Finally the Toon Army get a performance worthy of their support.
In the end it was the wise introduction of two subs made by the managerial team of Dowie and Shearer that made all the difference as first Oba Martins put away the crucial second with one of his first touches and then Peter Lovenkrands fired in a third after Steven Taylor had leveled the away sides fortunate opener via a Habib Beye’s own goal.
So what now?
Well if United go on to beat Fulham at home and Hull fail to avoid defeat at the Reebok then it’s pretty much assured that St James’ Park will host Premier League football next term and whilst the new boss hasn’t exactly been King Midas at the helm he has at least got the team playing with a passion that seemed pretty much absent for most of the campaign.
I am sure that should the club avoid the drop then they would offer their former legendary striker the managerial post full time and in my view, whatever he says now, Mr. Shearer will find it very hard to resist taking the challenge head on and would surely not turn it down.
What the 38 year old clearly lacks in experience in the dug out is more than made up by his sheer presence and his desire to see his beloved team succeed. What would surely be the icing on any relegation avoiding cake would be if someone bought out owner Mike Ashley and perhaps reinstalled Kevin Keegan to watch over Shearer, but perhaps that is a dream too far for the Toon Army faithful for the moment, better instead to keep the belief going for another 90 minutes on Saturday and then make bolder plans once the immediate danger is extinguished.