These Two Players Were Newcastle’s Best Against Southampton

It was billed as the most crucial game of the season for Newcastle – a must-win game at home to Southampton who were just one point behind us in the league.

But Newcastle cruised through the game after Kenedy scored his first Newcastle goal in the second minute, added a second after 29 minutes, and then Matt Ritchie put the game out of sight when he added a third after 57 minutes.

Newcastle were much the better side, and there must be worries over the form of the Saints after what was a woeful performance from them yesterday.

There was not too much fight or enthusiasm coming from some of the Saints players, but Rafa had our lads playing all out for the full 90 minutes.

Jonjo Shelvey and Rafa Benitez after Jonjo came off  after great performance

It was surprising it was so easy.

Jonjo Shelvey talked his way into playing the game with Rafa willing to let him sit this one out with his slight knee problem.

But Jonjo turned in an excellent performance and set up the first goal for Kenedy and the third goal for Ritchie and is our Man of the Match with 48% of the vote.

Well done, Jonjo.

Kenedy has been in good (great) form for us since his arrival from Chelsea on loan in January.

Rafa had wanted him on loan in the summer but was unsuccessful at that time – otherwise, we may not be in the trouble we are with potential relegation.

The likable Kenedy added his first goals for Newcastle in another excellent performance from the Brazilian youngster and he comes in second with 29% of the vote.

Kenedy and Rafa Benitez after the winger was replaced 

Now the only question is how do we get this lad signed permanently in the summer?

If we can keep Kenedy and goalkeeper Dubravka for next season, we will already have a better team.

Our lads were magnificent yesterday and made us proud – very proud.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Southampton?

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Here’s where we are in the league after yesterday’s games.

11Crystal Palace38-1044
13West Ham38-2042

Comment welcome.

151 comments so far

  • Online Guy

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Previous page , Rafa and Mitrovic

    Every picture tells a story.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Jayphoto, if you are catching up on the blog. Let me know if you now agree with me. I claimed earlier in the season that the Newcastle squad was better than Southampton’s, but you disagreed. I said at the time, let’s see how things stand later in the season. Just wondering if you now agree with me ^_^.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #3

    For once the hierarchy weren’t at fault over the Kenedy loan arrangement, they didn’t want to let him go. I wonder if they would have moved on to someone else if it had fallen through again.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Online Guy,
    I think he had just been knocked unconscious minutes before.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #5

    Why are the West Ham fans at loggerheads with the owners.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #6

    West Ham have been fairly ambitious in the transfer market. It’s got to be the appointment of Moyes that has got the West Ham fans bent out of shape. What were they thinking at West Ham, bringing in Moyes temporarily after the Sunderland debacle. Seems like something out of Mike Ashley playbook that one.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    He sounded every bit like the forlorn figure he was with the mackems in that interview yesterday.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think that butchers grass at the side of the pitch helps matters either.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #9

    “We’re not in the bottom three now. We have eight games left to do so.”
    Mmm, he could have worded that a bit better. Churchill he ain’t 😀

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #10

    They’ve spent money, but on players who are finished or almost finished. £35m on Chicharito & Arnautovic who are pushing on 30 and will have little re-sale value. Then there’s Fonte, Zableta, Evra, Hart all on big wages and nobody will want them next year. They seem to take the opposite approach of Ashley when it comes to players ages and wages. Most their signings have been terrible and you can only blame Moyes & Billic for that. Seems harsh picking on the chairmen.

    I think I said at the start of the season, player for player we are on par if not better than most teams, and I’d include Burnley in that. In the bottom half only Palace have noticeably better players. The rest are all about equal. Also our small squad has worked in our favour. No way we’d have such good team spirit if we had a squad of 40 mostly unhappy players.

  • AncientC

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    I was just reading some West Ham fans comments. Moyes doesn’t seem to be their main gripe, Moyes’ more what they would call a symptom. Lots of complaining about the owners under-investing and false promises. Just had a quick look and West Ham haven’t had a net-spend on players for the past 2 seasons. That’ll do it alright.

