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.
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.
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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