Alan Shearer quizzed on positives and negatives under Steve Bruce and is it already a relegation battle?
Alan Shearer has been talking ahead of Saturday’s match at St James Park.
Much debate amongst fans and media as to whether this Brighton match could or couldn’t be labelled a relegation six pointer, even though it is only six games into the season.
Those who believe that it is (a relegation six pointer), saying that with the following games being Leicester away, Man Utd home, Chelsea away, Wolves home and West Ham away, today is a must win game.
Asked whether Newcastle v Brighton is a relegation battle, Alan Shearer says it is clearly a ‘huge’ game and ‘probably’ can be called a ‘relegation battle’ despite it only being six weeks into the season.
Shearer pointing to his mate Steve Bruce who himself has labelled today a ‘Cup Final’, bringing much derision after he had stated his determination to give the cups the same respect as the Premier League, only to exit the League Cup immediately, after making seven changes including leaving out all his best attacking players in favour of the following league match.
In terms of positives and negatives so far, Alan Shearer picks out Joelinton as a positive but believes that Almiron is desperate for a goal to boost is confidence.
As another positive, Alan Shearer states ‘Things seem to be calming down slightly’, not so sure about that one as all the indications are that today’s attendance is unlikely to be much over 40,000, with 10,000 empty seats or more.
Alan Shearer talking to Coral:
‘Can we call this a relegation battle?’
“I think even Steve Bruce has said himself that this is such an important game.
“Newcastle United are not going to be judged by the results last week at the likes of going to Anfield.
“But they are going to be judged at home against the likes of Brighton.
“What that means is that they have to go out and put a good performance in, get the three points, get off to a good start and get that crowd going – hopefully get the three points.”
‘What have been the positives at St James Park this season?’
“Things seem to be calming down slightly.
“Obviously a poor performance at Norwich, then they go to Tottenham which was a great performance, slightly disappointing at home to Watford, it was a tough start for them – Watford scored very early but they got back into the game. A point was an OK result.
“Joelinton I think, he’s scored (the winner at Tottenham) and it would be great if he can go out again (and score).
“One of the negatives I suppose is Almiron, still hasn’t scored a goal.
“His performances have been decent I think, offers a lot to Newcastle, his pace drags that team 10 or 15 yards forward
“If he can get that goal, that he so badly needs…it’s like when a striker hasn’t scored for such a long time, if one can go in off his backside, or off his knee, I think you’ll see a different player, a much more confident player.
“So it (Newcastle v Brighton) is a huge game.”
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