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Grit, Determination, Togetherness – Alan Shearer Hails Magnificent Win In Sun Article

Alan Shearer has written his Sunday article in the Sun, and it is a far cry from his last two. That has everything to do with the magnificent performance from Newcastle against Tottenham on Sunday afternoon.

Forget the result, it was a faultless display that also happened to be very timely. Oh, and we’ll take the three points for sure.

Here is a little of what Alan wrote in his article:

We saw a team that was very well organised and their 5-4-1 set-up worked to perfection. They had everything in that performance.

Grit, determination, togetherness and a system they look to be enjoying. They made it very difficult for Tottenham and they deserved that magnificent win.

I hope there’s more of that to come in the following weeks. Not many gave Newcastle a chance so to go to Tottenham and perform in the way they did is a great credit to the players, Steve Bruce and his staff.

To impress Alan Shearer is not an easy feat as his standards are quite high. So Steve Bruce and the lads should be chuffed with this sort of praise.

However, it is well deserved. After the week that was, for the team to have the fortitude to put in a performance like this speaks volumes of the character of the lads.

Our top performers were some of the most scrutinized this week. Paul Dummett, Joelinton, and Miguel Almiron were stellar on Sunday. They had heard the critics this week and responded as true professionals should.

This is what we wanted, a reaction. We got far more than that in an unexpected three points at Spurs. Though we must not get ahead of ourselves. There is still much work to be done.

Newcastle have a big week ahead still with the cup tie against Leicester on Wednesday followed by a crucial match at St James Park against Watford. A loss to Watford would send us into the international break on a sour note. And we really hate those.

60 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #1


  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #2

    Ha robbie boy!

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Joelinton looks like an athlete and I loved how relaxed he was in receiving the ball for his goal. Totally calm. Poor choice in retrospect to choose Max by bruce but at least it showed that he wanted to worry spurs.

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Over to the night shift. Htl.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #5

    I do hope now that players around Big Joe can see he holds up the ball really well and understand they can benefit from playing closer to him.

    Yes he ain’t Ronnie, but Ronnie wasn’t Ronnie until he scored his first league goal in November once he got a lot fitter, Joe needs to work a little on his fitness but scored his first goal for the club in Aug, hope this is the start of something special.

    Migs looked good today and ran way more and defended way more that Perez, but Perez scored goals and Migs needs to start doing the same before we forget about Perez, Max still on the fence as he hasn’t really played.

    Jonjo sorry but Hay and Sean in the middle is so much better than you and anyone. Both work there arses off which sadly isn’t your game.

    The team still needs some real tinkering, yes we won today but only because Spurs didn’t have there shooting boots on, not taking anything from the win but if teams have 80 odd percent possession we will get hammered by most.

    Sorry just being realistic, I love the win the players deserved it as did the fans, but we cannot sit that far back all season.

  • RobLeenio

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Just watched the highlights, was keeping up on the footy from afar today, delighted to see the result it seems like Bruce has some tactical nouse after all. Who’d a thought?

    Great ball from Atsu for the goal, well taken by Joelinton. Could have had a couple more through Lobby and Almiron, too.

    Great effort, great result. Bet Steve Bruce is sleeping a bit more easily tonight.

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:45 PM

    Comment #7

    “We saw a team that was very well organised and their 5-4-1 set-up worked to perfection.”

    but some say 5-2-3 and others 3-4-3 what do you call it?

  • jane

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #8

    “but we cannot sit that far back all season”

    i don’t think we will be pushed back like that all season, Spurs are a very good side.

  • toon22

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #9

    Munster Mag

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:36 PM
    Comment #4

    Over to the night shift. Htl.

    Yeh JIB


  • toon22

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #10

    ” it seems like Bruce has some tactical nouse after all”

    You mean what Rafa was doing last season ?

  • Arthur1213_S'pore

    Aug 25, 2019 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve got nothing against Steve Bruce, he is a nice chap… the reason ‘Me” NUFC won is because the players turn up for the match and had some confidences in themselves with a 5-4-1 and sorry Spurs players were too ‘Over Confident Period’… I’m still not up for the 3-5-2 because the players Bruce acquire can play a 4-2-3-1 which will be better for Saint-Maximin, Almiron and Joelinton… but hey I’ll take this win! HWTL!! Cheers!!!??????????????

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 26, 2019 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #12

    He is a nice chap, and we did play wonderfully well, but the truth is he’s taken a job that the much better regarded manager we desperately needed to stay, couldn’t. If Ashley had been prepared to run the club right, Rafa would still be here. Bruce is here because he’s apparently prepared to work within a criteria that just won’t bring success to the club. How can you truly get behind that? Good luck to him, but if he can get his feet under the desk, then he must start always pushing the owner to do better, as Rafa did, or he’ll never really win over the fans.

  • G

    Aug 26, 2019 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #13

    Atsu made a right mess of Spurs plan tonight. Would have loved a bit more posetion from him, but even off the ball he had them completely flummoxed. If Dummy hadn’t been so imense he would be my MOM.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2019 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Only 50 blimey thought the blog would be buzzing.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Aug 26, 2019 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Anyone know what Dummetts MOM award was, looked like a canister of hair spray to me?

  • carltoon

    Aug 26, 2019 at 1:49 AM

    Comment #16

    Nufc site have got the highlights up already.

  • Genjikai

    Aug 26, 2019 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #17

    Proud as punch they are.

  • davis_toons

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #18

    .. great credit to the players, Steve Bruce and his staff….

    Not forgetting the referee Mike Dean..Thank you for the decision.

  • DubaiMicky

    Aug 26, 2019 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #19

    Dubs and Dummett made BBC Team of the week:-

    Martin Dubravka: The longer the game went on the better Martin Dubravka became and the more his team grew in confidence.

