Newcastle Earn A Point Against Southampton

Newcastle came out of the game against Southampton with a hard-earned 1-1 draw against a slick-looking Saints side, who had most of the possession in the game – 60% in fact to Newcastle’s 40% – and it was a fiercely contested game between two sides who were 7th and 8th in the Premier League at the start of the game.

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Yoan Gouffran – after scoring in first half

After 12 minutes there was a huge miss by Loic Remy as the ball came to him and he had all the goal to shoot at,  but Dejan Lovren was there to clear the ball off the line – Newcastle should have been 1-0 up with that very good chance – and Loic usually buries those ones.

But after 28 minutes Newcastle went ahead, and a free kick from Mathieu Debuchy was put into the box and Mike Williamson headed the ball back across goal, and Hooiveld failed to clear the ball –  and Yoan Gouffran popped up again for this sixth goal of the season, as he beat the goalkeeper to the ball and slotted the ball home and Newcastle were 1-0 up.

And after one minute of stoppage time in a well contested first half, where Southampton looked a decent side,  Newcastle had their noses ahead thanks to a good opportunist goal from Yoan Gouffran.

Southampton introduced both Adam Lallana and Morgan Schneiderlin at the start of the second half, in order to try to take a firmer grip on the game, and Southampton looked a better side in the second half.

And after 64 minutes with the Saints threatening, midfielder Steven Davis sent in a great volley that came back off a post with Tim Krul beaten, and the shot was from all of 25 yards out – what a goal that would have been.

But then two minutes later Southampton were level and they broke quickly out of defense, and Davis got the ball through to England International striker Rodriguez, who put in a great finish to level the scores at 1-1.

And then Loic Remy missed a second big chance only minutes later, that could have seen Newcastle win this game, as he fired wide from a good position.

And in stoppage time after Schneiderlin put in a terrible tackle on Haidara, both sets of coaches were in a melee, and Newcastle goalkeeper coach Andy Woodman and Toni Jimenez, the goalkeeper coach of Southampton were ejected from the game.

But this has to go down as 2 points dropped by Newcastle, although Southampton were the better side in the second half.

Both sides had chances to win this game, and there were some bad misses from both sides – and in the end maybe a draw was a fair result – and this is now the 5th game on the trot that Southampton have not won,  and they remain 3 points behind the Magpies who move up to 6th place in the league table.

It was a bit of a disappointing result for Newcastle this afternoon, and the performance wasn’t one of our best, but Southampton will beat quite a few Premier League sides this season.

Comments welcome.


Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Massadio Haidara 78); Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Hatem Ben Arfa 73); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 61), Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi

Southampton (4-4-2): Paulo Gazzaniga, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw; James Ward-Prowse (Morgan Schneiderlin 46), Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez (Sam Gallagher 90+5); Rickie Lambert (c), Pablo Osvaldo (Adam Lallana 46).
Subs not used: Cody Cropper, Maya Yoshida, Jose Fonte, Gaston Ramirez

Referee: Mike Jones

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22 comments so far

  • theartfuldodger

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #1

    How much time before we start to get on remy’s back ?? Hes not scored in 4 now. Almost 5 if you take out the 2nd min goal at norwich.

  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    again pardew gets grief even tho it was poor finishing and decision making by the players that cost us the game today!
    and santons ball was just as shocking as remy’s miss!
    he had all the time in the world to float a ball in and he hit the first man! shocking

  • Toon Tang

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #3

    hull, stoke – the big one coming up next

  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #4

    arful dodger get on his back if you want. why wait until everyone agrees with you before voicing your opinion? very cowardly if you ask me

  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #5

    remy i think might actually be effected by his rape case he was supposed to be either charged or cleared in the last month but now its gone on again
    could be effecting him like?

  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #6

    On another day another win for us, just one swim slack moment cost us, and a sitter missed to tub salt in. Never mind, I said they should have been given respect for their league position. I do agree that Pards is slow in changing tack. Think of it as a point won.

