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Alan Shearer Rips Into Newcastle – They Were Dreadful

Newcastle had a disastrous game yesterday when Brighton came to town and outfought and outplayed us for the full 90 minutes.

All credit goes to Brighton, who looked a very good side against a dismal Newcastle side.

The Seagulls also hit the woodwork twice, and looked so much the better side, it was almost humiliating.

And we have to remember Brighton was one of the clubs fighting against relegation last season, and are a bottom half of the table Premier League side.

If we had played like that against a top six side yesterday, we would have really been taken to the cleaners.

Newcastle’s living legend Alan Shearer doesn’t pull his punches, and on Match of the Day last night he tore into Newcastle for their inept and gutless performance.

Alan Shearer – Newcastle were dreadful

This is what Alan said on  MOTD 2 last night.

“They were dreadful.”

“There’s been so much positivity flying around Newcastle, and rightly so because of their performance last weekend against West Ham.”

“It had energy, they started the game well, they were a threat going forward, but there was none of that today.”

“They started the game dreadfully – they actually got worse, and now there will be a lot of criticism flying around and rightfully so.”

“Brighton were much the better team, and in every single position Brighton were better.”

We go to Morecombe on Wednesday night in the League Cup and hopefully our reserve team can get a win there to take us into round 4.

We do have some injuries with both Allan Saint-Maximim and Jamal Lewis leaving the field yesterday with injuries.

Jamal Lewis could be OK for next Sunday with his eye injury, but we’re not sure what the news is on Allan Saint-Maximim’s injury.

It’s up and down at Newcastle this season already – it’s like being on a yo-yo.

But Newcastle must turn up and be ready for every single game this season, and Bruce does have other players he can introduce into the side, and he can do that next Sunday afternoon.

On the positive side of things, it’s only one game and the lads have a chance to learn as they play more games together.

But Steve Bruce looked pretty depressed during his press conference after the game.

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31 comments so far

  • Gothmog's Pyjamas

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Did Bruce also say post-match that it was as good as game over after 10 mins?

    How can you say that as manager? At home to brighton and the game is over after 10 mins because we cant possibly score 2 goals in 80minutes? WTF?? We did that in 25mins vs West Ham so how exactly was this game over?

    utter nonsense, total defeatist attitude, as also came across pre-game when he talked Brighton up as if they were 2009 Barcelona.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Potters team talk will have been Brucies presser

  • peter5199

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Has anyone considered asking the players to work from home? they might have better communication and work rate.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Peter, by the looks of it, mentally they were at home on the sofa with their slippers on

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #5

    In an attempt to be positive about an absolute s##t show:

    1. Bruce changed the the formation and will have to be more proactive in the future with his starting line ups.
    2. We have players on the bench that can be used to create different options on the field.
    3. We do not have a possession based team or dynamic passing midfield.
    4. The third central defender from previous seasons needs to be replaced with better communication and organisation.
    5. Joelinton is not our only striker option.

  • DrGloom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    St Max value prob halved at weekend …. although some saying he feigned injury is wide of the mark

  • kilcline

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Bruce out, his dinosaur tactics will get us relegated and we will not recover from that.

    Eff off Bruce, Mackem loving pr1ck

  • DrGloom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #8

    Lindisfarne – I think it’s clear to everyone but Bruce that Linton is NOT a striking option

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #9

    I kind of ran out after number 2. But if we are to be a more counter attacking type of team, which are capable of being, then there needs to be more organisation / training ground drills.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    An option could be to fit the players with a male version of the medieval ” Chastity Belt” . This could be removed after the match if the team win but left in place on any player whose ratings are sub standard to further incentivise him for the next match.

  • carltoon

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Why oh why do we never have a team that can pass control and keep possession. Not for years and years and years, have we had team that we can have confidence in. Not since KK or SBR. Have we had a team that can pass and run. May be RB would have built one if he had been allowed. It’s soul destroying being a Newcastle supporter.

