‘What on earth are you doing?’: Alan Shearer SLAMS ‘crazy, stupid decision’ by Ciaran Clark to pull back Teemu Pukki which led to him getting sent off just nine minutes into Newcastle’s crucial clash with Norwich

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  • Ciaran Clarke was sent off in just nine minutes in Newcastle’s clash with Norwich
  • Defender passes the ball straight to Timu Pukki before pulling it down
  • Clarke was shown the red card, giving Newcastle a huge task ahead of him
  • Newcastle legend Alan Shearer criticized Clarke after his departure

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Alan Shearer has slammed Ciaran Clarke after the defender was sent off in just nine minutes in Newcastle’s six-pointer clash with Norwich.

Eddie Howe’s side came into the game desperately needing three points after not winning any of their opening 13 league games.

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But his massive game against 19th-ranked Norwich didn’t get off to a bad start as Clarke made two mistakes in the space of five seconds.

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Ciaran Clarke made a huge mistake and then pulled Teemu Pukki back as he was running on goal

The referee had no choice but to send Clarke to block the scoring opportunity.

The referee had no choice but to send Clarke to block the scoring opportunity.

The defender’s first mistake was a poor clearance that fell directly to Norwich striker Teemu Pukki, who was sent to burst through on goal.

Clark dragged the Finnish international onto the field and the referee had no choice but to send him.

After the referee showed a red card, Newcastle legend Shearer reprimanded Clarke for his mistake.

Alan Shearer says it was a 'crazy, stupid decision' by Clark to pull Pucci back after his original mistake

Alan Shearer says it was a ‘crazy, stupid decision’ by Clark to pull Pucci back after his original mistake

On commentary for Amazon Prime, he said: ‘What on earth are you doing? You talk about individual errors.

‘Getting the first ball to Pukki – let him go early in the game if he scores there is still time to come back from him. Ciaran Clarke’s insanely stupid decision to pull Teemu Pukki back.

‘What on earth he is doing is the first mistake if he has to go then let him go.

With the ’11 men it’s time to go down 1-0. The referee has no choice but to make the right decision. Madness.’

After Norwich took his free-kick, Shearer continued to criticize Clarke’s departure.

He said: ‘You know you come here you go to the game, your manager is under pressure, all the players are under pressure, you are saying to yourself at the start of ten or 15 minutes that “no silly errors. do”.

Eddie Howe looks furious after incident that left his team with a huge mountain task

Eddie Howe looks furious after incident that left his team with a huge mountain task

‘Get in the game. You’ve seen two from Clark in just 5 seconds and it could take a big Newcastle time.’

As Clarke walked down the pitch, Newcastle manager Howe was furious at his player’s mistake.

On Amazon Prime coverage, pundits Les Ferdinand and Annie Aluko both agreed it was a blatant red card.

Former Newcastle striker Ferdinand said: ‘As a manager you cannot legislate for individual errors.

‘Ciaran Clarke looks like he’s about to kick the ball away, he doesn’t. Gives it to Pukki and it’s just a crazy reaction.

Moving forward in the game, Newcastle were down - three points behind 19th-place Norwich

Moving forward in the game, Newcastle were down – three points behind 19th-place Norwich

‘We’ve seen it all the time with defenders where maybe they handball in the box and why do you go? I want to go to sleep.

‘You don’t understand why… even if you let him score and he scores, at least you have 11 guys on the pitch and go to get that goal back. Suddenly you feel that it was difficult earlier, now it is even more difficult.’

Aluko said: ‘There are two errors in the initial clearance which was a bad clearance so it’s just desperate and stupid.

‘Definitely not the right decision to pull him back, straight red card. You could see Eddie Howe being the last thing we need.’

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