Alan Shearer has criticised Yoshinori Muto and Federico Fernandez for the part they played in Brighton’s goal on Saturday – also claiming that Newcastle were simply ‘not good enough’ despite having ‘no luck’.
It was typically honest stuff from the ex-NUFC striker as he commented on what he saw at St James’ Park during Saturday night’s Match of the Day.
Here’s what he had to say following the 0-1 defeat to Bright – a result that leaves us bottom of the table and without a win in our first NINE games:
“It was poor today, but you’ve still got to do the defending from the corner,”
“Poor in the first place from Muto, gives the ball away in a dangerous position.
“You’ve still got to defend the corner and Newcastle didn’t do that. [Shane] Duffy outmuscles Fernandez, they get the ball back, Izquierdo’s shot and it takes a couple of deflections, the last one being off Kayal. No luck, but Brighton were very, very well organised.
“But from a Newcastle point of view, not good enough.”
He’s right, we weren’t good enough, but I do also agree that we got very little luck.
It shouldn’t have been a corner in the build up to their goal (it came off March and NOT Dummett) and Shelvey’s free-kick was destined for the top corner if it wasn’t for the deflection that gave Ryan a chance. Kenedy was inches from scoring after flicking that bar too.
As I say, we were poor and we did look pretty toothless despite all our possession, however it’s a game we could’ve easily won if we had the rub of the green.
These are the fine margins at this level, however. Until we can start scoring goals, we’ll always run the risk of this happening.