Alan Shearer left shocked by Dwight Gayle's miss in Newcastle defeat

‘It’s harder to miss! He’s in the middle of the goal’: Alan Shearer left exasperated by Dwight Gayle’s sitter from SIX YARDS out just minutes before Raheem Sterling added Man City’s second against Newcastle

  • Newcastle were beaten 2-0 by Man City in the FA Cup quarterfinals on Sunday
  • Dwight Gayle missed a golden chance to level the game with the score at 1-0
  • After 67 minutes, Gayle blazed over from six yards out with the goal gaping  
  • Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer described the chance as ‘easier to miss’ 

Alan Shearer has slammed Dwight Gayle’s shocking miss as Newcastle lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

With the Magpies trailing 1-0 in the 67th minute, substitute Gayle spurned a golden chance to equalise but blasted over from six yards out with the goal gaping.

To add to the striker’s woes, Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their lead just sixty seconds later thanks to a Raheem Sterling strike to seal their passage into the cup semifinals. 

Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle missed a sitter as his side lost 2-0 to Manchester City in the FA Cup

Magpies legend Alan Shearer (left) said the chance was ‘harder to miss’ on Match of the Day

After the match, Newcastle’s record goalscorer and Match of the Day pundit Sharerer said: ‘What is he six yards out there? It’s harder to miss. He’s in the middle of the goal, isn’t he?

‘We said it straight away, that’s it, that was Newcastle’s chance, and straight after it happens they [City] go one end to the other.’

Gayle’s shocking miss gained a similar reaction from social media users on Twitter.

Arsenal fans were particularly disappointed in the strike for spurning the easy opportunity to score, as the Gunners now face the difficult task of facing City in the last four of the competition.

Fans ridiculed Gayle on social media for his terrible miss which cost Newcastle the game

One Arsenal fan said: ‘How has he missed that?! If we lose to City in the next round, I’m blaming Dwight Gayle.’

A Newcastle fan added to the criticism of the striker, saying: ‘That was easier to score than miss. Brilliant play from ASM. Gayle has let us down massively there. Typical City go score straight after….’

Another supporter even implied that Gayle should not have risen from the substitutes bench, saying: ‘“Here’s a striker with a point to prove!”’ 10 seconds later Dwight Gayle proves why he was on the bench.’ 

Meanwhile, one player who did manage to make a positive impact off the bench was Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who played a killer pass to tee up Sterling for the visitor’s second goal of the game.

Match of the Day pundits were more pleased about Phil Foden’s performance on Sunday

Match of the Day pundits were much more positive when talking about the England youth international’s impact on the match, with former Manchester City defender Micah Richards saying: ‘Foden can see a pass, he’s got terrific skill. He’s like a 5 a side player playing 11 a side, just incredible. 

‘It’s good to see a young English talent with this sort of skill. Normally we saw this sort of player coming from Spain or Portugal. 

‘His confidence is growing. Pep’s come out and said he doesn’t want to sign anyone in that position.’

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