Alan Shearer has tweeted the following response to Newcastle’s 2-1 win against Southampton today.
Not pretty at times but a great 3 points for the Toon. Very good substitutions that worked very well. ???????? #NEWSOT
— Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) December 8, 2019
It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance for sure from this team, but ultimately, they did what they had to do. After a woeful first half, Bruce made an important change by bringing on Fabian Schar, who could play the ball from the back rather than pumping it up the pitch.
However, Schar did not handle the long ball from Jack Stephens as he seemed to duck under it for Danny Ings to run onto it for their first goal. Schar was a warrior after that and helped give us some quality passing from the back.
The most critical substitution was Andy Carroll, who changed the game. Joelinton was very poor and just is not getting into games. Carroll came on and was involved immediately. He set up Jonjo Shelvey with his cross, and his second assist in two games.
Then Sean Longstaff launched a rocket that Alex McCarthy couldn’t handle. Federico Fernandez and Fabian Schar were perfectly positioned with the Argentine putting it away.
While the performance was infuriating for the first 60 minutes, Bruce made the right moves, and we come away with the full three points.