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Goth #18 … previous thread …

    yeah mate your right ,someone to organize the team , and to make changes to counter what the other team are doing , tell you what it was a hard watch yesterday mate …

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    carltoon …

    with you all the way on that pet , terrible to watch …

  • Tsunki

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #14

    I think they might have difficulty running around with those belts on AND the ankle weights.

  • carltoon

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #15

    Did they not forget to take them off

  • IrishRob

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #16

    Its desperate how unbelievably poor we are in midfield, and what makes it even more frustrating is when players like Shelvey play 1 good game every 10 people are all over him like he is a midfield god.

    It is absolutely beyond me how he is still in the team. I think it’s very telling that only last January our main target was Soumaré, yet we are still in the exact same situation and it’s now the last position we seem to want to fill. I think that’s because Ashley knows we cant get the type of quality we need at a price hes comfortable paying in these times. So he completely glosses over it and Hope’s it doesnt get highlighted.

    But like I said yesterday if we are to improve it is the huge problem area we need to address, if you cant win midfield then you cant score and you cant stop other teams from scoring against you.

    He is not the only one, but I’m personally soo bloody sick of watching Shelvey stand around 2-3 yards away from players just watching them run by like someone else will take care of it.

    On top of this he is brutally slow, I’d go as far as to say one of the slowest in the premier league. He absolutely can’t play in the position he plays in anymore, hes loosing pace by the month and he clearly has lost the guile and fight also.

    I guarantee you Shelvey will have a good game next match or in the next few matches if hes not dropped and people will be all over him, ooh hes world class, you dont know what your talking about we, dont need a midfielder, shelveys one of the best in the league…… and it will be rinse and repeat.

    If I could pick just one player in the whole world money no option to transform our team the most it would be Kante, he is exactly the type of player we need, and if we had that kind of fight and tenacity in the midfield I guarantee you we would be playing like a top 6 club. We have literally NO ball winning capability in midfield, how are we supposed to win games?

    If we are to have any chance we need a quality CM, but more than any of this we need Bruce gone. Everything he epitomizes on and off the pitch can be summed up in two words, cluelessness and failure!

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #17

    looked to me like the players were on the hoy all night …

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    Not for the first time, I get the impression Bruce told the players all about Brightons threats but then said we are more than capable of coming out on top. Just look at what we did last week, go out there and do the same.

    Great man management except that it is completely devoid of any techinal strategy, training is only about fitness and expressing yourself with the ball. Which relies on the general positive feeling between the squad to create an attacking dynamic, built on the confidence generated in the coach and previous results.

    Now there are a few injuries, Bruce does not have the luxury of fielding other players to provide a boost and he will need to work with the players available to prevent a complete loss in form. Thank goodnes he does not have to face the discontent of a home crowd.

  • IrishRob

    Sep 21, 2020 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #19

    All these long balls yesterday up to Carroll were a classic example that the team knows itself they dont have the quality to work it up there through the midfield.

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #20

    “The Longstaffs will save us!”

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    Brighton are always good in the first part of the season, before they fade around Christmas and drop like a stone towards the relegation places.

    We always start a season off slowly, have done for years.

    There are issues to sort out, no doubt about it, yesterday was unacceptable, but there’s time to get that done and, really, it was no surprise that Brighton beat us. The manner of that defeat was shocking, but not actually the result.

    A good few on here even identified Tariq Lamptey as the major source of the threat. Just a shame that Bruce didn’t.

    Ritchie for ASM would have been a sensible switch ahead of the match yesterday to shore up that left side and protect Jamal Lewis, who’s still finding his feet in our team.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #22

    Got it in one
    No central midfield – game just passed them by – play like a polo – nowt in the middle. Been like that for years

    Once we have passed the ball we stand still never play quick one two’s – so slow ends up going back to defenders then back to keeper who hoofs it.

