Newcastle 2 Southampton 2 – Full Match Report

It was a good entertaining game today to kick off the Premier League season, when Newcastle drew 2-2 with Southampton at St. James’ Park after being ahead 2-1 with just 11 minutes to go.

papiss cisse heads the ball home

Papiss Cisse chests home the equalizer just before half time

This is how we saw the game – as it happened.

The game kicked off and both sides played some good passing football with Mbemba’s first two touches looking good – the lad looks confident.

After 7 minutes Newcastle should have scored when Sissoko made a great run down the right wing and cut it back to Wijnaldum in the penalty area,  but Gini’s shot was blocked by Davis – but the Dutchman should really have scored with such a great chance.

Newcastle were playing well and then after 12 minutes it was Wijnaldum who was streaking through on  goal when he was brought down in full stride by Soarez.

Mbemba then put in a great tackle on Sadio Mane – this lad looks a very good player.

On 15 minutes Southampton had a chance,  but a shot from Soarez from the right wing position was deflected by Krul for a corner – a good save from Tim – that was going in.

Then a good effort from Tadic was tipped around the post by Krul down to his left – a good save from the Newcastle goalkeeper.

On 17 minutes one minute’s applause for John Alder and Liam Sweeney.

On 21 minutes Coloccini had a chance in the penalty area,  and it seemed like a Southampton player handled the ball,  but the referee waved play on.

And then after 25 minutes it was the Saints who went ahead and it was against the run of play.

pelle heads home first goal

Pelle scores first goal of the game

A right wing cross into the box saw Pelle out jump the Newcastle defense and head it down just inside Tim Krul’s right hand post – Tim got to the ball but couldn’t stop it crossing the line.

The goal came form nothing and it showed the weakness in this game of Newcastle’s defense in defending high crosses into the box.

Then a good cress from Sissoko from the right found Cisse in the box, but he couldn’t control the ball and the chance was lost.

From a Newcastle corner it was another appeal for a penalty as Rodriguez seemed to handle the ball but again the referee was having none of it.

After 42 minutes Newcastle equalized and it was a great time to get the goal.

papiss cisse celebrates

Cisse celebrates scoring equalizer

Haidara put in a high cross from the left wing and the goalkeeper misjudged and it went over him and Cisse was there to make sure it went over the line – he chested the ball home from two inches out – but it was a great cross from Haidara.

Half time came and both sides were applauded off the field, for what was a very good first 45 minutes of the season for both sides.

There were no changes at the break and Newcastle got off top a wonderful start in the second half with a fast breakaway that produced a wonderful goal.

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Gini Wijnaldum celebrates after scoring great goal

Newcastle broke from the back and it was Gabby Obertan who hit a right wing cross on the run and it found Gini Wijnaldum in the box and he headed home brilliantly to put Newcastle 2-1 ahead and the crowd was going wild.

That was an excellent header from the Newcastle forward, and it would have been so easy to have missed the target.

Mbemba was having a good game and he intercepted a high through ball to head back to Tim Krul, and again on 58 minutes as Southampton were looking for the equalizer, it was Janmaat who headed the ball neatly back to Krul in the home goal.

Newcastle were playing some good football but it was the Saints who were looking dangerous especially from their crosses into the box.

After 64 minutes Mane worked his way through on the left wing but from a narrow angle it was Tim Krul who blocked the shot for a corner.

On 67 minutes Anita fell badly and he seemed to have hurt his hip, and after receiving treatment on the field he was stretchered off to great applause form the crowd – Anita had a solid workmanlike game today.

On came Check Tiote – again to good applause.

After 75 minutes Aleksandar Mitrovic came on for Papiss Cisse and both players got good applause form the crowd – this was Aleksandar’s Premier League debut,

Almost immediately Aleksandar put in just a terrible wild tackle and he picked up a yellow card for it – he needs to calm down – too much adrenaline.

shane long heads home equalizer

Shane Long heads home late equalizer

But four minutes later after Southampton had been threatening they drew level, and again it was a right wing cross into the box that Shane Long headed home from close range.

It could be that with two 6ft center-backs we may be weak in defending high crosses into the box – maybe we need a 6’4″ center-back brought into the side.

After 81 minutes on came de Jong for Gini Wijnaldum, who got a great hand from the Newcastle crowd – what a player this lad is.

Southampton were attacking Newcastle, and the Newcastle players were giving the ball away too much, which didn’t help the cause.

If anybody was going to win this game it looked like it would be the Saints.

On 88 minutes another cross came over and it was Mbemba who this time got in a great headed clearance, sending the ball for a corner.

