Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Could Do with Result like Wednesday

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Magpies Could Do with Result like Wednesday

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Byline: Rob LEE

NEWCASTLE could really do with Alan Shearer and my good self being available for tomorrow's match against QPR.

Because the two of us know how to handle a fixture in which a defeat would mean staring down the barrel of a relegation right.

It's just a shame that Big Al and myself, even at our age, cost way too much for Mike Ashley!

And if you believe that ... Saturday's game, however, does remind me of the famous Sheffield Wednesday match at St James' Park, the first home fixture after Sir Bobby Robson replaced Ruud Gullit as manager in September 1999.

We were rock bottom. They were a place above us. It wasn't a hugely different scenario to the one the lads face tomorrow.

It had been a wretched season and we, as players, really owed the fans a win - just as the boys do against QPR.

Losing, quite simply, wasn't an option.

As every Newcastle supporter remembers, I'm sure, we managed to win 8-0. Al only got the five goals that day.

The result, and Sir Bobby's skills, turned around the season and the entire football club.

Alan Pardew will be looking for the exact same, even if 8-0 might be stretching it a bit.

That was the only game I played in that could be described as a bottom of the table clash and it wasn't nice. That kind of pressure is not the best. I'm sure Alan and his players are well aware just how vital a win is.

QPR are obviously playing better under Harry Redknapp, but they are very beatable.

However, isn't it amazing what a new manager can do with the same group of players that previously had no clue how to win? Mark Hughes, for me, is a good manager and as he was the one who brought a lot of them to that football club, you would think the team were really going to play for the guy.

But they didn't play for Mark at all and just four weeks ago QPR were really struggling. …

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