Alan Shearer gives his verdict on Newcastle v Chelsea

The ex-Newcastle United striker wants to see something from his former cub.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer is far from expecting a win against Chelsea this weekend, according to his regular column for Coral.

But one thing Shearer does demand from the Magpies is to go down fighting if they do end up losing to Jose Mourinho's men.

Steve McClaren is yet to earn a Premier League victory since taking over on Tyneside, while the defending champions have finally returned to winning ways.

Shearer told Coral: "If there is any positive, and I am struggling to find one, it is that Newcastle got a great result against Chelsea last year at St James’ Park, so I hope that somehow they will take heart from that. They will have to come out against Chelsea and give it everything because if they don’t, the fans will go mad, they just won’t accept the lack of fight.

"I hope for that reason it is a tough game for Chelsea. Newcastle have been hammered by everyone in the last two weeks, whether it’s the media, the pundits or the fans, so if they are going to get beaten by Chelsea on Saturday, then they have got to go down fighting."

Sadly, fight is one thing Newcastle just haven't shown since... well it's hard to remember a Magpies side that truly showed any desire.

Granted, the 0-0 draw against Manchester United recently was an encouraging sign, so too the display during the 1-0 defeat v Arsenal. But, if that's as good as it gets, Newcastle fans may as well not turn up against Chelsea.

It's the perfect opportunity for McClaren to prove himself, of course, as a win against the Blues would no doubt lift his flailing reputation, with the St James' Park outfit currently having nothing to lose.

But, from the mediocre, uninspiring signals the head coach has been sending out so far this term, Shearer may be left disappointed once again.

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