After watching yet another gutless performance with the character of the team going missing once more, Alan Shearer has pointed the finger at two players who should be holding the team together.

The Newcastle legend, as he has in the past, has said that he just can’t believe that United’s captain and centre-back Fabricio Coloccini turns his back on the ball, this time when QPR scored their winner.

Shearer saying that centre-backs should never turn their backs (especially when it is your captain!) and points out that you never see players such as John Terry doing that.

As for Tim Krul, the former Newcastle number nine thought the keeper was to blame for the second goal because of his latest atrocious kick that failed to clear the halfway line and ended up at the feet of a QPR player, three seconds later it was in the back of Newcastle’s net.

Shearer said Tim Krul has been really poor in this second half of the season and I thought Krul’s effort for the first goal was pretty feeble as well.

Only QPR have conceded more than Newcastle’s 63 this season and Villa are next highest on 56, which includes the six they conceded yesterday.

As two key members of that defence, Krul and Coloccini have been lucky to avoid so much flak for so long.

Alan Shearer speaking on Saturday night’s Match of The Day:

“Tim Krul has had a really poor second half to the season for Newcastle.

“A poor kick there (clearance from Krul), they lose the tackle (Ryan Taylor), it’s a fantastic striker from Fer and the goalkeeper has no chance but his kick should have been over the halfway line.”

Turning your back:

“Just watch Coloccini turn his back here, probably can’t do anything about it but I hate to see centre-backs turn their backs like that, you never see John Terry turn his back, you see him throwing himself at the ball.

“Newcastle for the first half did well, once though QPR got that first goal you could see (Newcastle) players shrink, see the pressure come on them.

Gary Lineker:

‘Can you see them winning that last game (West Ham)?’

“No, how can you, you just can’t see it, with their form you can’t see them winning anything.”

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