Alan Shearer has revealed what Sam Allardyce’s plan was to try and beat Crystal Palace last Monday.
The Newcastle legend interviewed the Sunderland manager on Tuesday on behalf of BBC Sport, with Allardyce telling him that he’d identified Zaha and Bolasie as the big dangers.
Sunderland managed to largely nullify their threat and as a result, kept a clean sheet, as well as sneaking a goal of their own to take the three points.
Five days after that game and we were all asking ourselves what Steve McClaren’s plan was against the same Palace players and indeed the plan for Newcastle to try and score some goals?
It was painful as Bolasie and Zaha ran rings around the likes of Dummett, Anita, Colback and Coloccini. Though my personal lowpoint was when Connor Wickham skinned Chancel Mbemba and left him on his backside…it doesn’t get much worse than that.
Alan Shearer says that it was just ‘far too easy’ for Palace and that ‘Newcastle got what they deserved’.
It was pathetic to watch as Newcastle stood off the opposition and let them play around them with hardly a challenge going in.
No wonder Shearer on Match of The Day, summed up the feelings of many of us when he said; ‘…the Newcastle defence…come on, at least clatter someone, give us something’.
“Embarrassing, hopeless and inept, just some of the words used by Alan to describe Newcastle’s performance against Leicester last week.
“Not much fun for you coming here at the moment but at the same time you have to give Crystal Palace credit?”
“They were absolutely fantastic.
“I spoke to Sam Allardyce on Tuesday after the win that Sunderland had at Crystal Palace and I said, what was your plan to win the game?
“He said it was simple, the plan was to stop Bolasie and stop Zaha because he felt they were their two main players.
“Newcastle couldn’t do that at all. They didn’t get near them and those two guys ran the show – brilliant from start to finish.
“I’m thinking of the Newcastle defence…come on, at least clatter someone, give us something.
“It was just far too easy for Palace all afternoon and Newcastle got what they deserved.”