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‘Wasn’t My Day’, ‘Not My Best Game’ – Newcastle Stars Honest But Thrilled With Victory

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.

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 )

Total Voters: 2,947

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140 comments so far

  • G

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:15 AM

    Comment #1

    Jetro wasnt the only player who didnt show up yesterday. How we came away with 3 points is astonishing.

  • catchy in norway

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #2

    No man left behind

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Atsu was the best player in the side in the first handful of games.

    Looked really good, sharp and actually looked like his operation had done the trick.

    I’ve a feeling a few on here will end up with egg on their faces in the coming

  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m still scratching my head how we actually won that game. 2 poor teams of which Southampton had the better chances but fluffed them and we had a few and took 2 of them.
    You have to give Bruce a lot of credit for the win – although Carroll for Joelinton was an obvious one it had to be timed right as Andy had played 3 days earlier and the Longstaff sub worked out great as well. He also swapped Fernandez and Schar around which improved the defense although I guess you could argue he should have started them like that in the second half.
    I also can’t understand yesterday’s comment that ASM was stupid to run after that ball in the 94th minute – surely we want players to be trying from the first minute until the last?

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Great to see the Fairs Cup lads at half time.

    Hard to believe 50 years have passed since that great 3-0 win at home to Ujpest Dosza, what a night that was, and then the 4-2 away win to win the cup in style.

    Even harder to believe that it is the last trophy, apart from the Anglo Italian cup, that we’ve won in 50 years since.

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #6

    I’d be giving most credit for the last seven points to dubs
    Been amazing some of the saves he has pulled off .
    The one from Redmond at the weekend just class.
    Without him we could have been buried in the last three games .
    He is not without faults and I don’t get the grief he gets on here ,but he could walk into most champions league sides in my opinion .

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #7

    Bills son is back ,
    Aye impressive they were .
    Could be another 50 years without anything of note in the cabinet unless supporters want to stand up to Ashley and make him do one
    Sadly apathy has crept in .
    Expectations lowered .
    Happy to reach 40 points
    Don’t worry about how we play as long as we get to safety and we can do it all next year .
    Wonder how the class of 69 really feel now seeing the current state of things .
    Sure they deep down know the club could be so much more eh ?

  • Unused Substitute

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #9

    First, my gripes with Willems and Saint Maximin (I am expecting brick bats for this). I think as a defender Willems could be a liability particularly against opponents with fast wing play down his flank and Saint Maximin’s dribbling would be pleasing so long as we are not going fast and direct. He could get his team mates going by drawing in several opposing players but whether he can send effective through’s to release others I’m not sure. I would think, dribbling generally slows things down leaving counterattacks ineffective.

    As for the tripe of this season being similar to the ultra defensive setup of the early part of 2018-19, earlier we hardly ever appeared to dangle on the edge always about to concede.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #10

    i wasnt blaming rafa, merely pointing out that while bruce has got us playing this badly, rafa is partly responsible for the negative style as he played this way and bought many of the players for their defensive capabilities. are you trying to tell me rafa was an.attacking manager who left a squad of attack minded players? if not then im right. rafa is PARTLY to blame for the defensive style. any sane person can.see that. its not a dig at rafa.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #11

    i think Maximin will come good and hed be far better in an attacking team. if teams were parking the bus against us he could open them up and get us free kicks and pens.

    by come good i mean become productive.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #12

    I think Willems performance serves to highlight some
    of the less intelligent posters on here.
    OK he had a bad day at the office yesterday , it happens ,
    he is still class and we need to buy him.
    Yesterday on here some folk were
    (after a stray pass or a missed tackle)
    making comments like
    “he’s having a ‘mare”
    “shouldn’t be on the pitch”
    etc. etc.

    this is like 10 minutes into the game

    sheesh !!!!!!

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #13

    Willems seemed mentally and physically not at it,he as much as anyone could be showing the effects of a very quick build up in fitness at the start of the season and a several demanding games in not too many days.
    Maybe that’s what those posters were referring to.

