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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

  • Novocastrian66

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #41

    What a relief. We deserved the victory but we have to start taking our chances.

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #42

    Great result

    Pope motm for me
    Wilson 15 touches all match isak has to start

    Woke the youngun up when we scored so I am in the dog house
    Well worth it

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #43

    Ash – haha! 🙂 I couldn’t even remember who it was. Scrolled through a few posts and just gave up as I figure people are quite emotional during the game, all is forgiven!

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  • beermonkey

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #44

    Novo.

    We create enough of em

    How joelinton missed that same with longy

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #45

    Got my ticket for the 2nd leg.

    I just wish we had buried one of the skied chances to give us a little bit extra lee way.

    Howe must concentrate on our finishing or forget European football.

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  • Adamn_92

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #46

    HWTL!

    Very glad we got the result as we did actually start to look leggy in the second half. A little break now until the second leg will do us the world of good. What a treat it is to have difference makers to bring on off the bench for a change too! Even if ASM and Isak start soon, whoever they replace will then be strong players to have on the bench too.

    Got the result we needed, can rest a bit now and then finish the job next week 🙂

    2
  • Romford mag

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #47

    We go in at half time 1up

    4
  • Small World

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #48

    We need a consistent 1 in 4 midfielder.

    Teams who have one or maybe even two of these go places. Helps out when the front guys are misfiring or are being marked out of the game.

    in theory Miggy is that guy this season, though I fear his scoring run is like Willock’s from two seasons ago – a flash in the pan. T.B.F. his goals this year have helped paper over the cracks of a at times misfiring / unfit front line.

    Just guessing here, I suspect the likes of Cabaye and Robert were 1 in 4.

    Bruno was at the start of the season and probably could be if played more forward.

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  • IrishRob

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #49

    I genuinely think next week will be even harder, Southampton are going to come harder because they’re half out they will have nothing to lose.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #50

    I only post at half-time usually,I’m too busy shouting at the telly,to post on here. 😆

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  • jimiley

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #51

    We have to buy finishers. It’s very difficult to coach finishing. How many years do you have to train to be able to finish?
    If you cannot finish in your mid twenties forget it

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  • lochinvar

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #52

    Nathan Jones has given a fair after match appraisal
    Imagine if it had been Arteta , ha !

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  • Not another deJong

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:34 PM

    Comment #53

    When playing with ‘Intensity is our Identitiy’, we need more than 11 players and playing at their peak, to see us through the season.

    4
  • Bills Son Is Back

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #54

    How on earth did we get Pope for just £10M??

    Buy of the century, never mind the season.

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #55

    You`ve just got to love Shay Given, he still obviously has Irish Geordie blood running through his veins 😀 😀 HWTL.

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #56

    Going out of the F.A Cup when we did,could be blessing..

    Seven days to get fit and angry/hungry for the next leg…

    5
  • Small World

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #57

    I actually wouldn’t be too down on the players tonight. It was a cup semi final and Southampton gave it absolutely everything they had.

    A week’s rest will do the team the world of good.

    P.S. Eddie give Isak and Maxi a run out from the start next time out

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #58

    Isak showed exactly what we needed his movement was amazing

    ASM that’s the best he’s played in a long time nice passes and movement

    Murphy was also good when he came on really good as a sub for Almiron maybe should have came on earlier as Miggy was struggling after that dodgy tackle on him

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #59

    Refreshing their manager to gives a honest opinion – well done!!!!

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  • geordie157

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #60

    A short term move but I’d happily swap Fraser for Adam Armstrong

    1
  • onmeedsun

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #61

    On balance we deserved the win as we missed loads of chances. They had a 10 min purple patch second half, but not much else.
    I agree with starting Isak and Maxi next week as they deserve it. But we have a few players looking a tad stale, like Bruno. The lack of rotation options will catch up with us. It’s not about the starting 11, we need at least 16 top quality first teamers.

