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Alan Shearer In Complete Awe of This Player Yesterday

9:56 am, Sunday, February 7th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Alan Shearer was like any other fan at the end of the game yesterday – just absolutely delighted we had got what he called a big big 3 points.

And on top of that we put in a very good performance too, although to be sure the results are the most important things these days given our position in the league table, although we did move up to 4th bottom – and outside the relegation zone – that´s good.

On BBC Match of the Day last night Alan Shearer seemed in awe of Jonjo Shelvey´s great display at St. James’ Park for the second time running.

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Jonjo Shelvey celebrates with goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic

This is some of what Alan said last night on Match of the Day:

“Newcastle spent £28.5M in the window, four different players, seem to have taken an instant effect?”

“That´s slightly surprising because they have not been able to score goals and they haven’t been able to keep them out, so they signed three midfielders!”

“Having said that, one of them was absolutely outstanding today, Jonjo Shelvey. If you are going to give this guy time on the ball then he is more than capable of knocking passes.”

“He often picked the ball up off the back four and sprayed it around, he kept the ball moving and moving it at pace. I was really surprised that West Brom stood off him and let him make passes like he did all afternoon.”

“He controlled the midfield, his weighted ball into Mitrovic for the goal is brilliant and that is a brilliant finish from Mitrovic.”

“He has missed a lot of chances of late so that will do him the world of good – a very good finish.”

“If Jonjo Shelvey keeps on performing like that, then he will be a real fans´ favorite, they will love him there.”

“But a massive 3 points for Newcastle.”

It was almost as if Jonjo was showing off yesterday, as Newcastle players kept giving him the ball and he showed a fanatic range of passing – sweeping balls out to the wing – either wing – it didn´t matter.

It was an exhibition of great passing skills from the England International.

It reminded me of the way I used to play at Walker Park when I was about 9 years old back in the olden days – but I think my passes were even more accurate than Jonjo´s yesterday.

Well that´s what I remember anyway.


Jonjo is looking on this display like a complete steal for Newcastle for £12M.

But he has to keep it up and Newcastle have to keep it up.

We must survive this season and then much better things will be in Newcastle´s future.

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45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Slank // Feb 7, 2016 at 9:59 AM


    I thought Townsend played well. He provided an attacking option that we have missed on the left wing. But he is more than just a winger and completely agree with what Lochinvar wrote.

    My MOTM was Tiote. I agree with Lesh in that I don’t see Tiote being sold. He provides that steel in midfield which enables Shelvey to play his natural passing game.

    Special praise should go to Saylor and Aarons. Saylor also provided steel and his usual commitment. I was worried about Aarons not being a fullback and also not being particularly robust but he performed well and was helped by a totally inept WBA side.

  • 2 catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:02 AM

    28catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:01 AM


    Take that comment then apply it to Shyeve. Same same in my book,

    I think Shteve has done most things right since he arrived, the only thing I don’t like about what he does, is his subs, he leave them way to late,
    His away tactics always seem to be more defensive for the first half, it seems to be more about quieting the home crowd down, I think if we got at teams from the get go, we would get more points away.

  • 3 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Agreed re Aaarons…he did very well but to be fair had very little to do defensively but what he did do he did fairly well and threw in a couple very good crosses to boot.

    Just hope he doesn’t end up being played out of position.

    Sissoko will be gone soon…aarons (if he signs) will become one of our two full time wingers from next year and I would start dropping Sissoko now otherwise Aarons won’t get a game and won’t sign a new contract and then we’ll lose two wingers in the summer

  • 4 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:10 AM


    Unfortunately whenever a decision has even the smallest glimmer of doubt you always know it will go against Newcastle.

    Tiote scored a screamer again, and it should have counted, The linesman did not put up his flag because he saw nothing wrong, The Ref awarded the goal because he saw nothing wrong, The WBA players to a man started shouting at the linesman and the ref, and the linesman gave in to player pressure and changed his decision.

    So you have to ask who was making the major decisions in the match? The ref? The linesman? Or the WBA players?

    The goal should have stood.

    However we should have been out of sight in the first half and cruising though the second half.

    Reality Check!

    I don’t think we were great, they (WBA) were poor, and just as we did last week at Everton they made us look better than we were.

