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Season 2022-23
Southampton (a) Premier League

 

 
Date:
Sunday 6th November 2022, 2.00pm
Live on Sky Sports

Venue:
 St. Mary's Stadium

Conditions: Devastating

Programme: £3.50
 



 

Southampton

Newcastle

 

1 - 4

 

 

Teams

Goals

35 mins Miggy Almiron received the ball from Kieran Trippier towards the right hand touchline in his own half, haring forward to collect the return when it arrived via Sean Longstaff's pass and Callum Wilson's neat layoff.

Charging into the home box towards the away contingent, Almiron kept his composure and wriggled round Ainsley Maitland-Niles rather than squaring the ball to Jacob Murphy and netted his eighth of the season. 1-0

Half time: Saints 0 Magpies 1

58 mins Approach work from Joe Willock and Jacob Murphy gave Chris Wood the opportunity to swivel and steer his low shot inside the far post. 2-0

62 mins Players from both sides lay sprawled on the turf outside the United area as Bruno Guimaraes cleared his lines and Trippier beat his opponent to the ball on halfway. He then played a superb pass for Joe Willock to outpace a posse of defenders and poke past the advancing Gavin Bazunu. 3-0

88 mins Romain Perraud found himself unmarked on the left side of our box in possession and eluded Dan Burn's last-ditch lunge before scooping the ball into the net. 3-1

90+1 mins Jonjo Shelvey's short free kick deep in the Saints half was knocked to Guimaraes and the Brazilian exchanged passes with Allan Saint-Maximin before his right-footer from outside the box bounced in front of the shell-shocked Bazunu and into the net. 4-1

Full time: Saints 1 Magpies 4

We Said

Eddie Howe:

"When you look at today's performance, it was below from where have been, but we still won 4-1. I'm very pleased with the result. The performance wasn't our best, but I'm not going to pick it to pieces.

"It was a tough game for us. Southampton dropped into the bottom three yesterday, so we knew they would show a reaction. We were not at our best, but we scored four wonderful goals.

"It feels a little flat, because we didn't hit the heights which we have in other weeks, but we were clinical when we needed to be.

"I think itís important in our position now that we do think back because last year we were in a really difficult position and itís quickly forgotten so Iíve really encouraged the players to enjoy this moment and really try and soak up what theyíre achieving.

"Itís helpful to think back, to not get complacent or overreact, but to know how quickly football can change. We have to be very conscious of that fact and keep working hard.

"We scored some very good goals today and that was the highlight because the rest of our performance wasn't as good as it has been in recent weeks. Very pleased with the attitude because to come here and win is very difficult.Ē

On Kieran Trippier:

"He's OK. He had treatment towards the end of the first half, but we decided to replace him at 3-0 just to protect him.Ē

On Callum Wilson:

"Callum wasn't that well in the week and felt light-headed and dizzy so that's why he came off. It was a joint decision, he didn't feel he had the energy needed and it was easy decision to replace him with Chris
(Wood)

On Chris Wood:

"Really pleased. It's so important that everybody is ready to play and Chris, due to Callum's illness, came on. I had no hesitation - he was outstanding for us last year, and his opportunities have been limited this year. But, what a finish."

On Miguel Almiron:

"I think that was one of his best performances, I thought his energy and his running was evident - his finish was clinical.

"I was really pleased with him today and it adds to his high number of quality goals that he's scored for us."

 

They Said


Ralph Hasenhuttl
said:

"Four-one down and Newcastle showed why they are where they are, and we showed why we are where we are. This is the difference.

"If you hit the corner or if you hit the side of the goal, we have again chances to score, but we have also given them only four shots on target and they scored four times. If you want to have the answer to what was the difference, you see this.

"Goals you score always make a difference in the result and when you score itís not really enough and the game is gone. We are under the line and we are, in the moment, in a very difficult situation.....itís not a good view at the moment when you look at the table."

About his future:

"I have made a lot of decisions in my time here. Thankfully, I don't have to make that decision. I cannot say the effort wasn't there, but at the moment we are not taking the reward for the effort on the pitch.

"I think being in the relegation zone is a reflection of what we've done so far. It has not been good enough."

He was sacked less than 24 hours later.
 

Stats

 
In 54 league and cup visits to their various home grounds since 1898, this is the first time that Newcastle have netted four times away at Southampton.

United have lost just one of their last six visits to St. Mary's and have now won successive away games against Southampton for the first time. The Saints have now beaten the Magpies just once in the last eleven home and away meetings of the two clubs.

Jonjo Shelvey reached 200 senior appearances in League and Cup for Newcastle - reportedly triggering an automatic contract extension. Fabian Schar made his 100th start and Callum Wilson his 50th start for the Magpies (both in all competitions).

Javier Manquillo made his first appearance of the season, coming off the bench. He's the 24th player to feature for us in the PL so far, with Loris Karius, Karl Darlow and Paul Dummett in the current PL squad but yet to kick a ball in that competition thus far.

Darlow returned to the bench after recovering from an ankle injury, with Karius dropping out of the squad as a consequence.

Miguel Almiron maintained his position as United's current top scorer with eight PL goals, equalling Callum Wilson's golden boot total of 2021/22. His feat of scoring in four successive PL appearances has been achieved before by the likes of Andy Cole, Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer, but Almiron is only the second overseas-born player after Papiss Cisse to do so. 

Miggy moves on to 17 PL goals, a total he shares with Yohan Cabaye. His next target in the club's all-time PL goal chart is Laurent Robert on 22.

A measure of his new-found potency comes from learning that Almiron's current run of seven goals in seven games compares to the seven goals in 76 games that it took him to reach that figure before that.