  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:52 AM

    Comment #14

    one fine day @6 – Yeah you’re right which is probably why he has topped the MotM polls on here.He makes great saves but is liable to make the odd mistake here and there – I think he made one against Sheffield but got away with it. That’s not a criticism but just an observation which is probably why he only cost £4m rather than £70m 🙂

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Bruce wants Ashley to drop ticket prices
    A combination of industrial action on Newcastle’s Metro, the demands of Christmas shopping, a cold, wet afternoon and enduring disenchantment with the club’s owner, Mike Ashley, saw the crowd for Southampton’s visit drop to 42,303. That is the lowest at St James’ Park in the Premier League since November 2010, and 10,000 below capacity. The scores of empty grey plastic seats emphasised the shortfall. “We need to get St James’ Park full again,” said Steve Bruce, who advocated a cut in festive ticket prices. “It’s difficult for people to afford to come to the matches. Maybe the club has to try to help at this particular, difficult, time of year. Can they help our supporters when Christmas is coming? Maybe there’s something we can do to get the numbers back up. But the crowd that were here were terrific, they stayed with the team.” Louise Taylor

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #16

    The mackems tried ticket confetti. That worked out well. 😐

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #17

    sing in the corner
    A lot of the acrimony (esp with regard to Joelinton)
    was justified yesterday , and wasn’t nearly as bad as some

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #18

    Let’s face it the players were knackered because defending non stop is tiring stuff. And when you have your pacy players running end to end defend/attack/defend they aren’t going to do this without cost. And when you daren’t rotate and upset what seems to be working, those players are at risk of injury. Hence you guessed it – injuries and the inevitable awful performances. We are definitely riding our luck, which makes a nice change don’t get me wrong, but you have to wonder how long can this squad endure it? Hopefully the gamble to get enough points to get us a buffer zone will pay off.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #19

    The team were up for it. There are no post Rafa sulkers on the field, Carroll is a huge galvanising factor,that is clear.
    I loved Fernandez’s graft, particularly getting back on terms with Ings as he scored, after a mistake by Schar . He was unlucky not to get a block in,the ball just slid under a terrifically well timed challenge.

  • wartongeordie

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #20

    Did anyone see the interview with Bruce concerning the low attendances, Brucie said it was hard for people to afford it with it being Christmas time, wonder if Jabba has told him to use that excuse rather than the truth, the stadium will be full to busting the day the cockney gets out.

  • Phil K

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    I’m getting to like Willems more and more. His honesty here does him credit.
    We’re playing hideously ugly at the minute but winning which is the complete opposite of how things usually are with us. Hopefully the players will get more and more confidence out of this and go even better
    Unlike a majority, I was delighted we brought Carroll back although he seemed a crock. And his performances in last two have made a difference. I believe Joelinton would benefit hugely playing ALONGSIDE Carroll not instead of

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #22

    Injuries are inevitable, and honestly not surprising at all in the context of the last week. St Max could and probably should have been rested, if not fr the entire match then certainly part of it, which Bruce himself has acknowledged. He certainly hasn’t faced the kind of programme he’s endured this week at any other time in his career, especially with the cold and wet that he’s had to play through.

    That said, if he was going to be injured then now is probably not a bad time, with a couple of less difficult fixtures to come and less pressure or results. If we can get through the next two matches with a couple of points then we’ll not be too badly off.

    I’m with OP, honestly. Atsu was in good form at the start of the season and was unlucky to lose his place. I think now his injury issues have been fixed with surgery in the close season he looks a more confident player. He’ll also be ably backed by an in-form Manquillo who seems to be enjoying his football at the moment or, if he plays on the left, an excellent Willems, who didn’t suddenly become a bad player on the eve of the Saints game and will prove his quality again in short order.

    It’s always possible that we’ll see Yedlin playing as RWF with Manquillo behind, or with Joelinton starting wide with Carroll up front, as some have suggested. In short, though ASM will be missed, we have options to cover him and some are pretty good.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    I don’t recall much wetter seasons than this. Heavy going pitches can’t be good for anyone carrying leg injuries. I see someone mentioned ASM’s hamstring injury being unrelated to his ankle injury. Obviously not a physio saying that 🙂 even if it’s left ankle, right hammy all leg injuries are connected in some way. Lots of injuries turn out to be antagonistic.

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #24

    Well put
    If anyone thinks the reason crowds are this low is purely the cost and nothing to do with the hard core who have chosen to stay away and stand up to the parasite then God help us .
    The matchday after we rid ourselves of him the ground will be once again full and volume back .wont be any need to give away tickets like the mackums
    And like any battle those who stood up will be heroes .

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #25

    Yedlin doesn’t look big enough to play Right Wing Forward
    I doubt the Falcons will want him

  • boss hoggs atm

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #26

    16 games in & 22 points on board, how is this possible, football wise we have been played off the park by every team in the league, unbelievable…

  • Just a fan

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #27

    One fine day.
    The class of 69.
    Great to see them and great memories.
    Mind you in the league no great shakes.so no change there.
    Tenth when they qualified.

