Newcastle went down to their third successive defeat today at second bottom placed Southampton by two goals to nil, and in truth Southampton were the better side and deserved to win this game, and they are now only 3 points behind a slumping Newcastle in the Premier League table on 14 points, having won their last two games.
That’s just one point for Newcastle from the last 12 played for in the league, and alarm bells will be ringing at Newcastle – and if they’re not they should be – and the strange thing is when we started this string of four games at Liverpool, Alan Pardew had said he was hoping to pick up lots of points against teams lower down in the table than Newcastle.
Newcastle made a bright start to the game, but after about 15 minutes Southampton started to come more and more into the game, and it was no surprise when they scored, though their captain Adam Lallana.
It was a long ball into the box that started it, and Krul came out to kick it clear, but Nathaniel Clyne collected the ball and tried a shot and Williamson did well to head the ball away, but it went to Jack Cork, who squared it nicely to Lallana who put the ball home..
It was 1-0 at the break and again Newcastle started the second half brightly, but again Southampton started to take control and they went further ahead after 59 minutes.
Two players that Alan Pardew had signed for Southampton – Puncheon and captain Lallana – had very good games, and linked up well down the left hand side, and Puncheon put in a low cross which Tim Krul couldn’t hold, and it was too easy for Ramirez to tap the ball home – a bad mistake from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Newcastle tried to come back in this game, and Santon was unlucky not to get his first goal for the club, when goalkeeper Gazzaniga made a great save from the Italian’s far post header, which looked like a certain goal – and that was unlucky for Newcastle and Santon.
But the time ran out and a third successive defeat in four games when manager Alan Pardew said he had hoped to pick up points and climb the league table in these four games.
The opposite has happened, and we are now down to 14th position and have another tough game at Stoke City on Wednesday night.
To be fair, Newcastle are without a number of their top players – but this is what happens to your league form when Newcastle get back into Europe and the squad is not strengthened from last season.
We are now paying the price for the mistakes made in the summer, when the Newcastle Board failed to bring in three or four new players to fortify the squad.
But the games are now coming thick and fast, and the lads will just have to do the best they can until some of our big guns return.
We just have to hope that this terrible slump can be ended – sooner rather than later – and we don’t fall too far down the table.
In the last six games in all competitions since that lucky 2-1 win against West Brom, we’ve lost three and drawn three.
What was that about a top six finish this season – no chance on this form.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Luke Shaw (Jos Hooiveld 90+1); Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana (c), Gaston Ramírez (Steven Davis 78); Rickie Lambert (Jay Rodriguez 76)
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Guly Do Prado
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (James Perch 90+1), Davide Santon; Jonas Gutierrez (c), Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 67), Cheick Tiote, Shane Ferguson (Sammy Ameobi 46); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, James Tavernier, James Perch, Gael Bigirimana, Nile Ranger
Referee: Martin Atkinson