Like thousands of other Newcastle fans, Alan Shearer has been surveying the wreckage of yet another derby defeat.
Six in a row apparently and maybe this one seeing the result least match the actual 90 minutes of football.
However, as Shearer has indicated, Newcastle were also architects of their own downfall.
Before the game the Newcastle legend had said it was ‘unthinkable’ that it would be another defeat, sending out this message on Twitter:
“Unthinkable that it could be 6 in a row! It’s time NUFC Over to you boys.”
However, in the aftermath Alan Shearer pointed to where the players had gone wrong.
Before Sunderland won their penalty and Coloccini’s red card, Shearer points out that Newcastle had all the possession in the world but ‘no cutting edge’.
Sam Allardyce had laid out his tactics perfectly (for Newcastle!) and handed the initiative to United, sitting back and putting no pressure on the fragile Newcastle backline.
It was telling that pretty much the first time the mackems threatened, things fell apart.
Alan Shearer agreed with the penalty but not the sending off.
After the game his comment on Twitter was:
“Plenty of possession, no cutting edge. Penalty yes, red card no.”
On all of the stats Newcastle were way ahead of Sunderland apart from when it came to putting the ball in the net.
Sunderland scored with all three of their shots on target, whilst Newcastle’s efforts were generally tame and only Mitrovic really tested the home keeper and should have done better with his effort when the score was 1-0.
Plenty of possession,no cutting edge. Penalty yes, red card no. #SAFCvNUFC
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) October 25, 2015
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