'No where near' - Alan Shearer's brutally honest verdict on Newcastle United's loss to Bournemouth

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 21: BBC Presenter Alan Shearer during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Leicester City and Manchester United at The King Power Stadium on March 21, 2021 in Leicester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.  (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Alan Shearer has reacted to Newcastle United's dismal 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth.

The Magpies suffered their first defeat in nine domestic games following a second-half brace by Dominic Solanke. Eddie Howe's side were without 12 senior players for the visit to the Vitality Stadium and that quickly became 13 when Miguel Almiron limped off in the first half.

After the defeat, Shearer immediately took to X, formerly X, to provide his verdict.

"By far the better team won on the night," he said. "Newcastle have injuries and suspensions, but they were really poor and nowhere near it. Well done Bournemouth #BOUNEW"

Newcastle are without Alexander Isak, Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy, Dan Burn, Elliot Anderson, Sven Botman, Javier Manquillo and Matt Targett through injury, while star midfielder Bruno Guimaraes was suspended. Sandro Tonali, of course, is serving a 10 month from football.

As a result, Howe called up under-21s trio Amadou Diallo, Alex Murphy and Ben Parkinson to the bench, with the latter making his Premier League debut in the second half.