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Season 2021-22
Southampton (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Thursday 10th March 2022, 7.30pm


Venue:
 St.Mary's Stadium

Conditions: Well-heeled

Programme: £3.50
 

Southampton

 Newcastle

 

1 - 2

 

 

Teams

Goals

25 mins Kyle Walker-Peters centred from the left flank, Mohamed Elyounoussi headed the ball back across goal and Stuart Armstrong nodded it home via a Dan Burn deflection in front of the away end. 0-1

32 mins The attack began with Bruno well in his own half, producing an incisive forward pass to Murphy. The ball progressed forward down the Newcastle left via messrs Shelvey, Fraser and Targett before a layoff back to Shelvey saw him swing an in-swinger to Chris Wood. He rose above Mohammed Salisu to beat SJP old boy Fraser Forster from six yards out.  1-1

Half time: Saints 1 Magpies 1


52 mins
Matt Targett's corner from the United right was headed across the six yard box by Dan Burn; Bruno Guimaraes standing with his back to the goal and casually flicking the ball into the roof of the net. Sorry Ralph. 2-1

Full time: Saints 1 Magpies 2

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"Itís a really tough place to come, especially when youíre a goal down and not playing at your best level. There were some really good individual performances among a team performance that probably wonít rank as our best.

I have to say, I haven't seen too much of that, back-heeling the ball in from that range. The goal was something we probably didn't expect from him but shows his technical ability. He is going to be a huge player for us.

"I thought it was 'welcome to the Premier League' for Bruno - an end-to-end game, high in transitions and very physical. It will be a really good experience for him.

"He's a defensive midfielder, but a creative one. The reason we signed him was because we loved his way of playing, his eye for a pass and composure."

"Iíd like to see it (Bruno's goal) again to properly see how good it was. I didnít see how he put it in. Until I see it with my own eyes, I wonít know how good it is.

"Itís better than it was a few weeks ago (Newcastle's league position). Nothingís changed from before the game. We know we still have some tough games and more work to do.

"We were very dogged and determined and disciplined in our defensive shape. Martin (Dubravka) made a couple of really good saves and even at the end the lads were throwing themselves in the way of the ball to stop a goal.

"The team spirit is second to none and you need that on nights like this.

"That relationship with players and supporters is so important and the Newcastle supporters have made the new guys feel very, very welcome.

"They've got a really good relationship with Bruno and it's only going to help if he produces moments like that on a regular basis. It was a brilliant finish from a player who has got outstanding attributes and I was really pleased for him tonight.

"I've said all along there's no doubting his quality, he's an outstanding player, but the team has worked very well and I've been reluctant to change it.

"But he took his chance today and played very well."

They Said

 

Ralph Hasenhuttl said:

"They defended quite well and were always a threat with long balls, high balls and set pieces. That is a way you can win games, for sure, and today they did it. We lost a game that we didn't need to lose.

"The difference at the moment is that we don't score from our chances as often as we could and Premier League games are decided by small margins.

"At the moment, we don't give away a lot but we concede too many goals and that's a little bit too easy at the moment. This is what we have to stop because it makes it tough to win games.

"After the break, I think the second goal Ė we had a foul on the middle line, what for me wasnít a foul. Then a long free-kick which leads to a corner, then from a corner it leads to a goal.

"Itís frustrating but we have to speak about the fact that itís not possible we need two or three goals to win the game. This is fact - one must sometimes also be enough

"Although we could also score more from today Ė but this is the difference, as I said, and we have to turn this thing around in the next game here in the next one against Watford. Itís a must to put it on our side.

"We had 20 minutes in the second-half where I was not happy with what we were doing, we were confused after the second goal was conceded. But I have also seen 16 shots on goal, 11 inside the box, so this must be for more than one goal. We made 68 per cent possession against a deep defending line.

"I think we tried a lot, and the chances have been there. But the difference from the successful games in the past is that we donít make these chances, we donít score the goals we need.

"After the equaliser in the first-half, we had a big one with Che (Adams). Hit the crossbar, a few inches are missing and this is the second goal, we go in with a different mood then I think.Ē

Stats


Chris Wood
broke his scoring duck for the club; the first New Zealander to do so and the 159th different Newcastle player to net for us in the PL.

Bruno Guimaraes
also netted his maiden goal in a Toon shirt; our 160th PL scorer and the fourth Brazilian to do so in the PL, following Cacapa, Kenedy and Joelinton. Fumaca was the odd one out, never netting at senior level.

