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Newcastle Take Scrappy Carabao Cup Semi-Final First Leg 1-0 At Southampton



Newcastle have set the stage for the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win at Southampton. It was far from pretty but The Magpies come through unscathed with a chance for a Wembley final if they take care of business next Tuesday at St. James’ Park.

Eddie Howe made no changes after the scoreless first half. Another shot was sent high in the opening minute with Almiron, after tearing by Mohammed Salisu, squaring a pass for Longstaff in the box. The Geordie’s shot was sent over the bar.

Yet another chance was squandered in the 53rd minute. Almiron played a one-two with Longstaff to get to the byline. The Paraguayan cut inside and crossed the ball across the 6-yard box finding Joelinton in front of an open goal. He somehow sent what should have been a tap-in over the bar.

After the miss, the Saints were much improved enjoying a lengthy spell of dominance for the next ten minutes. Nathan Jones made a tactical tweak with Southampton forcing Pope into a couple of timely saves on shots by substitute Che Adams.

Howe went to his bench in the 67th minute after Adams’s second shot. Wilson and Willock came off with Alexander Isak and Allan Saint-Maximin entering the fray. The move pushed Joelinton into the midfield with Saint-Maximin taking the mantle on the left and Isak spearheading the attack.

Newcastle found their breakthrough in the 73rd minute. It was some inspirational play from Isak as he got past a Southampton defender down the right and put a perfect ball into the box. This time Joelinton didn’t miss as he powered his tap-in into the net to make it 1-0.

The euphoria was almost snuffed out as the Saints appeared to equalize through Adam Armstrong just moments later. Armstrong did very well to win the ball and then get on the end of a cross into the box. However, the ball came off his arm before it dribbled into the net. Jacob Murphy came on for Almiron after the disallowed goal.

Southampton went down to ten men when Duje Caleta-Car picked up his second booking after taking down Saint-Maximin during a jaunt up the pitch. The match had grown tempestuous over the previous few minutes with multiple bookings.

Newcastle saw out the proceedings for the 1-0 win. While the result goes in the Magpies’ favor, a chance to make the second leg a more comfortable affair was squandered. The 1-0 win will suffice as yet another clean sheet is kept.

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242 comments so far

  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Get in there Joe! 😉

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  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #2

    Pope top of the league Pickford near bottom.
    Southgate are you not seeing what we see?

    19
  • dazzler

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #3

    Pope for MoM, for concussing a player with his massive chopper.

    7
  • lochinvar

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #4

    Feel a bit shredded after that
    We need to put games well way sooner

    9
  • Bambams

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #5

    Got to start Maxi on left at home, Big Joe more involved when in the middle.

    It hurts me to say it but Wilson not moving well, Isak looked a threat when he came on.

    Just my opinion

    We should of been out of sight in this leg.

    30
  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Best in the world by Bruno. Pope. Enough said.

    0
  • sparky55

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Pope my man of the match…he kept us in it with 3 fantastic saves

    12
  • Pat Mania

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Not much in that game. Southampton matched us for a large part of the early second half. We were quite sloppy.

    Howe has a big decision to make regarding Wilson. He hasn’t offered much lately and Isak delivers when introduced.

    12
  • Assassins Inc

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Couldn’t agree more with Wilson out for Isak and Big Joe in the middle.
    Maxi instead of Willock.

    14
  • Ap

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Wood is cup tied plus hes injured

    0
  • martoon

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #11

    Pleased with the result but at the same slightly disappointed we didn’t score more and just about on our way to Wembley!

    5
  • Raj of Hailsley

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Isak has to start starting 😀

    15
  • sparky55

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Maxi stops walker peters marauding down the right so should start just for that from a tactics persoective and I saw enough tonight from Maxi that he deserves to start anyway

    22
  • Ap

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #14

    2Nd leg i would start asm and isak and try to blow them out of sight before bringing on wilson and willock to go more defensive and see game out

    13
  • dazzler

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Has Pope got a broken finger? He looks like his fingers are taped up during this interview.

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  • Ap

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #16

    And people want saint max sold. Hes a game changer. Impressed with isak

    13
  • Ap

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #17

    If soton go down what about kyle peters as trippier back up? Can play left and right

    8
  • dazzler

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #18

    Bruno wanting to give Pope the MoM says everything about him as a man.

    6
  • ChicoUSA

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #19

    Best “new” signing in January….. Isak!

    6
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Phew! Very glad Joelinton got the goal after missing an absolute sitter! Chances kept falling to the wrong players throughout the match. How many shots did Wilson, Bruno, and Almiron manage? Too many fell to Longstaff and Willock, though that could have been partial credit to Southampton for defending in that way.

