A grim day for Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle United fanbase.

A fifth home defeat in a row and Newcastle slipping to the very bottom of the Premier League table.

Alan Shearer agreed that Rafa’s team had some bad luck, with the goal coming from a corner that should have been a goal kick.

But as he sums up, you still have to defend that corner and they didn’t, Fernandez beaten initially in the air and then Perez going absent, leaving the man he was marking on the edge of the box all the time he wanted to hit the shot that was deflected past Dubravka.

Newcastle had 27 shots but Brighton invited them to attack and simply defended deep, the vast majority of those shots from distance and/or missing the goal.

Alan Shearer making clear the quality wasn’t there in the final third.

After that poor performance and standing bottom of the league wit two points from nine matches, Alan Shearer simply declares ‘Not good enough’, impossible to disagree with that.

It was exactly 22 years to the day since Shearer, Ferdinand, Lee, Ginola and Beardsley tore apart Manchester United 5-0, the contrast with what we see now could hardly be greater.

Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:

Gary Lineker:

“Five home defeats Alan for Newcastle, it doesn’t look good for your boys and they aren’t getting much luck either it seems?”

Alan Shearer:

“It was poor today.

“But you have still got to do your defending from the corner.

“Poor from Muto in the first place, gave the ball away in a dangerous position.

“Brighton capitalise, win the ball, but I don’t know how the assistant can’t this, Solly March is walking back because he knows it is a goal-kick, the assistant should spot that.”

“Having said all that, you still have to defend the corner and Newcastle didn’t do that. Duffy outmuscles Fernandez, they get the ball back, Izquieredo’s shot and it takes a couple of deflections, the last one off Kayal.

“No luck but Brighton were very very well organised.

“Chris Hughton said it, they had to defend as though their lives depended on it at times. 

“But from a Newcastle point of view, not good enough.

“Yes they created chances but you have to stick them in the back of the net.”

Danny Murphy:

“They are missing an Al.

“They need an Al back.

“How are your knees?”

Alan Shearer:


Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Brighton 1


Brighton: Kayal 29

Possession was Brighton 32% Newcastle 68%

Total shots were  Brighton 8 Newcastle 27

Shots on target were Brighton 2 Newcastle 6

Corners were  Brighton 2 Newcastle 10

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez, Muto (Joselu 74)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Atsu, Murphy, Schar, Hayden, Manquillo

Crowd: 50,329 (Brighton approx 1,300)

(Can these statistics from Newcastle 0 Brighton 1 be misleading? Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players v Brighton HERE)

(Lee Charnley “We’ll do better when we play the lesser teams” – Read HERE)

  • 45709

    Come on clarko post the lineup values again then call every one a dummy that can’t read

    • TheFatController

      Clarko is so intelligent, he thinks Rafa made Ashley employ him and thus we should give Ashley a break and pin the blame on Rafa.

      – for one so intelligent, Clarko misses the obvious – namely, why on earth would Rafa want to work for Ashley a day longer ? Subject himself to January failings once again?
      – if he’s intelligent, why does he miss that all other PL clubs aim to maximise their potential and we don’t, thus making it impossible for any manager to attract players to the club beyond using their own credibility with any player?

      If he was intelligent he’d realise no player of any real ability will sign for us once we go back to a ‘journeyman’ manager, and that Rafa would have the weight off his shoulders were he to go. That he doesn’t suggests to me he’s not intelligent at all.

      • FatParosite

        Clarko is a copy/paste w4nker who omits blatant facts to qualify a distorted agenda. Feed him & you’re only giving Bishop a good performance review.

  • Ashley-out

    another shocker & by the next window Nufc will be down, to little to late and talk of Celtic manager coming is pure fantasy

    • Paul Patterson

      Rest assured, there is one man biding his time to come in . .

  • Phil Yare

    it seems that the premier league table is reflecting investment. newcastle being the mirror opposite of man city who probably invest more in the ladies team than the toon invest in their first team.
    we’ve became a true product of the mike ashley way of running a business and sadly we’ve selflessly employed him
    as long as hes making a profit he is here, even if its making a profit in the 4th division he’ll be here

    • Billmag

      What we need is a massive investigation by everyone in the media highlighting fatty’s running of the club, possibly 3 relegation’s coming up 3 near misses all this in the space of 11 years c’mon press association get digging.

      • Martin Rooney

        Sunderland West brom Villa stoke & middlesbrough fans may wonder WTF you’re going on about

        • Billmag

          Couldn’t give a stuff about the club’s mentioned, so go and [email protected]@k yourself.

