Alan Shearer points finger of blame after Newcastle’s defeat by Everton
Alan Shearer was taking no prisoners when pointing out who was at fault for Newcastle not getting a vital three points against Everton.
A win would have seen Newcastle climb out the relegation zone and as high as 15th, one place above Chelsea.
However, Alan Shearer says that despite Rob Elliot making a series of saves and some great last gasp tackles from Chancel Mbemba, the biggest moment of the game was when United put together their best move of the match with 15 minutes left on the clock.
Moussa Sissoko released down the left hand side and his sublime cross begging to be put in the back of the net by Aleksandar Mitrovic, only for him to head wide.
Shearer saying that you can’t pass up these kind of chances and with it been two weeks in a row, it has had a savage effect on Newcastle’s position in the league.
If both Siem de Jong (Villa) and Mitrovic taken their chances, then that potential five extra points would have taken Newcastle to 13th in the table and five points clear of the drop zone.
Instead United now face two tough away matches at West Brom and Arsenal, still rooted in that bottom three.
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:
“I’m not ignoring the fact that Rob Elliot once again was superb and kept his team in it, nor the fact that Chancel Mbemba made a few last ditch tackles…
“…but when you get a chance to kill the game…and a big chance, like Newcastle had last week against Aston Villa to go two up – de Jong at the far post, absolute sitter and game over. If that goes in last week, there is no coming back for Aston Villa.
“Today at 0-0, 15 minutes left. They worked very hard but this (Mitrovic header) is again an absolute sitter.
“Mitrovic has got to score, never mind hit the target. A brilliant ball in (from Moussa Sissoko) and he has to score the goal – and if you don’t take your chance…”
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