Alan Shearer Reacts To Newcastle’s 8th Defeat Of The Season


We didn’t expect much out of this game and we didn’t get much out of it.

But we did go ahead in the game with Dwight Gayle’s second goal of the season after 12 minutes but Chelsea were better than Newcastle and had a lot more class in their team.

Alan Shearer had no problems with the 3-1 win by the home side since our players gave everything – we just were not good enough.

But that’s only one point we have gained in the last 6 games and the game at home to Leicester City next Saturday is crucial.

We have now conceded 12 goals in the last 4 games and in the first 11 games we conceded just 10.



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68 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Commence meltdown!

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #2

    Outclassed end of. Next!

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  • jane

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    as expected Rafa focusing on more winnable matches this month. makes sense.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    I actually thought Chelsea looked poor at the back. If we had some decent attacking players we would have caused many problems. They won’t trouble city and will drop a good few points against better sides.

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  • toon kk

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Echo what Shearer said.

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #6

    Sack Rafa..usless tactics..useless selections..whats is use of paying mitro shelvey etc salaries even when they are the best players available but cant get on the pitch..scrwe u rafa..ur like all the previous managers shir tactics shit selections adamant..

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #7

    Ancient no point in comparing how many goals manquillo let in today. Different game so you can’t judge. Yedlin could have scored 2 today as well as not causing a goal.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    I think the players out there did there best, but the way they were set up, not good

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #9

    A predictable 3-1 loss. Some questions though. What’s the point of bringing Shelvey on with 15 minutes left? I assume Rafa hoped it would still be 2-1 and we could make a big push but that means he doesn’t trust Shelvey defensively to play the whole game. Diame is not useful enough though to play 75 minutes. And no Mitro. Probably wouldn’t work against those fast Chelsea defenders I suppose? Murphy had a few decent moments but Ritchie was wasted as a wing back and gave up the 3-1 penalty. Have to hope for a win against Leicester now.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #10

    1 point in 6 games, double figures conceded, lack of options (one in particular) being explored in attack with no sign of that abetting. Not looking good is it.

    I wonder which attacking variation that does not include Mitrovic could be tried next.

    Strangely enough the side won more points per game last season with Mitrovic in the side, even though Gayle had a good scoring record. Maybe something to consider, especially as Mitrovic’s form has improved on last season.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    No use complaining about the best manager we’ve had in 10 years Laurent. Blame the owner for not providing funds to bring in decent players.

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #12

    I think mitro would have done ok against the cbs today as even Gayle was winning physical battles.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #13

    No use complaining too much about this loss. We were hugely outclassed which Rafa would have known from the start.

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  • jimmygscot

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Championship side against a quality Premier league side.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #15

    We really had no answer for the huge gulf in talent between us. The Leicester match has to be a different story though and we had better see a much better starting lineup to get the points.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Can be bothered with meltdown rafa will play his team no matter what we think younger mangars are do a better job with there team.

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  • AncientC

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #17

    I have not been expecting Mitrovic to get into the side, even though he would be my preference, I have always been able to understand Bentiez’ thinking, but surely this had to end now. All options have been exhausted. I can understand Gayle having to play with his scoring record, so play Mitrovic beside him.

    Perez and Gayle = doesn’t work.
    Gayle and Joselu = doesn’t work.
    Joselu and Perez – doesn’t work.

    It has been tried enough now. Time for something new.

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  • Little h

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Our passing wasn’t great today that cost us more than anything else

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Rafa experimented. He knew this game was going to be extremely tough so he used it as a learning experience for his squad.

    Now he knows:

    – Ritchie cannot play LWB.
    – Three at the back needs more work.

    But let’s be honest, would Mitrovic helped us win this game? Shelvey in for Diame?

    No matter the personnel, this was way beyond us. Fabregas and Hazard in particular are just world class. Top drawer.

    We scored, started brightly, but unfortunately that woke up the beast that is there squad which was worth over £400 million btw.

    A good effort from the players.

    Rafa may aswell just walk. The lack of support is incredible.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #20

    Diame dispossessed 5 times

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #21

    The next 2 games will be key, we need wins as we’ve gone on an awful run in last 6 games. Hopefully no more crazy decisions like having Ritchie at left wing back.

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  • Our Toon

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Young Mag

    Rafa doesn’t help himself with the selections he makes or with the timing of his baffling subs. Most of us want him to stay but he needs to show why he’s world class and why he was supposed to be the game changer. At present he’s stubborn and costing us points.

    I’m not fussed about today as Chelsea at anytime is a tough match but the next 2 games he needs a win otherwise it won’t end well for us

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    I dont think Darlow is good enough,, but today he was our best player

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #24

    Takeover please…. And a fast tall striker vital. Next question becomes how reliable in rafa in the transfer market,? Merino a great buy, but lejeune? Murphy? Joselu? He’s OK but certainly not stellar. There again Chelsea are a mile ahead so rafa deserves that slack. What he doesn’t deserve is the sort of feeble minded unquestioning faith of the circle jerkers

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #25

    As they mentioned during the match we spent 17M in the summer after having just played in the Championship. Nowadays that doesn’t buy one decent player. Forget about blaming Rafa when you have a six foot parasite as owner.

