Newcastle were extremely poor today at St. Mary’s and that’s an understatement as Southampton were by far the better side, and they seemed to have no problem scoring against what looked at times like a completely inept Newcastle defense.
Newcastle made a terrible start in the first quarter of the game, and were 2-0 down by the 19th minute and we almost conceded after 24 seconds when a Tim Krul clearance cannoned off Shane Long and rolled just wide of the post.
That turned out to be a (bad) sign of things to come.
After six minutes it was no surprise when Southampton went ahead, after already having a couple of chances to go ahead, and when the ball was played into the box from the inside left position, it was Pelle who headed the ball into the back of the net completely unchallenged – where was the defense?
And then Krul made a decent stop after nine minutes from a right-wing shot, with Newcastle hanging on and then after 19 minutes – with Saints mauling a poor Newcastle defense, the home side went two ahead and it was that man Pelle again.
Newcastle were caught upfield and Southampton made a quick counter-attack.
Williamson should have headed the ball clear, but his header was wayward and Pelle was there again to put the ball into the back of the net.
Newcastle came back into the game after the second goal and a good effort by Sissoko was brilliantly saved by Forster who then made another food save to his left from a Jack Colback shot.
Just before the break a good effort by Gouffran was deflected just wide of Forster’s right hand post.
It was 2-0 at the break and in truth Newcastle could have been even further behind.
Tiote was brought on for Anita at the start of the second half.
And 10 minutes into the second half Newcastle gifted Southampton with their third goal, when a complete misunderstanding between Williamson and Krul allowed Cork to nip in and score – it was simply schoolboy defending (again) from Newcastle.
The Newcastle defense is simply not good enough – that’s a fact – why didn’t we strengthen in the summer after conceding 127 goals over the last two seasons?
Southampton continued to have the better of this game, and Perez came on for Cabella after 69 minutes and Remy had a very poor game today and after 73 minutes it looked like Haidara cleared a ball that was going into the back of the net.
And after 77 minutes it was embarrassing as Newcastle should have scored and Sissoko set up Riviere, but somehow the Frenchman managed to put the ball wide from just 10 yards out – it just shows the Newcastle players have no confidence – this was an awful display by this Newcastle side.
And Haidara then cleared the lines with a good header away and the 21 year-old had a decent game this afternoon, as a good Southampton continued to threaten and Sammy Ameobi made his first appearance of the season with a few minutes to go when he replaced Sissoko.
And would you believe it, but it was Schneiderlin who scored a fantastic goal – to make it 4-0 just like last season’s disaster – with a minute to go in the three minutes of added time, as he beautifully curled the ball past Krul into the far upper corner of the net.
It was a no contest today on the south coast – and if Newcastle don’t improve we could be in for a long hard season – and maybe a relegation fight – but that’s also what we said after the disappointing 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace.
And with Southampton losing many of their best players in the summer, and new players coming in – it will be hard for manager Pardew to make the case that we a lot of new players in the side — and that’s why we are playing so poorly at the beginning of the season.
That’s now 10 goals we have conceded in our first four league games, and we knew the defense wasn’t good enough a couple of years ago.
And this is exactly the game Alan Pardew cannot afford to have – if he is to keep his job as the manager of Newcastle.
In short – it was simply an awful display by Newcastle this afternoon – almost a disgrace for a Newcastle United side.
Alan Pardew and the players should issue a formal apology to the faithful 2550 fans who made the long 650 round trip journey south to watch this rubbish.
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