And in injury time Southampton almost nicked it when it was Mane who went right through the Newcastle defense – but he hit his shot just wide of Tim Krul’s left hand post.

The final whistle blew after 6 minutes of added time and it was a well-earned point for Newcastle.

But Steve McClaren will know that once again again our defense looked weak, especially with crosses into the box.

We still need to get another defender but the head coach will have been pleased with the overall performance of the side – they played very well.

Certainly Mbemba, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic will have an immediate positive impact on this side – they all look to be great buys for us.

Now we need three more players brought in over the next three weeks.



Newcastle: Krul, Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Haidara; Colback, Anita (Tiote, 67); Sissoko, Wijnaldum (De Jong, 81), Obertan; Cisse (Mitrovic, 75). Subs not used: Darlow, Taylor, Aarons, Perez.

Southampton: Stekelenburg, Soares (Martina, 46), Fonte, Yoshida, Targett, Wanyama, S Davis, Tadic, Mane, Rodriguez (Long, 65), Pelle. Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Juanmi, Caulker.

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35 comments so far

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #1
  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Well overall I was impressed with the game although 3 points would have been ideal .

    That performance shows how different we are under McLaren, and we actually look like we have a plan and were the better team for the most part .

    I think anyone who wanted Cisse & Sissoko sold should give their head a shake, as they still have vital roles at this club IMO, and today proved Moussa is best on the right.

    However defensively we are still poor . I know it was Collo & M’bemba’s first PL game together so it should improve, but we definitely need a new LB . I was prepared to give Haidara a chance, but he isn’t cutting it and Janmaat is making him look like a pub player .

    Overall pretty happy with our performance and the season is shaping up to be promising. Just hope we plug our defensive holes and that Anita is okay . The game changed after he went off .

  • Noel Worst

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #3



    Not bad for a runner.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #4

    I voted colback as my motm . because he saved us at the end and never gave up. But Anita role is too crucial and we lost all tactical play from defence after he left .that cost us the goal.

  • toonking

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #5


    Hairdryer is only 1 year younger than dummett, i’ve seen them for months now and dummett has been so much better with his defending than that seen by hadaira, he might well be a weaker person going forward but the only real forward play full backs need is speed and we can tell from hadaira’s poor form getting back he’s no faster than dummett..

    The gret thing with dummett having a better performance defensively is we can use our centre midfielders more aggressively themselves and these should have less ground to cover and as much as we say hadaira could improve his form getting back, we could consider the same for dummett’s forward form and the binifit of improving dummett’s form is he can play CB when needed.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #6

    Would still like to see us bring in a few more players as if we dont have lots of crosses into the box Mitrovic and De Jong will struggle as both are great in the air and dont have that much pace

    Already a point clear of the Mackems so its been a decent start !! 🙂

  • JamesToon

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    i bet when mitro came on everyone was just imagining him getting a goal right at the end haha

  • cyprus

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #8

    Given our last half hour, we need work. But look at the likes of Liverpool and Stoke as a comparison. They look like relegation candidates!

    Observation: lots of headed goals in the first weekend.

  • Bambams

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #9

    I am overall happy with 75% of this match.

    I am a little concerned about two headed goals we have conceded but until I see it later tonight (without viewing via Kronenberg glasses) I am going to hold back…

    Still not happy about Obertan and would rather play Aarons…..Imo

    I do not think we should play both Anita and Colback. …

    Should Krul come out for more crosses ?

    I await the replay. I did put down 2-1 Toon but will take the point


    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #10

    But we are going to play with overlapping attacking full backs

    Also Paul is crap at LB imo


    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #11

    defence is still an issue whenever there was a cross it looked like they will score

  • nufc 11

    Aug 9, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Matt Phillips is the best crosser of the ball scene Beckham he may be lacking in other departments but he sure can cross the ball Austin got 18 pl goals bcoz Phillips was in the team.

  • cyprus

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #13

    On Haidara-Dummett, will disagree with most. The former is streets ahead, as a footballer, though is really not the finished article. Responsibility for the two goals must be shared among Haidara, Mbemba and Janmaat, with the latter two being more responsible.

