Alan Shearer singles out two Newcastle United players who lacked effort against Watford

Newcastle striker Alan Shearer celebrates after scoring in the 77th minute as Sunderland goalkeeper Lionel Perez is left stranded during the FA Premier League match at St James' Park on...

Newcastle United were beaten 3-0 by Watford at St. James' Park yesterday.

BBC pundit Alan Shearer looks on before the FA Cup Second round match between Hartlepool United and Blyth Spartans at Victoria Park on December 5, 2014 in Hartlepool, England.

Alan Shearer has told Match of the Day, which was broadcast on BBC One on 25th November, that both DeAndre Yedlin and Javier Manquillo could be accused of a lack of effort during Newcastle United’s 3-0 defeat to Watford.

Newcastle were below par, as Watford played them off the park at St. James’ Park yesterday.

And the third goal irked Newcastle legend Shearer, in particular.

Watford broke on Newcastle to seal the victory, when Richarlison crossed the ball in for Andre Gray to poke home from close range, and Shearer felt that both Yedlin and Manquillo did not do enough to stop the attack.

Andre Gray of Watford scores his sides third goal past Robert Elliot of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November...

He said: “The third goal is an embarrassment for Newcastle. Yedlin and Manquillo don’t bother at all to get back in. If Watford had their shooting boots on, it could have been six or seven.”

Newcastle have generally competed well since their return to the Premier League, but their defeat to Watford was worrying.

Newcastle player Javier Manquillo in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Rafael Benitez’s side were miles off the pace, as their poor form continued.

Newcastle have now lost their last four matches in succession, to fall down to 13th in the Premier League table.

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