Shearer Gives His Verdict On Newcastle

Alan Shearer is a pretty straight guy and doesn’t embellish things too much – so like the rest of us he didn’t think the Newcastle’s display was very good at all yesterday – in fact it was very poor.

But the former Newcastle and England striker thought Rob Elliot was superb between the sticks and but for him there’s no way we would have captured a very vital 3 points and get our first win on the road since late January.

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Alan Shearer – Rob Elliot was superb

This is some of what Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day last night on the BBC when asked if he saw an improvement in Newcastle:

“Not today,” “In recent weeks, particularly last week against Stoke, Newcastle played some decent stuff and didn’t get the result they deserved. Against Sunderland they also played some decent stuff.”

“Today, they were pretty awful, but they got the three points. In their position, that’s all that matters.”

“Bournemouth missed some big chances,” “Josh King didn’t take his chances, and he has to learn to get a shot away.”

“That’s the big difference – King didn’t shoot, but Ayoze Perez did.”

“Elliot was superb.”  “Without him today Newcastle would not have got the three points. He was calm, he was assured, and he was quick off his line. He kept a very, very good clean-sheet.”

Newcastle were different from last week when we must have had six chances to score, but we couldn’t put one in with Jack Butland in great form for Stoke City.

But yesterday with the only real (half) chance we had all afternoon Ayoze Perez put it away when he shot quickly,  and that seemed to take goalkeeper Adam Federici by surprise and he couldn’t stop the shot.

Rob Elliot rightfully was easily the Man of the Match and he was just terrific and got us all 3 points yesterday.

If Rob keeps playing like that – and we can keep him fit – we’ll not miss Tim Krul too much this season.

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