Alan Shearer was not impressed by what Steve McClaren had to say after Newcastle’s latest defeat.
The Head Coach claimed that ‘it was cruel’ that Newcastle lost against Stoke and his players deserved a draw.
His claims were based around a save Jack Butland made from substitute Seydou Doumbia but as Alan Shearer points out, that was the only serious shot on target that Newcastle had, plus it wasn’t until injury time when that came along.
McClaren’s patter simply follows a theme that has continued throughout the season, the Newcastle boss picking one incident, usually an attempt at goal that hasn’t gone in, to somehow try and justify that his team have deserved a draw or a win.
The reality of course is that every team will usually have at least one chance during a match and this season, the vast majority of matches – particularly away from home (even the two lucky wins at Bournemouth and Spurs) have seen the opposition have far more shots and pressure.
Alan Shearer also pointed the finger of blame at Rob Elliot for conceding a goal that flew past his ear from distance and says that there is only one answer to Newcastle’s problems.
United simply have to win against Bournemouth on Saturday according to Shearer.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day and reacting to Steve McClaren saying ‘What a magnificent save at the end to deny us a point that we deserved…it was cruel that we lost’.
“I don’t agree with what he (McClaren) said, Jack Butland had one very good save at the end there, other than that I can’t remember too many other times when he was troubled.
“And that is Newcastle’s problem, seven goals away from home (in 15 games but have conceded 33), that is why they are in trouble.
“It was a good strike from Shaqiri. Rob Elliot has been brilliant this season, in fact he has been there best player, but he should do better. It is the middle of the goal and he should save it – hands on his heads (after conceding) you can see what he thought of it.
“Newcastle have to win their home game on Saturday, have to win it against Bournemouth.”