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Shearer slams errant Barton
04 May 2009 - 10:25:50
Newcastle United's interim manager Alan Shearer blasted midfielder Joey Barton over his sending-off in the 3-0 defeat at Liverpool.
Barton's season is over after he was red-carded for a dreadful two-footed challenge on Xabi Alonso, having been entrusted with a start by Shearer for a crucial clash.
"He deserved to be sent off, he has let himself and the club down," Shearer fumed.
"He was not unlucky, the referee was spot-on. There was no need for him to do that in such a position.
"It was a red card and I was not happy. He has apologised, but he is suspended for the rest of the season now."
Meanwhile, Shearer accepted that his side's bid to avoid relegation is running out of time, with a critical game at home to Middlesbrough next up for the Magpies.
Shearer admitted: "Time is running out, but we've still got two very important home games which will decide our fate, no doubt about that.
"The game with Boro, whoever loses that will find it very difficult to come back. But I believe we will get something from our next two home games.
"We were well beaten by the better side. Now we move on to better things hopefully. It could have been a few more, but we'll regroup for next week."