Alan Shearer watched Newcastle build a two goal lead on Saturday afternoon and according to him, they then missed to ‘absolute sitters’ to take the game well beyond Bournemouth.
However, neither Perez or Shelvey took those second-half chances and the final 10 minutes were a disaster.
Three points would have taken Newcastle above Bournemouth and four points (and better goal difference) above the bottom three, instead the gap is still only two points to third bottom.
Whilst Frank Lampard pointed out Shelvey’s failings in defence in the final stages when the home side scored twice to grab a point, Alan Shearer was asked about the midfielder’s positives on Match of The Day.
As well as playing a key role and pass for the opening goal, Alan Shearer says in general about Jonjo Shelvey: ‘He keeps things moving for Newcastle, keeps them ticking along, tries to drive them forward with his forward thinking and forward passing.’
Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:
“Brilliant comeback from Bournemouth.
“Although they had a lot of possession they didn’t do anything with it for 70 minutes.
“Newcastle were so comfortable, two goals and should have had it won, missed two absolute sitters to kill the game off.”
“Jonjo Shelvey – a bit of an enigma, the positives?”
“There is no doubt that he can pick a pass out and that he is brilliant with the weight of pass.
“If you are going to give him that time on the ball to lift his head up and he is going to have guys running in behind, if there is space for him to hit, then he will do that.
“This is brilliant from Ritchie (on the first goal) because before the ball gets to Shelvey he is on his bike.
“He is running in behind and look at that for weight of pass.
“This is the first goal, a decent ball in and a little bit of luck (for Gayle) but it is Shelvey’s pass that starts it and puts his pass on a plate for Ritchie.
“Left and right foot (for Shelvey), here is the left, change of direction and great vision again.
“He keeps things moving for Newcastle, keeps them ticking along, tries to drive them forward with his forward thinking and forward passing.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Bournemouth 2 Newcastle 2
Newcastle: Gayle 17 and 45+1
Bournemouth: Smith 80 Gosling 89
Possession was Bournemouth 64% Newcastle 36%
Total shots were Bournemouth 18 Newcastle 15
Shots on target were Bournemouth 5 Newcastle 4
Corners were Bournemouth 8 Newcastle 1
Referee: Roger East
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Manquillo 84) , Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy (Atsu 64), Gayle (Hayden 78), Perez
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