    Shelvey was good, his passing was great, but only because he was afforded the space and time to strut his stuff, he won’t get that in other games, and the same goes for the rest of the team.

    When put under pressure we collapse, as we did at Everton, so this team still has a long way to go before I start crowing about surviving. There is still a long hard road ahead, and we are still struggling to score goals, even against a poor WBA team.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    If Tiote had of been sold Saviet would have played yesterday, if he’d have played shite he would have still started against Chelsea, as it happens, knowing he could be dropped, Tiote played really well, i don’t know if it’s a coincidence but we’ve been shite when Saviet has played.

  • 6 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    WBA were horrendous

  • 7 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    i think arons playing FB is just another part of learning his trade the lad needs to stay fit and play games fb / winger don’t matter should be happy to play its not his fault we don’t have FB but it could be to his advantage

  • 8 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Morning Catchy…what do you mean applying that comment about to McC? About Tiote and how so?

  • 9 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:15 AM


    That’s just it though, any other team would have scored a hat full of goals against them, we scored two, (one written off), we created plenty of chances, but as usual we could not finish them off, and that does not bode well for our relegation battle.

  • 10 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Jail ..I think Saviet would have done just fine yesterday. A matter of fact he was one of our better players against Everton.

  • 11 TomaKaThor // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM

    Glad Tiote stayed because Saviet doesn’t look good enough tbh and don’t get m started on I love to get a pointless yellow card and cant pass forward Collback.

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:20 AM


    I was just going to say the same thing.

  • 13 Harley // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:21 AM


    Townsend was great yesterday. He was a constant thorn in their side and never stopped running. His tracking back WA excellent (I don’t know where the lazy tag has come from). Not everything came off for him but it was a very good showing by him. And nearly capped it with a goal.

    On tiote

    I completely agree with a lot on here. He has played some of his best football for us this season and shouldn’t be sold until we know 100% we are safe. Give him a move in the summer for a smaller fee and wish him luck but def keep him now.

    Thought Aaron’s had a great game too considering his age and how out of position he his.

  • 14 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Having been shite whenever Saviet has played? We had been shite for a long long time. You didn’t get that memo?

    It’s fine if the competition will keep everyone at their toes and maybe even injury free.

  • 15 JackButler // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Alan Shearer in awe of player who put in performance against a side that put up their worst away showing all season hhhhhhmmmmmmm!!!!!

    Anyway, let’s hope yesterday can be built on and we start to show a little consistency as we are gonna need it

  • 16 welshgeordie9 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Having a go at saviet, only matter of time with some, how about judging new players over a full season, not a couple of matches.

  • 17 welshgeordie9 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Wonder who’s next weeks target going to be, Gini and Townsend.

  • 18 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM

    Jail for once is right.

    Shelvey won’t meet another midfield that backs off him the way WBA’s did.

    However there is a sub plot to Shearer’s praise methinks.
    We kick off at tea-time in London next Saturday and Shearer by highlighting Shelvey on MotD is making sure that Roy Hodgson will attend the game .

    That should be good for us because it will ensure that Shelvey and Townsend play their socks off against Chelsea.

  • 19 cestriasteve // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM


    I thought we got lucky playing Aarons there yesterday, I also feel McClaren like Pardew before him likes his wingers to be a more physical robust player, he loves Sissoko, can’t see him letting him go to be honest.

  • 20 JackButler // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM


    Mitro was directly in the line of sight of the keeper, thus interfering with play, if a goal like that had been allowed to stand against us the fans, to a man would be up in arms

  • 21 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    I think this one deserves a repost:

    cestriasteve…if it stood to me Tiote would have been gone a long time ago.

    Tiote played because Colback and Anita is not an option right now and Saviet needs to be bedded in. So it was fine with me he started I suppose, but the real answer is in the formation.

    It needs changing. Our league position is testament to that. I do think we have plenty of options to get the balance right but I think McC seriously need to look at something as a 4-3-3 or hybrid there of.

    The one thing Tiote was always meant to do and never really offered was protection of the back four.

