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Alan Shearer says Steve Bruce can’t be blaming the referee after very ‘poor’ Newcastle United display

10 months ago

Alan Shearer has given his verdict on Newcastle’s 1-0 loss at Burnley.

Steve Bruce immediately blamed the referee for the defeat.

Embarrassingly, instead of taking responsibility, the NUFC Head Coach decided to use the excuse that the referee should never have got this game, as it was his first ever Premier League match.

Which is pathetic really because how then could anybody make the step up, you have to have a first time at anything.

It wasn’t exactly a title decider or even relegation decider, nor a big derby match, just two mediocre bottom half teams playing for three points.

Alan Shearer disagrees with Steve Bruce’s assessment of the referee and says he saw nothing wrong with the corner decision, saying the two players were simply battling for the ball, the Newcastle defender trying to see it out of play and his opponent trying to get the ball, Shearer declaring: ‘Chris Wood and Federico Fernandez were both at it.’

Then it was a case of poor defending all round for Newcastle when the corner was delivered, whilst Alan Shearer was full of praise for Burnley’s set-piece play.

Alan Shearer also thinks Steve Bruce got lucky with the other big talking point, saying ‘you couldn’t complain’ if Andy Carroll had been sent off when appearing to deliberately elbow Ben Mee in the face, his temper getting the better of him immediately after the goal was conceded.

Whilst Steve Bruce was full of excuses after the defeat, Alan Shearer tells the real story of the game.

A very ‘poor’ Newcastle performance where they only created two chances in the entire game. Not having a single effort on target as well.

In so many matches it has been a similar story and especially the previous three matches with two wins and a draw, which came from scoring with pretty much all of the chances they created in those games, two in each.

That incredible luck never going to last for long, as a team has to create far more than that to stand a chance week in week out, as was proved against Burnley.

Alan Shearer talking on Match of The Day:

“(On the corner decision that leads to the goal) The referee points for a goal-kick and then for some reason, the assistant who is 70/80 yards away, tell him that it is a corner.

“He (then) goes with that decision.

“I don’t think it was a foul though.

“Chris Wood and Federico Fernandez were both at it.

“How good though are Burnley at these (set-piece) situations?

“The goalkeeper gets blocked, (Ashley) Barnes in front of him, does a job.

“Then (Chris) Wood is a yard out and sticks it in the back of the net.

“Newcastle had one chance with Gayle and another header for Andy (Carroll)…but other than that, it was a bit of a poor performance and a poor game.”

Red card or not for Andy Carroll?:

“He (Ben Mee) hasn’t got off the ground and his (Carroll’s) elbow catches him in the face.

“As Sean Dyche was saying, these days you probably couldn’t complain if you went for that.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 14 December 3pm



Wood 58

(Half-time stats are in brackets)

Possession was Burnley 48% (54%), Newcastle 52% (46%)

Total shots were Burnley 7 (4), Newcastle 9 (4)

Shots on target were Burnley 4 (2), Newcastle 0 (0)

Corners were Burnley 4 (3), Newcastle 3 (1)

Crowd: 19,798 (2,450 NUFC)

Referee: Tim Robinson

Newcastle team v Burnley:

Dubravka, Manquillo, Schar, Fernandez, Dummett, Willems (Gayle 70), Hayden, Sean Longstaff, Atsu (Muto 79), Joelinton, Carroll

Unused Subs

Elliot, Lejeune, Yedlin, Krafth, Matty Longstaff

(It’s embarrassing as Steve Bruce blames referee for defeat at Burnley instead of holding his hands up – Read HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s defeat – Read HERE)

(3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Read HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – Watch the official match highlights and goal HERE)

(Burnley 1 Newcastle 0 – With such negative tactics and not a single shot on target it’s what you deserve – Read HERE)


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