibly Enrique and Steven Taylor there is no skill or passion from any other players. No one can blame Shearer for this mess, we just have not got the players to rescue us in fact apart from the above the players should hang their heads in shame ( or should we just hang the players ) along with a certain Mike Ashley who should personally take all the credit for our predicament.

  • geordie jock

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Sorry the wording isn’t very good.

  • JJJ

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #7

    Can people please explain why they are putting Ryan Taylor in the side.
    He’s played badly in every game so far.
    Rather let Guthrie take the set pieces and play Edgar in defense, the lad has never let us down.

  • Macas35

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #8

    Ericles – everyone keeps going on about the kids but Lua Lua has gone to Doncaster and he can’t even get a game there, so why should we be playing him?

  • BT9MAG

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #9


    I agree mate, don’t get me wrong, when Joe Kinnear was playing poor older players ‘for their experience’ it irritated the life out of me…BUT…People need to realise that these kids aren’t 1st team players for a reason!

    And to be honest, if the ball drops to one of your strikers 6 yards from goal in the final minute of a dull 0:0 – who would you rather have shooting Owen or Carroll?

  • Whumpie

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #10

    I agree that Ryan Taylor and Butt just haven’t looked up to it, especially yesterday. And Big Al is right to have given them hell over the way they played (again) in the 1st half.

    BUT let’s not go too ape: Viduka reminded us just how dangerous he can still be, and you never know – he may make it through the last 5 games. I believe Owen will be back on the sheet this weekend and will keep pinging’ em in from then on.

    Barton will add what’s been missing in midfield, and hopefully Enrique will come back soon.

    We can win these 3 matches, because for the first time this season we’ll have a good squad and a good manager.

  • richyg01

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    we need the 12th man at home, comeon, everyone BEHIND the lads, urge them ALL on!

    Sure things aint looking good but we have 5 matches left, thats 15 points up for grabs.

    Get behind the team and stop playing fantasy football with team selections, AS picks the team and we need to get behind EVERY single player he chooses to play.

    Its not over till the fat lady (or Viduka) sings!


    And a not for Benny before he starts, sure you won yesterday but your team played $hite to say the least – we made you look good. Dont get on your high horse about the win because you were shockingly bad!

  • Whumpie

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Correction: first time we’ve had a decent squad and manager since KK was here…

  • Amirshearer

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Nolan and Butt were shite gayfish! horrid!
    Anonymous! I didn’t know they were playing at all!
    Martins was simply awesome. Love that guy.
    Jonas too gave his heart and soul. We need a team full of Obas and Jonases! It’s time to wake up guys….seems like we’ve overslept for a wee bit.
    Gotta beat Pompey! Just have to.

  • davis_toons

    Apr 20, 2009 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #14

    BT9MAG // Apr 20, 2009 at 10:41 AM
    You are right mate!

    But Shearer just haven understand tat R.taylor have not been playing well in every of our games. In fact he is playing poorly.

    Hopfully we can see changes this coming match.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #15

    anyone fed up with bad decisions going against us week in week out???

  • richyg01

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #16


    We cant blame decisions, even if the decisions went our way, the way we have been playing we would still manage to cock it up!

    We need to play the game and stop relying on chance and the referee!

  • Whumpie

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #17

    Ryan T has been awful with everything except those awesome throw-ins, but he really needs to be dropped ASAP.

    What we’ve really lacked is the midfield bosses, and I agree with Amirshearer about Nolan and Butt. I don’t rate Barton as a human being, but he’s what we need in the middle right now. In his absence, I think Guthrie is a better choice than either Nolan or Butt.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #18


    weve had alot more bad decisions go against us than for us this season mate but i suppose being in the bottom three the refs couldnt give a f*** about us

  • mohtools

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #19

    R. Taylor, Butt, Nolan and owen should not start.

    They started last game and they failed to do anything.

    I believe Guthrie, Smith, Nile, Edger and Caroll should start next week.

    We should play a 4-3-3.
    Edger Beye Bassong Duff
    Guthrie Smith Jones (Butt)
    Martinz Caroll(viduka) Ranger (Owen)

    Smith DM
    Guthrie & Jones CM
    Ranger plays as a Second Striker
    Martins Plays as a Winger cuts inside
    Carrol Target man

    X X X X
    X X
    X (SS)

    X X X X
    X X
    X (W)
    X (SS)
    X (T)

  • richyg01

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #20


    You going into the dressing room to give this team talk?

