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Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer discuss Newcastle making history under Steve Bruce

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Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer were in position.

Another Saturday night seeing the pair set to discuss the latest failure of Steve Bruce and his Newcastle team to win a match.

The 1-1 draw at Watford makes it seven games played this season for Newcastle United and not a single victory, out of the League Cup and only three points from a possible eighteen in the Premier League.

Gary Lineker revealing the ‘constant screams’ of ‘exasperation’ from Alan Shearer as he’d watched this latest Newcastle failure live in the afternoon in the BBC offices.

The screams of frustration this time, were Newcastle failing to punish a poor Watford.

Steve Bruce’s team still allowed the home side plenty of chances including the equaliser when biggest threat Sarr was left unmarked six yards out, however, Alan Shearer believing that with the quality of their opportunities, Newcastle should have scored at least five.

Despite a relatively comfortable set of fixtures to start the season, Gary Lineker revealed that Steve Bruce and his players have made history with Newcastle United.

Lineker informing Alan Shearer that NUFC are the first club in the Premier League era that have failed to win any of their first six matches, in six separate seasons.

Newcastle United fans now wondering just what other records Steve Bruce might set this season, with memories of the miserable four and a half months last season, when Newcastle won just two games in a twenty one match run.

With the next seven fixtures bringing Wolves, Arsenal, Palace and Brighton away, along with Spurs, Chelsea and Brentford at home, this failure to beat a really poor looking Watford could be a painful memory.

Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker speaking on Match of The Day:

Gary Lineker:

“Newcastle had their chances today Alan and all we heard were constant screams from you in the office today, of exasperation.”

Alan Shearer:

“Yeah, they should have scored at least five today and that is no exaggeration.

“Starting off with Willock and a bit of a half chance but then they had some really good chances.

“Clark, a good ball in, that [header over the bar] should be in the back of the net.

“You would expect Saint-Maximin to put this one [Cathcart backpass left ASM one one one with the keeper] in there. Foster gets a touch and he [ASM] then still gets it to Longstaff, it’s just behind him and he is stretching, that should also [have gone in the net, instead of over the bar].

“Almiron takes a potshot from 25 yards, it falls to Joelinton and if he has any confidence he takes it first time, but he takes another touch and that gives the keeper the chance to set himself and it hits his leg.

“Willock again, much better opportunity one on one [after excellent ASM through ball], another very good save from Foster.

“But this was the worst of the lot [ASM sets Murphy free on goal from halfway line].

“I can’t tell you what I said [this afternoon], I probably wouldn’t have a job if I did.

“Not sure what he [Murphy] is trying to do there…just put your boot through it and put it in the back of the net.

“That would have been such an important three points for Newcastle.”

Gary Lineker:

“First team Alan, to fail to win any of their first six games in a Premier League season, as many as six occasions.”

Alan Shearer:

“Alright, don’t be on the negative side, we created lots of chances…”

Gary Lineker:

“Cheer up!”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 25 September 3pm



Sarr 72


Sean Longstaff 23

(In brackets the first half stats)

Possession was Watford 52% (50%) Newcastle 48% (50%)

Total shots were Watford 15 (6)  Newcastle 20 (11)

Shots on target were Watford 4 (2) Newcastle 6 (2)

Corners were Watford 5 (2) Newcastle 6 (5)

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo, Fernandez, Clark, Ritchie, Sean Longstaff, Hayden, Almiron (Murphy 79), Willock (Gayle 83), Saint-Maximin, Joelinton

Unused Subs:

Gillespie, Schar, Lewis, Hendrick, Krafth, Fraser, Anderson


20,650 (2,200 Newcastle)

(Steve Bruce declares ‘We created enough chances to win three games’ (One would be nice…) – Read HERE)

(Match Report – Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – 35 shots, end to end game and an Aussie rules referee – Read HERE)

(Watford 1 Newcastle 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s end to end draw – Read HERE)

(Xisco Munoz left ‘disappointed’ after failing to beat Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United – Read HERE)


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