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Season 2020-21
Southampton (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Friday 6th November 2020, 8.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 St. Mary's Stadium

Conditions: Feckless
 
Programme: £3.50 (£4 in 2019/20)
 

Southampton

Newcastle

2 - 0

 

Teams

Goals

7 mins Saints striker Che Adams had a long-range effort saved by Karl Darlow but his parry fell to Miggy Almiron who inexplicably went on a mazy run despite having well-positioned team mates to pass to.

Kyle Walker-Peters and Theo Walcott were in the vicinity and the latter robbed him and got to the byline before teeing up Adams, who volleyed spectacularly past Darlow in front of the empty away end.
0-1

Half time: Saints 1 Magpies 0

82 mins Sean Longstaff dallied on the edge of his own box and Stuart Armstrong easily took the ball off him, beat Fabian Schar and fired past Darlow from 15 yards. 0-2

Full time: Saints 2 Magpies 0

We Said

Steve Bruce:

"The best team won: we didn't get anywhere near where we were five days ago. We didn't look after the ball well enough and we gifted them two goals.

"We didn't do enough to win the game. We didn't handle the full press and it was a difficult night.

"The one thing you can't do at this level is give them the goals we did. We gave the ball away far too often. We knew what to expect from them - the full press - and unfortunately we couldn't play through it.

"The first 15 minutes was probably our worst spell after half-time. We couldn't get out. We kept giving the ball back to them and when you're in that situation it becomes difficult for.

"Congratulations to Southampton on the night. They were far better than us and we couldn't cope with them.

"We weren't aggressive enough and we found it very difficult. The goals we gave away probably summed up our evening. We gave it away far too cheaply and far too often.

"To do it you have to be good with the ball and make sure you look after it better than we did. That's why the players play at this level because they are expected to.

"From six minutes in we gifted them the first goal then it was a difficult night all round. We were nowhere near where we were five days ago. That's my biggest issue - that we go up and down. It was a poor, poor performance.

"We were a shadow of the team I saw against Everton. We have to make sure we're better against Chelsea. There's a few shirts available, a few place up for grabs.

"We had to play it forward quickly and off the front but we just couldn't do it. It was a really difficult evening. We were beaten by the better team."

They Said

 

Ralph Hasenhuttl said:
 

"It's amazing what my team does in the moment.

"Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect. Everybody was on the highest level.

"It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.

"We're a strong side and this is not a coincidence as we've developed every part of our game. Our game management has been very brave and I feel it has helped us in some situations where there's no crowd in the stadium so we can develop our game.

"There's not so much stress now, and we've got used to it. As a result, we've now got a more complete game.

"
I think it was important to show that we can win against this team (Newcastle) we hadnít done it so far since Iím here, so this was the goal for today, and to show ourselves that we are one step further in our development now.

"I think you could see we had good solutions with the ball and against the ball. We were very committed and well organised.

"We had to replace Ingsy and Ryan
(Bertrand), but you couldnít see there was a break in our game. For me, this was the most important message.

"We immediately showed up again and scored fantastically. We couldíve scored more, I think, but it was a good result.

"Itís always dangerous because when you concede one, it kills the whole work that you do, so I think the message was to stay concentrated and not give anything away.

"I think we only gave one header away, when we were two up, so it was a fantastic performance from everybody.

"Two goals from the counter-pressing was the plan Ė sometimes itís not the first action that is the important one but the second one, and if you stay online and be sharp, itís a good chance to score.

"Iím happy for the fans. Itís a good moment to watch the table.

"If itís only for a night, itís still ok Ė itís fantastic. We have never been there, so itís history for them. Last year we had negative history, this year we have some positive stuff, and hopefully there comes some more positive things.

"I must say that we have definitely learned a lot. The way we play at the moment is brave, itís organised with a good balance of taking risks or not.

"Against the ball, I think we are one of the best organised teams in the league. Now we also start playing very well with the ball, so anything is possible.Ē
 

Stats


Newcastle lost for the first time away from SJP since a 2-1 defeat at Watford back in July, ending a run of four games on the road without defeat in the Premier League, and six in all competitions.

The Magpies were unchanged from Sunday's 2-1 home victory over Everton, with one enforced alteration on the bench, Ryan Fraser absent due to a hamstring problem.

