Big Al gives verdict on Toon’s new goal hero

Sunday Sun - - Football -

NEWCASTLE United’s record goalscorer Alan Shearer was full of praise for the club’s lat­est num­ber nine af­ter Salomon Rondon’s dou­ble se­cured three points against Bournemouth.

The on-loan for­ward gave United a two-nil lead af­ter pok­ing home from close range, As­mir Be­govic hav­ing saved his first ef­fort.

But it was Rondon’s sec­ond goal, a bul­let header from a su­perb Kenedy cross which caught the eye of Shearer.

Tweet­ing af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle, he wrote: ‘Yes big man, Salomon Rondon! What a per­for­mance, loved that sec­ond goal – a bril­liant three points.’

Bournemouth scored in the sixth minute of first-half stop­page time as Jef­fer­son Lerma headed home, but United held on for their sec­ond win in a week.

Rondon was praised for his de­fen­sive work, as well as his at­tack per­for­mance – and very nearly got a hat-trick when he forced Be­govic into a save late on.

Speak­ing af­ter the game, he said: “We needed this, to be hon­est, this is the way we need to keep work­ing and fight­ing. You can see the level tonight, so we need to keep play­ing like that to stay up.”

Newcastle are up to 14th in the ta­ble and head to Burnley two weeks to­mor­row.

Salomon Rondon cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing

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