Shearer Identifies What´s Wrong With Newcastle

It´s really difficult for Newcastle fans to take the sixth defeat in a row against Sunderland and we suppose it makes it even worse when Newcastle were so much the better side – especially in the first half before we had Coloccini sent off just before half-time.

Sunderland looked hopeless and simply hanging on.

We were half expecting Newcastle to go down to ten men in the first half because every time Cheick Tiote was near the ball we were scared in case he made another stupid tackle and pick up his second yellow card after picking up his first after only 14 minutes of the game.

He didn´t get a seocnd yellow but then Colo made that challenge that wasn´t needed and got a straight red.

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Alan Shearer – they are both poor sides

This is what Alan Shearer has said today:

“As a Newcastle fan, losing six in a row to Sunderland is embarrassing,”  “We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you’ve got to stick them away.”

“I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. They didn’t deserve that. Of course Sam Allardyce won’t care a jot about whether it was deserved or about the performance.”

“All that will matter to him is he got their first win of the season. But it’s still going to be a long hard season for both of them.”

“The truth is neither side is very good. There were two turning points. First that stupid Fabricio Coloccini challenge. It wasn’t a red card but it was a penalty and it was a big call from the referee to send him off.”

“Then Aleksandar Mitrovic’s chance. He got one-on-one with the keeper and if that goes in it’s a different story. “It didn’t and Newcastle paid the price for leaving themselves open,” 

It´s very tough all these defeats this year – especially the ones against Sunderland.

But it´s time to move on – and we need an enormous effort from the lads on Saturday against Stoke at home.

They owe it to the fans.

That will not be an easy game, but we need the 3 points to get some momentum back and we could move out of the relegation zone with a win.

We´ll assume we can keep all 11 players on the field this Saturday, but we have only been able to do that in 70% of our league games this season – so far.

The Sunderland games are just weird – we seem to be the only team they can beat – even when we are the better side on the day.

It’s soul-destroying.

Oh I forgot – time to move on.

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