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Alan Shearer a happy man – His MOTD2 verdict on Newcastle United and ‘Lazy’ Spurs

3 months ago
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With perfect timing, Alan Shearer was Sunday night’s main man on Match of The Day 2.

He must have been fearing  the worst after the shambles at Norwich.

Bad enough as a fan having to watch it, never mind then having to go on TV in front of millions and talk about it.

However, Sunday was one of those rare days when following this stupid club makes perfect sense to Alan Shearer and the rest of the Newcastle United fanbase.

The NUFC legend says that what is great about football, is that whilst you might have a nightmare one week, you don’t have to wait long before getting the chance to bounce back.

Newcastle were as committed and disciplined against Tottenham, as they had been lacking the previous week at Carrow Road.

As for the opposition, whilst Norwich were at it from the first minute and never gave Newcastle a moment’s peace, Alan Shearer says that Tottenham were ‘lazy’ and ‘not working hard enough’, with the winning goal summing this up as Steve Bruce’s team passed the ball around the pitch and scored, without any Spurs player getting close enough to put in a challenge.

Were Newcastle United good or Tottenham bad?

Probably both things were true on the day and goals change games, Joelinton taking his chance when he missed a far easier one at Norwich.

Newcastle don’t look like a team that are going to create a load of chances, so it is vital that others step up and along with Joelinton, make sure they count when they come along.

Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day 2:

“Last week (at Norwich) deserved criticism, no doubt about that.

“But you always have the chance to put that right in the next performance…and they did.

“It worked perfectly for the manager, for the players to go out and say ‘You tell us what to do and we will go out and do it.’

“The whole team, from the goalkeeper to the centre forward, from first minute to the last, they gave everything.

“I want to praise the set-up.

“The whole team deserves praise because it was totally the opposite to what we saw last week at Norwich.

“Today they were very well organised, they were disciplined.

“So many positives from everybody in the team.

“The system they played was a five and then a four in front of them, to give them protection.

“There were no spaces whatsoever but it wasn’t just about defending.

“It was a constant getting players in and around the ball.

“If you are not winning the first challenge, or the second one, there is somebody else there.

“The goal was very, very well worked.

“They (Newcastle) committed men forward and it was a good run from Joelinton, a good first touch and an even better finish.

“Off the mark and full of confidence (going forward now).

“Paul Dummett was absolutely magnificent the whole game and credit to the manager because he set up the system and it worked to perfection.

“People say about the lack of creativity at Tottenham Hotspur, it happened against Aston Villa and Christian Eriksen came on, he did again today but it didn’t work.

“The biggest concern for me would be the way they conceded this goal, the lack of effort from Tottenham players.

“It was very well worked from Newcastle but not once in this build up does any Tottenham player break into a sprint, or get within 15 yards of a Newcastle player.

“They don’t get near them, they are jogging and it is not good enough.

“It is lazy and not working hard enough and before they know it, the ball is in the back of the net.

“That would be the bigger issue for me rather than a lack of creativity.

“I don’t think everything is rosy at Tottenham and we have seen the manager complaining to the press and saying don’t ask me about transfers, it is nothing to do with me.

“He complains about the transfer window, then leaves two of his best players (Eriksen and Vertonghen) on the bench.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Tottenham 0 Newcastle 1 – Sunday 25 August 4.30pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Joelinton 27

Possession was Tottenham 80% Newcastle 20%

Total shots were Tottenham 16 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Tottenham 2 Newcastle 3

Corners were Tottenham 6 Newcastle 6

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle team v Tottenham:

Dubravka, Krafth, Schar, Lascelles (Fernandez 82), Dummett,  Hayden, Longstaff, Ritchie, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 17), Almiron, Joelinton (Muto 88)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Manquillo, Willems, Shelvey

Crowd: 59,245  (3,000 NUFC)

(Mauricio Pochettino not happy with the game – Read HERE)

(Watch official match highlights HERE)

(Read match ratings for all NUFC players HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the win – Read HERE)

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