'Robbed' - Alan Shearer's honest verdict on Newcastle United's 3-2 win at Nottingham Forest

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Alan Shearer's verdict on Newcastle United's 3-2 win against Nottingham Forest.

Alan Shearer heaped praise on the "magnificent" Bruno Guimaraes after the Brazilian inspired Newcastle United to victory against Nottingham Forest.

Guimaraes netted twice as the Magpies claimed a 3-2 win at the City Ground. The 26-year-old opened the scoring 10 minutes in before netting what turned out to be the winner midway through the second-half.

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His first goal arrived via a short corner routine involving Miguel Almiron and Kieran Trippier as Guimaraes volleyed home the latter's cross at the backpost. His second goal was a curled finish into the bottom right corner.

Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)
Newcastle United midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Analysing Guimaraes' display on Match of the Day, Magpies' legend Shearer said: "He was brilliant, he deserved it [man of the match]. Two wonderful goals and his all round, I thought, was magnificent. He was at the heart of everything good, whether he was keeping or protecting the ball, adding that little bit of quality with his range of passing or his ability to find space that not many others can.

"Great ball in by [Kieran] Trippier but that is such a difficult technique to hit it like that. Eyes on the ball watching it all the way and to get direction and power he did, it was an incredible goal. He was absolutely magnificent.

"That's why the Newcastle fans love him. He's got a great relationship with the fans and rightly so as well. He's a lovely man and a very good footballer."

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Despite clearly being thrilled at Newcastle's victory, Shearer did admit that Forest should have had a penalty when Taiwo Awoniyi went to ground under contract from Martin Dubravka. "I think Newcastle got lucky there," Shearer added. "If it was the other way round I'd be screaming for a penalty. I understand why the Nottingham Forest fans feel robbed."

Indeed, Reds boss Nuno Espirito Santo was unhappy at the decision after a VAR stuck with referee Anthony Taylor's on-field decision following a review.

“Yes, clearly we should have had a penalty. I saw it over and over again. For me, it is a clear penalty,” said Nuno.

“I think Anthony Taylor maybe doesn’t have a clear view of the incident because it is from behind. But when you have the chance to have VAR check it and see the replays, I think it is so obvious. That is why I don’t understand the decision of not giving the penalty.

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“I think it was a defining moment because we came from behind twice, which is very hard against a very good team. You then have a clear chance to be in front.

“We don’t know what would have happened but it clearly changes the game. After all the effort of the boys and how well they were doing things, that was a decisive moment.”

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