Alan Shearer has given us his take on Newcastle’s win at Bournemouth and has been quizzed as to whether he sees it as a sign of better things to come.
Speaking on Saturday night, Shearer said that Bournemouth missed ‘some big chances’ and pointed to the south coast club’s shortcomings up front.
The stark contrast between Bournemouth striker Josh King who wasted a string of good opportunities, whereas Ayoze Perez expertly finished Newcastle’s one decent move and chance of the game.
Alan Shearer joined in with the widespread plaudits for Rob Elliot’s man of the match display and made the point that without him, Newcastle wouldn’t have won.
Gary Lineker quizzed the Newcastle legend as to whether Saturday’s win and climb out of the bottom three was a sign of a change for the better and Alan Shearer was quick to say that no real optimism based on this performance, though he did believe the previous two games against Sunderland Stoke were signs of promise – apart from the result.
Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker speaking on Saturday night’s Match of The Day:
“The statistics were all in favour of Bournemouth, except for the one that counts. Newcastle may have only had one shot on goal but it went in?”
“Absolutely – but Bournemouth missed some big chances. When you get an invitation to shoot, you have to take it and Josh King didn’t today.
“King didn’t shoot early but Perez did, that is the difference.
“Rob Elliot was absolutely superb and without him today, Newcastle wouldn’t have got the three points. He was calm, he was assured, quick off his line.
“Best save was off Gosling, quick across his line to deny him and pushed it onto the post.
“Newcastle out of the bottom three, seeing signs…?”
“In recent weeks, particularly last week (v Stoke), the goalkeeper played very well, they (Newcastle) played decent and didn’t get the result they deserved.
“(against) Sunderland, particularly in the first half, until the sending off, played decent football.
“Today – pretty awful, but they got the three points and in their position that is all that counts.”
Meanwhile, earlier in the day Alan Shearer used his Twitter account to give a one liner comment at half-time and then full-time:
“We’ve been woeful. Half-time 1-0 to Newcastle!!!”
“It’s not about stats and playing well. It’s about winning.”
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Possession was 32% Newcastle and 68% Bournemouth
Total shots was 2 for Newcastle and Bournemouth 20
Shots on target was Newcastle 1 and Bournemouth 5
While corners was Newcastle 0 and Bournemouth 16
Goals…Newcastle 1 and Bournemouth 0
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Tiote, Anita (Mbabu 90+3), Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Perez (Thauvin 77), Mitrovic (Cisse 63)
Unused Subs: Woodman, Lascelles, de Jong, Gouffran
Ref: Lee Mason