  • toonluvva

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #7

    We won’t win many matches if we continue to spurn chances.

    On the positive side, at least we are creating them!

    I actually thought we might get a draw so I’m not too disappointed.

  • gaz 44

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #8

    Fail to see how pardew was at fault.. The lads never gonna get it right by some of you … Last year he blamed Europe the same way laudrup has at Swansea ,,
    This year we’ve actually been very good some of you just never will be happy until a so called top name comes in which ain’t gonna happen… Loved the comment earlier of how Marv and Anita would be good In same team.. So cute my 3 year old son has more tactical sense

  • TheToonKing

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #9

    How can people slate Pardew for todays draw ? Insane…

    We were the better team by faaar. They had nothing besides their counter goal and wondershot post hit by Davis.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #10

    cabaye for Shola against cpfc

  • toonbrother

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #11

    a clean sheet would have earned us 3 points. 6 goals conceded in 5 games since the return of the shitty one

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Bad result. Would’ve been a good result if we were away to Soton. Marveaux would’ve made a bigger impact than Ben Arfa today. I’m afraid that we might lose him in January. It would be a big loss for us as he’s one our best players.

  • Cantbuyye

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #13

    Well played today lads, could’ve took all 3 but thats why Southampton are where they are. Goofy was outstanding in the 1st half, Tiote had another solid game, Sissoko and Debuchy were class, Anita pipped it for me. Cisse was offside just about every time, the guy’s lacking confidence and needs to step up to gain his spot back. HWTL

  • Tsunki

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #14

    I’m not slating Pards as I think his subs had impact, just he does seem to delay when it’s obvious change is needed. In the end, it was a slack defensive switch off not Pards that cost us today.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Anita and Marveaux play well together and are the best technical players at the club. It’s common sense that they need to play together.

  • davetoon

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16

    was a very open game…

    not sure that the possession stats are relevant as Southampton had most of theirs in their own half

    One of the things the team needs to work on is having more patience when trying to score. Once Southampton started to play better and pressure around the pitch, the long ball tactic reappeared

  • manxpie

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    so was pardew supposed to change it 2 mins from kickoff for the second half then?
    by the sounds of some of ya thats wat you are saying
    and btw for our goal pardew switched sisko n gouff and we scored and looked alot more dangerous for the rest of that half but i suppose that got lost on alot of ya because you were looking at the superior tactical nous of all the other prem managers!

  • toonking

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    @tsunki and uncertain.

    that is non sence. I pardew were to take rem off as soon as he missed that first chance you would be right on pardews back.

    for one in your life can you just have the sense to blame a player or 2 because at the the end of the day it’s them who are on the pitch an making decisions on what to do with the ball all pardew can do is choose when to sub and right now their is no one on the bench I expect to score goals, in other words it’s remy’s fault for missing sitters, HBA’s fault for being so greedy and acting like a show and cisses fault for never saying onside.

  • Marty-Toon

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #19

    Good game to watch
    Lots of action,they made some good changes at half time that changed the game,but of course we should’ve wrapped up the game

  • Crawfordladd17

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Today proved we need Cabaye, get Cabella in January he is a great player. Also get a striker, Remy, Shola and a new signing that would be 4 good strikers, loan out Cisse to a foreign league or to Fulham, Palace or someone that take players on loan who are struggling.

  • curmon

    Dec 14, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #21

    Southampton broke up most of Newcastle attacks by giving away cheap niggly fouls. the ref did not catch onto this, a smart ref would have really cracked down on this but Soham realised they could get away with it. The only yellow cards shown were for two quite vicious challenges by Soham. As for the linesman in the NU half he was absoloutely hopeless. We need to get a decent striker in January, Cisse is hopeless.

  • magpie hk

    Dec 15, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #22

    We need a center forward badly. Shola is not effective all the time… and Papiss is simply disappointing!


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