Nobody was more pleased with Sunday’s victory than Alan Shearer.

Newcastle defeating Manchester United with the only goal of the game from Matt Ritchie.

However, when Newcastle face Bournemouth in their next Premier League match, it will be nine weeks since NUFC last score more than one goal in a league game.

The Man Utd game was the eighth PL match in a row when Rafa’s team had managed one or zero goals in a match, Alan Shearer pointing out that the Magpies won’t always get so fortunate in keeping the other team out.

Indeed, the previous two games had also seen Newcastle take the lead against Burnley and Palace, but the failure to get a second goal, meant they only picked up a point in each.

Shearer says that in January ‘I know Benitez wanted to strengthen his squad more than he did’ but was restricted to only loan deals.

Nevertheless, Alan Shearer has been impressed with both Dubravka and Kenedy on what he has seen so far, and is hoping that Islam Slimani can have the same impact up front.

The Newcastle legend was impressed with the ‘spirit and resilience’ shown on Sunday and thinks Rafa is doing ‘a magnificent job’.

Only 11 matches to go and this latest three points means Newcastle United’s fate is back in their own hands. Outside the bottom three and needing to stay there.

Alan Shearer talking to BBC Sport:

“When Manchester United came back at them, Newcastle also defended brilliantly when they had to.

“One of the things Benitez has spoken about in the past is a lack of experience to see games out but they managed that on Sunday.

“Benitez himself deserves huge credit for that, for the way he organised and motivated his team.

“It has been a tough season for Newcastle but they have got the right man in charge, there is no doubt about that.

“I think he is doing a magnificent job and the vast majority of fans are with him and know what he is going through, and having to put up with.

“I was not surprised the club did not spend more money in the January transfer window because of what was going on in the background with the failed takeover, and I know Benitez wanted to strengthen his squad more than he did.

“But two of the three signings he did make – Kenedy and Dubravka – have been excellent, and hopefully Islam Slimani will have the same impact in attack when he is fit.

“It has been obvious all season that Newcastle need more firepower and, although it worked against Manchester United, scoring one goal will not get them a win every week.

“It was not enough against Burnley in their previous home game when Newcastle created lots of chances and missed a penalty, only to see their 1-0 lead pegged back in the final few minutes.

“The reason they managed to hold on this time was down to their spirit and resilience, which are both positives, but they are going to need more goals to go with that too.

“This was a brilliant win, but it remains incredibly tight at the bottom of the table and there is a lot more work to do.”



  • TheNutJob

    Me & wor kids taking a mid season break for a week from next Sunday,
    so we`ll have to watch the Bournemouth game in Spain
    bet it`s freezin doon the Peaks
    😎😎😎

    • Peaky Magpie

      😂😂😂 F*cking freezing ❄️❄️❄️
      Are you off to visit the birthplace & blue plaque of The Hoss ??
      🤣🤣

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂😂
        rest & recuperation for Moose, he`ll be saying dos cerveza 24/7

        • Peaky Magpie

          Have a good time lads but tell Moose he’ll not get past customs with that wood chipper 🏝☀️✈️

        • Rich Lawson

          Tried to find stat’s for this guy Cerveza ? Doesn’t he play for Sevilla ?

      • Mitros gotta start

        Freezing?
        You dont know the meaning….it was -33c here yesterday

        • Peaky Magpie

          Where are you….Consett…?
          🤣🤣

          • Mitros gotta start

            Canada

          • Peaky Magpie

            Ouch that is cold….was in Reykjavik last year and that was -22c…still loved it mind you…

          • Mitros gotta start

            +3 today…..got me shorts on

          • Albert Stubbins

            I’m in Ypres and I’ve just seen a monkey looking for a welder!!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We are eighth in the form guide over the last six games and only Man City have beaten us in the last two months. The new centre forward may be the answer to converting the chances but this team will get goals the way they are playing. What Shearer has failed to understand is that this a hard league and Burnley who are seventh have only scored twenty one goals to our twenty five . He has slagged us off all season for no other reason than he hates Ashley like some of the other usual suspects on here.

    • joe mac

      shearer fails to understand its a hard league?…and here,s me thinking he played in it for years and scored all them goals!…wouldnt you think he would know?…i suppose you probably know more about playing in the p.league than him eh?…idiot!

      • Peaky Magpie

        I was told by Monksatan wanksplash last night that Keegan is a coward ??? He’s not plumbed in right….

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Yes he is walked out of the club after a seven one win over Spurs when we were top of the league, walked out of his own country England as he thought we would not qualify for the world cup then Erikson took over and we did. He has no bottle.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Are you, Ghostrider, Clarko and Bobbi Fleckman competing on here to see who can come across dafter than the recipient of a double brain transplant from Paul Merson and Chris Kamara? You’ve got my vote by the way! What do you get out of trolling, I don’t get it? Did your Ma just not give you enough attention as a child? I’ve read you slagging off Keegan, Rafa, Given and Shearer, what exactly have you achieved in life? Less than nowt I’d guess.

