BBC football analyst Garth Crooks, who turns 62 today, has selected Allan Saint-Maximin for his Team of the Week for last weekend’s Premier League matches.
Saint-Maximin, of course, saved Newcastle from a very disappointing draw with his 79th-minute goal, which was his third of the season.
Here is the former Stoke City and Spurs forward’s take on Allan’s performance at St Mary’s:
This lad terrorized Southampton. The Saints simply couldn’t cope with his pace. While Saint-Maximin was carving his way through the Southampton defence, Dwight Gayle was missing chances set up by the Frenchman with alarming regularity.
In the end Saint-Maximin decided to do it all himself and created his own chance… and converted it – aided by Southampton’s Yann Valery. Why the defender needed two touches and more time to clear the danger than it takes VAR to check an offside I don’t know. But it cost his team the match.
This is a very apt description of the events from Saturday afternoon. Saint-Maximin was determined to pull Newcastle to victory. He did just that with a brilliant individual effort for the game-winner.
Here are some of Allan’s stats from his performance on Saturday.
Allan Saint-Maximin vs Southampton:
?? The Winning Goal ?
? 1 Shot
?7 Dribbles ?
? 19 Passes
? 79% Pass Accuracy
? 2 Chances Created
? 55 Touches
? 8.4 Match Rating
— Between the Lines (@Between_TL) March 7, 2020