Where were you when Kenedy shot?
forward pass reached Kenedy as his run took him into the Southampton
box and the Chelsea loanee took it on his chest, turning adeptly before hitting
his shot into the turf and over Alex
McCarthy into the Leazes End net. Belter.
Southampton corner fell to Mario Lemina outside the Newcastle box and he
swung his boot at the ball but failed to connect. The lurking Perez gathered
possession and broke upfield, laying the ball off to Dwight Gayle, who had
made a lung-bursting run from deep in his own box.
Perhaps mindful of having lost out in a one on one with McCarthy moments
earlier, United's number nine elected not to shoot and unselfishly threaded
the ball across the box for Kenedy to
side-foot low beyond the goalkeeper's despairing dive from five yards.
Half time: Magpies
2 Saints 0
The lad in the blue coat ended up
fielding the corner flag - with his face
Jonjo Shelvey jockeyed on the edge of the Southampton box as if seeking
sight of goal, before finally acknowledging the raised arms of Matt
Ritchie in acres of space infield and rolling the ball into his path.
The former Bournemouth man netted with a 20 yard grass cutter into the bottom
corner of the Gallowgate net, with the 'keeper's weary and perfunctory dive
in made vain 3-0
Full time: Magpies 3
"We needed to start with intensity and
we did it.
“We scored the goal and after, we were
pushing, we were aggressive, we scored a second goal.
"After the game against Bournemouth,
we said: ‘We have to kill the game, we need to score the third goal’, so
everything was perfect because the commitment of the players and the work-rate
was fantastic, and also the way that we were playing.
“We knew that Southampton are a good
team, that they would have good possession, so we needed to be strong in
defence, regain and play good counter-attack, so there were a lot of things
that we did well today.
"I have seen the
table, obviously, but it's not a big difference for me. We knew that we had to
win those game, and now we will have in three weeks Huddersfield and it will
be another massive game.
"But still we have to win two or
three games if we want to be sure that we are in the Premier League next year.”
"He's a different kind of player to what we had.
"He's comfortable on the ball with
his left foot, his deliveries, his passes, his shooting, so he's quite
comfortable with his left foot.
“Still, he is a young player who's
improving, but he has the potential to grow, to be a much better player.
"It's the challenge for him to be ready
for the next team or whatever, but we're happy to see him here and playing
well for us."
“When we were talking about him, the
idea was maybe that he couldn’t play. On Tuesday, even Wednesday, we were
talking about that.
he was pushing, he was desperate to play and credit to him because he did
"In another case, maybe another player would not be playing, but he
decided to play, took the risk and it was quite positive.
"He’s someone who has a personality and confidence in
himself, so he has to do that like the majority of these players.
"They try and we have to improve
little things, but at least the commitment is there.
"That is the best way to improve and to be sure that the team as a team
cut a forlorn figure standing on his own in tracky bottoms and trainers:
"The spirit of the team and the attitude is everything. We have been talking
about this a lot.
"You can have good players, you can have a budget, but without personality and
spirit, it's really difficult to compete at this level.
"When you concede in the first minute, you feel the game will be tough and every
single negative impact is massive for you.
"I observed some players who gave up and we cannot show this. We were never a
threat for Newcastle."
Kenedy became the 136th different Newcastle player to score
for the club in the Premier League.
His brace was the first at home in the PL since Gini Wijnaldum netted two of
our five goals in the 5-1 victory over Spurs back in May 2016. And that same game was the last time that we managed to score two goals in
a home PL game before the interval.
Kenedy became the second Brazilian to net for us in the Premier League
after Claudio Cacapa (versus Spurs in a 3-1 home win during October 2007).
His 64 second effort was the fastest Toon goal this season,eclipsing Joselu's fourth minute strike against Leicester here in December.
It's the quickest scored by any Magpie in since Ayoze Perez's 59 second effort
against Ipswich Town at the same end of SJP in the Championship last season.
Kenedy's opener is within the quickest 13 of 1198 PL goals we've scored
(NB: due to incomplete details of all the exact goal times, the following are
listed in chronological order, not by quickness).
60 seconds or less:
Jan 1996 Arsenal (h) David Ginola
Jan 2003 Manchester City (h) Alan Shearer
Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic (h) Alan Shearer
Aug 1997 Sheff Wednesday (h) Tino Asprilla
Sep 2002 mackems (h) Craig Bellamy
Feb 2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi
Apr 2006 Spurs (h) Lee Bowyer
Sep 2007 West Ham (h) Mark Viduka
Feb 2009 West Brom (a) Damien Duff
Feb 2011 Birmingham City (a) Peter Lovenkrands
Jan 2013 Everton (h) Papiss Cisse
Nov 2013 Norwich (h) Loic Remy
Mar 2018 Southampton (h) Kenedy
first PL goal came while playing for parent club Chelsea and was even quicker
than today's: 39 seconds against Norwich City in 2016.)
