Alan Shearer was purring like a cat on MOTD2 last night, and why wouldn’t he be.
Let’s be honest, it isn’t very often he gets to enthuse about many Newcastle United games during his punditry work, and after the Leicester massacre, he more than deserved to do so after this game.
As well as the deserved win and impressive performance from the whole team, Shearer was waxing lyrical about Matty Longstaff’s debut goal, which was enough to give us a vital win over a weak Manchester United, and indeed his brother Sean, as the pair of them were absolutely incredible in central midfield. Shearer’s co analyst Martin Keown was even comparing them to Michael Carrick and Paul Scholes.
Here is Shearer’s entire MOTD 2 transcript:
“I have got to say well done Steve Bruce, well done to all the players because that performance today, had everything that was missing last weekend at Leicester.
“It had energy, it had legs in midfield, a good shape and dangerous at times on the counter-attack BUT the stars of the show were two brothers in midfield, Matty and Sean. Wow!“
“This is what they have to do, from the first minute Sean got stuck in, winning the ball, on the front foot and that is what they did. It got the crowd up.
“A little bit of energy that was obviously missing last weekend and that was a sign of things to come.
“This time Matty breaking play up, not allowing (Manchester!) United to get into a rhythm.
“This is the shot that hits the bar, had a pop, not frightened at all, unlucky with it.
“Just look at his brother ‘Go on, have a shot wor kid, just hit it…and he did“
“Linking well together, understanding each other’s game…keeping Newcastle going forward, keeping the momentum.
“This is his goal, what a moment for him, what a moment for his family.
“Look at him trying to get up there, you think he might be quite content to sit deep and take a point but no, he wants to get in there.
“What a strike, what an unbelievable time and moment for him. It will stick with him for the rest of his life.
“Steve (Bruce) described it as the enthusiasm of him and his brother spraying the ball around, both of them can do that no problem at all, if you give them time on the ball”
“The two of them in midfield were absolutely fantastic and there’s his Dad – be very, very proud – what an unbelievable day for you and a great day for Newcastle because they desperately needed that result.”
We certainly did Al!
A win and being out of the bottom three just before the international break is a big psychological boost.
Surely Sean and Matty will be starting together again at Chelsea on October 19th.