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Alan Shearer on the money with verdict after Newcastle make it 12 games and no wins

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Alan Shearer watched on as Newcastle United made it a 12 game start to the season without a single win.

Norwich leaving NUFC as the only Premier League club without a victory after beating Brentford but then still sacking Daniel Farke after their game earlier on Saturday afternoon.

As well as losing to Burnley in the League Cup, the 11 Premier League matches without a win, means it is Newcastle’s worst even start to a league season – never before going so long without a first victory.

Alan Shearer desperately looking for some kind of positive after the game at the Amex Stadium declaring…

“At least they [Newcastle United] got higher up the pitch in the second half and gave it a go, as the first half was awful.”

Just for reference, Newcastle had zero shots on target in the opening 45 minutes and one on target after the break, so that is progress, of a kind. Especially when that one effort on target produced a goal and won a point.

Watching from the stands was Eddie Howe, the man set to jump into the hotseat and left with no illusions as to how big the challenge is going to be.

Alan Shearer stating:

“The facts are that Newcastle have a lot to do to stay in the league.

“Eddie Howe is a guy who knows the league.

“[Someone] Who knows what it is like in that position.

“He understands the Premier League and what a big club Newcastle are and he will come back energised [after 15 months on the sidelines after leaving Bournemouth] and it is a very wise signing.

“There are going to be mistakes made and the club is in a mess.

“It is in a better position than a month ago [before the takeover and Steve Bruce’s sacking] and there is hope there…but there is a lot of work to do and mistakes will be made.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Brighton 1 Newcastle 1 – Saturday 6 November 5.30pm

Goals:

Brighton

Trossard pen 24, Sanchez 90+2 red card

Newcastle:

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

(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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