          • Martin Rooney

            You clearly do a lot of that fella, you ask for the nation’s media to do something for your club, and can’t understand that those impartial to the state of nufc may see others that may possibly be seen as being ran in a worse way.
            It shows a man who probably spends too much time doing the afformentioned, to fully comprehend the situation with our club.

          • Billmag

            Yes my club not yours so again go and [email protected]@k yourself.

          • Martin Rooney

            My club numb heed I actually go to the games

          • Billmag

            Wow ee numb heed you can still do one.

        • Westdentoon

          2 out of those 4 mentioned clubs have higher transfer records than us, thus you could say at least they have tried to show ambition. 1 of them has a chairman who is passionate about their club and has almost matched our record signing, showing an ambition way above what our current owner has ever shown considering the lesser resources he has at his disposal.
          That leaves Sunderland, not sure they would swap owners right now are you?

          • Martin Rooney

            And yet they are all down below with lower squad value.

          • Westdentoon

            …for now at least maybe!

            It’s like Groundhog Day at our club man, his way of running it may well look good on the balance sheet but it doesn’t work, 2 relegations and a probable 3rd tell you all you need to know. 9 games in and we are at it again!

          • Martin Rooney

            Yes that maybe but with the tools he had up front at the end of last season none of who wanted to leave we are in a worse place, that’s down to Rafa. As if he’s sabotaging to prove a point.

          • Phildene

            Think the balance sheet has been ‘doctored’ by superb acountants who know just how to work the system.

          • Westdentoon

            No doubt!

          • Phildene

            They wouldn’t but WE would! They proved a half empty stadium works!

        • Superdooperhooper

          We’ll be playing some or all of those clubs next season in the championship

        • nufcslf

          They don’t matter at all, fatty needs taking to the cleaners. He’s f**king lucky I haven’t been one of his managers, because I simply wouldn’t keep my gob shut and play his game. I would have slaughtered the fat c**t and exposed him for what he is. Even if I couldn’t get a job in football again.

          • Martin Rooney

            Oh I of course you would, you’re known for it.

  • Paul Patterson

    ‘Down by Christmas’ would be my three . .

    • Leazes.

      ‘Looks a certainty’

  • Ba ba.

    Club is rotten to the core from top to bottom.. . Poor management on the day disgraful running of the club from day to day. … Until fat man goes its eat sleep, repeat.

    • Steven05

      And another 50,000 in a fortnight

      • nufcslf


    • Billmag

      That was our best 11 don’t know what else the manager can do, we have no one on the bench that you can say would change the game so I’m not sure how you can blame poor management on the day.

      • Leazes.

        ‘Yes you’re right’

      • Ba ba.

        I would of hooked perez and diame.
        Longstaff and Murphy on.
        Not the best back up but something has to change, plus I’d always go two up top. Gives the opposition something to think about.

        • Viru leckworth

          Which two? And it’s would have not would of.

          • Ba ba.

            Jesus you don’t get out much do you

          • Viru leckworth

            I get out as often as most people. And I learned grammar at school. I am just preventing you from making the same mistake again.
            And while I am on, there are three theres and so many use the wrong one. There means a placement: there is evidence, go over there etc.
            Their means possession: it was their idea, the boys wore their strips etc. And finally they’re is a contraction of they are: they’re on their way there, sums it up.
            The fact is we are broadcasting to other supporters so it is worth getting it right.

          • Ba ba.

            How’s ya mam?

    • Martin Rooney

      Which fat man

  • Martin Rooney

    First time in a while I’ve agreed with him those front players we have are awful, if only we could have players like…

  • Leazes.

    ‘Asset Strip complete’

    ‘Academy produces nothing’

    ‘Obese illegitimate Londoner’

    ‘Relegation certainly secured’

    ‘Boycott Wolves Game’

    • Viru leckworth

      I completely endorse this proposed boycott of the Wolves match. Please take notice, watch it on tv.

    • nufcslf

      You forgot, ‘Won’t happen’

  • Alreet

    Coming home to roost after years of neglect. January will be too late for newbies. What a sham, we used to be feared and people didnt want to come here. Now we a becoming the easy 3 points for even promoted teams.

    I hate to call myself a fan when i know the whole mood of the place wont change untill that slug is gone. Only Leeds have experienced a situation like this.

    Such a shame to see one person bring down such a monument of history.

    We will only change once hes gone.

  • Scottie Chugger Dearden

    What is annoying is we have been here so many times before and he still hasn’t learnt and our beloved media will tell us we should be grateful for him, do me a favour, hence this is why I have emotionally detached myself from NUFC cause I ain’t going to let hope kill me, again!

    • Paul Patterson

      You don’t need to learn when you don’t care . .

      • Leazes.

        Thats a troll