Blog on the Tyne at the Portsmouth match
I was reporting live from St James's Park for the visit of Portsmouth on what turned out to be a disappointing evening for the Toon Army.
Shearer and the players knew the weekend's results meant a win was vital to stay in touch with the teams outside the bottom three.
But despite a battling performance and a good start in the first half, United could only manage a 0-0 draw with the side from the south coast.
It means there are just two home games left for the Magpies to secure their Premier League safety, with tricky trips to Liverpool and Aston Villa on the agenda as well.
Click below to watch a replay of my coverage from St James's Park.