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Alan Shearer on that Brighton penalty and…Eddie Howe getting Newcastle United job

3 weeks ago

Alan Shearer on duty on Saturday night, always a relief for the United legend when Newcastle haven’t lost earlier in the day.

A 1-1 draw at Brighton seeing Newcastle United avoid defeat and plenty for the former number nine to discuss.

One thing for sure is that he would have had every sympathy for Callum Wilson, who Alan Shearer helped to persuade to come to Newcastle United rather than Aston Villa in summer 2020. Very negative tactics meant Wilson starved of service and not given a single scoring chance, indeed, Newcastle’s only effort on target was Hayden’s equaliser.

As for the Brighton goal, which on the pitch referee David Coote didn’t initially give as a penalty, only for VAR to intervene and Coote to change his mind after looking at replays for some time. Alan Shearer makes the point: ‘If it was a clear and obvious error, or a howler, why does it take two minutes to get to the decision?’

Shearer though admitting that if it had been in Newcastle’s favour he would have been shouting for it to be given!

Reality is that you could see it from both sides, a ridiculous challenge from Ciaran Clark giving Trossard the chance to go down, only for the Belgian to stay on his feet after the initial contact before theatrically throwing himself to the ground.

As for the imminent new Newcastle United manager, Alan Shearer thinks it is a good appointment.

However, he has warned that Eddie Howe has a lot of work to do at both ends of the pitch.

Newcastle haven’t kept a single Premier League clean sheet and only Norwich have conceded more goals.

Whilst at the other end of the pitch, Newcastle’s single effort on target on Saturday wasn’t a one-off, with the team having become so used to such a negative set up under Steve Bruce and most recently interim boss Graeme Jones, they need to find a way regularly create chances.

Eddie Howe built a reputation for attractive attacking football at Bournemouth, however, in the five PL seasons his side conceded 67, 67, 61, 70 and 65 goals.

Interesting times ahead…

Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker discussing Brighton’s controversial penalty against Newcastle United on MOTD – 6 November 2021:

Alan Shearer:

“First of all, it is a stupid challenge from Clark.

“He should never make that challenge there…but Trossard, I think he knows what he is doing.

“If the referee gives it straight away then I will say…’OK, you have got to accept that that is a penalty’.

“He doesn’t though.

“He is only 10 yards away.

“If it was a clear and obvious error, or a howler, why does it take two minutes to get to the decision?

“And eight slow motion angles of it?”

Gary Lineker then asking Alan Shearer what his reaction would have been if it had happened at the other end…:

“I would have been shouting for a penalty!”

Alan Shearer asked about Eddie Howe set to take over at Newcastle United:

“I think it’s a good appointment.

“He has been out [of football] for a while [15 months] and I think he will come back energised.

“He did very well to get Bournemouth where they were.

“He has to shore things up at the back because Newcastle have been hopeless defensively.

“On today’s evidence…and last week’s evidence, they can’t sit back.

“That [keeping Newcastle up] is all that matters.

“It’s a hard job but I am hopeful and confident, that with extra players in January, and his experience, they should have enough [to stay up].”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 6 November 5.30pm



Trossard pen 24, Sanchez 90+2 red card


Hayden 66

Stats in brackets are at half-time:

Possession was Brighton 66% (67%) Newcastle 34% (33%)

Total shots were Brighton 14 (6) Newcastle 6 (2)

Shots on target were Brighton 5 (3) Newcastle 1 (0)

Corners were Brighton 2 (2) Newcastle 5 (2)

Referee: David Coote

Crowd: 31,267 (Newcastle 3,100)

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Murphy, Krafth (Gayle 90+4), Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron (Joelinton 74), Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Schar, Lewis, Fraser, Willock, Longstaff, Manquillo

(Graham Potter reflects after dropping points to one shot on target Newcastle United – Read HERE)

(Alan Shearer on the money with verdict after Newcastle make it 12 games and no wins – Read HERE)

(Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

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


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