Coincidentally, Kenedy scored his first Toon goal against Southampton exactly four years ago today (at SJP).

(That figure of 160 puts Newcastle level with West Ham in terms of having the highest number of different scorers in the PL). 

Miguel Almiron
completed a century of PL appearances for the club, appearing from the bench for the seventeenth time, adding to his 83 starts.

Newcastle recovered from going behind to win an away game in the PL for the first time since turning a 0-1 deficit into a 2-1 advantage at Burnley in April 2021. Chris Wood was in the Clarets side that day.

United have won three PL away games so far this season, exceeding their worst-ever tally of two - set in 2003/04, 2008/09, 2012/13 and 2015/16.

This was the first of four consecutive away PL fixtures, something that Newcastle have never previously experienced in the Premier League - although there are numerous instances of three in a row on the road.

One has to go back to 2014/15 for the last time United had more than this season's current total of 31 points after 27 PL games (that was 35 points).

NUFC after 27 games - selected PL seasons:

2008/09 28 points, 15th, gd -10
2015/16 24 points, 19th, gd -23
2017/18
28 points, 13th, gd -11
2018/19 28 points, 15th, gd -10
2019/20 31 points, 14th, gd -17
2020/21 27 points, 17th, gd -17
2021/22 31 points, 14th, gd -15

Toon @ Saints - Premier League era:

2021/22 Won 2-1 Wood, Guimaraes
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.



 

Waffle

 

Newcastle continued their recent fine run of form on Thursday, coming from behind to win at St. Mary's and extend their unbeaten run to nine games.

There were first Toon goals for Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes in reply to Stuart Armstrong's opener; the Kiwi's a trademark header and the Brazilian's an impish backheel in front of an ecstatic away support.

Allan Saint-Maximin's winner here in 2020 was vital to maintaining United's Premier League status and another three points at the same venue two years later helped open up a ten point gap on the bottom three.

That was the outcome of another positive night where the Magpies made light of their lengthening injury list as Watford, Leeds United and Norwich City were all being soundly beaten elsewhere.

Having broken the winless sequence against Burnley before Callum Wilson's latest absence and then lost Kieran Trippier after a sensational start to his time in Toon, Newcastle took to the field tonight with both Saint-Maximin (illness) and Joelinton (injury) missing from the squad - the absence of the latter meaning that Guimaraes made his first start.  

The Saints meanwhile were unbeaten in their last dozen home league and cup outings; only Wolves having left here with maximum points so far this season.

The hosts began confidently and Armando Broja blazed his shot over the bar midway through the first half, before Kyle Walker-Peters centred from the left flank, Mohamed Elyounoussi headed the ball back across goal and
Stuart Armstrong nodded it home via a Dan Burn deflection on 25 minutes.

That was enough to wake up Newcastle and just seven minutes later they were level after Jonjo Shelvey expertly picked out Wood, who rose above Mohammed Salisu to beat SJP old boy Fraser Forster from six yards out.

The teams went in level after Che Adams chose power over precision with a 37th minute volley and smacked his effort off the Newcastle crossbar.

United gained a 52nd minute lead after Matt Targett's corner was headed across the six yard box by Burn; Bruno standing with his back to the goal and casually flicking the ball into the roof of the net.

And with the home side still reeling, an identical flag kick caused all sorts of problems for Southampton and almost brought a third away goal; Targett and Jacob Murphy both coming close during a manic moment in the box.

Hopefully the identity of the scorers irked home boss Ralph Hasenhuttl, who had made some inadvisable comments about new signings when this game was postponed at the turn of the year. He may also reflect that the ten week delay cost us the services of last season's top scorer, our most prolific assist provider and that colossus of a midfielder who only cost £40m....

2-1 ahead, a mixture of last-ditch defending and fine goalkeeping saw United preserve that lead; former Magpie Adam Armstrong firing wide and fellow substitute Shane Long unable to extend his scoring record against us. Joe Willock's magnificent "body on the line" block was also crucial.

Dubravka made a succession of stops to preserve the lead, before joining his colleagues in now- familiar scenes of post-match elation with fans who defied considerable logistical problems to get here in midweek. What was already a big ask was made even harder by a van fire on the A34 that delayed many.

That's now six wins out of seven - three in a row - for a rejuvenated Magpies side who have gained 21 points in nine games since losing to Manchester City 81 days ago.

When that run began, we'd taken just ten points from the previous 18 games: an incredible transformation.

Biffa
 

 

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