  • Polarboy

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m pretty sure I heard that the fans our unhappy about what’s happened with Upton Park, and the consequences of the development that’s replacing Upton Park has had on the area. Apparently it’s forcibly gentrified the area and put old pubs, cafe’s etc out of business.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #13

    I think they could have made the stadium more like a football stadium seeing as they got it for nowt. Apparently it’s soulless in there.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Selling Awey hasn’t really helped their cause either mind. Ironic if they do go down and Swans stay up.

  • Polarboy

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #15

    Yeah and Upton Park had one of the best ground atmospheres around. Sad times for them. Their chairmen do seem to have pulled a dirty fast one with selling on Upton Park and getting the London Stadium for nothing. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that a stadium designed for athletics isn’t suitable for generating a decent football atmosphere.

  • Our Toon

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Arnautovic has been a really good signing for them. West ham fans were promised European football, they were told the move from Upton park would ensure this and more money being spent. Since the move they have made a profit of 25m in net spending.

    Fans have had enough of the lies, they feel the move has ripped away identity and they’ve got rod of there own ground to rent another stadium which they feel isn’t a football stadium.

    That’s all the reasons my mate gave, I just said to him try living with Ashley as owner for a decade and then you’ll understand bad ownership

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon, I have to agree, what the owners of WHU have done is basically asset stripped the club. They should be strung up.

    It’s very similar but on a bigger scale, to what the old owners of Wimbledon did, moving to Milton Keynes.

    Happily the “New” Wimbledon now have all the old trophies back.

    I worked with one of their directors, Cyrus Gilbert-Roth, and asked him over a gin (he loves gin) how he got the trophies back. He answered, we just asked for them, and got them within a month.

  • magscar

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    West Ham fans have been unhappy since move to new stadium but it seems they also feel there have been many broken promises. Cheap stadium and presumably a killing for owners on sale of Upton Park doesn’t seem to have filtered through into some big name transfers and challenging for Europe as was the sweetner in stadium move. They are aslo unhappy at the addition of “London” on club badge I believe.

    Hard to feel sorry for them when hearing journalists disapproving of “some” fans entering pitch but repeating that the fans do clearly have genuine grievances against the owners and are entitled to protest peacefully. Quite agree but if that was us ( after 10 years of Ashley) do you think they would feel as sympathetic towards us? – Not a chance! – we would be on front pages and probably on PMQ ( for the political amongst us).

    The stopping of a planned protest march on way to ground by council/police ( seemingly because of publicilty by a simultanious counter protest by another fan group who included previous members of the notorious ICF was thought likely to lead to violence) also caused a lot of frustration and bad feeling.

    One other point struck me and confirmed my worries about in ground protests is that any chance of West Ham recovering from a goal down went out of the window at the first pitch protest. Idiots! .. but may help us if West Ham can’t control fans in last few home games?

  • magscar

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    On MItro I am sure Rafa is pleased about his goal scoring continuing. I doubt he will have him back here playing though as he isn’t prepared to fit his team and tactics around him but will recognise that he willl be both a more realiseable asset and with a better price on his head

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 11, 2018 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Watched us at west Hams stadium this season..

    What a shocker of a place to watch football!

    Anyway, it’s hilarious to listen to all the whinging Londoners this season.

    It seems as if some of the Pommie owners of EPL clubs make the most trouble for their fans….

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #21

    Having been to the Olympic Park a couple of times for work, you can absolutely see why they are kicking off and hate that stadium. It’s soulless in the extreme, it takes about half an hour to walk there through redeveloped wasteland with abolsutely nothing there. They’ve lost all the traditional pubs and eateries along the way to the old Upton Park.

    It’s essentially a huge mess they’ve inflicted on themselves. They really should have stuck with Upton Park and not tried to make that leap to super club before they were ready. It’s all about momentum and they lost all of it moving to that place. Should never have been considered as it just isn’t right for football.

    If that happened to us at St James’ we’d have reacted exactly the same way. Luckily Ashley inherited a 55,000 seater stadium otherwise that would be a move right from his playbook.