    Never break as unit take Shelvey’s one decent pass to Wilson put him nearly through but where was the midfield to try and help 30 yards behind trotting up.

    No one busts a gut

    Also when defenders have he ball never seem to carry it forward when they have acres of space in front of them – but pass it sideways which allows the opposition to close us down. mind you there is no movement from midfield.

    Also if we are going to hoof the ball to attackers then midfield players have to get near them for the knock downs

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #23

    Passing the ball sideways and back is always going to bring pressure from the opposition yet we do it all the time, then once the pressure is on , we rush to get rid, it invariably goes out of play or to an opposition player as its either just hoofed or hoofed to a player who is heavily marked due to the fact we defend too deep and isolate the strikers

  • geordietom

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #24

    yesterday our players stood off their players gave them to much space …

  • Lindisfarne

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #25


    “”Newcastle – still to beat Brighton in the Premier League since the clubs were promoted together three years ago – are hoping to be allowed to have 10,000 fans inside the 52,000 capacity St James’ Park at their next home game, against Burnley in early October. Had that number been present here, Lamptey’s reign of terror would have ensured Bruce’s players were booed off.””
    Louise Taylor

  • onmeedsun

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #26

    All the progressive teams in the PL are moving towards teams with players who are mobile, have decent touch and some pace, irrespective of their position. And they have a long term squad building strategy led by a DOF. Players like Caroll don’t fit into this mould. Who is assessing the competency of our footballing decisions, whether it be squad building, vision, manager etc? Chumley, Ashley, tea lady!

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Our attacking tactics yesterday were to rely on Shelving finding a decisive forward pass or lumping it to Carroll completely missing out our static midfield. Brighton snuffed out both of these options by surrounding Carroll with three big competent defenders who were all comfortable on the ball and also by pressing our defence and not allowing them to play it up to Shelvey resulting in the launch upfield .
    This resulted in the same old problem of Shelvey dropping deeper and deeper looking for the ball and leaving our midfield weak.

    Although most of us could see this unfortunately Steve Bruce couldn’t or if he could , he didn’t have another option in his tactical repertoire, bearing in mind he doesn’t do tactics anyway.

  • IrishRob

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #28

    What was really weird and I think highlights just how bad Bruce isvas a coach, look at lewis against West ham, his attacking play was unreal, the running off the ball the linking up with Maxi etc he had defenders constantly wondering where he was and dragging them out of position.

    Then a week later I dont think I seen him in an attacking position the whole match long, just hovered around midfield and defended a lot.

    My theory is, he was only fresh in the team and didnt have time to be coached against West ham and as a result what he utilised what hed been thought by previous managers. A week on and Bruce had time to set his negative coaching and teach him how to be a flop.

    Longstaff is another example of him regressing players developments by just not have a clue what hes supped to be doing, Almiron is another, possibly Joelinton might be suffering this fate to.

    Bruce needs to go, I would get in a fisherprice coach ahead of Bruce at this stage. But as usual he wont be fired until after Christmas when we have no time left to recover, and were relegated!!

  • IrishRob

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #29

    How can he even be a good man manager like people seem to say when he sends them out there with attitudes like they had yesterday. The man is good for nothing, I’m sick of giving him chances, I’m sick of people telling me we need to give him time.

  • DjMickyg

    Sep 21, 2020 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #30

    “We will have to go back to basics” There is the problem right there we are at basics and our plan was lump it up to Andy. That is basic football. This crap of being unfair to drop players is nonsense you set your team up the get the best result but also you have to study the opposition. Dunk and webster are over 6 ft andy wasnt going to get much off them anyway.

  • magicmac54

    Sep 21, 2020 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #31

    Irish Rob, If Ashley and Charnley were not making the major football decisions at our club people like Steve Bruce would never be coach or manager and we all know it, what other premier league club would even dream of appointing someone like Bruce as manager, so nothing will change ever to our great leader finally sells up Rob.


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