Newcastle were leading 2-1 with good goals from Isaac Hayden and Ayoze Perez with just 15 minutes to play but then Florian Lejeune made a mistake and challenged Saints striker Shane Long in the penalty box.
Never a good thing to do with the Irishman who has a habit of falling down whenever he’s touched in the area and yes – he did fall down and referee Kevin Friend gave a penalty.
And it was probably just about a valid penalty although there was minimal contact between the two players.
And yes – I am biased about Shane.
But Florian should never have put in the challenge and it’s something he will learn from this game and in truth he had a good game apart from this one error.
Florian Lejeune – good performance but one mistake
With a few minutes to play Florian was almost the hero when he had a powerful header from a Matt Ritchie corner kicked off the line, otherwise, he would have been the hero.
This is what Rafa said about Florian’s error after the game:
“I didn’t see the replay.
“From the bench, it seems it was a penalty, and you just want him to manage things a little bit better.”
“After, he could have been the hero with the header, but that’s football. It didn’t happen, but it could be good for us.”
“Overall, I will say he was not playing since the game against Tottenham.”
“He was working very hard, and afterwards during the international break he was training with the team.”
“I’m happy, because he’s another good player that will give us more options and more competition in every position, in this case as a centre-back.”
The team wins together and loses together so it’s always difficult to pick out one player and one mistake – but as we said Florian will learn from this.
And we expect the Frenchman to be the first choice for Newcastle as he gets more games and gets better acclimatized to the Premier League.