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Alan Shearer ‘We’re going to qualify for Europe, what is up with you!’

6 years ago

Just like the rest of us, Alan Shearer rides the rollercoaster of emotions as a Newcastle fan.

The only difference being that his reactions are very much public as his day job means that he has to live out the good, and not so good, times on TV.

Analysing Newcastle’s victory over Tottenham, Alan Shearer believed that it was a carbon copy of the win at Bournemouth .

Just like that win on the south coast, Newcastle were totally dominated by the home team in the early stages, hardly having a kick in the first half.

If it wasn’t for Rob Elliot, the game would have been settled by half-time, whilst Steve McClaren’s tactics meant that the ball was repeatedly given aay by the United players as they aimlessly hit it long to nobody in particular.

As Alan Shearer puts it, it was like ‘chalk and cheese’, with Newcastle coming more and more into the game as the second half progressed and actually trying to play football, instead of avoiding responsibility.

Substitutes Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the goals and undoubtedly Newcastle wouldn’t have won without their introduction.

As Alan Shearer summed up the match when talking about the winning goal after Perez took his shot early and surprised the keeper…’Lloris should save it but who cares!”

Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day 2:

“Rob Elliot wouldn’t actually be playing if it wasn’t for the injury to Tim Krul. Very much like two or three weeks ago at Bournemouth, he kept his team in the game with some superb saves and it was exactly the same today.

“Particularly first half, if it wasn’t for him then Spurs would have had the game won by half-time.”


“What would have happened (pre-match) is the manager would have said to them, try and turn the Spurs defence and kick it long, so that will enable us to play a little bit more…but it as just constant in the first half, kicking it long. There was no belief they could play, whatsoever.

“They kicked it long, didn’t have anybody there and Spurs came straight back at Newcastle, it was like wave after wave, attack after attack…aimless because they weren’t picking anybody out.

“Second half, Steve McClaren must have said to them – believe in yourselves and what happened was that Sissoko, who I thought was absolutely outstanding, got some belief and went past players, then you are having shots at the Spurs goal.

“Chalk and cheese from Newcastle. They caused them (Spurs) all kinds of problems in the second half. They have players who can play and they believed they could get something out of this game.

“The effort and application was superb, Sissoko driving at people and whipping balls across the box and because they were prepared to do that, they got their reward.

“Lloris should save it (Perez’ winner) but who cares.”

Asked by presenter Mark Chapman if Newcastle fans should now expect the team to play more attacking football and win against lowly Aston Villa…

Alan Shearer:

“We’re going to qualify for Europe, what is up with you!”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Possession was 42% Newcastle and 58% Spurs

Total shots was 8 for Newcastle and Spurs 20

Shots on target was Newcastle 4 and Spurs 8

While corners was Newcastle 2 and Spurs 6

Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Mbemba, Dummett, Colback, Anita (Gouffran 90+1),  Sissoko, Wijnaldum, de Jong (Perez 63), Cisse (Mitrovic 72)

Unused Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Sterry, Thauvin

Ref: Roger East

Crowd: 35,768

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