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Shearer Hails Aaron Connolly's 'Complete Centre-Forward Performance'

Shearer Hails Aaron Connolly's 'Complete Centre-Forward Performance'

Alan Shearer added his praise to the mountain acclaim being piled upon Aaron Connolly for his performance against Brighton.

The Ireland U21 international, who was yesterday called up to the senior squad for the crucial qualifiers against Georgia and Switzerland, scored twice as Brighton beat Spurs in the early Premier League kick-off on Saturday.

"He was absolutely magnificent," Shearer said on Match of the Day.

He ran that Spurs defence ragged all afternoon. It was a complete centre-forward performance. It had everything: energy, running in behind. They couldn't cope with him.

His positioning was superb, getting in between the fullback and the centre-half.

Shearer hailed Connolly's movement off the ball and his tendency to be undeterred if the ball doesn't come his way when he makes a run.

"Running in behind, he can go inside, he can go outside," said Shearer, highlighting a play which came shortly before Connolly's second goal.

"He goes down the left-hand side, Toby [Alderweireld] hasn't got a clue what he's going to do."

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The former England captained called Connolly's second goal of the game an "incredible finish".

"He was absolutely magnificent. Workrate? Absolutely. Closing them down, giving them no time on the ball.

"He's been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad and it's thoroughly deserved on that performance."

Watch: Aaron Connolly's Sweet Brace Helps Brighton To 3-0 Win Vs Spurs

 

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