It was a challenging but rewarding day being a Newcastle supporter on Sunday. We watched a team that admittedly were anything but robust and lively in the first half.
It looked certain that it was going to be another case of two steps forward and one giant leap back with a disappointing loss after two excellent results. However, Steve Bruce made a few tweaks, and the players dug deep to put in a rousing performance once they went down a goal.
We’ll take three points any way we can get them even if it’s hard on the eyes. However, there was no wool being pulled over those eyes after the game. Steve Bruce and the players knew that they weren’t good enough for large periods on Sunday.
It was three games in a week and the lads were worn out. That showed in their tepid first-half display. But they showed resiliency to get the full three points, and some have gone on social media to express their thoughts on Sunday’s proceedings.
Allan Saint-Maximin was tweeting away after the game. While he doesn’t need his hamstring to do that, it could maybe point to him being in a better frame of mind.
We particularly like that Christian Atsu commended the result even though he didn’t get on the field. He’s such a great teammate and could now play a vital role over the next few weeks if Allan Saint-Maximin misses any games.
Jetro Willems and Isaac Hayden were both critical of their performances but pleased with the three points.
Here is what they had to say.
When it's time to say on Twitter that you are happy because you won even tho you all have watched the game https://t.co/Hz1TI8bLlw
— Allan Saint-Maximin (@asaintmaximin) December 8, 2019
— Fede Fernandez (@pajarofernandez) December 8, 2019
Another great result today from the lads ????
— Christian Atsu (@ChristianAtsu20) December 8, 2019
Not a great spectacle and not my best game in a black and white shirt that’s for sure, but a huge week with 7 points from 9. Sometimes we have to do what we have to do for the points. Thank you for your support ?? #NUFC pic.twitter.com/DmN7E2LKfF
— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) December 8, 2019
Who Was Newcastle's Man Of The Match Against Southampton?
- Martin Dubravka (37%, 1,091 )
- Andy Carroll (25%, 731 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (16%, 470 )
- Fede Fernandez (8%, 228 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (6%, 173 )
- Miguel Almiron (3%, 86 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 60 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 36 )
- Sean Longstaff (1%, 22 )
- Joelinton (1%, 20 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 11 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 8 )
- Ciaran Clark (0%, 7 )
- Fabian Schar (0%, 4 )
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