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Newcastle Draw 2-2 In Thrilling Game Against Saints

3:39 pm, Sunday, August 9th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 70 Comments

In what was an excellent game at St. James’ Park today, when both sides came back from being behind and drew 2-2, and it would have been  pity if any of these two sides had lost the game.

Both sides played good attacking football and were well matched.

gini wijnaldum heads hom saints

Gini Wijnaldum – scored a great goal today

On 25 minutes Southampton went ahead when a right wing cross was easily headed home by Pelle, and that goal came against the run of play as Newcastle had opened the game brightly and on the front foot.

Both sides were passing the ball around well and then after 42 minutes it was Cisse who scored after a great left wing cross from Haidara eluded the goalkeeper, and Cisse was there to out the ball into the back of the net.

It was 1-1 at half time and both sides were applauded off the field after a good entertaining first 45 minutes of the season.

Newcastle got off to a great start in the second half when Gabby Obertan put in a great right wing cross on the run, and it was Gini Wijnaldum who brilliantly headed the ball home on his debut for Newcastle.

But Southampton were always  in this game and they were very dangerous and came full pelt at Newcastle.

And after a lot of pressure on the Newcastle defense it was substitute Shane Long from a right wing cross who headed home past Krul with just 11 minutes to go to make it 2-2.

After that goal it was the Saints who were pressing for the winner late on, and in added time  Mane was straight though on goal after a great run, but shot wide.

A draw was the right result in this game.

Newcastle fans will have seen enough today that we will play some good passing football but in truth our defense still looked the weakness today.

Mbemba was really steady and strong at the back and Wijnaldum is pure class.

Aleksandar Mitrovic came on with 15 minutes to go and picked up a yellow card almost immediately for a wild tackle – but that was the adrenaline obviously.

But it was a good performance from this new Newcastle team against a side who will again finish high up in the Premier League table.

We’ll have a full report of the game out soon.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Match Reports · Newcastle News · Premier League

70 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JamesToon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM


    I thought gini had a very good game but you could tell he started to get tired as the game went on, and mitro unfortunately didn’t get enough service as the whole team started to fatigue

  • 2 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM

    I guarantee this
    We will not win a single game this season while colocinnin is in the statrting line up

  • 3 WWSBRD // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:41 PM

    Wini MOTM? Nar he disappeared for half of it, was a good start for him though but I think Mbemba was better

  • 4 JackButler // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    Colo was rubbish
    Colo was slow
    Colo was turned too easily
    Colo has no positional sence
    Colo is the root of all evil and should be shot
    Colo is the spawn of Satan
    Colo is the anti-christ

    There you go toonbrother, that should cover just about everything, so for once try to post about something or someone other than bloody Colo

  • 5 WWSBRD // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    If we do will u do one?

  • 6 Ron Knee // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:42 PM

    It’s the first Newcastle match I’ve enjoyed in a long time.

  • 7 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    MOTM for NUFC: Colback, followed by Gigi and Sissoko

    MOTM for S’otton: Alan Pardew for fooling Mclaren into giving Colo a new contract

  • 8 Liverpool Mag // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM


    Did you watch the game or just see the score? Colo was excellent. Janmaat was the one at fault for the goals but even then they were minor lapses in an excellent game for him

  • 9 corkypants // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    toonbrother you are so negative colo did fine today considering he had no game time in pre season, if anyone was to blame today it was the fullbacks for not tucking in or kruls for not commanding the area and coming to punch or collect the crosses

  • 10 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    The only question is how long it will take mclaren to realise Colo undermines EVERYTHING he tries to achieve with this club. EVERYTHING

  • 11 Slank // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:44 PM

    Colback was my MOTM.

    He certainly saved us at the end.

  • 12 JackButler // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    For our first game of the season, playing against a very good Southampton side who are more or less up to speed, I think we played very well. simple mistakes cost us but i think SM will soon get those out of the players.

    For the first time, in a long time I am optimistic for the coming season……………………………………………………but would still like two or three more players coming in

  • 13 Jib // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    toon kk // Aug 4, 2015 at 8:59 AM

    We’ll be ripped apart by a far superior Southampton, we’ll never cope with there pace and passing ability, our league 2 defence will crumble.
    Prepare yourselves for a taste of things to come.
    It will take far more than three player to transform our basic squad that almost got us relegated.

  • 14 JDdubai // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Mbemba looks a real player, still needs a big CB next to him though.

    Haidara improved in 2nd half, same with Obertan but still think Aarons should be starting.

    Mitrovic shouldnt tackle

    Wini will come good when fit

    Sissoko was excellent

    Colback very good, some timely tackles at the end.

    Overall very happy with the performance, showed real promise even though our whole team was out on their feet with 20 to go.