Chris Wood netted his second goal of the season following the winner at Tranmere Rovers in the League Cup. This was his third PL strike as a Magpie, the second of which was at the same end of St.Mary's last season.

Joe Willock broke his seasonal duck with an eleventh PL goal for United, putting him level in that competition with team mates Joelinton and Jonjo Shelvey. He'd endured a 21 game barren spell since his last goal, away at Brentford in February 2022.

Bruno Guimaraes now has eight PL goals to his name, three of which have come this season. That puts him one ahead of current Magpie Matt Ritchie and one behind Jamaal Lascelles.

For the second successive PL game, Newcastle netted four goals or more - something they have already done once this season (Fulham away 4-1 followed by Brentford home 5-1). Previous to that, the black and whites hadn't managed that since September 2001 (Boro away 4-1 followed by Manchester United home 4-3).

Newcastle still possess the tightest defence in the Premier League with 11 goals conceded from 14 games, but after conceding late on here they now share that accolade with Arsenal, who have played a game less.

Just two of those 11goals were conceded before half time: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City 5 mins) and Ruben Neves (Wolves 38 mins).

After the opening seven away games of the season, United's tally of 12 points from three wins and three draws is three more than the entire 2015/16 campaign. Their haul of 12 goals matches the total they reached that season in all 19 matches away from SJP.

Another successful outing for the blue and gold change strip, now worn for away victories at Tranmere Rovers, Fulham, Spurs and Southampton.

Toon @ Saints - Premier League era:

2022/23 Won 4-1 Almiron, Wood, Willock, Guimaraes
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

Eddie Howe's side celebrated the first anniversary of his taking charge of them two days early on Sunday, ruthlessly dispatching a Saints side - and their head coach, who was sacked

Twelve months to the day that Newcastle struggled to a point along the coast with manager-elect Howe watching from the stand, they emphatically collected three points to leave them third in the table.

A fourth successive win that lengthened United's unbeaten run to nine games began with a fourth goal in as many games from Miggy Almiron that gained a half time lead.

And as sunshine gave way to rain, last season's St.Mary's scorers Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes repeated their feats, book-ending Joe Willock's first of the season.

Victory was ultimately achieved at a canter despite the absence of Joelinton through suspension and the loss of Callum Wilson at the break due to illness. Kieran Trippier and Almiron were also substituted after receiving treatment, although both replacements thankfully appeared precautionary.

Miggy's 35th minute opener saw him receive the ball from Trippier in his own half, haring forward to collect the return when it arrived via Sean Longstaff's pass and Callum Wilson's neat layoff.

Charging into the box towards the away contingent, Almiron kept his composure and wriggled round Ainsley Maitland-Niles rather than squaring the ball to Jacob Murphy and stroked home his eighth of the season.

Miggy's proximity to the target meant that Gavin Bazunu had little chance of preventing the goal, but the bright sunshine that had seen away fans behind his goal squinting and shading their eyes rather surprisingly hadn't caused the home 'keeper to don a hat. 

The Saints should have gone marching in level at the break, but Stuart Armstrong's tempting cross from the right two minutes into time added on was blasted past the back post by Mohamed Elyounoussi when it seemed harder to miss.

Southampton continued to threaten after the restart and after a few half-chances, a rare misplaced pass from Sven Botman to prompt a home attack ended with Che Adams thumping his volley wide.

That miss came on 56 minutes and within two minutes the ball was in the net at the other end of the ground; approach work from Willock and Murphy giving Wood the opportunity to swivel and steer his low shot home.

Celebrations were still in full flow behind Nick Pope's goal just four minutes later, when a razor-sharp counter-attack from United opened up a three goal lead.

Players from both sides lay sprawled out on the turf outside the Newcastle area as Bruno cleared his lines and Trippier beat his opponent to the ball on halfway. He then played a superb pass for Willock to outpace a posse of defenders and poke past the advancing Gavin Bazunu.

As had been the case at Fulham, a late defensive reshuffle cost United their clean sheet when Romain Perraud found himself unmarked on the left side of our box in possession and eluded Dan Burn's last-ditch lunge before scooping the ball into the net.

Those home fans still in their places greeted that with the minimum of applause, but were soon grumbling again after United grabbed a fourth goal.

Jonjo Shelvey's short free kick deep in the Saints half was knocked to Bruno and the Brazilian exchanged passes with Allan Saint-Maximin before his right-footer from outside the box bounced in front of the shell-shocked Bazunu and into the net.

The final whistle moments later was greeted by the now-familiar scenes of celebration on and off the pitch, those who made light of yet more travel complications staying on to salute another memorable effort from the players and coaches, who in turn applauded them. 

Southampton's official website accurately described the visitors as rampant, resurgent and clinical but this was a less disciplined and more error-strewn display than at Spurs. Our predatory attacking instincts were more evident than in N17 though, as a second successive four goal catch was landed.

Victory took Newcastle to 27 points, up one place into third, staying there when Liverpool won at Spurs in the late game. Manchester United's defeat at Aston Villa meanwhile guarantees our top four spot through the World Cup break, regardless of the outcome when Chelsea visit Tyneside on Saturday.

It's all a far cry from 12 months ago, when United kicked off at the Amex with results elsewhere leaving them at rock bottom.

90 grim minutes later, they had their fifth point of the season from their eleventh game, leading us to comment that Howe could have been forgiven for leaving at half time, having seen first-hand the task that awaited him.

It's to his credit and our benefit that he chose to sign up, but even Eddie must be pinching himself when assessing the pace and scale of the transformation that has taken place under his guidance.

Biffa


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