Shearer jokes about why he was devastated after Leeds' Premier League relegation

Alan Shearer

Alan Shearer compared his own record against Leeds to Wayne Rooney's against Newcastle.

Pundit Alan Shearer told BBC Sport's Match of the Day on Wednesday night that he was 'devastated' when Leeds were relegated from the Premier League back in 2004 - because he loved scoring against them!

Shearer watched his Newcastle side draw 3-3 against Manchester United on Tuesday night, with Wayne Rooney continuing his remarkable run of form against the Magpies.

Rooney's brace at St. James' Park on Tuesday night means that he has now scored 14 goals against the Magpies, more goals than he has scored against any other club.

As frustrating as it may be for Shearer to watch Rooney score so regularly against his beloved Magpies, he certainly did much of the same during his playing days.

In just 19 games against Leeds United, Shearer smashed a stunning 20 goals, making the Whites one of his favourite teams to play against in a glittering career.

Speaking on Match of the Day, Shearer joked that when Leeds' financial meltdown culminated in their relegation from the Premier League in 2004, he was 'devastated' - because it robbed him of the chance to score more goals against the Elland Road club!

"14 goals [Rooney's] got against Newcastle, more than any other team," said Shearer. "You just get a feeling as a centre forward, you have teams that you love scoring against. I was devastated when Leeds got relegated, because it cost me three or four goals a season, because I loved playing against them, and he loved playing against Newcastle," he added.

Rooney has some time to go before his record against Newcastle can come close to Shearer's stunning record against Leeds, but Shearer is certainly right - some strikers just love scoring against certain clubs.

Didier Drogba v Arsenal and Luis Suarez v Norwich City spring to mind as notably impressive records, where one player scores on a regular basis against one club in particular - just another of football's bizarre quirks!

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