Last Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 16:49
Alan Shearer believes his former side Newcastle United can pick up a victory against West Ham after a disappointing start to the term.
The Magpies were ripped apart by Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday night, falling to a 4-0 defeat and struggling to create any kind of threat.
However, former Magpies and Blackburn striker Shearer expects a much improved performance for this weekend's home game against the Hammers, who opened with a 2-0 victory against Cardiff last Saturday.
The 43-year-old believes there is a big gulf between the top three and the rest of the division and insists that the game at St James' Park will give a better indication of how the season will unfold.
Shearer said: "I'm pretty confident they'll do that.
"Many teams will go to Man City and face similar circumstances to Newcastle - Man City will be there or abouts for the league title and Newcastle won't be. The top three are a different level.
"But I think Newcastle will be determined to put Monday's result right and so I think it'll be a narrow home victory."
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