  • usmagpie

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #14

    Well we need an aerial threat up front, Cisse has never been that good in the air, we honestly need that one striker that can play alongside Mitro. It was good to see that when we went behind we came back to lead, something that we couldn’t do last year and the year before. As for the Subs Tiote looked like he wasn’t good enough to be in the reserves let alone the first team. We need to get that part of the pitch fixed he just didn’t seem to be bothered. One question though why didn’t Rolando get any playing time, we cannot leave threats like him siting on the bench. All in all, Southampton kicked our ass last year twice so it was an improvement.
    Still need another central defender though and Striker.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I watched the game on a Canada sports channell an I don’t have a clue why people are getting on Haidaras back? I thought he was quite brilliant explosive pace and whoever said 2 goals came from his side that’s because he was trying to pick up 2 players because Obertan is a donkey and wasn’t doing his job in tracking back. This blog is nuts sat arguing like mad on here a while back why on earth would people on here want Sissoko sold? People on this blog bad mouthing him and saying get rid. Now its Haidara a young lad deemed as the next Evra get slated. Haidara looked brilliant but as I said Obertan didn’t track back and help him out.

  • CypriotDelight

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #16

    Raced back from Napa to catch the match and I enjoyed it – wish we had three points to celebrate though.

    Not a bad result at a time of change against a good club. We have goals in us but need to improve at the back, which I think we will. M’bemba has pace and will improve along side Colo – Toonbrother stop the hate campaign as it is disturbing (you never mention the mid players who lose possession to put pressure on the def).
    Was worried when Anita came off – need to get him back in!
    Oba haters need to chill as his pace kills def and even though his end product is questionable I was well imprest for the second goal.

    I am looking forward to see what comes under Steve. Life ain’t black and white but the Toon is. HWTL

  • ZIPPIE57

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #17

    Worst two players on the park were WOEbertan & Haidara, neither one looks comfortable on the ball and neither could tackle a sunday dinner and cannot get past a man at all, sorry but thats what i felt today .Mbemba looks a class act though

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #18
  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #19

    well pleased with a point today we ran the game for long periods and on another day could have won it all in all a drew was fair result

  • CypriotDelight

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #20

    Thought Sissoko was immense at times and Colback saved us. Tiote looked very weak in decision making – almost Williamson-esque….

  • IITianToon

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #21

    @kevy Haidara is at his best when he is running at the opposing full back. His first touch is bad though.

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #22

    zippies worst 2 players on the pitch what makes it worse is trying to get them to work together

  • Noel Worst

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #23

    It wasn’t one or the other. Haidara and Obertan looked iffy in their organisation and defensive understanding, which led to unchallenged crosses a few times.

    Even then, our defence and keeper should have done more. Particularly the 1st one. Can’t allow free headers from 6-yards out, all it takes is Mbemba to look over his shoulder and take a step back to get tighter, or for Janmaat to give him the info. Mbemba was great overall though. For their second, Janmaat just mistimed his jump and got caught under the ball. Not his best game today.

    If we’re going to concede we’re crap in the air defensively, Krul must be instructed to come for more.

  • Ron Knee

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Any word on Anita?

  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #25
  • the broons

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #26

    unbeliavable people are jumping all over obertans back!

    He actually was quite decent and yeah some stupid decisions but nothing you can get out of him.

    Seriously annoyed at yous! deluded toon fans yet again just spout whatever anyone else is…. bunch of sheep.

  • mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #27

    Watching Stoke – Liverpool , terrible game – Liverpool look really poor

  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #28

    @Noel Good point on Krul he should come for more…. If we could replace Obertan with someone that has proper quality in the Shaquiri/Affley mould God we could be lethal.

  • mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #29

    Shame we aren’t playing them – looks like an easy three points

  • the broons

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #30

    yes haidaira must improve defensively but obertan is a right winger not a defender, he produced a fantastic assist and shouldn’t be made the scape goat for our ENTIRE yes entire team standing off them.

    Game changed once anita and wijnaldum came off.

  • kevymartins

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #31

    And I really like the look of Haidara think he has huge potential but if I was to see another LB to come in the only person I would wanna see play ahead of him would be Willems from psv.

  • mindshaft

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #32

    Thought Obertan had a decent game today, not sure why people are getting on his back – Haidara and Janmaat had worse games

  • hibbit

    Aug 9, 2015 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #33

    oberton was poor mr broon could have cost us the game with his bad decisions…… must admit haidara does nothing to help not a good pairing

  • lesh

    Aug 9, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #34


    Why are some posters getting on Haidera’s back?

    Probably because some folk need to have someone to get at.

    It’s varied through Colbeck, Obertan, Riviere, Colo, Willo and so it goes on. Once they get a scent of blood, they won’t let go.

  • mfw13

    Aug 9, 2015 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #35


    We were very lucky to get a point…could’ve easily conceded 4-5 goals.

    We’re not going to get very many wins conceding two goals per match.


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