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  • chicousa

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #26

    Away fans were brilliant as usual. They need to add a song for Amanda, because our greatest need is a new owner.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Nice to see the rational, thought out comments from the usual loons on here during and post match!

    This summed it up for me at the end when Hazard went off to be replaced by Willian. Talk about get a perspective. 2 players costing more than our entire squad!!

    Obviously we had 2 games back to back away and the manager is trying to keep fresh legs.

    Rafa went 442 when fans demanded it, dropped Joselu for this match, kept MBemba etc, etc.

    I don’t want to see a team containing Joselu, Manquillo and Diame. Pretty sure it’s not much fun for Rafa either. Apart from the antics is Mitro really the answer? We’ve got a pop gun attack thanks to know who. I’m frustrated but at one man only and that is not Rafa.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #28

    I question Rafa all the time but I don’t think any better manager would come to us but I know of quite a few poor managers that Ashley would hire next. We need change but not that kind of change. Give Rafa some real money and see what happens. Then judge him. Not now when we have such dross in the squad.

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  • Lindisfarne

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, speaking to Sky Sports: “We made mistakes against good players, with the quality they have, they punish you. We were in the game and you never know what can happen at one each, 2-1. A top side played against a team that was giving everything.

    “We knew him [Hazard] really well, it’s not just a free role. He has good movements. You cannot control everyone. When he received the ball he can make the difference. We were doing quite well for a while but mistakes made the difference.”

    On Newcastle’s run of six games without a win: “We are in the Premier League, simple, [that] is the problem. We try to do our best now and see what happens in January.”

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #30

    How Ashley can not have sold by now is beyond me. He doesn’t want the club and he knows we don’t want him. And he would make a profit from the offer he’s already had. What a buffoon. Can’t even make an obvious choice and collect some tidy cash.

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  • catchy in norway

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #31

    i also said the other day, Mbemba playing today and us losing would only give those who defend Rafa an excuse to slate the guy

    defender stats

    Mbemba 95% pass completion from 38 passes, 1 headed clearence
    Lejeune 85% pass completion from 34 passes 0 headed clearence
    Clark 74% pass completion from 46 passes 2 headed clearance

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  • Black and white armpit

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #32

    There’s some Idiots get on here, blaming Rafa? we’re shit compared to Chelsea, was the result ever in doubt?

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  • DjMickyg

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #33

    Lejuene at fault for 2 goals but when lascelles comes back clarke will go.. perez useless.. diame waste of space thinks he has all day to pass.. Rafas selections are baffling… i dont care who he is.. he wont give mitro ago… my patience is wearing thin.. manquillo laughing at stupid things during the game do ur stupid job..

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #34

    Sensible comments from Rafa. Hazard repeatedly tore us a new one. But then he’s a 100M pound player or more in today’s market. What is our best player worth? He could be allowed to shine Hazard’s boots I suppose.

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 2, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Young Mag game for game, would you question this seasons efforts if say, mcclaren was in charge?of course you would, we all would. Nobody wants mcclaren etc but this stubborn approach is hardly something to delight us, even given the fairly limited players we have. At least he gave us a break from the Joselu nonsense

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  • Munster Mag

    Dec 2, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Armpit, again, it’s not about blaming rafa, it’s about a fair debate of his pros and cons. I still want rafa here but blind loyalty is never a sign of an intelligent football fan

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  • Nufc-83

    Dec 2, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #37

    I agree Rafa is baffling me with his teams but he is definitely the best manager we could attract. He needs some cash to spend it’s that simple.

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  • Laurent Robert The Legend

    Dec 2, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Brighton hudder dont have much better squads than us..difference is they have the managers who’ll for a change think beyond the team working just hard like donkies..they’ll be creative..and we’ll rot all our potentially good players shelvey mitro on the bench..give the same donkies a go..over n over again..thats the real frustration..no one was looking for a big win or anything today..what we are looking for is players best for the positions..a squad of players who deserve to play..not the chosen once..very frustrated today..this is like having a tree in your backyard..and hunting for fruits all over the city.

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  • YoungMag :P

    Dec 2, 2017 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #39

    If mcclaren had achieved what Rafa has since he’s been here, aswell as completely changing everything about the club (communication wise and instilling hope into all the fans) then yes, I would also cut him some slack.

    But mcclaren came, was given loads of money to spend. Had us in the relegation zone ALL season. Deservedly got sacked.

    Benitez, hardly any money at all after bringing us back to the premier league at the first attempt (extremely difficult job these days, also his first time in that league), only been in the relegation zone the first two weeks.

    He’s done an amazing job at this football club, that comparison was utter shit mate.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Dec 2, 2017 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #40

    This season was always going to be an almighty struggle to survive. Rafa has said as much repeatedly. He has no illusions given the lack of support from a useless owner who is just hanging about waiting to complete the sale. If he doesn’t sell we are toast. There is no way to move forward without the sale so the next few weeks are crucial. But we already knew that. I would like at least 2 wins this month though to calm everyone down a bit.

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