‘Thank heavens Alan Shearer wasn’t around today’: Match of the Day pundits tear into Newcastle after ANOTHER Premier League defeat as Ian Wright warns ‘I don’t know where their next win is coming from’
- Newcastle are yet to win in the league this season and lost 2-1 against Wolves
- Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright was heavily critical of Steve Bruce’s team
- Gary Lineker said Alan Shearer would have been very loud if he was in the studio
Newcastle are still without a Premier League win this season following their 2-1 defeat away to Wolves, and Steve Bruce’s side received much criticism on Match of the Day.
The Magpies are languishing in 19th place in the table having taken just three points from their seven games so far.
Legendary former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer wasn’t in the studio, with presenter Gary Lineker saying that ‘he would have been very loud’ if he was in attendance.
Ian Wright says that he doesn’t know where Newcastle’s next victory is going to come from
Wright was critical of Steve Bruce’s decision to deploy Allan Saint-Maximin up front
Pundit Ian Wright, meanwhile, declared that it is difficult to see where Newcastle’s next win is coming from.
Lineker said: ‘Thank heavens Alan Shearer wasn’t around today. He would have been very loud. But they’re winless now, and that’s four of the last seven campaigns they’ve started without winning a match in their first seven fixtures.’
Wright expressed his disapproval with the decision to deploy Allan Saint-Maximin up front as he feels that the 24-year-old should be used out wide instead.
Hwang Hee-chan put Wolves ahead at Molineux, and, although Jeff Hendrick equalised, Hwang scored again as Bruno Lage’s team took all three points.
Presenter Gary Lineker said Alan Shearer would have been ‘very loud’ if he was in the studio
Wright stressed that changes need to happen quickly for Newcastle.
Wright said: ‘Three points from a possible 21. You know something, you look at Newcastle, unfortunately I don’t know where their next win’s coming from. He hasn’t changed it. He’s playing Allan Saint-Maximin down the centre.
‘It’s got to come to a point. You say that they should have won, but they didn’t and that’s what they’ve got to do. They’ve got to start winning games.’
Lineker joked that Shearer wouldn’t be watching Match of the Day, but the former England star tweeted to say that he was.
Shearer tweeted to say that he was still watching Match of the Day despite the result
Despite Newcastle’s struggles, Danny Murphy believes that Newcastle’s situation isn’t particularly perilous.
Murphy feels that Newcastle are performing well in an attacking sense but stressed that it’s important for Bruce to find the right balance between defence and attack.
Murphy said: ‘I don’t think it’s all that bad. I know they haven’t won but they’ve scored more goals than anyone else in the bottom half this season. The balance isn’t right. Last season I think this would have been the other way round or the last couple of seasons, hard to beat but not able to score many goals.
‘Steve Bruce has definitely tried to play more on the front foot at the beginning of this season, but they’re suffering defensively because of it, and that’s football, finding that balance between being entertaining, looking like you’re having a go, but leaving yourself wide open.’