Alan Shearer joined with every other Newcastle fan in applauding the team as they hammered Chelsea.

Chelsea went into the game still dreaming of Champions League qualification, whilst Newcastle ambitions only extended to clinging onto a top half finish after four straight defeats.

However, from early on, on Sunday afternoon, two things were clear.

Rafa’s players really wanted this and Conte’s men didn’t look interested.

Bizarrely, the visitors sat back and let Newcastle United and in particular, Jonjo Shelvey, dictate the game.

Dwight Gayle opened the scoring after 23 minutes when Courtois denied Murphy and from that point the result was never in doubt.

Newcastle could have been three up and out of sight at the break but instead they had to wait until 63 minutes for that, a quickfire Perez double putting the game to bed. An instinctive finish as he deflected a Shelvey shot past the keeper, then an excellent free-kick move saw Lejeune expertly squaring the ball for a simple close-in goal.

On the final whistle, Alan Shearer congratulated the players on a ‘brilliant season’ and a top half finish.

Whilst the NUFC legend also praised the rest of the Newcastle fanbase, especially for sticking with the team when dropping into the relegation zone with a horrendous run of one point from nine games, late in 2017.

Alan Shearer and the rest of us now wait on the other important questions, now that the season comes to a close.

Will Rafa stay and can we at last see the back of Mike Ashley?

Now those two things would really make this a near perfect season.

Alan Shearer:

“Congrats to Rafa and all the players at Newcastle United  for a brilliant season and finishing 10th.

“Well done AGAIN to all the fans for sticking with the team when at times it was tough.

“Newcastle cannot, cannot, lose Rafa Benitez.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Chelsea 0


Newcastle: Gayle 23, Perez 59, 63

Possession was Chelsea 58% Newcastle 42%

Total shots were  Chelsea 6 Newcastle 16

Shots on target were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Chelsea 2 Newcastle 4

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 72), Shelvey, Diame (Haidara 87), Murphy, Perez, Gayle (Joselu 48)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Gamez, Merino

Crowd: 52,294 (3,000 Chelsea)

  • Wezza147

    Over to you Mike.

  • pedrodelgardo

    That’s the footy finished time for the politics….

    • nufcslf

      This Cashley sh*t show run club has seldom been about the football.

  • Coach Clagnut

    Fatty’s warming up the fireplace.

  • Paul Patterson

    All together now . .You laughed at us when we went down, who the f**k is laughing now? 😂😂👏👏👋👋

    • Leazes.

      The cup finalists is my guess…..

      ….Do I get the prize?

      • Paul Patterson


        • Leazes.

          My guess is that they are still laughing…. wasn’t it a question?

          • Paul Patterson

            It was just a general observation of todays great chants..

          • Phil

            He wouldn’t know anything about chants. Can’t imagine him taking part in enjoying a game!

            Also seems to have no idea the chant is aimed at Sunderland fans not Chelsea!

  • nufcslf

    Sad barsteward I am, watching the PVR of the match again. I dare say we will lose on the recording. Missed a lot of the second half with being on the phone with a long distance callfrom my daughter.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    The same Shearer who gave us grief every time we lost in November and December and put the boot in when we needed his help. A very strange man.

    • Guest 2

      Says Dr. Strange himself.

      • Peter Graham

        Block him. He’s just an antagonist with no friends.

        • Kneebotherm8

          He lives down a very deep well,he shouts and shouts but nobody hears him… very sad individual…..

    • Callum

      Needed his help? Was he going to come out of retirement like?

  • Ivor Biggun

    Total possession 106%? Amazing.

    • benmagpie

      Haha good catch. Maybe for extra time added on???