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14th Apr, 2017 | 3:26pm

Alan Shearer reveals why he loves Leeds ahead of Newcastle clash

By Will Butcher

Alan Shearer has revealed that he loved playing against Leeds ahead of Friday evening’s clash against Newcastle at St. James’ Park.

Garry Monk’s side will be looking to avoid a repeat of the reverse fixture away from home, after the Toon secured a 2-0 win at Elland Road with both sides desperate to secure victory.

Newcastle legend Shearer told Coral on their official Twitter account that he enjoyed playing against the Yorkshire giants because of his scoring rate, whether that was at home or away.

“It’ll be a great atmosphere, I’ll be there at the game myself. I wish I was playing because I had a great record against Leeds scoring goals. I loved playing against Leeds, whether it was for Blackburn, for Southampton or Newcastle,” Shearer said.

“It was one of those teams that I seemed to always score against. Newcastle have to get back to winning ways, if they don’t win the game, the pressure will become intense.

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“I’m looking forward to the game but Leeds have got their own reasons to win the game, as they’re pushing for that play-off spot.”

Shearer, now a pundit with multiple outlets including the BBC, scored 21 career goals against Leeds for Southampton, Blackburn and Newcastle.

The iconic Toon number nine will be in attendance on Friday evening at St. James’ Park, as the Magpies look to put aside their loss to Sheffield Wednesday last time out.

However, Leeds will be looking to make it two wins from two after brushing aside Preston in a marvellous 3-0 victory at Elland Road last weekend.

Three points for Leeds could see them climb to third in the Championship table, if Huddersfield and Reading lose on Friday.

In other Leeds news, fans have urged Monk to start this in-form 24-year-old star against the Toon.

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