    Really would love to see Isak and ASM as first choice starters. They’ve both got the ability for sure.

    Only scrolled through the match comments for a minute before it was too painful…I’ll forgive whoever it was saying VAR would NEVER lead to an on-field decision being reversed… 😉

    2
  • Zele

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Wilson looks very sluggish both mentally and physically compared to Isak.

    I would start him instead of Wilson.

    6
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #22

    Dazzler – a lot of keepers tape up their fingers to protect them. Unless you saw his fingers taped together, in which case he might have hurt them.

    1
  • dazzler

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #23

    TDS,

    It was just a split second it looked like his middle finger taped to his ring finger. But they might have been separately wrapped.

    2
  • Blaydon-Toon

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    Delighted with the win not the best performance but we got there in the end – fair play to big Joe for not hiding after glaring miss – quality by Isak so can’t see them causing a shock at St James’s Toon Toon 🙂

    5
  • IrishRob

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #25

    Wilson is not right I’ve never seen him as poor as this as long as this.

    He had Covid early December and I’d bet money he’s suffering long Covid, because he’s a million miles off in every facet of his game.

    12
  • lochinvar

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #26

    Isak plays with eyes open and sees the runners
    Longstaff and Willock need to do the same

    12
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #27

    Damn it annoys me when headlines state one club beats “10 man” other club. We didn’t beat “10 man Southampton”, we beat 11 man Southampton and they were down to 10 men for a few minutes! BBC headline isn’t fair, it’s not as if they were down to 10 men for 70 minutes and we scored during that period.

    20
  • Bambams

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #28

    IrishRob

    Could be onto something there fella re Wilson, just not himself.

    3
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #29

    Glad for the win but feel a bit glass half empty that we didn’t score more than the 1 goal. Just hope it doesn’t come back to bite us as our finishing is seemingly so lacking at the minute.

    Looked far more potent with Isak and St Max coming on. Can’t believe some want Maxi gone as his control is exceptional and Isak is so graceful and elegant for a big lad he just glides round the pitch.

    I’m losing count of the number of times Longstaff balloons over from Miggy cut backs now. Does my head in.

    Maybe Wilson needs a spell out to try and really shift whatever he has been suffering from.

    Burn looked really shaky today and not Botman’s best game either but what more can you say about Pope. Has to be the best keeper we’ve ever had.

    22
  • ChicoUSA

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #30

    Almiron played well. He had 3 crosses that were skied over the bar by Willock, Longstaff and Joelinton respectively. Easily could have had 3 assists. But people will just complain that he hasn’t scored for a few matches… #eyerolledup emoji

    23
  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #31

    Dazzler – hopefully nothing then. Could just be precautionary. I’d have thought we’d have noticed something during the match if he’d hurt himself during a save. Fingers crossed he’s fine. Please, no injuries for next Tuesday or until after the final! Assuming we get there…

    1
  • magicmac54

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #32

    Repost

    Great result, and you can clearly see Isak`s predatory instincts, he was the game changer no doubt about it, although ASM played very well also, if Eddie doesn`t intend playing both Wilson and Isak then it has to be Isak as he offers so much more threat. For me Fabian Schar was motm, the guy was just sublime a class act.

    5
  • catchy in norway

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #33

    I voted Miggy, Did everything he was meant to, but others let him down

    5
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Lochinvar

    That’s what I looked about Isak for the goal, he looked up.

    5
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #35

    liked even

    0
  • coming home

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Pope deserves MOM but Big Joe is so strong that Croatian for them was pashing all our players away until Big Joe turned up he shat him self
    Scored 2 really and ran all day and was fantastic in every aspect apart a bad miss

    6
  • Toonarmy of Frogs

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #37

    Isak is quality.

    Drifts into the right places. Weight of pass.

    If form counts. He’s presently has more about him than Wilson.

    Owa supa Swede 😆

    6
  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #38

    TDS @20

    I think you will find that I said “IF”

    This was in response to the half-time pundits referring to the statements,that Howard Webb has made since his appointment as head VAR honcho…

    1
  • lochinvar

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #39

    Maxi and Isak are double trouble for defenders
    Callum on his own is less of a handful and is clearly fatigued mentally and physically

    Seems obvious who starts the second leg

    6
  • sparky55

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m exhausted after that…me nerves are shredded!

    Southampton not out of this just yet either…they will play the 2nd leg with nowt to lose so will be interesting to say the least

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