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Who Did Our Readers Select As Man Of The Match Against Southampton?

In what Steve Bruce and a few players admitted was a drop in levels, Newcastle were still able to surge from behind for all three points against Southampton this past Sunday.

After going behind early in the second half, Steve Bruce introduced Andy Carroll for Joelinton, and the payoff was immediate. Andy whipped in an inviting cross that Jonjo Shelvey timed perfectly to head the ball into the back of the net.

Newcastle kept pushing and got the rewards with a late goal from Federico Fernandez. The lads were able to triumph despite the poor start.

However, it could have been all she wrote early in the game, if not for Martin Dubravka. The 30-year-old made two critical saves on successive Nathan Redmond shots that kept the game scoreless in the first half.

Martin again made the saves that kept Newcastle in the game. He’s played at a very high level over the last few weeks and that’s been reflected in our best player polls.

Martin Dubravka has won his fourth straight poll as the Man of the Match. Out of the 2,947 total votes, 1,091 were cast for Martin for 37%. Andy Carroll came in second with 25% while Jonjo Shelvey came in third.

The Slovakian is in the form of his life at the moment and long may it continue.

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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129 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #1

    Bloody ell, that’s a late bus!

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:19 AM

    Comment #2

    Time for bed, Gd’Night all

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:21 AM

    Comment #3


    Haven’t been reading the blog comments (it’s been embarrassing to see the way some people have been behaving) so I’m not sure if this has already been posted or not. Fat Mike is desperate it seems!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 10, 2019 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #4

    if we keep playing boring football sky will stop showing us as often. sky are in the entertainment industry and the nuetrals will have figured we are a dull watch. i refuse to watch burnley unless theyre on while im in a bar so others will be switching channels when we come on. all this is going to cost the club about 5m per year or so. money that could be spent getting a decent manager like biesla or nagelmann or paying a top strikers wages.

  • Scythe For Bruce

    Dec 10, 2019 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #5

    Mike – That’s obvious to you and me, but it isn’t (and never will be) to the one greedy moron who can actually do something about it. So I guess we’re stuck with our current brand of football, even though it’s apparently picking up points!

  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2019 at 5:41 AM

    Comment #6

    People seem to have short memories
    The Last time Bruce played Longstaff, Shelvey and Hayden in midfield was the Arsenal match
    It was such a disaster that SB ended up dropping Longtsaff for the next game against Norwich

    I appreciate the desperation of some to see Longstaff back in the starting line up at all costs
    But shoehorning him into a formation that does not suit him is incredibly dumb and counterproductive

    I also appreciate Atsu is not a glamorous choice for the likes of Neil
    But the fact is, he was superb earlier this season when he came on.
    Providing assists for Joelinton and contributing massively to our defence

    SB would be mad to NOT play him in lieu of ASM

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 10, 2019 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #7

    it was just one game toonbrother with players adapting to a new style. and it was against arsenal and we werent as atrocious as many of the other games. i think people are saying keep the parked bus tactic for big teams and try something new at home against small teams. it doesnt have to be 433 or 4231. but how long will people keep turning up to watch us barely play football. lucks going to run out soon. i just hope we can beat burnley and palace then with these players we are almost safe. if survival is all we can hope for i demand we at least play a nice style.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 10, 2019 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #8

    ive found three players who are scoring lots of goals on the continent that we might get at a good price. first one is a guy called joselu in spain. next ones a guy called slimani in france. and the others a guy called harris vuckic in the netherlands. seriously though its good to see our former players doing well. i also hear merino is playing very well in spain. the last two were players i hoped would turn out world class.

  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2019 at 6:49 AM

    Comment #9

    “I would be livid if I was a fully paying season ticket holder still”
    NO I think it’s a great offer and I’ll certainly be trying to get one for my son!

  • posada

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Good luck Martoon.
    Also, quite right too.

    If you get one it’s not a freeby.
    It’s a reward for being a loyal supporter with a season ticket.

  • thereallowickmag

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #11

    “If you get one it’s not a freeby.
    It’s a reward for being a loyal supporter with a season ticket.“

    It’s Mike Ashley on the ropes, knowing his TV money is going to disappear, knowing his advertising racket will not get the coverage.
    He is running a business for gods sake. He’s not rewarding loyal fans. He’s trying to protect his business.

  • hibbit

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #12

    that’s right martoon take your thirty pieces of silver,
    it’s not a reward its a BRIBE.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #13

    Yes,that and Ashley has a streak in him that means he is willing to risk a huge amount to ensure he defeats the fans opposing him and gets his pound of flesh.
    Dangerous times. And it just ratcheted up a couple of notches.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #14

    @The next Mike Williamson
    i appreciate it was just one game,

    but why re-experiment with a formation that failed once
    when we can re-experiment with one that succeeded

    Atsu , Linton and Almiron worked well earlier this season
    Shelvey, Longstaff and Hayden failed abysmally

    We can experiment once we’ve achieved safety
    which we (fingers crossed) are currently on course to do
    but at such a critical stage of the season, its silly to rock the boat


  • toonbrother

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #15

    by the way big mike williamsson i’m totally for playing 433 against smaller teams

    but we do not have the personnel required
    for example 433 requires an Attacking midfielder or trequartista to play in the “hole” behind the front 3
    Presently, Only Atsu has the close control and overall skill set to play that role
    (ASM perhaps but not sure)

    Shelvey doesnt play well in confined space
    Hayden does but lacks the creativity to play that role
    Longstaff excels in the carrick role but is mediocre in other areas

    To accomodate longstaff, Shelvey and Hayden we would need to implement Liverpool’s unique formation
    Which i’m afraid to say is way beyond SB’s capability as a manager

  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2019 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #16

    Some of you are so obsessed with your hatred for Mike Ashley you think he is behind every decision at nufc. The man owns and runs several multi-national companies – do you think he has time to be consulted on every decision at nufc right down to what brand of tea to buy?
    The club have stated this is a decision made between Lee Charnley & Steve Bruce so surely if Ashley had been involved they would say so to try and earn him some Kudos with the fans?

