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A ‘Very excited’ Alan Shearer reflects on victory over West Ham and are Newcastle sorting it up front?

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Alan Shearer doesn’t get to do it very often…

The NUFC legend working on Match of The Day and having the chance to talk about a Newcastle win AND very good performance.

On Saturday night he could do both.

During the actual match on Saturday, Gary Lineker said Alan Shearer had been ‘very excited in the office all afternoon, I had to have ear plugs in at one point.’

The former number nine watching on as Newcastle United went three up inside 51 minutes.

Before the game, the NUFC front three had managed one goal in a combined 26 Premier League appearances this season.

By the final whistle, that total had become one goal in 29 combined PL appearances.

However, Alan Shearer was far happier by then with what he had seen from the attacking trio, with far better movement, hold up play and getting into shooting positions.

Almiron and Saint-Maximin should have got on the scoresheet and that is the next challenge, although Joelinton did notch the trio’s first assist of the season when setting up Clark for the opening goal.

Hopefully the first real signs of far better to come from Almiron, ASM and Joelinton…

Alan Shearer speaking on Match of The Day:

Gary Lineker:

“Steve (Bruce) enjoyed it and so did you Alan, very excited in the office all afternoon, I had to have ear plugs in at one point.

“It was the front three that thrilled you the most?”

Alan Shearer:

“The concern for Newcastle this season has been a lack of creativity and a lack of link up play between those three at times, Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Joelinton, but not today.

“I thought they got the balance in terms of attacking play absolutely perfect.

“Joelinton hold up play was much better and when he got the ball.

“Look at Almiron pointing where he wants it behind Cresswell, he gets it and then knocks it past the defender. Gets the free-kick and they score from that.

“Saint-Maximin, who I thought ran them ragged all afternoon. Same thing again, (ASM) flicks it over, Almiron pointing where he wants it again, they get the corner and also score from that one as well.

“The pace is staggering from Saint-Maximin.

“Ball in behind, counter-attack is superb and if we’re being critical he (ASM) has to score, brilliant to get there but that should be in the back of the net, that would have been game over.

“Almiron and Saint-Maximin again…

Gary Lineker:

“Poor Pablo (Zabaleta as he tries to catch ASM)!”

Alan Shearer:

…can’t get near him, should put it in the back of the net, first time and the second time, then he sets up Almiron , he can’t put it into the back of the net but they are getting into those positions.

“Pleased for Joelinton, put in a good performance.

“West Ham could not cope with them, it should have been out of sight at half-time, they should have had five or six goals.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

West Ham 2 Newcastle 3  – Saturday 2 November 3pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Clark 16, Fernandez 22, Shelvey 51

West Ham:

Balbuena 73, Snodgrass 90

(Half-time stats in brackets)

Possession was West Ham 69% (68%) Newcastle 31% (32%)

Total shots were West Ham 17 (5) Newcastle 12 (7)

Shots on target were West Ham 6 (2) Newcastle 9 (6)

Corners were West Ham 7 (5) Newcastle 3 (3)

Crowd: 59,907 (3,000 Newcastle)

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Newcastle team v West Ham:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Dummett 87), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 77), Almiron, Joelinton (Carroll 89)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Krafth, Matty Longstaff, Gayle

(Manuel Pellegrini admits he can’t comprehend 3-2 Newcastle United defeat “I do not understand…” – Read HERE)

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Watch all 3 brilliant goals here in the official match highlights – Watch HERE)

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s win – Read HERE)

(Essential reading to see what Allan Saint-Maximin promised before West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer perfectly sums it up after Newcastle win 3-2 at West Ham! – Read HERE)

(West Ham 2 Newcastle 3 – NUFC could and should have won that by 5 or 6 but we’ll take it! – Read HERE)

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