Matt Ritchie's second goal of the season made it 30 goals in 30 Premier
League games this season for us, 15 at home and 15 away. Our lowest ever overall PL tally was 35 in 1997/98.
Coming after the 1-0 victory over Manchester United, today's outcome made it successive
home wins and clean sheets in the PL for the first time since November
2014 (1-0 v Liverpool, then 1-0 v QPR during Alan Pardew's
reign). (NB: we managed that once in the Championship in 16/17).
Since beating Southampton 1-0 at SJP in October 2003, United had been unable
to prevent them scoring in the PL against us until today - Martin
Dubravka's clean sheet halting a 12 game run.
Saints in Toon - Premier League era:
2017/18 Won 3-0 Kenedy, Ritchie
2015/16 Drew 2-2 Cisse, Wijnaldum
2014/15 Lost 1-2 Gouffran
2013/14 Drew 1-1 Gouffran
2012/13 Won 4-2 Sissoko, Cisse, Cabaye (pen), OG
2005/06 Won 1-0 Dyer (FAC)
2004/05 Won 2-1 Shearer (pen), Bramble
2003/04 Won 1-0 Shearer
2002/03 Won 2-1 Sh.Ameobi, Hughes
2001/02 Won 3-1 Robert, Shearer 2 (1 pen)
2000/01 Drew 1-1 Gallacher
1999/00 Won 5-0 Ferguson 2, Solano, Dabizas, OG
1998/99 Won 4-0 Shearer 2 (1 pen), Ketsbaia, OG
1997/98 Won 2-1 Barnes 2
1996/97 Lost 0-1
1995/96 Won 1-0 Lee
1994/95 Won 5-1 Watson 2, Cole 2, Lee
1993/94 Lost 1-2 Cole
short of two years since taking charge of the club, Rafa Benitez looked on
as Newcastle registered a victory of monumental importance in terms of
determining their top-flight future.
Striker Islam Slimani may remain unavailable, but the goalscoring burden was shouldered by
fellow loanee Kenedy, who netted his first for the club
after just 64 seconds and then crucially repeated the feat before the interval
just as the woeful visitors looked to be waking from their slumbers.
Matt Ritchie rounded off a resounding success after the break with his second
goal in successive home games to delight another sell-out SJP crowd, who
cheered all three goals to the rafters - hardly surprising when one
considers they'd only seen that many in the previous six home games.
Despite a woeful record of just one win in sixteen league games, Southampton
took to the field having proved to be obstinate opponents on the road on
numerous occasions. Any thoughts of a stonewall approach rapidly
disintegrated though, as Kenedy netted with perhaps the closest a Newcastle
player has come to replicating that "Bergkamp round Dabizas"
effort here in 2002.
Dwight Gayle then twice misfired when well placed in front of goal, but the
suggestion of a Saints revival was quashed by a contender for goal of the
season, as United counter-attacked in simply glorious fashion and the crowd
roared then on until Kenedy tipped home amid great acclaim.
Pellegrino's side were simply never in the game from then on and a repetition
of the points failure at Bournemouth when we allowed 2-0 to become 2-2 was
never remotely in danger.
There were encouraging displays across the pitch, Shelvey and Mo Diame
reprising their central midfield dominance of the last home game against
Manchester United, Florian Lejeune continuing to improve alongside Lascelles
and Dummett deservedly earning some recognition for his efforts.
Shelvey is worthy of further mention, eager to return from injury and
contribute to this vital win despite the knowledge that he was only a stray
kick away from seeing his season curtailed.
It's fair to say that we haven't always been his biggest fans and the
frustration we've felt at his avoidable antics has been on a par with Joey
Barton, but a combination of belated self-awareness and managerial influence
is making the positives outweigh the negatives.
A very welcome second successive home victory and clean sheet took United up
to 32 points and 13th place in the table - five points above the bottom three
with an enhanced goal difference.
On a pivotal weekend in the Premier League - both in terms of results and events
- a collective satisfaction in a job well done; an opportunity taken for
once and something resembling harmony between crowd, team, manager and club
evident. For once, the implosions are elsewhere.