  • Jib

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #28

    one fine day
    So why has our highest attendance been vs Arsenal
    when there were prolonged calls for a boycott ?
    If you take a look at the attendance figures the most
    influential thing seems to be the perceived quality of the opposition.

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #29

    Good point tzunki
    Even an ankle injury can knock out the bodies equalibrium.
    Knew a lad who was told he had twisted his diaphragm because he was overcompensating towards his stronger leg .

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #30

    You just have to love this guy, ASM is actually fast becoming one of my all time favourite players, not just for his skills on the field but for the way he’s embraced the club.


  • RobLeenio

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #31

    Jib “Yedlin doesn’t look big enough to play Right Wing Forward
    I doubt the Falcons will want him”

    The Falcons would no doubt have him playing second row lock forward. Besides, he’d never play rugby in the back line as he’s not a big girls’ blouse, he’d want to be in the pack where the real work gets done.


  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #32

    Arsenal filled there allocation
    Also the fact it was widely publicised that a boycott was on forced the club to go into damage limitation .
    It’s estimated over 8000 tickets were “distributed ” for that game alone to offset this and save embarrassment in front of the cameras
    Pictures I have seen from inside the ground backed this up with huge blocks of students sat looking bewildered but enjoying the chance to watch the EPL for free.
    Man U fans were allowed to pretty much purchase tickets anywhere there were seats which was covered across most media as reckless
    Neutrals will always turn up for the more high profile games ,it’s why we have category A , B etc ,they simply don’t care about what Ashley is doing .

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #33

    Too small for second row lock forward left side number four etc etc eh, jib?

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #34

    The much maligned frog still has a point. The testing of even short term memory with rejigged “facts” and “stats” is unashamedly relentless.

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #35

    yes but they qualified for Europe
    They had a go and went on and won the thing .
    Bet they weren’t not told the club had concerns about league form if a long cup run was on the cards .

  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #36

    RobLeenio @30 – Yeah he’s obviously a character. When asked about his injury he said “it was sh*t” but Lee Ryder reported it as “a bad one” – that made me chuckle (not about the injury of course).
    Even though he dropped the ‘F’ bomb live on BBC Newcastle he still came across well.

  • cyprus

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #37

    We haven’t yet gone on our infamous annual run of losses and, given our performances, I kind of expect we will.

    But, and it’s a big but, we have amassed 22 points and we’ve rarely had that, even by Christmas. (Jib, please check).

    Just 4 wins (out of 22 games!), with a couple of draws would, normally, see us through to safety. That’s a massive cushion, for now.

    Of course, no room to relax, the league is crazy this year. A win or two takes you to dizzying heights, a loss or two, the opposite.

    We do have some depth and that helps. Important players like Schar, Shelvey have been sidelined with little negative impact. Hope the same is the case now, with ASM out.

    We should still be looking to bring in one or two quality players in January. Never stay in one place, you will get caught up.

    Some have said most teams are crap this year, except Liverpool. I disagree. Most teams have immensely improved, there are no also runs. Hence, every single game is winnable, or losable.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 9, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #38

    Tsunki, shameless indeed. It’s amazing to me how many facts have been trotted out over the last couple of days which are either only part of the truth (total spend by Rafa instead of net spend, for eg) or just wrong (Rafa scraped the Championship promotion)

    Feels like a concerted campaign of untruths and half truths in order to fortify the belief of the many in a set of ideals conceived by those in power, no matter the truth of the matter.

    In short, it feels like propaganda.

  • martoon

    Dec 9, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #39

    On the subject of attendance – looking around the ground there were some areas of empty seats and the Sports Bar (where I sit) half an hour before the game was amazingly empty whereas it’s normally full. However a lot these will be ST holders who couldn’t make it for whatever reason so I’m actually surprised the official figure was so low as I thought they counted ST holders whether they attend or not?

  • one fine day

    Dec 9, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #40

    70 mil maybe a stretch but I don’t know a keeper in the modem game who does not have errors in their game .
    Always recall Bruce grobelaar .brilliant on his day and said to be worth 20 points a season ( when it was 2 for a win) to Liverpool .
    He made errors as he was one of the first to command the whole 18 yard box rather than let the defenders do it .
    He said that if a striker misses a sitter or a defender misplaces a pass it’s never rememberd .A keeper makes a single error and it will normally lead to a goal so they get crucified .
    As for what he cost I still think the bargain of the decade at 4 million
    As Everton were spunking up 30 plus for a mouthy little T REX. 🙂


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