Alan Shearer admits up on his feet with arm in the air -Delivers verdict on Newcastle United and especially their star man
It is etched in the memories of Newcastle fans, all 206 times, ball in the back of the net and Alan Shearer racing away in celebration with his arm in the air.
Yesterday, Shearer recreated that imagery, but it was somebody else putting the ball into the back of the net.
The legendary number nine saluting the latest one, Alan Shearer racing around a lounge at the BBC studios with his arm in the air after Salomon Rondon notched his second goal.
The cross was good but the header was epic, Salomon Rondon meeting Kenedy’s left wing cross and the power header left Begovic clutching at thin air.
Newcastle were already one up but undeniably this was surely THE moment of the season so far.
Very good football and a brilliant finish, Newcastle fans seeing a striker who could lead them out of trouble this season.
Alan Shearer very much agrees: ‘When you have got a focal point, somebody who can hold it up like that, run in behind…You are not just putting balls into that box for the sake of it, when you have got a player like that. You are doing it because you believe somebody is going to be on the end of it.’
Rondon had shown small glimpses of his strength and ability previously, such as against Man City, but Saturday saw him many levels above that, plus he still doesn’t look fully fit. Getting there but with what looks more to come.
With games against the likes of Burnley, West Ham, Huddersfield and Fulham up next, Newcastle fans, including Alan Shearer, can hope for more of the same.
Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:
“Newcastle did very well.
“Another good performance and another win for Newcastle (after Watford last weekend).
“Salomon Rondon is going to be key.
“When you have got a focal point, somebody who can hold it up like that, run in behind…
“You are not just putting balls into that box for the sake of it, when you have got a player like that.
“You are doing it because you believe somebody is going to be on the end of it.
“Rondon was brilliant, it was the complete centre-forward’s performance.
“The three Bournemouth centre-backs couldn’t handle him, Rondon bullied them.
“There was a definite plan to get the ball into the box early from Newcastle and I loved the second goal…I was running around with my hand in the air!
“A ball into the box and the power behind it (the header), is incredible.
“That ball was crying out ‘Get on the end of it’, he did just that.
“Rondon was strong and he brought his midfielders into the game, shielded it from defenders…he was brilliant.
“He was involved in everything good Newcastle did today and I was very, very impressed with him.
“That’s why Rafa went out of his way to go and get him.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1
Newcastle : Rondon 7, 40
Bournemouth: Lerma 45+6
Possession was Bournemouth 61% Newcastle 39%
Total shots were Bournemouth 14 Newcastle 18
Shots on target were Bournemouth 4 Newcastle 6
Corners were Bournemouth 10 Newcastle 7
Referee: Lee Probert
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie (Hayden 74), Diame (Atsu 80), Ki , Kenedy (Clark 78), Rondon, Perez
Darlow, Joselu, Manquillo, Longstaff
Crowd: 49,266 (Bournemouth approx 600)
(Alan Shearer pre-match comment and post-match celebration comments HERE)
(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to beating Bournemouth HERE)
(Paul Merson covered Newcastle 2 Bournemouth 1 for Sky Sports – Had plenty to say afterwards HERE)
(Match ratings of all NUFC players HERE)
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