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I have not slagged off Rafa at all sometimes commented that he should be more attacking when we take the lead.
            Have no time for Given, Keegan or Shearer as a pundit (greatest player we had). I have given my reasons for each one so will not digress further. As for trolling it’s the reverse with me as I think you lot hate Newcastle so much so you must have a hidden agenda and cannot be supporters with the exception of the people who have mentioned. As to what I have achieved in life one thing that no one on this site has achieved five hundred away games since the loyalty points system has started. If anyone on this site has more than ten points would be amazed.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            Let’s say I believe you’re not a Mackem troll, and that’s honestly how you come across mind, then I commend you for the commitment at least. I used to go to away games, I can’t do as many now with a wife and 2 kids but would still like to get to 1 or 2 per season yet can’t as I don’t have the loyalty points required but I do recognise the fairest way when demand outstrips supply is to give loyalty first refusal. But loyalty can be misplaced. You take any attack on Ashley and the running of our club as an attack on NUFC yet you slag off Keegan, Shearer and Given and defend Ghostrider for constantly berating Rafa so it seems that you are allowed to pick and choose your loyalty yet for those of us that love NUFC but can’t stand Ashley, a man who has no love for us at all and bought us because he knew he could exploit our loyalty and passion, yet somehow that makes us disloyal when you aren’t? You don’t see the double standards?!

          • East Durham Mag

            Great post mate thank you. Lets see what the response is.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I’m honestly not sure why I’m trying to engage with him but I’m genuinely intrigued to find out if his views are actually real or he is a Mackem troll or a Keith Bishop PR plant?

          • East Durham Mag

            Good luck with it.

          • DavyB

            Got to be a plant! Got about the same amount of brain cells as one too!

          • Cockneytrev

            😂😂😂😂
            There’s a village down south missing its idiot,,,,,

          • Monkseaton Magpies

            I go to every game and an attack on the club means you are not supporting the team yes things could be better
            but until it is the team needs your support. I also have two kids but go to every game no car no fancy clothes no private schools it’s a question of priorities even hitch hiked when I had no money or borrowed of the mother support the club.

          • Gallowgate Dave

            I have to take you at face value and assume you are telling the truth about the matches you attend but it’s not a competition. I love NUFC but I’m quite open that it’s not the most important thing in my life and there’ll be others more committed than I am, perhaps yourself included. But you’ve deliberately avoided my question. How can you not see your double standards that anyone criticising Ashley is apparently “not supporting the team” (your direct quote and also not even true) yet you completely slagging off club legends who have earned our respect like Keegan, Shearer and Given seems to be fine in your head?

          • Kneebotherm8

            He likes the verbal abuse he gets..

          • Cockneytrev

            He’s a sad fecker who lives with his mam,,she occasionally lets him clean the windows, with his tongue,, when he’s not doing this , he’s cleaning Ashley’s hoop!!!!!

          • Albert Stubbins

            What a t wat you truly are. Calling king kev. You need sparked.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He’s a reet tssr….

      • East Durham Mag

        The ramblings of a fool.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          So is the Premiership a better league now than fifteen years back how many teams were like Man City now none.
          The only fools are the people on here who hate Newcastle United.

          • East Durham Mag

            Hilarious.

          • Albert Stubbins

            The man yoo treble winning team would beat them hands down and that was nearly twenty years ago. The strikers back then: Owen,Cole,Ferdinand,shearer,Fowler,Henry,Wright,sheringham i could go on. Today’s strikers (especially English ones )are second rate by comparison with exception of Aguero. That big doylem that plays up front for man yoo wouldn’t have got on the bench FFS. The standards gone down not up!!

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        The standard has gone up a lot since he played there were no Man City’s at the level they are at now nor were Liverpool, Arsenal or Spurs at the level they are at now. All he does is slag us off week week week out be a good person for this site fit in perfectly.

        • Lakeland Mag

          I’ve never heard such twaddle in all my life (and that’s saying something with some of the sycophantic pro-Ashley posts that appear on this site).

      • Paul Patterson

        He slates honest people with principles, yet defends staunchly people who don’t. KK was honest when leaving Newcastle and England as he said he couldn’t take them any further and admitted his own short comings.
        The people MM defends couldn’t lie straight in bed.

        • Monkseaton Magpies

          Shay Given a man of principle I will not be toasting that tonight. I agree with Keegan not taking us any further as we were top of the league no where else to go.

          • Lakeland Mag

            Apart from actually winning something, of course.

          • Paul Patterson

            Plus I don’t see the need to slate Given. He had just split up an on pitch scrap with Enrique and Barton and was sick of the whole set up at the club . .

        • Cockneytrev

          He said a troll,, not even a Newcastle fan,,

    • Cockneytrev

      Hahaha
      Your a proper Toby,,,
      Ashley hoop licker,,👅👅

      • Monkseaton Magpies

        Three sentences now hope for you yet but all negative against the club.

        • Cockneytrev

          you know nothing about football,,you hoop licking troll👅👅👅

    • Malcolm Fisher

      Are you serious? How many years did he play at the highest level on the premier,? And you say he does not understand? Get real you dipstick.

  • Grahame Johnson

    When pardew and McLaren managed us fans got blamed for allegedly upping the noise to get the toon to score a winner or another goal and we drew or lost, on Sunday we had a manager and team who knew every tackle,save and clearance and odd chance the increased noise was to hold on not to go hung ho