  • 22 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:30 AM

    like i said earlier i would not have been surprised if we had won 6 nil i lost count of the chances we had and……..our finishing is a big worry if you can only score 1 out of 20 chances what hope do we have against better teams were we will only get 3/4 chances

  • 23 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM


    The decision was a goal, the linesman did not put up his flag, and the ref gave goal, it was the WBA players that changed the officials minds.

    Mitro was in offside position, but the keeper saw the shot, moved across the goal to block it, but the swerve on the ball wrong footed him and he could not change direction, Mitro was not then in his line of vision as they claimed.

    Mitro was also around the penalty spot that’s twelve yards ahead of the keeper. The decision to succumb to player pressure was wrong simple as that really.

  • 24 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Not one bad performance anywhere in the team yesterday but consistency is the biggest problem Maclaren has to overcome during our run-in…that and the fact his tactics always seem to go t!ts up when we’re away from home and when they do he won’t make a substitution to change things.

    If the team play well and with confidence it wont matter if his tactics are poor because the players on the pitch have enough talent to adapt and overcome no matter what they’ve been told to do by the manager.

    Our problem is we just don’t turn up far too often.

  • 25 welshgeordie9 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:35 AM


    West Ham backed off in the first half, that’s how we got the 2 goals, especially the 1st one.

  • 26 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    Dont think it’s a matter of not letting him go…I’m pretty sure he’ll demand and get the move he’s wanted for the last two years due to playing for a crap team fighting relegation every year.

  • 27 firebug666 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:36 AM


    Your not wrong mate, our finishing is as woeful as WBA’s football was yesterday, when we could of had a confidence building haul of goals we failed to produce that final touch…..Again!

  • 28 JackButler // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:38 AM


    Mitro was still in the direct line of sight of the keeper, if you watch the goal from behind the goal you see it clearly, as for the ref and linesman flagging it or not not flagging it? Are you surprised? The standard of reffing is appalling and they seem to make it up as they go along, but as I said, if that goal had been allowed to stand against us there would have a melt down on here and seeings as we should have been out of sight before then it’s a non issue in comparison

  • 29 catchy in norway // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    Good morning Jesper

    Your comment about Tiote , I 100% agree with, he suddenly turn into a great player yesterday, he has been the same player he has always been , he just didn’t get booked yesterday.

    But by the same token, I don’t remember many bad performances this season, but the one that were bad were shocking, but these few bad performances seem to define Shteve, people will rave about how well we play in games, talk about the passing and chances created but not finished, and this is something I don’t quite understand as logic in my head tells me that if you put in bad performances, bad results will follow, but for a long time P45 was hero worshiped by the masses for this very thing, Shteve has us playing the best football we have seen in many a year, but results haven’t always went the way they should have, but again in my head if you have created good chances and play good football and the team is together, then you will get more good results than bad.

    For me this is the polar opposite to the season we finished 5th, we played shocking football but had 2 good finishers at the club and finished 5th, this season we play pretty good football, but just don’t finish as well as we should be, but sit 4th bottom.

    This for me is why we have way to many sheep as fans , they base there augment on something that happened many years ago. These same guys put the likes of LVG , hiddink, koeman on a pedestal, these guys started there management careers in Holland , in that tiny league that means nothing when you say say Shteve won it with a club that wasn’t one of the top teams.

    Yes there are better managers out there, and he has never been my first choice, but just as I did with P45 I gave him a chance, I think he has done ok.

    P45 took over a team that was together and wrecked it, Shteve had to rebuild it. And he done it quite quick in my book

  • 30 hibbitt // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:40 AM

    our problem yesterday was we didn’t take our chances opportunities like that don’t come round very often

  • 31 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    Catchy, it’s not really rebuilt though is it, we play pretty good football, at home, sometimes. Away from home we are awful and sometimes at home we are woeful.
    People keep saying we need some consistency. Well we are consistently losing games and that is interspersed with the odd good performance that results in a win. That’s why we’re near the bottom of the league.
    One week McClaren is saying we wanted Everton to have possession, in the build up to the next match he’s saying that we need to be much better at retaining possession. It’s the mixed messages from the manager that are leading to the inconsistent performances.
    If he played to our strengths each week instead of worrying about countering the opposition managers tactics we would be far better off.

