Alan Shearer sees little reason for optimism despite Newcastle United win

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Newcastle United beat Bournemouth 1-0 yesterday, but their performance was less than convincing.

Newcastle United may have won against Bournemouth yesterday, but Alan Shearer has told BBC's Match of the Day that he spotted few reasons to be optimistic with their performance.

Newcastle beat Bournemouth 1-0, but they were pegged back for large sections of the match, and were rather fortuitous to get the three points.

The win has lifted Newcastle out of the relegation zone, but Shearer admits that there were few improvements on display from them in the match.

“Not today,” he responded, when asked whether he has spotted any improvements in Newcastle.

“In recent weeks, particularly last week against Stoke, Newcastle played some decent stuff and didn’t get the result they deserved. Against Sunderland they also played some decent stuff.

“Today, they were pretty awful, but they got the three points. In their position, that’s all that matters.”

Newcastle beat Bournemouth thanks to their greater ruthlessness in-front of goal.

Ayoze Perez scored with their only shot on target, while Josh King missed a number of opportunities for Bournemouth – and Shearer felt that was the difference between the two sides.

“Bournemouth missed some big chances,” he said. “Josh King didn’t take his chances, and he has to learn to [get a shot away].

“That’s the big difference – King didn’t shoot, but Ayoze Perez did.”

Despite Shearer’s rather damning analysis of his former side, he did find one player to praise in his post-match analysis.

The Newcastle legend felt that goalkeeper Rob Elliot did well throughout the contest, with the stopper making a series of excellent saves.

“He was superb,” Shearer added. “Without him today Newcastle would not have got the three points. He was calm, he was assured, and he was quick off his line. He kept a very, very good clean-sheet.”

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