Alan Shearer has admitted that Fulham’s ‘momentum’ has left him no longer believing in our ability to avoid to drop this season.
Speaking on Match of the Day 2 last night, the NUFC legend claims he had “belief and confidence” in our survival bid just a couple of weeks ago – but with Fulham beating Liverpool moments after Steve Bruce settled for a point against West Brom, it turned out to be a disastrous day and huge missed opportunity at The Hawthorns.
Here’s what he had to say on Match of the Day 2 last night:
“It’s going to be a big scrap between three or four clubs to get out of it and Fulham have got momentum at this moment in time.
“I know you’re going to ask me ‘are you worried about Newcastle?’….absolutely.…definitely.
“I mean a couple of week ago if you would have said that to me I would’ve said I’ve got real belief and confidence they’ll get out of it.
“I don’t have that anymore as Fulham have real momentum.”
Needless to say, it was last on MOTD2 and pretty painful to watch it back, with Shearer also bemoaning our lack of quality in the final third on the odd occasions the likes of Fraser or Joelinton found themselves in good positions.
Frankly, I’m surprised Shearer was so confident just a few weeks ago as Fulham have looked close to turning performances into points for some time – meanwhile we’ve only picked up TWO wins in our last 18!
Perhaps he believed the likes of Wilson, Almiron and ASM would have enough to edge us over the line, but with all three missing our run of ‘winnable’ games while Scott Parker’s side look capable of beating anyone, it’s hard to see how they won’t overturn what is now just a one point gap.
On the plus side, Brighton lost again this weekend and we do have a game in hand, playing Villa and Brighton after Fulham face Man City, however it’s difficult to see us picking up the wins needed when a certain Steve Bruce is in charge.
Shearer won’t want to admit it, but his good pal needs to be given the boot if we’re to avoid the unthinkable.