Alan Shearer says that he is acutely embarrassed to be a Newcastle fan today.
In the aftermath of the latest defeat at the Stadium of Light, Shearer says that as a Newcastle fan, losing six in a row to Sunderland is beyond the pale.
It beggars belief that United have managed this, especially when the mackems have been permanently fighting a relegation battle for these last few years.
The Newcastle legend says that for all their possession the players didn’t have the necessary ‘killer instinct’, wasting the chances which then proved crucial when Sunderland were handed that massive stroke of luck at half-time.
Describing Coloccini’s challenge for the sending off as ‘stupid’, Alan Shearer says that this incident and when Mitrovic failed to beat Pantilimon were the two big turning points.
Despite being down to 10 men, Newcastle were still creating more chances than Sunderland and if the Serbian had scored, you would have fancied United to hold on for at least a point.
Alan Shearer speaking to The Sun:
“As a Newcastle fan, losing six in a row to Sunderland is embarrassing,
“We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you have got to stick them away.
“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game – they didn’t deserve that.
“Of course Sam Allardyce won’t care a jot about whether it was deserved or about the performance. All that will matter to him is he got their first win of the season.
“But it’s still going to be a long hard season for both of them. The truth is, neither side is very good.
“There were two turning points.
First that stupid Fabricio Coloccini challenge. It wasn’t a red card but it was a penalty and it was a big call from the referee to send him off.
“Then Aleksandar Mitrovic’s chance. He got one on one with the keeper and if that goes in it’s a different story. It didn’t and Newcastle paid the price for leaving themselves open.”