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  • Small World

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:38 PM

    Comment #62

    Not another deJong #53:

    Yep, it’s where we need 2 class players for each position. It’s going to take some time to get there

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  • jane

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #63

    “I actually wouldn’t be too down on the players tonight.”

    newsflash we won!

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  • jane

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #64

    “Yep, it’s where we need 2 class players for each position.”

    another idiot fan

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  • geordie157

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #65

    Isak and Saint-Maximin need to start on Tuesday, let Wilson come off the bench.

    Saint-Maximin starts instead of Willock or Longstaff, Willock has offered more recently but looks more in need of a rest. Longstaff has lost his shooting boots but has done a lot of work off the ball to allow others to influence the games.

    A signing before the weekend now would make it a great week

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  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #66

    When you watch Joe’s earlier faux-pas again,it takes some deeing that mind.

    If he tried to do that a hundred times,more would end up in the back of the fecking net.. 😆

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #67

    Ash – that’s what makes me laugh about comments during a match! 🙂 it’s like listening to fans in the stadium during a match, they talks utter rubbish sometimes! Shouting “our ball” when it’s quite obviously not, complaining about a booking when it’s blatant, and getting overly excited at virtually nothing. Especially amusing when you’re seated with fans of the other club as you don’t feed off their emotion at all.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #68

    Having a fully fit Asm on the left wing

    Can then allow us to rest one of our midfielders as Willock and Joelinton have been playing the left wing

    This week’s rest will do us the world of good though

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  • jane

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #69

    lets get some world cup players. what a dumb thing to say

    4
  • Rotonda heights

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #70

    Not sure I liked Murphy doing the waving send off. He’s not really a good enough player to do that to the opposition. I know s–thousery is all the rage but personally I thought it was unnecessary.

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  • jimiley

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #71

    I cannot go further back than Marshall in the 60s but Pope is def our best keeper. No question. He is one of the best in the world. De Shea is on 335k a week and god knows what beansPopey is on but he should be on a lot more

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  • jane

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:41 PM

    Comment #72

    “Saint-Maximin starts instead of Willock or Longstaff”

    another idiot fan

    1
  • Ashingtoon62

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #73

    Why not start Wilson and Isak and try to put it to bed early?

    Wilson has a full week to get fit/fitter..

    2
  • jimiley

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #74

    Rotanda
    A crap player like Murphy taking the proverbial is awful

    6
  • jane

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #75

    “A crap player like Murphy taking the proverbial is awful”

    proof that jimiley is not a fan

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  • magicmac54

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #76

    Coming Home

    If your still about mate, can you remember when we were looking for an new keeper after the takeover and almost everyone on the blog were saying lets get Dean Henderson, but i said no i would prefere Nick Pope as he was better than Henderson, i`m so glad Eddie took my advice mate 😀 😀 😀 HWTL.

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  • cleveleysbob

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #77

    We should have won about 7-1.

    Unfortunately the reason we didn’t is that Willock and Longstaff (in particular) aren’t capable of hitting the proverbial barn door unless it’s on the 2nd floor!

    I know Joe missed a sitter too, but he scored 2 (really) so can be forgiven. Why do W and L sky every bloody shot? They didn’t used to, they’ve both got history of scoring good goals regularly. Are they just trying too hard?

    As it stands, if those 2 were upgraded by say Maddison and Onana (or Gordon), we’d be blowing teams apart. And as I suggested this afternoon, maybe a bit of competition is just the kick up the arse they both need.

    Oh and I agree with everyone who says ASM and Isak should start next Tuesday.

    Happy with result and performance, just a tad disappointed we aren’t “out of sight”. 🙂

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  • jimiley

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #78

    Kane
    You got anything to say about the match or the players or are you here to just slag off other posters. Sad person

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  • scott

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #79

    Having no fa cup game is definitely going to benefit us here as I thought most our midfield looked gassed for the last 30mins!

    Was Murphy’s wave classed as “dark arts”?
    😀 😀

    3
  • geordie157

    Jan 24, 2023 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #80

    Thauvin on a free anyone….

    Probably not, he had a few great seasons but that was a while ago now

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