    Things to be optimisitc about – plus if we can add another winger and maybe a CB and shift out Willo we are looking good – maybe a DM if Anita is badly done.

    Oh and toonbrother is a nob.

  • 15 Slank // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Colo was excellent especially as he had someone brand new alongside him.

  • 16 toonking // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    it’s now the return of constant reposting

    The interesting thing will be how we as fans feel going into the 6th game of the season against watford because the result today gives me a bit worry about weather or not we can even get a point against west ham, best chance might be a point at home to arsenal

  • 17 Jib // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Did you actually watch the game?
    Pelle scored his header between Janmaat and Mbemba

  • 18 Toon XI // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Colo was painful to watch today. We can continue to be at soft in center of defense. Match was enjoyable. Team looks improved, but still not there yet. I think it’ll be an emotional roller coaster again this year. We’ll lose many matches we shouldn’t and we’ll steal a couple we shouldn’t win as well.

    All in all the match was entertaining, but lots to improve on.

  • 19 HoboToon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    Mbemba was a beast, a real power house. But for me, colback was there when everyone was not and he should be motm. Great shout out to mitro, that 80 yard run is just effort i have not seen in newcastle for a long long time

  • 20 corkypants // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM

    kruls in ability to command his area os a real problem for us how often in a game do you she him come for a cross to either punch or collect it, also his distribution is awful i would happily sell him on and buy a new keeper!

  • 21 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    @Liverpool Mag
    You must be drunk!

    Colo had a good game? He was a GHOST
    Mbemba pretty much played central defence by himself

    The 2nd goal came about because he was out of position which In turn drew Chancel out of position and allowed long double team Janmaat

    He was skinned multiple occasions including one embarrassing occasion when Marne turned him out with simple burst of pace

  • 22 midweek weekend // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    should also be noted, that steve mcclaren will probably wanted to of seen today what we still needed, there’s still 3 weeks of the transfer window, more players may still be coming but the new guys have defo shown promise

  • 23 Magpie Season // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    Colback MOTM I think. Worked his socks off.

    He changed his tactics by pressing up the pitch just like Sth H. were doing but their passing was superior & along with tiredness our midfield began to drop deeper & didn’t see through the plan which could have given us the lead.

    All in all, fair result. Those criticising the defence, the 2 that played in the middle did so for the first time ever. And probably only had a couple of training sessions together.

  • 24 toonking // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    liverpool mag

    just ignore toonbrother, he’s more of a troll than a fan, nearly every post is anti colo

  • 25 Brutooon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:48 PM

    – the team look better without williamson and gouffron
    – Anita is not a defensive midfield, cant win the ball. still think he is a better full back than CM.
    – Collocini is ageing. Slow and Old.
    – Obertan and Sissoko play well during the first half and early 2nd half. we need aarons and maybe ayoze to replace them during 60-70mins.

  • 26 JamesToon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:49 PM

    There was a bit in that game where rodriguez had the ball and knocked it past mbemba, and mbemba kept up with him and cleared it, if we had williamson, rodriguez probs would have scored.

  • 27 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    You guys dont get it
    A defensive display like today leads to relegation

    When you dominate at home like we did today and still come away lucky to get a draw because of our defensive weakness, you are a PRIME CANDIDATE for relegation

    Now is the time to panic

  • 28 Menelauos // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:50 PM

    ToonBrother is a moron. We played excellent, still a couple of mistakes, and Collo looks off the pace after his injury but could still show some form this season. I think it will be his last season starting as we will be after his replacement.
    We made some good link ups, Obertan showed us what we’ve been wanting to see off him since he got here. Mbemba played very well, covered Collo quite a bit, showed his pace and strength. Winny showed his goal scoring ability and tactical awareness. And Sissoko linked up amazingly with Cisse all game.

  • 29 toonking // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    when I say the point today, i don’t mean it in terms of poor performance, I’m talking about the likelyhood we could see ourselves bottom of table!

  • 30 peterk3 // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    Can the moderators please BAN toonbrother. He’s just annoying. and stupid.

  • 31 nut meg // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    I thought we did OK overall, kept the ball pretty well,worked very hard for 60 mins or so then tired.The game got a bit scrappy when Anita came off but happy with a point. The defence still has a vacancy for a big commanding CB who can win headers.Two headed goals plus a few more chances missed should be the wake up call for the watching LC and MA.and SM of course.Promising stuff to come hopfully.

  • 32 Oldgit1 // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    @ toonbrother you are a total tool. It’s not often I comment or react to a fellow blogger. But LEAVE Colo alone.

    Your comment is the worse comment I have seen on eds blog for many a year.

    I predict he will come good again and will slam your words down your pitiful throat.

