Why Alan Shearer’s Unhappy With The Newcastle Display

On Match of the Day last night Alan Shearer lamented how disappointed he was with Newcastle’s 2-1 defeat at St. James’ Park yesterday,

At halftime, everything seemed to be going well at 0-0 with Newcastle the better side if anything.

But Arsenal were much the better side in the second half and deserved to win and probably by more than the 2-1 scoreline.

Before the game, we had thought we had a decent chance to win this game.

That’s because Arsenal are not that good a side this season and their new manager is still getting accustomed to football in England.

Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer

But it was our fifth defeat in our sixth game this season.

This is what Alan said last night on BBC:

“That defeat hurt me more than the City one or the Tottenham one or the Chelsea one because I don’t think Arsenal are that good a team,”

“It was a bit of a scrappy game. Newcastle edged the first half if anything – Arsenal were a bit slow and did not have enough options on the ball.”

“There was no working together of Lacazette and Aubameyang and Newcastle were quite comfortable.”

“Torreira came on and changed the game.”

“Arsenal were much the better team in the second half and deserved to win the game.”

“He just kept everything ticking along. They were much more patient.”

Newcastle didn’t strengthen the side enough last summer.

We didn’t spend one (net) penny in the transfer window but instead made a profit if £20M – typical Mike Ashley.

We cannot expect Rafa Benitez to keep doing miraculous things at Newcastle.

But we are hoping we can stay up this season.

If we get relegated, it will be yet another disaster caused by owner Mike Ashley who runs – or tries to run  – the club on a shoestring.

To say it doesn’t work is a gross understatement.

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16 comments so far

  • RUNAWAY777

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Pain in the Blog we can all have our say on this blog rafa starting to make to many mistakes in team selection and tactics he my pull us out the shit for what for another season playing the same crap and hanging on again after 30 year of watching the toon i think i mad the rite choice in not renewing my season ticket and i will not be the last to do so if your willing to watch crap football carry on your choice at the end of the day. Slow up ed

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    If Rafa favours the Spanish how comes Rondon is above Joselu in the pecking order and Dummet is above Manquillo. Regarding Perez, he had a decent end to last season but we’ve lacked a number ten for 5 transfer windows, yet we don’t even appear to be looking for one. A number ten needs to be creative, but Benitez wants someone who can also defend. Unfortunately there aren’t many creative defensive number tens about. Anyway Shelvey is our equivalent of a number ten. We need him back ASAP or we have nothing at all going forward.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think Shearer would have got as many games with Rafa in charge as he did with Robson.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #4

    On a non footballing note, Super typhoon Mangkhut is starting to hit where I live. Maybe a few of hours until the worst part arrives. Apparently it’s the world’s biggest storm this year. So far just seems like a typical summer’s day in Newcastle.

  • Mindshaft

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    We were poor yesterday in the 2nd half.
    People might bang in about how our players such as Perez / Hayden etc aren’t premium quality but when you are buying players in the 2 – 10 million bracket you are getting what you pay for , a championship side.
    In this case everyone in the team needs to turn up and play to the best if thier ability and the opposing team need to be below par
    Can’t see Rafa doing a 2nd miracle this season and we have to hope a few other teams such as Huddersfield, Cardiff , Fulham , Wolves struggle in the step up to prem

  • AncientC

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #6

    Just a point worth considering—the club is sitting on the exact amount of points it should—be according to the odds.

    Every game thus far has been against much stronger squads, aside from Cardiff, and Cardiff were at home; a draw was the odds on result in that game. If you followed the odds from start-to-end of the season, they would have Newcastle surviving, so the club is on course for safety, believe it or not. Still though, “surviving” as an ambition isn’t the stuff dreams are made of.

    What I cannot understand is people complaining about Benitez’ defensive style. I made my thoughts well known on that topic the day Benitez was signed whilst everybody else was circle-jerking. I quickly made my peace with the fact style would be sacrificed for results—maybe 3 years on—others could get used to it (as painful as it is at times). You cannot honestly be expecting cavalier football from Benitez, it’s not his way, never has been, and never will be.

    Benitez in his first half-season gave the club a PL points average that would have eclipsed Chelsea over the course of that full season. 2nd term he won the Championship, with a little luck, granted, but promotion was the aim. 3rd season a 10th place finish. This looks like Benitez’ last season, and although he may be leaving, he will have inflicted huge PR damage against Mike Ashley in the final year of his contract. The club will be in a better position than Benitez found it, once he departs.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #7

    TNMW…the easy answer and the one right in front of Rafa is to kill his darling and stop this 4-3-2-1/4-4-1-1 nonsense!

    No one is forcing a style or formation on him…that’s why he’s paid the big bucks. To make that decision!

    If we don’t have the players for play that kind of football then do something else. He bought Muto and loaned Rondon and shifted out Mitro and Gayle!

