Alan Shearer insists Borussia Dortmund’s win over Newcastle was far from a ‘fluke’, claiming his old side deserved nothing from the game.
There was lots of optimism in the air after Newcastle dismantled a star-studded Paris Saint-Germain side at home last time out in the Champions League.
But in a dominant first half, Dortmund went ahead through Felix Nmecha and they defended resolutely thereafter in a major downpour to condemn their hosts to defeat.
‘You can’t say it was a fluke,’ Shearer said on BBC Radio 5 Live.
‘Dortmund might have been lucky once or twice in the last 10 minutes when it hit the bar but they defended so well.
‘They have played Newcastle really well and played the crowd really well. They were such a threat on the break.’
The Newcastle legend added: ‘If Newcastle are honest then I think they’ll accept they didn’t deserve anything from the game.’
One man who is at odds with Shearer’s assessment is Newcastle manager Eddie Howe who, when speaking to TNT Sports after the game, felt defeat was a harsh reflection on his team.
‘We grew into the game in the second half with the chances we created and the woodwork denied us,’ Howe said.
‘I don’t think we deserved to lose today.’
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