Stoke Game Just Got 'Huger'!

Last updated : 06 April 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Alan Shearer: "We have to try to create chances for them. We have got two very good goalscorers, two different goalscorers.

"But on Saturday, it was always going to be difficult to create because of who we were up against.

"We sacrificed Michael a little bit trying to help us out in midfield because of the power they have, and he did that very, very well.

"But in doing that, we were unable to get him into the right areas, and when we got into the right areas, the delivery let us down or there weren't enough people in there.

"But that's something for us to work on.

"He (Owen) worked his socks off with little reward. Effort-wise, I certainly had no complaints.

"But we have to try to get Michael into positions that he is going to score goals from.

"It might be easier in different games than it was against the quality of the opposition on Saturday.

"It (v Stoke) was always going to be a huge game. It has just got a little bit huger, if there is such a word.

"But we have got a few more days to work with the players. We had two days, Thursday and Friday, which obviously is not enough, but we will get a good week's training in and see where we get.

"I'm enjoying it. I don't enjoy walking into the dressing room when we have been beaten and taken no points.

"But other than that, it's been an interesting three days and three days that I have really enjoyed."