It was a performance that was near disgraceful this afternoon at St. Mary’s, when from the very first whistle Newcastle were second best in every department against a young, energetic and attacking Southampton side, who were streets better than this Newcastle side on the day, and hammered us 4-0 – and it could have been a lot worse but for a very good display from stand-in goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
Ron may have been the only Newcastle player who actually turned up this afternoon to play.
All smiles as Alan Pardew greets Mike Ashley
Note – this was before the game
And fans already expect a massive clear-out of the squad this summer with players like Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi, Steven Taylor, Jonas Gutierrez, Gabby Obertan, Romain Amalfitano and Conor Newton leaving the club.
And we’ll also lose Loic Remy, the French International striker, who will join a bigger club than Newcastle in the summer.
But from this performance today, we are even a long way behind Southampton who are now 2 points ahead of us with a much better goal difference, there’s is +9 and ours is -9, thanks to an 8 goals swing today.
Newcastle are now dropping in the league table and are in 9th position, and only six points above Stoke, who we have to visit in a couple of weeks – so if we don’t improve our form and results in the final six games, it’s possible we will not even make the top ten.
Here’s just some of what Alan Pardew told Sky Sports after the game:
“The difference in energy levels between the two teams was marked, I thought,” “The emphasis of the game was never changed because of the threat.”
“We’ve got to threaten the game more than we did. If you don’t threaten the opposition then they’re going to keep coming, and that’s what Southampton did. It was a great day for them. I thought they played very well, made it very difficult for us.”
“That’s a performance that we need to make sure never happens again. It was our lack of energy, wherever you were sitting in the stadium, that looked a problem.”
It was an insulting performance from the players, and at one point in the first half captain Coloccini and vice-captain Cheick Tiote had words and were arguing, as Newcastle were simply overwhelmed by Southampton.
And it was so bad, that we think it puts a question mark over Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle – the players are much better than they showed this afternoon.
And before the end of the season the manager must show he can get more out of the side than has happened over the last 14 league games – and remember Alan already has a strike against him because of that Hull incident, when he shamed both Newcastle United and himself.
We’ve won only four of the last 14 league games, and two of the wins were at home against Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, with the only goal of the game being scored in stoppage time.
And you cannot accuse Newcastle of being an attacking side, since we haven’t scored in ten of the last 14 league games, and we’ve scored only one goal in the nine games Loic Remy has not played this season. 🙁
Newcastle got 33 points in the first 18 games of the season, and we have 13 in the last 14 games played – and that’s a frightening statistic.
Talk about limping over the finish line.
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