    Scoundrels the lot of them.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Do we know who we are playing in Spain?

    We must beat Huddersfield.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #23

    And as much as I’d like to see West Ham go down as their fans really do think they’re an elite level club, with no basis whatsoever in reality, tearing the heart of the club out like that is bad for everyone. A classic example of football losing its connection to the community that built it up.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #24

    Came across this in the Grauniad:

    “The first ten games of the season, where Lascelles played the 90, we got 14 points. For the next six, when he was injured, we got 1 point. Since he’s returned, we’ve picked up 17 points from 14.

    “1.3 points per game WITH Lascelles, 0.2 points per game WITHOUT.”

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #25

    I caught a little motd extra earlier and they were discussing cbs for England. They went through everyone concluding that maguire and tarkowski are the ones most deserving for going to the World Cup. The part I saw they did not mention lascelles, they may have mentioned him before or after but I doubt it. Bit of a joke really.

  • manxpie

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #26

    Half empty stadium at arsenal too for a london derby, poor souls only spending 100 mill on a couple of players and only in 6th place!!

  • manxpie

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #27

    Ron knee dont be coming on here with those kind of stats tsunki will be onto ya!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #28


    Another stat: Mitro hasn’t been mentioned since 2:52pm!

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #29

    the team that started yesterday was the same team that started v man Utd. Think it’s fair to say that it’s our strongest team.

  • manxpie

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #30

    Well its now since 3:32 ron tsunki will be raging

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #31

    What I wonder about those who say mitro can’t fit into Rafas system is if they think slimani will be able to fit into it himself. I saw a quite a bit of him when at sporting and I find their styles are very similar. Slimani just has more experience and is a little more composed in front of goal (can argue this comes with experience). You could say slimani is better aerially but that’s not a knock on mitro, he’s good in the air himself.

  • martoon

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #32

    dig-n-dig22 – from earlier – I wasn’t having a dig (excuse the pun) because I thought Southampton & West Ham were the worst teams I’d seen at SJP. On the contrary we beat both of them 3 – 0 and played well which is exactly what we needed to do – i.e. beat the teams around us.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 11, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #33

    Tremendous result yesterday. Good atmosphere, good support from the crowd. Rafa has us well organised and working very hard as a unit, the fans by and large respond to that. Of course we know we haven’t got world beating individuals…
    Ritchie has got that spring back in his step, no doubt.
    Shelvey was on it. Some of those passes were exquisite. He isn’t afraid to try things, yeah of course he is going to miss his target sometimes but when he does its spot on and carves teams open. I was interested to see Rafa calling him over several times at breaks in play, issuing instructions, everything going through him.

    I’m not usually surprised to see our low possession stats…but 37% yesterday, 3.0 wîn!??

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #34

    I was happy to see us score our second goal, counter attack. Last year we scored quite a few counter attack goals but this season we’ve messed up many good situations so it’s nice to see one turn out well. Hopefully we see many more.

  • toonluvva

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Off topic, sorry.

    I would love to see us plan a match against Hartlepool during our upcoming layoff to help their struggle against going bust.

  • Jib

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #36

    Rafa will the players be allowed to drink on their
    4 day break in Spain.

    As much water as they want


  • dig-n-dig22

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #37

    Jail #5
    It’s DEJA-VU The West Ham fans want to know where all the money has gone because W H have only spent 30Mill this season on transfers.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #38

    David Moyes has taken Sunderland down and could take West Ham down in consecutive years and still have a year left on his original United contract…

    How does that work then?

  • Tsunki

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #39

    Manxpie don’t ever try to tell me you have better things to do i won’t believe you. 🙂

    Loved those stats, Ron. Unfortunately not the ones our Stat – in – Chief, Captain Catchy enjoys, he throws those sort of feeble stats back into the briny depths. Can’t have anything that proves our third best CB and thoroughly undeserving skipper is actually a decent player 😀

    It must be Captain envy.

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 11, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40


    A new one for the Freudians!


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