Newcastle Could Have Won – But Late Saints Goal Makes It 2-2

Newcastle threw away 2 points in this game when with just 15 minutes left and with Newcastle leading 2-1, Florian Lejeune gave away a needless penalty.

The Frenchman didn’t have to tackle Shane Long but did, and the referee awarded a penalty, and it was Manolo Gabbiadini who leveled the scores.

Newcastle have to learn how to see out a game, and this felt like a loss rather than a draw at the end of the game.

But I’m very biased of course.

We got 1 point and are now on 11 points from 8 games which is OK.

Isaac Hayden after scoring first Premier League goal ever

After an even opening Isaac Hayden scored his first Premier League goal ever in the 20th minute.

It was a beautiful low right-footed drive from outside the area after former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster blocked a shot from Christian Atsu.

Southampton were then on top through the rest of the first half as the Saints applied the pressure but the Newcastle defense was resilient.

But then 5 minutes in the second half Gabbiadini was allowed too much space in the penalty area, and he shot home on the turn to make it 1-1 – slack play from the Newcastle defense.

He made the goal out of nothing.

But within a minute Perez had scored his first goal of the season when he beat Fraser Forster at the near post after the goalkeeper had blocked his first shot – and Fraser should have done a lot better.

An excellent goal from Perez.

And then it seemed a case of Newcastle seeing out the game as Rafa brought on Merino for Perez after 63 minutes and then Gayle for Joselu five minutes later.

Maybe Mikel Merino can play in the number 10 position for Newcastle as he plays that position well for the Spanish U21 side.

But then with only 15 minutes to play Florian Lejeune, who had returned to the side in place of Ciaran Clark, brought down Shane Long in the box when he didn’t even have to tackle the Irishman.

The ball was going out of play and Long waited for Lejeune coming in and then fell down dramatically to get the penalty.

Gabbiadini got his second goal of the game from the resulting penalty, and either side could have won it in the end, but it ended up all square at 2-2.

Rafa will not be happy at conceding two goals, and he will work on keeping the defense awake for our next game at home to Crystal Palace at home next Saturday.

Tha Saints had only scored 5 league goals before today’s match.


Southampton: Forster, Cedric, van Dijk, Yoshida, Bertrand; Lemina, Romeu (Davis, 67), Tadic, Redmond (Boufal, 57); Gabbiadini, Long (Austin, 82).
Subs not used: McCarthy, Hoedt, Ward-Prowse, McQueen.

Newcastle: Elliot; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo; Shelvey, Hayden; Ritchie, Perez (Merino, 63), Atsu (Murphy, 82); Joselu (Gayle, 68).
Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame.

Goals: Hayden 20, Gabbiadini 50, 75 (pen), Perez 51,

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16 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Why would saying I’m right pain you so?

  • Jib

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #2

    Ed will be so disappointed Charlie Austin didn’t score

  • bettyswallocks

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Jesper……. If you’re around, just wondered if you got to watch the game.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #4

    It was a strange game for me, no one really stud out for me and had a great game, i think they all stayed to the script and kept it tight.

    I gave mine to Atsu.

    Silly penalty to give away.

    not sure if Gayle is a better option than Mitro, gave us nothing when he came on, nor did murphy.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Half of the goals we’ve conceded have been strikes outside the box, a lack of closing down/blocking means we’re often on the wrong side of goal of the month contenders.

    Now today’s goal.

    It’s annoying because they are very preventable and we should be expecting them given the way we set up.

    Is pleasing to see us not being sliced open at will though. We’ll rarely get a proper bashing this season. Remember some horror shows of the past where we conceded 1 and that was it, we lost our heads and folded.

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #6

    well it’s not really a lack of blocking as Merino/Hayden/ and the CBs usual put in a lot of blocks, just lapses where our concentration and intensity drops for a moment.

  • catchy in norway

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Mbemba is 5X better than Lascelles and didnt even make the bench,

  • martoon

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #8

    A strange feeling – I’m happy with a point but disappointed we didn’t win!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    You back on Lascelles already, gawd forbid if it was him that gave away the penalty, don’t worry mate he might break his leg in seven places and never play again, you can be happy watching us soar up the league then.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Rafa saying that Gayle is injured so if that’s his hamstring creaking then we have a problem with fire power up front so Mitro has to be brought back into the frontline and Aarons on the bench. How’s the Fernandes lad doing ?
    Need some real fire power early in January just don’t know who

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #11


    How do quantify 5x better? Does he run a 60m dash 5x faster? Jump 5x higher? Win 5x more of his tackles? Make 5x more blocks – surely all of the above and more if he’s 5 times the player? You’re pulling stats out of your bottom, imaginary stats at that, but we should expect that from the guy with his head up his arse.

  • sparky55

    Oct 15, 2017 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m with u martoon…everyone on this blog would have taken a draw before the game but must are somehow disappointed we didn’t win.

    draw is very good result in my book.

  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #13

    Jib from earlier post

    Come on Fraser lad
    Remember your roots
    Your Geordie heritage
    ex head boy at the RGS
    let at least 2 in for the lads

    Mmm – are we looking at some match fixing or betting scam here I wonder ?

  • lochinvar

    Oct 15, 2017 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #14

    I would have taken the draw but then again it was a winnable game and one which we let slip in the end. These are the extra points you need in the Premier League to keep you ahead of the pack. Not unhappy just miffed.

  • Chancel be a fine thing

    Oct 15, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Lejeune did well apart from the ‘penalty’. Shane long was just more clever, he poked the ball out then moved across him ready to dive as soon as there was contact. He was stupid to stick out his leg, but in order to show some leaway, I would say that if the same situation happened in training, the ‘Shane long’ player would be looking to get the ball under control, to continue the move. Long purposely poked the ball quickly, had he tried to get closer to the ball Lejeune would have got there first. Hopefully he will learn from this and Rafa will have players looking for the free kick in training. If a player kicks the ball away, then moves into the player, then falls over; and this IS a free kick, Perez should get about 50 of those a match.I think the penalty decision was influenced by the non giving of the second yellow, which in turn was influenced by the bad decision to give the first yellow. Classic 2 wrongs make a right refereeing.If it doesn’t matter that the ball was out of play and that Long did not have it under control, then it was a penalty, otherwise you see the same kind of coming together when two players running fo a ball come together near the byline and one kicks it out for a throw. Sometimes one player kicks the other player onto the ball and out, but thr ref gives a throw to the kicked player, who was fouled but kicked it last. Another one of the ‘silly rules’ like you can only blow for full time when the ball is kicked in the air.

  • whatsup

    Oct 16, 2017 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #16

    Thoughts on Elliot – another fairly tame shot from outside the box he’s got no where near – surely he needs to start saving some of these to keep his place -distribution kicking is also piss poor.darliw for me…..

    Elliot won’t win us games – but we will be I reckon – 5-6 points worse off at the end of the season


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