  • 33 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Last year I was shown to be the smartest guy in the room when colocinni’s return from injury triggered our slide into relegation dogfight

    This year I will be proven right once again

    WE will not get a SINGLE win until Colocinni ceases to be a starter

  • 34 Pottsclock // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    I actually think we cannot afford to have both Ober and Haidara together on the left. Yes, great cross from Ober for the goal but together they are defensively so very poor.
    Our season will be hugely determined by how that issue is addressed (or not) but the first step has to be to play Aarons instead of Ober.
    Not massive fan of Dummett either but I think Haidara’s defensive positioning needs some serious work on the training ground – so expect Dummett in the away matches as a minimum

  • 35 Slank // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Jib @ 17

    I think you will find that there are some on here who didn’t actually see the match.

    And there are some on here who saw the match but their hatred of certain players blind them to admit that certain players have performed well.

  • 36 JackButler // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    Lets just hope that from now on Anita will get the credit he deserves as he was and is the link player that ties everything together – as soon as he left the pitch we naturally sat deeper and allowed Southampton to come onto us thus creating the pressure that cost us three points.

    Tioe and coldback are too similar to play together

  • 37 WWSBRD // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:53 PM

    toonbrother is just a Colo troll lads haha has been for a good old time

  • 38 shaun83 // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    Agree with most. Anita coming off derailed it. Would have been better to move obertan to right, put sisoko in the middle and aarons on the left.

    Anything in the box and in the air was a huge issue

    Haidara not good enough/not ready
    Another solid cb needed
    I have a slight nagging feeling about mitrovic :/

  • 39 Liverpool Mag // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:54 PM


    I’ll do so in the future, thanks mate 🙂

  • 40 Jib // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Anyone got any idea of the odds of winning the Wm Hill prem predictor ?

  • 41 peterk3 // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Can everyone please vote Colo man of the match just to pi$$ toonbrother off.

  • 42 ilovetoon8788 // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    Anita and colback must be our first choice centre mid. But left back and centre defence must be addressed.

    But we won’t. I think we are done in this window.

  • 43 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    COLOCINNI is a curse on this club
    We have had the worst defence in the league for 3 consecutive seasons
    Our terrible defensive displays will continue with him in the side

  • 44 WWSBRD // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:55 PM

    On the other hand they were pretty good together in attack, I think Obertan will be phased out by September with Cabella coming back and Aarons getting a chance but I think Haidara is a work in progress that we will stick with as long as he is fit

  • 45 Slank // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    Anyone know what the situation is with Anita.

  • 46 davetoon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    McClaren obviously had a plan for the full backs to push forward at every chance as they spent more time in Saints half than ours.

  • 47 mickalfas // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:56 PM

    If they get 1or 2 more in I’ll be happy ,remember how bad we were last season
    A vast improvement for me ,when they gel a bit better ,still need a rudiger type defender
    Anita motm,we were crap after he went off

  • 48 YouCouldn'tMakeItUp // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    The near relegation slide was triggered when Carver got the job after Pardew legged it. Everyone knows that. At least, anyone with more than one brain cell.

  • 49 JackButler // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:57 PM


    at first i think he was just winded, but he seemed to be in real pain comin off, hope he’s okay and fit for the next game as we need him

  • 50 corkypants // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Anita is so so underated. when i gave my prediction to maetoon i said anita will be the most improved player

  • 51 SA Toon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:57 PM

    Thought we played well today. Obertan was a surprise asset on the day and his pace caused all sorts of trouble. Great to see Mbemba do so well on his debut and the Gini goal will be a great confidence booster – as will Cisse’s goal. Thought Cisse was generally good value today. In my view we lost a bit of structure after Anita went off, but still feel we played a better attacking style of football. As for Mitrovich – he seems strong on the ball and hopefully will open his account soon. All round, I think we played well and will hopefully improve as we go. HOWAY THE LADS!

  • 52 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    imagine needing to score 3 goals every match just to get a win because our defence is set up to concede 2 or more goals per game?
    Imagine that! Its impossible
    We cant win with colo in the team
    A team that cant win is bound for relegation

  • 53 ShirebrookToon // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    My MOTM is colback

  • 54 Jib // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:52 PM

    Last year I was shown to be the smartest guy in the room when colocinni’s return from injury triggered our slide into relegation dogfight

    Oh right , nothing to do with John Carver then ?

  • 55 corkypants // Aug 9, 2015 at 3:59 PM

    Haidara is still young and he has been dropped in at the deep end we could do with a new LB id put in an enquiry about jetro willams from psv

  • 56 toonbrother // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:00 PM

    COLO + Mbiwa = Failure
    COLO + Dummet = Failure
    COLO + Saylor = Failure
    COLO + Boomsong = Failure
    COLO + Willo = Failure
    COLO + Perch= Failure
    COLO + Mbemba = ??? (2 goals conceded in one game)

    Anyone see a trend?

