Shearer sounds Toon battlecry
ALAN Shearer sounded out perhaps the most important battlecry ever in Newcastle United's modern history when he urged everybody to make a monumental effort to get behind the lads against Portsmouth.
Big Al admitted straight away that Newcastle "were always" asking for more from their fans and the facts are that the Toon Army have NEVER ever let their side down.
True, the players who don the black and white shirts have done it time and time again but for the current crop of players, they now have to give the Geordie public something to respond to if they are to help us get out of this mess.
Shearer said: "They have turned up in their thousands all season and have had nothing to shout about.
"But I'm asking them for three games to get behind us and make it a special atmosphere."
We've served up one superb atmosphere after another at SJP down the years.
Not least the 1992 encounter with Pompey when David Kelly's late winner did the trick at Gallowgate.
But since that point onwards, never has it been as serious as now nor so vital to get a result.
Failure to beat Pompey would more or less finish off Newcastle's hopes, well if you don't think it's over already that is.
Yet regardless of what you think about the owner, the whole situation, this season and whether it could be one of your last games at SJP for a while - the need to get behind the lads has never been greater.