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Alan Shearer In Stark Criticism Of Rivals

8:35 am, Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

Alan Shearer reported yesterday on Sunderland being 2-0 up after an hour in their home game with Crystal Palace yet they couldn’t hang onto their lead and a goal deep into injury time from Christian Benteke led to their 5th defeat in the first six games.

After such a disastrous start this season confidence cannot be high at the Back Cats and the players became nervous towards the end of the game and seemed to lack concentration.

Sunderland v Crystal Palace - Premier League

David Moyes and Alan Pardew on the sidelines Sunday

Shearer wrote this yesterday:

“As a Newcastle fan I don’t mean to rub salt into the wounds but blimey Sunderland! “You are 2-0 up at home against a worthy but mid-table opponent and you cannot see the game out.”

“The late concession of goals suggests a real lack of concentration. “Three times they have conceded in the final five minutes this season costing them four points.”

That’s legitimate criticism of Sunderland and they have made yet another bad start to a Premier League season with just one point from their first six games.

Of course Newcastle couldn’t see the game out at Aston Villa either on Saturday as Villa scored in the last couple of minutes of normal time to take a point.

Christian Benteke is starting to score goals for Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace and now has two goals in six appearances and Palace are up to 7th place in the league on 10 points.

This is what Christian said on Goals on Sunday about his goal, when he was given a free header from the Palace corner four minutes into stoppage time:

“Yeah, I was surprised, because obviously it was probably the last chance of the game, and as soon as I saw the defenders marking zonal, I knew I was going to get my chances.”

“I think it’s the easy way to defend. It’s an easy way to defend for the defender, and it’s an easy way to attack for the attacker.”

After only just saving themselves from relegation almost every year for the past several years, maybe this will be the season Sunderland finally go down again.

But the good news is that David Moyes is a good manager, but only if he gets the full support of owner Ellis Short who doesn’t seem to like to spend too much money on new players.

Comments welcome.

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8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    Shearer’s comment’s a tad ironical to say the least. Couldn’t hold on to their lead eh?

    Some things best left unsaid methinks.

  • 2 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    What’s with the Shearer hate by some on this site???

  • 3 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Trust you’re not referring to my post Jail?

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    I am lesh, people just love to have littlke digs at our all time record goal scorer.

  • 5 Tsunki // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:17 AM

    I find it head-shakingly amusing that there seems to be a small but solidifying Rafa Critics Club forming with each unsatisfactory result, not necessarily loss mind you.

    Given the ludicrous latitude the former fumbling incumbents were lavished with, it seems mightily unfair and unevenly-handed to start picking out individual games for tactical inadequacy and misjudgements when the likes of the arrogant Pardew and the hopelessly lost McLaren doggedly stuck to the same approach months on end with the whisper each failed week being “judge him after x games” where x= any number.

    It might be a revelation to some, but the learning curve is not just for the players, but for the manager picking his way through a new project in a very individual league with all it’s own unique torments. At least see how he pans out until January before you begin to get into rhythm on those “he ain’t perfect after all” drums.

  • 6 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:18 AM

    C’mon Jail. Read it again, read big Al’s comment on conceding goals at the death and reflect on Saturday when Villa scored their equalizer.

    I, like many wouldn’t have a pop at Shearer but you can’t deny the irony of hos comment.

  • 7 lesh // Sep 27, 2016 at 9:23 AM


    Whether Rafa, Sels or others, some folk have got to have someone to vent their spleens at when they can’t see the bigger picture.

    Such comments are counterproductive and needless when we consider the shambles of recent years.

    Of course everyone’s entitled to their opinions but ffs, some should vent their bile elsewhere.

  • 8 Mag52 // Sep 27, 2016 at 10:30 AM


    What is it with you ?
    A blogger has a gentle dig at Alan Shearer for his comments on the Sunderland result and suddenly it’s gone up a whole level to “hate” for AS.
    It’s little wonder that we get ranting bust ups on this blog site from time to time.

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