  • 32 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Against West Brom and West Ham we pressed them high and won tackles so they didn’t have a choice but to stand off because we had unsettled them it happens to us away from home Watford bullied us and we could not get into the game and we done it to the last 2 teams at home

    If we can actually start like this against Chelsea you never know what will happen if we sit off them and let them play their game we will get what we deserve which is nothing

  • 33 LGFUAD21 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Mi went to the game yesterday.

    My MOTM would be a tie between Shelvey, colo and Tiote.

    Cautious not to get too up on the game as west brom were truly awful. Had no intention of playing for anything other than a draw.

    Colo was great at pushing us out and controlling the team height up the pitch.

    Everything went through Shelvey. Some champagne passes. Him and Gini look a different class on the ball to the rest.

    And Tiote marshalled it a bit. Unlucky for saivet who was excellent against Everton. We need Tiote in this team.

    Only criticism is that our wingers need to push up higher and faster on the attack. We need to play more over the top for wingers instead of into the feet.

  • 34 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM

    Charnley, I concur. Need to get at Chelsea and play our game not theirs.

  • 35 sparky55 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:54 AM


    Short and sweet and concise as usual 🙂

    I agree but surely a bigger problem is not turning up. We’ve done that so many times this season in-between the odd brilliant display.

    We won yesterday, I think we played very well and yes we should have scored more but at least we won…but which newcastle team will turn up next week, the MAN U, West Ham, WBA, Spurs one…or the Watford, Everton, Swansea one.

    That I believe is our biggest problem…playing consistently well will mean we’ll survive, inconsistency breeds fear and that might be the death of us

  • 36 SUTTY1978 // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM

    LGF, Shelvey’s driven pass out to Townsend was a joy to watch. Though Mitro’s passing was some of the best in the team. Played a brilliant through ball for Sissoko and a lovely give and go with Wijnaldum.

  • 37 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 10:57 AM


    True about West Ham , but we won’t get that again was my point.

    All coaches will look at that and say “look what Shelvey will do if you let him”

    I think the 16 day break coming after the Chelsea game is just what we need .

    McClaren usually complains about long breaks but I don’t think he will this time because of injury recovery time.

    The weekend we miss through the postponement of the Man City game (Capital Cup Final)
    Norwich away to Leicester
    Sunlun away to West Ham
    Villa away to Stoke

  • 38 Jib // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:00 AM

    Lee Charnley Bunga Party @32

    On your point it was noticeable at times the line that Colo had the back 4 holding was on or about the halfway line !!!

  • 39 Valid point // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Regarding Shelvey;
    No doubt he can play some matchwinning passes, making him a very important player.
    But I think he could do a lot better to be honest! He looks a bit unfit, and I think he could work harder off the ball to reach the open spaces making it easier for the other players to pass him the ball! In stead of moving he’s pointing for them to pass somewhere else…

    Good, but can improve!

  • 40 JamesToon // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    The curious case of Newcastle

    Why do we only turn up at home?

    In my opinion it’s a mix of things, it’s a case of mcclaren being another one of those English managers who setup negatively away from home, players not putting in 100% the team we play away tends to press higher and will mark players like Shelvey and Wijnaldum tighter.

    Just want us to turn performances like against WBA regularly away from home because if we did that we’d easily be between 14th-11th and no one would be complaining

  • 41 Jail for Ashley // Feb 7, 2016 at 11:21 AM

    You play the victim then come in with posts like that?

  • 42 Moonraker15 // Feb 7, 2016 at 12:51 PM

    I just can’t believe some people are saying we only won cos West Bromwich were poor. Ffs just give them credit for a great win, which could’ve been by 4 or 5 easy with a bit of luck.

  • 43 TroubledToon // Feb 7, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    I guess Jonjo really does want his name to be sung at SJP 🙂

  • 44 Big Archie // Feb 7, 2016 at 7:40 PM

    “Alan Shearer seemed in awe of Jonjo Shelvey´s great display”

    Would hardly say he was in awe!

  • 45 custurd // Feb 8, 2016 at 5:00 AM

    I think Mitrovic should blow his nose before kick off, or at least pick one spot on the pitch where he’s going to dump all of his snot during the match. Having to dodge booger bombs is affecting the team’s consistency. It’s obvious 🙂

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