    I think not, so what is the point of speculating on it, concentrate on getting behind whoever AS picks, that is the fan’s job!


  • Waldo P. Barnstormer

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #21

    The really really anoying thing for me is that the bag a SHEITE that have transpired in thier performances to get us in this position will be the first to scream and shout for a transfer away in the summer. Why do none of these guys have a sense of pride and proffessionalism to either dig us out of this hole THEY have got us into. OR if the worst is to happen, stay and get us back in to the Premiership. No, as far as they are concerned they are better than that.

    Sorry but obviously YOUR NOT (I wish some of them read this).

  • spiderpig

    Apr 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    ERICLES viduka cocacola standard you must be joking.alright hes never fit but the man is class.soon as he came on he was playing people in and around the box with about 3 defenders on him.something we havnt done all year.we actually were a threat for the last 20 mins.as for butt.should be dropped.cant pass.ryan taylor in the team for set pieces and cant beat the first man from a corner.dropped.kevin nolan looks slow and overweight.dropped.owen doesnt seem to know what to do,he’s spent that long up front feeding off virtually zilch i would give him a chance with viduka.if he gets a goal he could save us.shearer needs to get the players to stop backing off when teams run at them.someone has to go for the ball instead of holding back and hoping their shot hits them.duff is terrible at this.

  • darrowb1

    Apr 20, 2009 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #23

    We will have a decent chance of beatin pompy at home as long as Smith( great deal there by sir alex) and Butt becuase of these players are past it and dont look anywaere as good as they use to for sir alex ferguson

  • mohtools

    Apr 20, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #24


    I think we should give the players the team talk.
    I am not sure if those players know how much this team means to US.
    I never been to newcastle but I love the team to the point that I am watching them lose while I am on my honey moon.

    Management gets payed good money but not us. We supported the team for the past 4 years while they played like crap.
    The fans are doing their job it is time for the players and management to do their job.

  • Johann

    Apr 20, 2009 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #25

    I´ll say this again and again we´ll go down if Shearer doesn´t drop his best mate owen soon.

    Our starting lineup next game in my opinion should be

    Beye Taylor(Edgar) Bassong Enrique(Duff)
    Lovenkrands(J.Marewood) Barton(Inman/Guthrie) Doninger Guiterrez
    Carroll Ranger

    We have absoloutly nothing to lose and these guys would do a lot better than the old gang. They will play with commitment and pride. And if we are going down then this is the team I want us to go down with! Not the overpaid stars. But I really believe these will keep us up.

    This is for the next game. I would then seriously consider playing Viduka and Smith. They were fantastic together for Leeds but they must get their form up to play. Another one of them should at least make 60 min. But I really believe as well that Ranger and Carroll will shine. So Viduka and Smith as subs for the last 30 minutes would be very effective. With Oba coming in as well. Those three should be our subs. The reason I don´t want Oba to start is because he doesn´t even have the form to play from the start. His condition is not good!

  • cosmicMini95

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #26

    Owen is fine in a three man attack as a natural goalscorer but he cannot function in a two man one.

    I thought Harper made a few decent saves and the goal was rather unlucky but his distribution annoyed me yesterday in that it was soooo slow. At 0-0 its not quite so bad, but we still have had caught them on the break however when your 1-0 down….

    Butt, Nolan, R.Taylor should not be included in the starting 11 for the next game.

    Unfortunately Carroll didn’t really get much of a chance at the weekend as Owen cannot support him alone upfront. Lets hope Enrique, Barton, Martins, S.Taylor are all fit.

    If Shearer decides to play Owen again it must be in a three man attack alongside two of: Martins/Lovenkrands/Carroll

  • Nick D

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #27

    BTmag – theyoungsters aren’t first team players because Butt, Duff, Owen and Harper are guaranteed starts by Shearer no matter what.

    I’m no great fan of Carrol, but do believe Ranger and one or 2 others are worth a go. We know what we get from these overpaid sicknote has beens – sweet fa, no passion, no commitment, nothing!!!!!!!

  • Nick D

    Apr 20, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #28


    not so s ure these mercenaries will be screaming for a transfer because no one else is stupid enough to pay the club crippling wages implemented by Shepherd.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #29


  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 21, 2009 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #30



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