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BBC Sport's Peter Slater
"In the second half, Boro capitulated"
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Newcastle's Alan Shearer
"I can understand Boro's frustration"
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Saturday, 8 September, 2001, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
Tyne tears for Boro
Middlesbrough v Newcastle
Colin Cooper scored Boro's first goal of the season
Middlesbrough 1 Newcastle 4

After the magic of Munich it was back to reality for Steve McClaren.

The Boro boss may have played his part in England's stunning success over Germany but he is still waiting to open his account as a Premiership manager.

Colin Cooper put Middlesbrough in front but an Alan Shearer double and goals from Nikos Dabizas and Laurent Robert gave Newcastle their first victory of the season.

We'll keep going along the same lines, we'll keep working hard, we'll keep doing the right things, we just have to hang in there and things will turn around
Middlesbrough manager Steve McClaren
The turning point came towards the end of the first-half when referee Graham Poll sent-off Boro keeper Mark Schwarzer only to allow Newcastle's Shay Given to stay on the pitch for a similar offence minutes later.

Boro had made the perfect start with Cooper heading home a Paul Ince free-kick in the fourth minute for their first goal of the campaign.

That was the highlight of a fairly tame opening half-hour but the game exploded into life in the 30th minute when Schwarzer brought down Robert.

Poll pointed to the spot before dismissing Schwarzer and Shearer, making his first start for six months made no mistake from the spot, beating replacement keeper Mark Crossley.

Nine minutes later there was outrage among Boro fans when Given gave away a penalty for a foul on Paul Ince but escaped with a yellow card.

Given then saved Jonathan Greening's tame effort and the incident seemed to inspire Newcastle who stepped up a gear after the break.

Shearer did very well for 75 minutes or so on his comeback and scored two clever goals - the second goal of his is a great strike
Newcastle manager Bobby Robson
Dabizas gave Bobby Robson's men the lead in the 58th minute with a right-foot finish from a Robert cross.

And the three points were wrapped up three minutes later when the impressive Robert fired home from the edge of the area.

Shearer completed the rout in the 76th minute to leave Boro without a point from four games.

And the distraction of McClaren's part-time role as England coach is sure to come under scrutiny from the Riverside faithful in the next few days.

Middlesbrough: Schwarzer, Vickers, Fleming, Southgate, Cooper, Johnston, Mustoe, Ince, Greening, Deane, Windass. Subs: Crossley, Gavin, Job, Wilson, Nemeth.

Newcastle: Given, Barton, Dabizas, Hughes, Elliott, Solano, Acuna, Lee, Robert, Shearer, Bellamy. Subs: O'Brien, Bassedas, Harper, Lua-Lua, Ameobi.

Referee: G Poll (Tring).

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