Alan Shearer hails Nick Pope for his performance against Brighton
Alan Shearer hails Nick Pope for his performance against Brighton
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Alan Shearer hails Nick Pope for his performance against Brighton

Nick Pope was Newcastle’s man of the match against Brighton, and has received praise from Toon legend Alan Shearer after the game.

The goalkeeper made his second competitive appearance for the Magpies after joining Burnley from summer. He was a brief injury doubt before the game, but retained his place in the starting XI.

Pope had an easy outing last week against Nottingham Forest, but this was a different story. The 30-year-old had to earn his clean sheet.

The £10million man was outstanding in between the sticks for Newcastle, producing some excellent saves, particularly in the second half.

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Brighton were much the better team and created some brilliant openings, but Pope was equal to pretty much all of them. And when he wasn’t, he had Kieran Trippier and Fabian Schar to rely on for goal line clearances.

But Pope was the star for Newcastle on a poor afternoon for Eddie Howe’s side, and has received praise from the club’s all time leading goalscorer.

Shearer on how Pope played against Brighton

After the game, Shearer took to Twitter to comment on the 0-0 draw. There wasn’t much to write about given what happened in the game, but he praised Pope’s performance.

The former number nine used one word to describe him: ‘magnificent‘.

That’s exactly what he was, and he’s the reason we now have four points on the board. His reactions from close range were impeccable, with so many shots coming at him from inside the box.

Brighton were very creative in and around the area and created some lovely openings. But Pope stood up to them all. He showcased his reflexes in the first half to deny Danny Welbeck, then early in the second he got down low to stop an Adam Lallana header from going in.

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If any fans were in doubt as to why he has been brought in to replace Martin Dubravka then they should know exactly why now.

Pope performed like that on the regular for Burnley, and now it looks like he will be doing it in a Toon shirt. While Dubravka did nothing wrong, Pope is a step up in class.

He now has two clean sheets for Newcastle. His first was probably the easiest of his career, but the second was all down to his shot stopping ability.

The Magpies struggled in the sun, but Pope proved he can handle the heat. As Shearer says, he was magnificent.