    To go to White Hart Lane with no points on the board, criticism ringing in your ears from two previous woeful performances and an expectant following can’t be easy. Nevertheless Dubravka saved well in the first half from Son Heung-min, was brilliant in the air with crosses and showed calmness and composure when it mattered.

    There is no doubt in my mind that the performance of the Slovakia international set the tone for an impressive victory.

    Did you know? Dubravka’s clean sheet for Newcastle at Spurs was his first Premier League shutout versus ‘big six’ opposition since May 2018 v Chelsea.

    Paul Dummett: I’ll put my cards on the table straight away. I called both Newcastle’s previous performances rudderless, leaderless and lacking courage. Well, against Spurs they were magnificent.

    I can’t remember seeing a team work so hard. I could have picked anyone of their players against Tottenham but I’ve gone for Paul Dummett, the Geordie who epitomised the spirit of his team. From start to finish this lad placed himself in the heart of the battle and never wavered.

    They will not play Spurs every week though and the big question is, will they show the same courage when playing lesser teams and they are expected to win? That’s the next big test.

    Did you know? Dummett made more clearances (12) than any other Newcastle player against Spurs.
    What a day, the cricket and us winning at Spurs? 3 days ago (Friday) I wonder what odds you could get on that?

  • Our Toon

    Aug 26, 2019 at 5:31 AM

    Comment #20

    It’s disappointing to a minority giving rafa credit for that unbelievable result, they unsurprisingly fail to mention rafa didn’t win against any of the big 6 away from home.

    Anyway, really good performance, players certainly showed they are willing to fight for the manager which is food for thought. I gave rafa plenty of kop for parking 10 buses, those performances were at home though.

    Almiron must have covered some serious distance, he was still chasing around on 90 mins going fro. One player to the keeper and then sprinting back to stop the full back from attacking.

    Joelinton showing that if supported he can be a good player and has the potential to emulate rondons achievement from last season, different class today.

    Dummett, gets loads of stick on here, what a performance from him; hopefully that’ll keep the haters away.

    Loads of pace on the counter and atsu seemed to have a bit of confidence instilled in him with that performance today!!

  • santon3

    Aug 26, 2019 at 5:48 AM

    Comment #21


    Love this guy, he is a spurs fan but really funny guy

  • santon3

    Aug 26, 2019 at 5:51 AM

    Comment #22

    Our Toon

    I said it before the season started,
    any wins = they will give credit to rafa

    lose = they will crucify SB

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 26, 2019 at 6:23 AM

    Comment #23

    Well bugger me… I did predict a 2-1win for us but only tongue in cheek…. Well done lads, well done.

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Aug 26, 2019 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #24

    Nicky, just enjoy the moment for God’s sake

  • JohnJ

    Aug 26, 2019 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #25

    Magnificent result! Don’t mean to be picky Neil but the game after Leicester cup game is Watford at home! ????

  • JohnJ

    Aug 26, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #26

    Tried to put some emoji’s in after the comment but it didn’t work!

  • hibbit

    Aug 26, 2019 at 6:56 AM

    Comment #27

    fantastic result the effort and the work rate was just amazing,
    enjoy your day were every you are because as a clue we don’t get many as good as this one 😀


  • CJ

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:02 AM

    Comment #28

    Just dreaming but if we beat Watford 4-0 and everyone else draws….we’ll be 4th after next week’s fixtures …Champions league here we come …..

  • c-dog

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #29

    Joe Linton quality
    Brucey with a Rafa esque performance
    Longstaff back to his world class level
    And Dummett with a skippers performance


  • Mag52

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #30


    Talk about glass half full !
    Love it.

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:20 AM

    Comment #31

    Jane the starting formation is neither a 541 or 343. It’s the same as Rafa’s which was a 3421 however reverts to a 541 when defending like we did today. It’s by far the best formation for our players.

    Bills most Dummet critics like myself said Dummet was always much better as a cb. In the modern game you can’t be so poor going forward in a position that gets the most attacking space on the pitch (Lb or Lwb) as it completely unbalances the side. Dummet with his pace, excellent tackling and decent aerial ability was always going to be a good choice at Cb.

  • nut meg

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #32

    I think everything has already been said about the game.Incredible performance / brilliant result etc and rightly so but a special mention must go to our fantastic away fans.. the loud and proud took army. Great stuff from them today.. Well done guys and much appreciated by all I’m sure. especially from me over here in the land of smiles.

  • nut meg

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #33

    Toon even

  • Moonraker15

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:34 AM

    Comment #34

    We have a crucial league match v Watford not Wolves on Saturday!

  • Nufc-83

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #35

    I would rest most of that team against Leicester but Bruce will get hammered if he does as we are meant to be going for the cups. Surely most are carrying knocks etc after that shift!

  • martoon

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #37

    Neil – we’re playing Watford next week NOT Wolves!

    This is already looking like a 6 pointer so I personally won’t mind if Bruce rests a lot of players against Leicester.

  • Jib

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #38

    Side for Leicester
    Manquillo Fernandez Clark Jetro
    Yedlin Ki Shelvey Matty Longstaff
    Muto Gayle

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #39

    This formation last season was also really attacking when we were putting 3 goals past Cardiff, Everton, Southampton and 4 past Fulham and giving Liverpool the fright of their lives so hoping Bruce will stick with it for home games as well!!

    Last season ended too quickly for Atsu as his confidence came back after he scored at Liverpool but he looked like a completely different player yesterday ready to take responsibility for the team and create chances

  • martoon

    Aug 26, 2019 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #40

    The other day I saw Paul Dummmett in Tesco and one thing I was surprised at was how tall he is (not what was in his basket) – it’s not so obvious when you see him on the pitch!


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