Shearer Reveals Key Difference Between Sunderland And Newcastle

Newcastle United just couldn´t handle the attacking Crystal Palace at Selhurst today and we made them look like world beaters.

And our defense looks worse than hopeless – and they were all over the place for the whole game – just like last week at home to Leicester.

And if Palace hasn´t missed a number of second half chances the score would have been a lot worse than just 5-1.

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Savvy Sam Allardyce turning it around at Sunderland

And Alan Shearer on BBC Match of the Day said he had asked Sam Allardyce what his game plan was when they beat Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park last Monday night.

This is what Alan Shearer said on Match of the Day:

“I spoke to Sam Allardyce and said what was your plan? He said it was simple: stop Bolasie and Zaha.”

“Newcastle could not do that and did not get near them. They were brilliant from start to finish.”

It´s a pity Steve McClaren didn´t talk to big Sam when he was working on his game plan for Palace.

Newcastle’s defense couldn´t hold much at all these days and even though we went ahead 1-0 with a good goal from Cisse after 10 minutes we were 2-1 down seven minutes later.

And it was all Crystal Palace from then on.

And you have to wonder exactly what the players and McClaren and the coaching staff did on the training ground last week – because we were no better than against Leicester City.

And big Sam is already making a difference at Sunderland as they got another clean sheet on Saturday in a 2-0 win at home to Stoke and they are now 2 points ahead of Newcastle with a better goal difference.

Sunderland are starting to build up a good defense while Newcastle’s defense seems to collapse under pressure.

Sunderland have also doubled their points total since Monday night.

And things are looking very dark for Newcastle United at the moment.

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32 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 28, 2015 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #1


  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 28, 2015 at 11:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Another key difference between Sunderland and Newcastle is that they are going to escape relegation. 😯

  • toonking

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #3


    Whilst pardew himself was a sh1t manager he had one thing in him that was assuring for us he did get some good starts to a season, the biggest part of the problem pardew had for newcastle is fans had huge belief that we had a great team just getting ruined from pardew.

    What i’m glad about now that he is gone is people are starting to divert there attention towards the main blame, had this current team still had pardew in charge you be getting lot saying thauvin and jamaat were pardewed, we’ve got a great attack pardew isn;’t putting to good use and players such as wiji is out of position no matter how crap most the width is.

    Now he’s gone that has changed and the blame is getting more diverted towards the more serious problems but unfortunatly we’re now facing what looks a bigger risk relegation that we had back then and I just can’t think of any way out this time.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Actually I have come up with a cunning plan to save us. We have to go to Sunderland unfortunately. We simply break into their ground and steal Big Sam. Then we keep him tied up in wor dressing room and have him devise our tactics for each match. Steve can take the credit! It’s puhfek.

  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #5

    What is an owner in any case? Just a putrid bag of honey badger droppings left in the sun too long, then stuffed in a cupboard for a couple of months.

  • toonking

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:09 AM

    Comment #6


    a brief time period of chat about 1 extra big boxing match might seem odd but when looking back at the blog it’s no different to when the blog are talking about a la liga match or talking about crystal palace and pardew.

    no one complained about the small chat of vardy and leister.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #7

    Toonking, Pardew had much better players and still broke horrible records McLaren has come in to grab the not very nice end of a very long stick. it’s always been Ashleys fault, no mystery. it’s his idea that nufc can function on a tight budget has always been the problem.

  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:11 AM

    Comment #8

    BandB // Nov 28, 2015 at 11:13 PM
    It is really painful at the moment, I didn’t even realise myself how painful this was going to be……..“this club will be here after Ashley has gone.”
    I’m telling you now.
    That isn’t an assumption I am making.

    So we have an Accrington Stanley visoin of the future ? Or are we rebuilding the Get Carter multistorey on the site of SJP ?

    The idea the whole club might go under, and relegation is but a tiny step in that direction, is something of a nuclear option as far as pessimism goes – is there any evidence for this Pompey of doom ? (without the FA Cup win of course )

  • BandB

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #9

    Anaar, Anaar
    Ashley’s one of them Illuminati like.

  • BandB

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #10


    Fools go where Angels fear to tread.
    I’m getting bored with you.

  • BandB

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #11

    This is the last click you are going to here.

  • BandB

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #12

    hear 🙂

  • Blofal

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #13

    First thing I would do in January is go out and sign Kevin Nolan, Joey Barton and Jonas Guiterrez.

    Can you imagine the team putting up that sh*te with those 3 in the dressing room?

    Won’t happen of course. We’ll sign some 20yr old French kid because Charnley and Carr say so.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #14

    So it’s clear what we need to do.

    Ashley isn’t leaving until we win a cup. Get Gateshead to host some sort of make believe cup competition, pay off all the non league teams so that they’ll let us win, get rid of Ashley and work from there.

    Then it’s just a matter of getting a new owner, manager and players, then teaching them to play a Newcastle style of play.

    Other than that it’s relegation and a team not even capable of returning from the championship.

  • stan anderson

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Were are shite excuse for a football team and the fans know it.They have to do the unthinkable and stay away.
    Ihave said this many times and have been told,ave bought me ticket so i am going.Just what the fat bastard wants.
    Grow some balls and juyst stop going to the game.
    Go on the piss but stay away from the ground please.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #16

    Michael Carrick worth a shout too, can’t get a game in Manchester, could come up and help out his so called boy hood club.

