Shearer raps Newcastle boss Pardew for Cup selection

Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has rapped Alan Pardew over his team selection for their FA Cup defeat to Brighton.

Shearer wrote in The Sun: "I’ve got no complaints about the result, because the better team won on the day.

"Let’s face it, Brighton were a million miles better on this occasion.

"And I know Premier League survival has to be Pardew’s No 1 priority, but I still feel he could have put out a stronger team.

"You read that Cisse and Coloccini were not considered because they were carrying “minor knocks”.

"But they should be fit by next weekend — and it makes you think they could have played at a push.

"At least put them on the bench, the way Manchester United did with Van Persie and company, so you can try to turn it round if things are going wrong."

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