    It’s all about making a prioritised shortlist! Emphazing prioritised!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #8

    AncientC…regarding Rafa. Most people I read on here are pointing out Rafa is used to big budgets and big clubs who wins trophies…

    …we’re are not such club which would mean anyone coming here needs to adapt to that situation. Some feels Rafa is not doing that by a country mile!

    You might not agree or you might see the issue (or called it a long time ago)..,

    It’s still an issue and one some just won’t face!

  • Optimistic Panda

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #9


    Rafas paid the big bucks to may that desicion .

    He’s made it, you just don’t like it!!!!!

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #10

    Any budget might help. When you buy players worth £4-8m and put them up against players costing £40-80m wtf does anybody expect?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #11

    I made my points on Benitez when he signed and havent repeated them since as I know what he brings to the table as well as what he doesn’t. Even when we lost 7 or 8 last season I knew he’d turn it round. But when he first came I said it will be interesting to see if him and Mourinho can adapt to the new style of play favoured by the Klopps and the Pochetinos or even the likes of Conte playing 3 at the back, and I’ve now decided neither of them will adapt. They are what they are and that era is fading. He’s still a great manager so even without changing style he will always get results just as Big Sam does. We will always be organised and Benitez will always be better than the likes of Dyche or Pulis or 99% of the British managers.

    IF we do lose Benitez, the attacking manager I’d like to see would be Rodgers. Rodgers can’t organise a defence but he showed at Liverpool if he takes over a team where that part of the job is already done he can put a serious team together. I know ultimately the defence will crumble under an attacking manager, but you will get that one or two years where you have the best of both worlds.

  • The overrated Frenchman

    Sep 16, 2018 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #12

    It must have been frustrating for Rafa yesterday in that he had no possible way to blame the loss on the referee, which is of course his default setting, when we lose.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #13

    Every team that has been in the PL and tried to do it on the cheap has failed. It’s basic economics. Other clubs buy the best, Ashley buys the leftovers – exactly how he runs his other business.
    The basic lack of football nous on here is bordering on unbelievable. Even a bang average manager, given the money, can produce a good team, but the best managers – and Rafa is one of the best, proven fact – cannot compete against teams like City, Spurs, Manure, Liverpool, Chelsea etc.
    Let’s wait and see how other clubs around us fare against these top clubs first. So far, those who have have conceded far more than us.
    Look who we’ve played? If those games had been scattered, nobody would notice, but playing them all at the start obviously skews the view.
    It’s not rocket science. Football has become a big money business in case some of you hadn’t noticed. You get what you pay for and under Ashley we get cheap knock offs.
    Again, like when we finished fifth, Ashley refused to spend. You can get away with pride, passion and hard graft once, but seldom twice. Never heard of ‘second season syndrome’? Probably not, you’re that far out of touch with real football.

  • SUTTY1978

    Sep 16, 2018 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #14

    Next Mike,

    I said scouting list, I also said Spanish speaking I.e. Rondon. The question you should ask is

    Why are Joselu & Manquillo here?

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Sep 16, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #15

    I’m glad to see my two tips to struggle (West Ham and Burnley) are already bottom of the league. I expect both to get beat again today. Burnley were so lucky last year and have Europe and didnt really sign anyone. West Ham just randomly buy players like we did with Carr only they often go for old players who are past it and couldnt care a less. There seems to be no plan and I think it’s the chairmen who choose the signings. I hope Burnley go down, they played awful football last season, and were incredibly jammy in the games I watched. West Ham will probably survive on the last day.

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 16, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Jeez there are some real reactionary Einsteins on here.

    First you have Sutty who needs to be reminded that there’s no Z in Xenophobia. We only have 2 Spanish players who get anywhere near a regular start in Perez and Joselu and even they are quite often subs. So just a little perspective needed there.

    Then there’s Jarra Mick who says Rafa never does the honourable thing. Suggest you look at his charity work and the links he’s forged with the youth and within the community. Also does your tiny brain not think he could go to China tomorrow and get 20/30M a year.

    Rafa is highly intelligent and has often changed his style over the years, especially when he has some proper players at his disposal. You don’t become manager of RM for no reason.

    Posada has it right I think. Ashley has fundamentally killed Rafa’s drive and enthusiasm and undermined him at every turn. There is nothing to look forward to under Ashley, all ”hope” has been extinguished under Ashley’s seemingly never ending daily barrage of lies and greed.

    We have no PL standard players, bar Dubravka and maybe Lascelles, Shelvey and possibly Kenedy on a good day, all of which is which is nowhere near enough. At least Pardew was gvien the chance to blow it with Ba, Cisse, Cabaye, HBA, Tiote etc all in their prime and McLaren laughingly given 80M will haunt us for a long time.

    I think Rafa is very much doing the honourable thing by seeing out his contract but he wouldn’t be human if he hasn’t now lost some of his mojo, energy and fight with Ashley’s shenanigans. 52000 every match will make sure Ash goes nowhere so the status quo remains as toxic as ever. Sad times indeed but does the record ever change.


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