  • toonking

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #17


    most of pardew’s records were generally broken when the team didn’t have it’s player.

    first up we had that terrible run in the europa league, that season was however a season our injury record was twice as bad as wigan who’s team had the second worse injury record.

    his run of 7 games with out a win was poor itself but that team was a team who is worse than the current one.

    he had a great first season we had ba cabaye then cisse.

    he had a bad europa league season we had a bad injury record and lost ba mid way

    we had a great start in 2013/14 season and a terrible end to it we had cabaye in the first half sold him january.

    sissoko, colo, willo, hairdryer,goofy, cisse, krul and tiote all consisted as part of those teams.

    ba was there during 5th place lost next season
    cabaye was there during the europa league season we did poor but had terrible injury record and did appear focused on the chance of a europa league rather than early exit and focus on league.

    pardew had a great season to begin with the next season on then goes cabaye and form drops.

    transfers made in those times

    great one in 5th place season

    1 summer arrival and winter panic buys in january during europa league season rather than fully buying the summer ones.

    absolute no arrival other than a loanee who’d later leave duing that 2013/14 season

    2014/15 season good number of arrivals and he leaves us in 9th place.

  • Belfast

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #18

    Sunderland got lucky on Monday night. Five at the back and happy with a point and then they nicked it. Same as today never a red card for Stoke at 0-0.

    They’ll be in the mix for the trapdoor cup don’t worry.

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:33 AM

    Comment #19


    Don’t use injuries as a reference, players more often than not use injuries as a cop out in my opinion. The teams at the bottom always seem to have more ‘injuries’ and i don’t trust that most players in today’s game actually know what an injury is.

  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #20

    Ed, are you still backing Colo?

  • Obertans_on_roids

    Nov 29, 2015 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #21

    @ B&B

    Don’t mention that gutless has-been mate.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Nov 29, 2015 at 5:32 AM

    Comment #22

    I think we really need to sell off some of our key players. We need to be financially stable when we play at the championship next year. Important that in January we do some sales at get in players who will be ready in the championship.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 29, 2015 at 5:42 AM

    Comment #23

    Well the majority,including me, didn’t liked his appointment in the first place.But everyone hold his breath and gave him a chance to change things.But he failed.We are in big trouble. The board should seriously consider his future and do something about it before it’s too late.His record tells he failed to turn it when his team were in bad run.Can’t see any different here,Which makes me pessimistic for the games ahead.No more time.
    He should resign or sack him.
    We better try our luck with Rodgers before he goes to Swansea.
    Just Walk away man!!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 29, 2015 at 6:13 AM

    Comment #24

    I hope this extra training session today isn’t too much for the players..

    Some of these players won’t need an excuse to pick up a magical injury today!

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 29, 2015 at 6:19 AM

    Comment #25

    I don’t think the 50m was wasted.The players we signed still are good ones.He just couldn’t make them settled and deliver.He has no motivational and spiritual nause.Like I said,
    when his team were in bad run,he failed to handle pressures and change results around.We saw that at Wolfsburg,Derby,etc…
    Can’t see he will do any different here.That’s why he should go by admitting the job is too big for him or sunk us in to further trouble!

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #26


    The job is too big for any manager, it’ far too hard to succeed with all the cracker jack policies in place at this club.

    The boards recruiting of players with age and wage limits, no experience or leadership qualities, gaping holes within the squad which are never addressed because they are waiting for the right BARGAIN player with a decent sell on price.

    The selling of players without replacing in due course..

    The players we signed in the summer have just been dropped into a very poor squad who have been in big trouble for a long time now.

    The blame is on Ashley for bringing these shocking policies in to begin with. If we adressed the squad properly we would never of been in this mess to start with. If that wasn’t bad enough, he has ordered his minnions to keep on going with the very problems.

    It’s all about low wages and decent sell on fee’s with the bloke instead of being all about the football and bringing some entertainment for the fans.

    This squad has been lacking for a long long time now, no manager has a fair shot at trying to be succesful whilst these policies remain.

  • Ron Knee

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #27

    I think we all understand the Ashley plan: exploit the club to the maximum to reap the rewards of the TV money and worldwide advertising exposure. But what puzzles me is why he appoints such incompetent people to manage this precious asset.

    Surely the parasite can see that Charnley is completely out of his depth and that if he doesn’t act soon he can say goodbye to all that lovely money and TV coverage.

  • smoke beer, drink tabs

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #28

    3 new defenders required ASAP. Mbemba is the only one I would keep. Janmaat is good going forward but his main job is to defend, and he can’t defend, can’t mark anyone, can’t tackle won’t try and wine a header in case he gets hurt and turns his back when closing down. Terrible defender

  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #29

    Yessss Ashley feel the greyed build into your fat filled gains.

    Do not fire McLaren, do not fire Charnley. Relegation is close and you will lose ally that money…


  • gorgonzola ( former Pecorino former to gorgonzola)

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #30

    meant to read greed into fat filled veins.

  • smoke beer, drink tabs

    Nov 29, 2015 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #31

    How many managers are people on here going to blame? Pardew out campaign got him sacked then look wot happened, we are still the same and pardew takes palace to 6th. We don’t have the players with the right mentality, no fight no balls and no desire

  • Lindisfarne

    Nov 29, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #32

    I can not see Charnley having any idea of who to bring in if Schtevie walked and the reputation of both would be in tatters if that happened. So if they are not fired then more than likely they shall continue in the hope of turning things around.

    The Owner must be pondering his end of sseason statement and the reasoning behind the current situation. Is he actually concerned and does the effect on his reputation actually matter?

    The excuses given will be that the problems were more deep rooted than first envisaged and to use a gambling ethos, requires an even greater stake. All that has been achieved so far has been done to bolster the selling price of the club. The continuous under investment over many seasons will fail to achieve a profitable sale of the club.


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