Shearer gives verdict on Newcastle's performance, picks out major two turning points

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer says losing to Sunderland is 'embarrassing' for Newcastle.

Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has told The Sun that the Magpies lacked a killer instinct during their 3-0 defeat away at rivals Sunderland.

Steve McClaren's side went in to the game having thrashed Norwich City 6-2 at St. James' Park last weekend, but were once again humbled by their biggest enemy, Sunderland.

Goals from Adam Johnson, Billy Jones and Steven Fletcher gave the Black Cats a thumping win at the Stadium of Light, meaning they have now won each of the last six games between the two clubs.

Newcastle's last win over Sunderland came all the way back in 2011, and their torrid record in Wear-Tyne derbies continues even under new management.

After the game, Newcastle legend Shearer gave his verdict on the game whilst speaking to The Sun, and made damning comments about the defeat.

Shearer admitted that, as a Magpies fan, yet another defeat is 'embarrassing', and pointed to two major turning points - Fabricio Coloccini's red card for Johnson's penalty, and a missed chance from Aleksandar Mitrovic, which ultimately took the game away from Newcastle despite a strong start.

"As a Newcastle fan, losing six in a row to Sunderland is embarrassing," said Shearer. "We lacked the killer instinct, had all the possession but didn’t do enough with it. When you have opportunities you’ve got to stick them away.

"I didn’t think it was a 3-0 game. They didn’t deserve that. Of course Sam Allardyce won’t care a jot about whether it was deserved or about the performance. All that will matter to him is he got their first win of the season. But it’s still going to be a long hard season for both of them."

"The truth is neither side is very good. There were two turning points. First that stupid Fabricio Coloccini challenge. It wasn’t a red card but it was a penalty and it was a big call from the referee to send him off. Then Aleksandar Mitrovic’s chance. He got one-on-one with the keeper and if that goes in it’s a different story. It didn’t and Newcastle paid the price for leaving themselves open," he added.

McClaren now needs a huge response after this defeat, as fans are far from happy at suffering another defeat at the hands of their biggest rivals - but as Shearer says, both clubs are likely to be in relegation battles this season.

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