Newcastle gave a disappointing display today at home against a Southampton side who had three of their best players missing, but for the first time in twelve tries at St. James’ Park, the Saints came away with a 2-1 victory – and they deserved the points.
Eljero Elia after scoring first goal
Newcastle were very disappointing and we let in two poor goals, both scored by new signing Dutch International Eljero Elia – and Southampton looked better organized than a Newcastle side who were overrun in midfield.
The uncertainty at the Tyneside club has obviously seeped through to the players and we need to appoint a new head coach as soon as possible.
That’s our third defeat in a row, and since the famous 2-1 win at home to Chelsea we have played nine games in all competitions, lost seven and won only one.
And in those nine games we have conceded 22 goals.
It’s not good and we drop to 11th place and in 12th place are Crystal Palace who won at Burnley 3-2 today after being two goals down.
Southampton went ahead after 14 minutes when Tim Krul should have done better to block an Elia shot.
But then Southampton gifted Newcastle a goal after 29 minutes ,when uncertainty between the defense and goalkeeper Forster resulted in an attempted clearance hitting Gouffran on the knee and the ball went into the net – it was Gouffran’s first goal of the season.
But the Saints went ahead again after 62 minutes when Janmaat failed to clear the ball as two players were around Elia, who was allowed to poke the ball past Tim Krul into the back of the net.
We should have had a penalty in added time when Fonte clearly handled the ball, but it wasn’t given and it’s another poor display and another poor result – and at the end of the game the boos were loud and clear from the Geordie crowd.
It was not a good display, and Newcastle now go for warm weather training in Dubai with absolutely no sign of a head coach coming in.
What you saw today was a team that’s run excellently from the very top right through the club and who have an excellent coach – that’s Southampton – and Newcastle who seem to continually lurch from crisis to crisis.
Mike Ashley may be a terrific businessman but he’s simply a terrible owner – and that’s the truth.
And we haven’t won in four games since Alan Pardew quickly left the club in early January.
Here’s how we saw the game.
Southampton went ahead against the run of play after 14 minutes and it was Elia who was through on goal in the inside right position, and he hit the ball quickly and the ball went underneath Tim Krul to put Southampton 1-0 up.
It was a poor goal to give away, and with the Saints defense looking so good that was not a good goal to give away.
Tim Krul will know he should have done better to block that shot.
After 29 minutes Newcastle were level and it was a terrible mix up between Forster and his defense. Remy Cabella put the ball into the box and Forster seemed to hesitate as he came out and the Southampton player in trying to clear hooked the ball against Yoan Gouffran and it hit his knee and flew into the back of the net.
An awful piece of defending from the usually very sound Saints defense and Gouffran’s first goal for a very long time and his first of the season.
Two poor goals and it was 1-1.
On 42 minutes Ayoze Perez went close to giving Newcastle the lead as a high ball came into the box and Peres in the inside left position hit the ball one the bounce first time and it only inches wide of the post – an excellent effort from the young Spaniard.
It was 1-1 at the half and Southampton had looked the more organized side and they had an extra man in the center of the park and were picking up all the loose ball nearly every time – Colback and Anita had their work cut out for them in that first half.
Perez had a decent chance after 52 minutes but he sliced his shot over the bar.
After 61 minutes Gouffran had a good chance to put Newcastle ahead as Haidara who was doing well down the left wing put in a great cross but Gouffran headed the ball wide.
Almost immediately Elia put the Saints 2-1 up and it was terrible defending by Newcastle as Janmaat and Dummett were covering him but they didn’t clear the ball and Elia put the ball into the back of the net.
On 68 minutes Carver made a double change and Riviere came on for Anita and Sammy Ameobi came on for Yoan Gouffran who looked like he may be injured.
On 78 minutes Southampton again broke quickly from the back and a great cross from Clyne was headed by Pelle onto the cross-bar and it was cleared.
Williamson came on for Dummett who seems to pick up a hamstring strain – yet another injury.
Newcastle should have had a penalty in added time as Fonte clearly handled the ball but the referee Robert Madley didn’t give it.
And when the final whistle came the boos were loud and clear – and deserved – it was a poor display by a Newcastle side today.
Newcastle looked all at sea – and it was clear the Saints were much better organized and sharper even though they had long travels to Manchester,. East Anglia and the north-east over the last week and there their best three players were missing – it doesn’t say much for this Newcastle side and yet another poor goal conceded.
Newcastle were second best in this game.
Newcastle: (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett (Mike Williamson 79), Massadio Haidara; Moussa Sissoko, Vurnon Anita (Manu Riviere 68), Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 68)
Substitutes: Freddie Woodman, Davide Santon, Mike Williamson, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Adam Armstrong, Emmanuel Riviere
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Fraser Forster; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte (c), Florin Gardos, Ryan Bertrand; Harrison Reed, Steven Davis; Eljero Elia, James Ward-Prowse, Dusan Tadic; Graziano Pelle
Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Jack Cork, Jake Hesketh, Lloyd Isgrove, Shane Long
Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
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