Matty Longstaff was named among the substitutes and came on for a first senior appearance of the season.

Toon @ Saints - Premier League era:

2020/21:
Lost 0-2
2019/20:
Won 1-0 Saint-Maximin
2018/19: Drew 0-0
2017/18: Drew 2-2 Hayden, Perez
2015/16: Lost 1-3 Townsend
2014/15: Lost 0-4
2013/14: Lost 0-4
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2004/05: Won 2-1 OG, Carr
2003/04: Drew 3-3 Ameobi, Bowyer, Ambrose
2003/04: Won 3-0 Dyer 2, Robert (FAC)
2002/03: Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2001/02: Lost 1-3 Shearer
2000/01: Lost 0-2 No scorer*
1999/00: Lost 2-4 Shearer, Speed*
1998/99: Lost 1-2 Hamann*
1997/98: Lost 1-2 Lee
1996/97: Drew 2-2 Ferdinand, Clark*
1995/96: Lost 0-1 No scorer*
1994/95: Lost 1-3 Kitson*
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole*

* At the Dell, all subsequent games at St. Mary's.

Newcastle wore their "fizzy yellow" change kit for the first time in a competitive senior match, having previously donned it for the pre-season home meeting with Stoke City.
 

Waffle

 

Newcastle lost for the first time away from home this season on Friday night, gifting the hosts a goal in each half at St. Mary's Stadium.

Victory for the Saints took them to the top of the Premier League for the very first time and they could easily have triumphed by a more emphatic margin.

Kick-off coincided with a barrage of fireworks exploding outside the ground, but they failed to rouse United and they were caught out within seven minutes.

Karl Darlow blocked a Che Adams shot but when the rebound fell to Miguel Almiron, a misguided dribble on the edge of his own box saw him robbed - Adams taking full advantage at the second time of asking.

Newcastle gradually found a way back into that game but aside from Sean Longstaff's on-target header failed to threaten the Southampton goal and always looked vulnerable to a rapid Saints counter.

Theo Walcott should have added to his considerable goal tally against United two minutes before the interval, but blasted his shot high into the stand.

Steve Bruce's side failed to heed that warning though and were even more dishevelled after the interval, continually caught in possession and incapable of successfully completing passes.

Darlow tipped Oriel Romeu's rising shot onto the goal frame and Jamaal Lascelles appeared fortunate not to concede a penalty after clipping Walcott in the area as the Saints sought to kill the game off.

United's previous two away games had seen them perform with similar ineptness, only to fashion improbably late goals from set pieces and collect a point.

Southampton though would succeed where both Spurs and Wolves failed, scoring a clinching second with eight minutes of normal time remaining.

Again the assist came from a visiting player, Sean Longstaff fatally dwelling on the ball outside his area and Stuart Armstrong shimmying forward to bury a low shot.

United did belatedly get another effort on target; substitute Joelinton's header clawed away by the otherwise under-employed Alex McCarthy.

However that was a rare moment of possession in the final third; the front pairing of Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson unproductive and opportunities to win yet another face-saving penalty kick minimised by our inability to actually reach the Southampton box....

Newcastle's results may have been inconsistent so far this season, but the lack of forward threat displayed here tonight was disturbingly familiar. At times we committed players forward, but were no more threatening than in games when far less expansive. Callum Wilson got 19 touches of the ball.

Attempts at emulating the Southampton press were continually undermined by carelessness on the ball - leading to an almost constant sense of panic. Our distance covered statistics may have improved, but much of it was slapdash and lacked poise. Too many players were busy doing nothing.

We may stumble into moments of occasional inspiration on the field, but more often we just stumble. On another night this could have been a hatful.

PS: Already without Ryan Fraser after he reported a hamstring injury, it was confirmed post-match that Callum Wilson was substituted with a similar ailment and faces a scan. The dark nights are here again.

Biffa

 

This report is dedicated to the memory of London Supporters Club member Peter Hardy, who died recently - yet another victim of the Pandemic.

A native of Gateshead, Peter regularly made the train trip back to Tyneside for home games via a pint or two in the Bodega and was a long-standing member of the Supporters Club pool team.
 


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