Alan Shearer knows, just like the rest if us, that if we can win the game against Portsmouth next Monday evening, that could be the first step in saving ourselves this season.
Mark Viduka – we need to see some of this on Monday night
And Alan also knows that to win games we have to be able to score some goals, which has been lacking over our last 8 games, when we’ve scored a paltry 4 goals.
So it seems that Alan will take a leaf out of Kevin Keegan’s book, and play a 4-3-3 formation now that Martins and Viduka are getting fitter.
He will no doubt be on the phone to Kevin Keegan this week to understand better how they played that formation, although of course Chris Hughton was here supporting Keegan last year and will know how the formation was supposed to operate.
But to play 4-3-3 you also need at least one good box to box midfield player, which is where Joey Barton comes in. Joey will not be match fit for next Monday but if we can win the Pompey game, he should be able to come back to support the 4-3- 3 formation in our remaining games. However, we are unlikely to play this formation however, when we go to Anfield, after the Pompey game.
Alan Shearer talked about our three front men:
“We are certainly a bigger threat with those on the pitch than without them so it’s something we can work on,”
“If we can keep them fit in the week and get a good week’s training, we face Portsmouth and it’s a game we need to win.”
“They’ll all be in contention to start. If all three strikers were available it’s an option, but we’ve got to get them all fit to start the game.”
Although our situation in the league is perilous, and not where we want to be, we can still save ourselves, and when that’s still the case, you have to be positive and believe the lads can really produce when it matters.
And that has to be the case even though they have failed to produce for many a day. Anything but a win next Monday night however, will be met with significant doom and gloom on Tyneside.
We have to hope the lads will start producing next Monday night, in front of a packed-full St. James’ Park crowd of 52,000 screaming Geordie fans.