Alan Shearer calls out Chelsea star & names the 'unbelievable' Newcastle United ace

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Alan Shearer analysed Newcastle United's 4-1 victory against Chelsea on BBC Match of the Day.

Alan Shearer has heaped praise on Kieran Trippier following Newcastle United's 4-1 win over Chelsea and believes it was an afternoon to forget for England counterpart Reece James.

A depleted Magpies eased past their visitors with second half goals from Jamaal Lascelles, Joelinton and Anthony Gordon after Alexander Isak's 13th-minute opener was cancelled out by Raheem Sterling's free-kick.

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The win saw Eddie Howe's men bounce back from a 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth before the international break as United legend Shearer set aside special praise for Trippier.

Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United in action watched by Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United in action watched by Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Kieran Trippier of Newcastle United in action watched by Raheem Sterling during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"I thought it was a tale of two full-backs, one who is in unbelievable form in Kieran Trippier and another who's just been made captain of Chelsea and had a really poor day," he told BBC Match of the Day.

"What a season [Trippier] is having. When you've got that many injuries you've got to have your leaders stand up and be huge, and he is doing exactly that.

"Sterling, who we know is in good form, couldn't get past him, whether that was one-v-one or covering inside. And there aren't many better in the Premier League than delivering balls. Set pieces as well, he really is the whole package.

"What a season he's having, what a player."

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Shearer then criticised Chelsea captain James after the 23-year-old was shown a red card in the 73rd minute for two bookings. His side were already trailing 3-1.

"On the other hand, he [James] had a really tough day," Shearer continued. "Gordon gave him a tough afternoon because he got the goal and assist. And then he gets the two yellow cards.

"We've all done silly things on a football pitch, that's fine you've got to accept that but when you're captain, you can't do that, you can't kick the ball away like that. Not when you're in that position and away from home.

"He gives the ball away here. He gets his arms on him [Gordon], brings him down and fouls him. Another yellow card therefore the red card.

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"But what a result for Newcastle, it's brilliant that everyone is playing the way they are with so many injuries. It's a great night for Eddie [Howe] and the Newcastle fans.

"I have to mention a special day for the Newcastle academy with three youngsters making their Premier League debuts, plus 17-year-old Lewis Miley was outstanding when you consider who he was up against in that Chelsea midfielder."

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