Alan Shearer names the Newcastle United player who ‘got away with one’ v West Ham

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Alan Shearer provided his view on Newcastle United’s draw against West Ham United.

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer admits Bruno Guimaraes should have been sent off during the 2-2 draw against West Ham United on Sunday afternoon.

Tomas Soucek put the Hammers in front just eight minutes in before the controversy surrounding Guimaraes emerged. The Brazilian was booked for a challenge on Emerson Palmieri and avoided punishment when bringing down James Ward-Prowse shortly after.

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The 25-year-old remained on the pitch as Alexander Isak twice scored to put United 2-1 up before substitute Mohammed Kudus rescued a late point. David Moyes claimed Guimaraes was very lucky to not receive a second yellow card - and Shearer agrees.

“Just for clarity and to say there is no bias, it should have been two yellow cards,” Newcastle’s club-record goalscorer told Match of the Day 2. “I know Bruno didn’t agree with the first one but he does stick his leg out there and it is rightly a yellow card.

“Then 90 seconds later, the second tackle happens. A poor pass from Tonali and he’s [Bruno] is fortunate. I think the correct decision would have a yellow card for a red card so Newcastle got away with one there.”

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for Spotify)Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for Spotify)
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer. (Photo by Antony Jones/Getty Images for Spotify) | Getty Images for Spotify

Shearer also reflected on United’s performance as a whole as the point extended the club’s unbeaten run to seven matches.

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“It was a really slow start to the first half they never got going at all,” said the former England striker. “There was no intensity, no support, no energy, no press. Everything about Newcastle’s game that’s impressive and that includes all of those things, it just didn’t happen.

“Just watch Isak’s reaction here. He’s looking around and crying out for some help. He’s saying is there any chance of support up there.

“Similar thing here, he is highlighted, coming deeper for the ball because he is probably not getting a tough up front and a similar thing again, it’s slow and they end up losing the ball in the middle of the park.

“The next one, when Fabian Schar comes up here, a similar reaction to what Isak’s was on the previous clip as if to say ‘okay help me out, I’m looking for some movement, I’m looking for some movement off the ball’ and they end up going backwards.

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“Isak said after the game that the manager got into them at half-time and straight away you can see everyone is ten or 15 yards further up the park for Newcastle moving the ball quicker.

“Men in forward positions and that’s a brilliant ball to Dan Burn and a very good save. I say about moving the ball quicker, look at the commitment of the men forward.

“That is an outstanding pass from Bruno, an even better cross from Trippier to Isak. How do you want it? On a plate.Thank you very much. That is top quality, class.

“That’s everything good about Newcastle moving the ball with pace, moving a team around and making it difficult. Kieran Trippier, again I thought was superb in the second half, another ball into Anderson and that could have been in the back of the net.

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“This was the moment, if this goes in it’s 3-1 and they probably take all three points but his second touch takes him too close to the goalkeeper therefore he has to go wider than he wants. Cuts the angle down and it’s too much.

“To be fair to West Ham I think they deserved a point, very similar to the previous game Brighton vs Liverpool that we showed. It was a great game but I thought it was a fair result.”

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