Alan Shearer says comparisons between Steve Bruce and Rafa Benitez miss what Newcastle United's problem is.

Bruce's style of football has come in for plenty of criticism from Newcastle fans, whilst the manager has been defended by plenty of pundits who argue that he is doing similar to Rafa Benitez on Tyneside.

The Magpies ran out 2-0 winners over Crystal Palace thanks to late goals from Callum Wilson and Joelinton to hand fans a boost following a demoralising performance against Chelsea the previous week.

Speaking post-match on Amazon Prime, Shearer said the victory was a step in the right direction.

Yet, in a thinly-veiled attack on owner Mike Ashley, Shearer argued any criticisms of Bruce or Benitez miss the bigger issue at Newcastle.

"It will give them confidence and belief," he said.

"In terms of the way they play, they were certainly more positive, but I do also have to say - I've said it before - Newcastle are literally black and white.

"They're either brilliant or rubbish. Tonight they worked hard and created one or two chances.

"I keep hearing the rubbish about comparisons between Steve Bruce and Rafa Benitez, 'he did this, he did that', but you've got to forget that.

"Newcastle are a club that finishes in and around 13th or 14th position, they got relegated under Rafa Benitez also.

"They get good results and they get bad results. Those two are not the problem at Newcastle United, the problem has been there for a long time.

"They haven't won anything since 1969 but what they can do is attract thousands and thousands of fans, week in, week out, who want to see their team try and work hard.

"When Steve came in, after three or four months, Newcastle had to give away 10,000 tickets for free. That wasn't his problem, that's the club's problem, someone else's problem."

He continued: "They have an owner who doesn't want to be there, he's made that clear that he wants to sell the football club.

"The problem's not Steve Bruce or Rafa Benitez so forget the comparisons. You have a set of fans who want to be entertained, who want to see their team do well.

"They don't want a yoyo club who's relegated one year or fighting relegation every single year. That's where Newcastle will continue to be until something happens with what I mentioned."

Shearer defended Newcastle fans from criticism over their dislike of Bruce pre-match, arguing that supporters just want to see a team that can compete.

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He backed up his argument post-match but said it was not a problem exclusive to Bruce's time as manager.

He said: "When you pay your money, you want to be entertained but we also know that's not always possible with what Newcastle have.

"That's been an issue for a while now at Newcastle. They'll continue to get good results and bad results, they did under previous managers, not just Steve and Rafa - Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear, Alan Pardew, etc.

"So that's where we are."