Shearer accepts sub's role
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Alan Shearer insists he has no problems over not starting the last two games.Newcastle skipper Alan Shearer insists he has no problems over not starting the last two games.
Shearer was rested for last week's win at Fulham and only made a late substitute appearance against Everton at the weekend.
Magpies boss Graeme Souness revealed that he took the decision to give Shearer a rest after discussing the situation with the player.
Shearer accepts why he was left out and admits he is tired after a tough season at St James' Park this term.
"I haven't a problem with it and I can understand why I have been left out," Shearer told the Evening Chronicle.
"I have heard it said that I was left out at my own request but it was a joint decision between me and the manager.
"To tell the truth I have felt absolutely shattered and I have got to admit that I have been very down following that night in Lisbon when we were knocked out of the Uefa Cup.
"I am looking forward to Chelsea on Sunday and we owe it to our fans to have a go, which we will, but I am also looking forward to the end of the season.
"It has been a tough season. In fact, it has been one of the longest and toughest I can remember and we are looking forward to having a rest in the close season and we also know there is a lot of work to be done."
Meanwhile, Magpies striker Shola Ameobi has apologised for his sending-off against Everton.
Ameobi was dismissed after appearing to hit out at Toffees midfielder Tim Cahill.
"I've apologised to the rest of the players for what happened," said Ameobi. "It's not something I should be doing and the referee was right to send me off.
"The ref gave me a free-kick but Cahill still had my hand after the ref had blown up. He was still grabbing at me and I reacted to that.
"I haven't tried to push him in the head, but unfortunately he's a short guy and I've got his head. He's gone down very easily but the referee had to send me off because I did a stupid thing.
"It's the first time I've been sent off and I will definitely learn from it. It's something I should not have done and hopefully it won't happen again."