One rather blunt, but easy and accurate way to sum up today’s game and result at St. James’ Park is that Southampton were the better side and deserved the three points – even though their three best players were all out injured, and this was their third game in six days.
Janmaat is beaten by Elia for Southampton’s winning goal
Newcastle let in two atrocious goals and when you concede goals like that then defeat – especially when you do that at home – usually follows.
And the Newcastle goal – our first in the least three games was a complete gift from Southampton, and as a defender tried to clear the ball it rebounded off Gouffran’s knee into the back of the net – Yoan knew nothing about it – but it was still his first goal of the season.
John Carver wants the club to get in a new head coach soon, and this is what he said after the game – concentrating first on the penalty we should have had in added time:
“It’s a penalty, no danger,’ ‘When it smacks you on the palm of your hand it’s a penalty.” “These decisions can have an impact on people’s future. You need a stroke of luck like that because jobs are decided on decisions such as that.”
“I want this uncertainty to end – I think everyone does,” The staff, the crowd, and myself. I still love this and want to do it. But sometimes it’s out of your hands.”
“Everybody isn’t sure what’s going on. I think after the result tonight a decision has to be made – whether it’s me or someone else.” “But you’ve got to win football matches to get the job.”
‘I thought we deserved to get something from it,’ ‘We conceded two bad goals. We were caught out twice by two long balls up to the frontman.” ‘We worked on it all week, dealing with Pelle and runners in behind, so it’s disappointing that both goals came in the same way.”
‘But we don’t have that cutting edge. When we get in the final third it either breaks down or we don’t have enough leaders to take responsibility and put the ball in the back of the net.’
Whatever the lads worked on last week leading up to this game, it was difficult to see it during the game, and you can work on things until you are blue in the face on the training, but if the players don’t execute on game day – it really doesn’t mean much.
And the Saints were playing their 3rd game in six days, and never trained all week because of all of the games they played (all wins), but they still seemed better prepared and played the better football today.
We are now in 11th place and we need at a minimum 13 points from our remaining 16 games of the season, but in the last seven league games we have picked up only 4 points.
So we still have some work to do – that’s for sure.
Have you noticed that Mike Ashley sells our managers just like he sells our players – we sell them quickly once we can get the agreed to fee – and then we try to bring in a replacement.
We failed to bring in replacements for Andy Carroll, Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye in previous January windows.
We’ll see what the situation is with trying to replace Alan Pardew – but a suitable candidate may not be available until the summer – so where does that leave us?
It leaves Newcastle in a poor position orchestrated by the Newcastle owner – who never seems to think things through.
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