  • thereallowickmag

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #17

    I admire your blind faith in Mike but if you honestly believe he is not involved in this decision you are deluded.
    St. James’s Park is the main advertising board for all his businesses. This is a major decision involving all of his businesses. I’m sorry but he will be involved in this. What decent businessman wouldn’t be?

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #18

    Martoon you make a very good point there, Ashley is very unlikely to have been involved in this.

    I didn’t comment last night on this issue, but I do see it as a positive move by the club, whatever their motives may be.

    That’s not to say that it’s the best thing for is as a club long term, but at least it shows a desire to address the crowd situation and an acknowledgement of how important the crowd is.

  • thereallowickmag

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #19

    The reason he is passing the decision buck to SB and LC is to make it look like it’s a separate decision from all his other businesses and solely an NUFC decision. Which it clearly isn’t as he hopes it will benefit all his businesses.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #20

    Are you serious? Do you really think there is a minute chance Ashley wasn’t involved in this policy??

  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:09 AM

    Comment #21

    Hiya Posada

    Nice way to annoy what customers you had left lol
    Make it so they wasted their money while 10 k get in for free


  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #22


    It’s never Jabbas fault

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #23

    Oh come off it man.

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:11 AM

    Comment #24

    Actually it’s more worrying if he wasn’t.

  • RobLeenio

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #25

    Toonbrother, I think that’s a fair assessment of our midfielders’ shortcomings in advanced areas.

    You mention ASM and say you’re not sure if he has the required skill.

    I have it on good authority that ASM has fast become one of the biggest characters in the squad and is very vocal in training.

    One of the things he’s most vocal about is the close control drills – two and three touch passing etc – which he hates….

  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:13 AM

    Comment #26

    Up the season ticket prices
    And give thousands away


  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #27

    Just make sure everyone’s lost all hope and be sure to show absolutely no ambition first



  • RobLeenio

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #28

    Are the renewals out for those on the ten year plan yet? I think people were expecting another big drop off in renewals for next season.

    This is honestly more likely to be related to that than about sports direct advertising.

    It’s a buy one get one free offer, essentially.

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #29

    Brings things into perspective this ticket giveaway lark. Just down the road a few seasons ago the owner was desperate to make the ground look full to 45k or thereabouts capacity so tickets were handed out left right and centre. That was a desperate throw of the dice to attract support and make TV showings more desirable. Desperate but unsuccessful. Their current average 32k attendance is actually what it always really was.

    At NUFC things were completely different. 51-52k was always the home attendance average for home league games even during our drop in league. Now that’s gone down by about 10-12k at a conservative estimate it’s unthinkable an owner of this club has to give away seats not halfway through a season.

    That’s a lot of match day revenue gone, but Mike obviously thinks the loss leader is worth it. He needs the TV showings, he needs his brands seen on those TV showings. There’s your perceived value of ground advertising. Mike is willing to lose upwards of £350k – plus the existing loss on ground advertising revenue – per game to get his stuff hawked on TV.

    There’s no business like show business. 😉

  • Bleatin' n Bruced

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #30

    Posada you do pop up very conveniently to support the club’s loss making punt to get bums on seats. What line will you be towing when there’s still quite a few left? Any idea if Mike will turn a blind eye to ST holders getting them touted out to mates/pub marrers / total strangers for profit?

  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #31

    Be sure the football on offer is utterly sh1te while your at it

    Why bother buying a ST next year if they are giving thousands away ?

    PR at it’s best lmfao

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #32

    Other fans already laughing at our inability to fill sjp and giving away free tickets – not long now before the ‘your grounds too big for you ‘ chants from away fans ….
    Sad days indeed

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Ashley has to sign off on all things financial at nufc – this has clearly been in the offing since the whole boycott thing started , I’d imagine they thought that would be a one game failure and have been surprised it’s getting worse instead of improving.
    Make no mistake , Sky do not want to show empty stadiums around the world to showcase the EPL

  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #34

    My final word on this subject – in previous years the club have sold half price season tickets at Christmas which I have bought in the past as a present for my son. This year I can do the same thing for free – what’s not to like?

  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #35

    We’re going to end up with a ground full of people there to see the away team

    Hiya KBA

  • toon22

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #36


    It’s never Jabbas fault


  • martoon

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #37

    RobLeenio @28 – I can’t speak for other people but mine has a few years to run yet.

  • Ron Knee

    Dec 10, 2019 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #38

    I’m all right, Jack!

  • Mindshaft

    Dec 10, 2019 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #39

    Martoon – Happy it’s good news for you and your son but as a club it’s not good – how long before we close a stand or two ?
    We’re looking like a club that is dying on its knees despite our league position
    If Rafa goes we go sounded like an empty threat at the time but is ringing true.
    It’s not what Rafa did or how we played under him, it was the fact he gave us hope and united the team and the crowd , similar to KK and SBR (without the flowing football).
    The decline in crowds has nothing to do with Bruce as a manager or person and I think he’s doing an okay job , if you suck hope out of supporters as Ashley has then you get apathy.
    I’ve supported the toon through thick and thin and there hasn’t been much ‘thick’ in the last 45 years – we’ve had poor owners in the past as well as poor managers but in the days when we can stream almost any match or sport live rather than wait for motd highlights , the difference between nufc and the top clubs is more and more exposed.

  • Jib

    Dec 10, 2019 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #40

    Ron Knee – I’m all right, Jack!

    Surely you know that’s the way the world turns


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