  • 57 corkypants // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    good comment SA Toon

  • 58 Take a Chancel on me // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Now to watch the bin dippers get beat

  • 59 will die for the toon army // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    Colo & Mbemba did ok and I think they will get better.
    Haidara shld nver get back to our team. Dummett aint good at attacking but he solid at the back.

    Anita is going to b a miss let me hop he is on long term.
    Sissoko is very good amd he deserves a new contract.
    Mitrovic shld start wen every one is flying and putting in good balls.
    Obertan not yet impressed but had a good game.
    Mbemba and Janmatt were to blame for the two goals not Colo.

    We are moving the ball well. We can put pressure on teams.

    Mcca and coaching staff thank you.

  • 60 toon kk // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

    first of all great to see us actually play with some intention and a great point for the team.
    But when I say we’ll be ripped apart we are a very unpredictable side we saw glimpses of that once Anita came off.
    I say well done to the lads though they did us proud on the whole.

  • 61 Noel Worst // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:03 PM

    It’s a good point about Krul. He used to come and claim much more than he does now and when your known weakness is aerial ability, you’d think when they’re setting up for an obvious cross your ‘keeper would take control more frequently than he does.

    Colo and Mbemba is our 1st choice partnership and will be for the season, I’ve accepted that, despite me not wanting him to stay and for us to bring in a commanding CB.

    Before today I marked down these STs as those that would give us the most problems, certainly not an exhaustive list but the most obvious:


    We’re not getting the CB, the only other way to combat it is to get a tall LB, similar to that Pieters for Stoke, to help at set-pieces and instruct your GK to come for more crosses.

  • 62 toonking // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    The concern we’ve got around not having a tall and powerful CB makes colo’s new contract all the more stupid. Willo and saylor will not be getting sold, we’ve got a number of young CBs and maclarean himself seems happy enough to play both colo and mbemba instead of just one along side saylor and willo.

    We had a simular dilla before when it was colo and mbiwa together leaving us without that powerful CB. Once dummett returns we could do OK because he is better at defending than hadaira, so colo and mbemba will have more assistance for them times power is needed

  • 63 TudorCrisps // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:06 PM



    judging a partnership from the first game!!!

  • 64 Crow59 // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:09 PM


    Colombia on his day is one of the best CB’S in the league. Admittedly atm he is underachieving but have you ever thought that there more to his game then what we see. I’m told that he is a very strong character and very good leader, hence why he still our captain over the likes of sissoko, De Jong, wijnaldum etc all of which have been captains at big European clubs.
    Maybe getting the neggers off his back might help him out, as mbemba looks promising and with colos guidance could become a beast.

  • 65 scout // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    Some muppets on here slating the defence. The2-2 is a good result and something to build on.

  • 66 brklyngeordie // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    This is my honest opinion of what I saw

    Krul- First goal thought he could have done better but so could Mbemba on that play; good save on Tadic early great save on Yoshida on set piece; Kicking still poor.

    Mbemba- Had some good moments had some mental slips but boy is he night and day from Willo.

    Colo- Pretty good not great doesn’t deserve the flak from ToonBrother; Should have been rewarded a PK after that gorgeous control on box in that play.

    Haidara- Played ok going forward had decent link up with Obertan but to much watching the ball for me and needs to make sure he just marks his man and not allow runs behind him

    Colback- Solid made two game saving interceptions at end of game for me just needs to think forward little more for me when ball is at feet

    Anita- played well till hurt has nice understanding w/ Colback

    Sissoko- Played well had some good moments and nice pass to Wini early in game needs to stay

    Obertan- Not bad nice cross on Wini goal always offers pace seemed to work well with Haidara for the most part

    Wini- Great goal should have scored early on in game but was blocked by Davis set piece deliveries could have been better but def looked quality

    Cisse- Has disappointing spells in games and frustrates but somehow always finds back of net and that is a great thing

    Subs- Mitro looked a bull; De Jong not much; Tiote not in form and really needs to move ball quicker or will never fit in with what we are working towards

  • 67 brklyngeordie // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    Sorry forgot Janmatt- Not his best game truth be told was to blame for 2nd goal no desire on that cross but no he is capable of better

  • 68 Dublin Toon Army // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Good performance but haidara and obertan were pure shite today, you could see we were very weak on the left

  • 69 loonie-toon // Aug 9, 2015 at 4:28 PM

    I listened to game on 5 live I fin we was unlucky not to get three points from games from 75 min on we tired was onli first competitive game back so we will onli improve well played lads

  • 70 WLtoon // Aug 10, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    I think we should concentrate on our performance as a team instead of pulling our captain apart.
    This was a good performance as a whole,against what was a very good Southampton side,who are at least 2 wks ahead of the rest of the league in preparation and fitness.
    We looked very good for three quarters of the game,
    Our fitness will come over the next 2 games and i think we will be good to watch.

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