After showering praise on Newcastle United these past couple of months, Alan Shearer along with the rest of the NUFC fans was forced to sit through a desperate performance by his team on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst the stats show Newcastle had more possession, corners, and shots, it was actually West Brom who were easily the better team.

They did what Newcastle have done so often this season when putting in good displays and picking up points, counter-attacking well and looking dangerous when they did so.

The Baggies arrived at St James Park on the back of five points from three games under Darren Moore, the caretaker boss having seen his team come from two down to draw 2-2 at home to Liverpool, then the game before win 1-0 at Old Trafford.

Saturday’s victory means that in the last fortnight Moore has already won more Premier League games than Alan Pardew did in his entire time at the Hawthorns, something which Alan Shearer says is ‘pretty embarrassing’ for Pardew.

Speaking of embarrassing, Newcastle fans had made much of Daniel Sturridge’s dismal loan spell at West Brom after choosing them over NUFC in January.

However, whilst Sturridge sat out this whole game on the bench, it was Islam Slimani who should be feeling embarrassed.

He had only played 105 minutes in his loan spell and after a poor effort at Everton on Monday, Rafa dropped him to the bench. Called on with 25 minutes remaining, he offered very little, then after a West Brom defender bumped into him, the Algerian striker kicked out at him.

The kick was pretty feeble but after the officials missed it, as Shearer says, it will definitely be a three match ban after a review and that will surely be the last we will see of the Leicester striker.

Alan  Shearer talking on Match of The Day:

“Pretty embarrassing for Alan Pardew.

“Sat at home thinking why on earth the players are playing like this?”

Gary Lineker:

“Newcastle perspective, not a great day, and Slimani might be in a bit of bother?”

Alan Shearer:

“Well he will be, he will get a three match ban, no doubt about it.

“It was just stupid, what on earth are you doing?

“You have hardly ever played for Newcastle and now it might be the last time you are in a Newcastle shirt because of that.

“Because they will look at it and I would be surprised if he wasn’t to get a three a match ban.

“He can have no complaints.

“Just daft, stupid, petty.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 West Brom 1


West Brom: Phillips 29

Possession was West Brom 36% Newcastle 64%

Total shots were West Brom 9 Newcastle 17

Shots on target were West Brom 2 Newcastle 2

Corners were West Brom 1 Newcastle 5

Referee: David Coote

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett (Murphy 58) Ritchie, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 78), Gayle (Slimani 65)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden

Crowd: 52,283 (1,000 West Brom approx)

(To read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to today’s game – Go HERE)

(To read the NUFC player ratings and comments go HERE)

(Darren Moore thought Newcastle got off lightly – Read it HERE)

(Brutal honesty from Rafa Benitez after the game – Read it HERE)

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    It doesn`t help when pundits act as Judge & Jury & highlight these things,
    it was a booking at most but thanks to the likes of MOTD the lad`s season may well be over.
    coming from Al it`s a bit rich,
    claiming Lennon`s head attacked his boot & got off with it.
    It`s a wonder the FA didn`t fine Lennon

    • ghostrider

      Yeah, pundits do act like judge and jury but the simple stark reality is, the FA will ban Slimani and rightly so. It certainly wasn’t a yellow card offence but then again neither was the Dawson foot stamp. Both straight red cards.

      So altogether, Slimani’s played one full game for us.
      Let’s buy him, eh? Hahahahaha.

      • Blackburn1066

        Let’s not he is not that good anyway at 25 Mil Raffa does not want him so lets not put him in the mix for next year A.

    • MadMag83

      Yeah you do have to wonder if the FA would actually pick up on incidents like this if it wasn’t scrutinised by the media. That’s not a criticism of the media, and Slimani deserves punishment, just seems the FA response is sometimes more of a reaction to media analysis, rather than down to an actual system.

    • Shields Mag

      I see your point there but you cannot retaliate. The lad has given him a slight shove with his shoulder and he has retaliated. He didn’t need to do it.

    • Down Under Mag

      The F.A. pick and choose what they want based on who it is. Kane and even more so Ali have gotten away with a lot this season just because they need them to be as tarnish free for the world cup as possible.

      • Mike Adam

        So true, my friend!!!

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    • MadMag83

      Genius, if it works 😂😁

  • East Durham Mag

    Not good but Alan you were no angel.

    • Blackburn1066

      No he was the best striker we ever had.

      • East Durham Mag

        No doubt but he put himself about now and then.

  • Desree

    At least with slimani we got to see what we are missing with Mitrovic.

  • thewildchimp

    Well, he’s an Algerian. Remember Zidane’s “header”, anyone?