Alan Shearer perfectly sums up Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle United fanbase endured arguably the worst 90 minutes of the season so far on Monday night.
A desperate game in terms of entertainment and chances at either end, one goal was almost certain to settle it.
With 16 minutes to go it was Hendrick who put the chance away from close range, Rafa Benitez saying that one mistake cost Newcastle the game.
It looked nailed on for a goalless bore draw, only for Ayoze Perez to weakly give the ball away only yards outside the Newcastle box, with then desperate defending almost saving the day as Rob Elliot blocked, but nothing could be done about the Hendrick follow-up chance at the back post.
Newcastle at last had a decent effort on target through substitute Isaac Hayden, though it had taken over 90 minutes to bring about that first piece of real danger for the hosts.
Alan Shearer looking back at the game and declaring ‘I bet the players can’t wait to watch that game back and analyse it!’.
The United legend quite rightly says that the Newcastle team can’t complain about the defeat, having shown nothing that suggested they deserved to win.
I must admit I wouldn’t fancy watching the match again, so possibly the best wake-up call will be the team having to sit through and watch what we all saw last night.
Plenty of effort maybe but the players need to add more focus and quality when Bournemouth visit on Saturday.
“I bet the players can’t wait to watch that game back and analyse it!
“Can’t complain with the result.
“A poor game.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Burnley 1 Newcastle 0
Burnley: Hendrick 74
Possession was Burnley 47% Newcastle 53%
Total shots were Burnley 12 Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Burnley 5 Newcastle 5
Corners were Burnley 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Mike Dean
Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Murphy 79), Shelvey, Diame (Gayle 83), Atsu, Perez (Hayden 76), Joselu
Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Saivet
Crowd: 21,031 (Newcastle 2,500)
(Rafa makes clear where fault lies for Burnley defeat – Read HERE)
(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the match go HERE)
(To read the match ratings from Monday’s defeat go HERE)
(Mikel Merino set to see a specialist – Read HERE)
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