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Season 2014-15
Southampton (h) Premier League


In association 


Date: Saturday 17th January 2015, 5.30pm.
Live on SkySports

St. James' Park

Conditions: becalmed


Newcastle United



1 - 2




14 mins There seemed little danger as Jose Fonte looped a pass forward from within his own half, Graziano Pelle reached it ahead of Fabricio Coloccini and chested the ball on to James Ward-Prowse, who had advanced behind the idling Vurnon Anita and indicated where he wanted the pass.

Although the ball appeared to stick under his foot momentarily, he knocked it forward with enough pace to evade Paul Dummett. It fell into the path of Eljero Elia, who out-paced Daryl Janmaat on a diagonal run across the box to hit a low right footed effort first time from ten yards. Tim Krul inexplicably let go through under him and into the Gallowgate End goal.

29 mins Dummett, Ayoze Perez and Remy Cabella combined well, with the latter releasing a forward pass as two opponents sandwiched him. Yoan Gouffran looked fourth favourite to win the race for possession just inside the box, but as Fraser Forster arrived to claim, Florin Gardos slid in with an attempted clearance, but succeeded only in scooping the ball upwards.

The third defender was Nathaniel Clyne and his attempt to block off the run of Gouffran saw him baulked and stumble forward slightly - allowing the clearance from Gardos to bullet off the right knee of United's number 11 and into the unguarded net from 12 yards. In a word, outlandish.

Half time: Magpies 1
Saints 1

62 mins Having netted his first Premier League goal, Elia's second left further question marks over the quality of the home defending. Substitute Shane Long propelled himself higher than Coloccini to reach another hopeful forward ball midway in the Newcastle half and picked out Elia.

In only his second game on loan from Werder Bremen, Elia threaded his way between Dummett and Janmaat before dispatching a low drive past Krul after it bounced back into his path via the Dutch full back's knee. Replays confirmed that his shot also took a telling deflection off Janmaat.

Full  time: Magpies 1 Saints 2

Je suis Geordie

ce est une pťnalitť sŻrement monsieur!

We Said

John Carver

"I don't think we deserved to win the game but we certainly deserved to get something from it. 

"We started quite well, but conceded two bad goals; goals we'd looked at all week, dealing with Pelle, runs behind and being aware of it. We've been caught out twice in a similar fashion.

"People talk about Southampton playing all this football and they do play some good football but it was the long ball up to the front man that's created the goals for them.

"Possession-wise we handled the ball but we don't have that cutting edge and it's when we get into that final third that it breaks down or we don't have the experience or enough leaders to take on the responsibility to but the ball in the back of the net.

"We created something like 15-16 shots but we only got three on target; that's why we only scored one goal. 

"They've had three shots on target and scored two goals and also had no corners; we had nine. But it's the final third that counts and that's how you win football matches; by putting the ball in the back of the net more times than the opposition.

"Itís a penalty, thereís no danger itís a penalty.

ďIf the ball hits his (Jose Fonteís) hand and heís in a natural position, then you say maybe ball to hand, but not when you have got an L-shape and it smacks it straight on the palm of your hand, itís a penalty. Thatís a stroke of luck or fortune.

"We had a little bit in the first half with the goal, but you need a stroke of luck and a bit of fortune like that because jobs are decided on decisions like that and unfortunately, we are the guys who suffer because of that, not the officials.

"I donít think the
(managerial) uncertainty stops you putting the ball in the back of the net. What does is when youíve got one of your main strikers out at the African Nations. Heís a big asset for this club, and youíre expecting a young lad like Perez to take that responsibility.

"What I will say is he has come up against one of the best defences in the league, and he will benefit from the experience of playing against those guys.Ē

On the managerial vacancy:

"The crowd are on the edge of their seats, waiting on a decision and the club have to make that soon.
They have to do something. We don't deserve to drift away. The fans won't put up with that and something has to be done."

Asked if he wanted a resolution to the situation:

"I think I do, I think all the staff do, I think all the players do, I think the crowd certainly does and I am sure you guys do, so yes. I still love what I do, I still want to do it, thereís no danger of that. But sometimes, itís out of your hands.

"I have had no conversations about it again since we last spoke on Thursday. I have been totally focused on this game today.Ē

They Said

Ronald Koeman:

"If I had been asked the question in pre-season would we be third in the table after 22 games, maybe I would have laughed.

"But not now because we have a really good team and we have really good spirit and really good organisation, and I'm not surprised that we are now third in the league because we haven't stolen any points and what we have got, we have deserved.

"I am very happy and very proud of everybody. It was a long week, a difficult week, three away games, but okay, if you win games, that gives players the confidence and the spirit that you need to win against Newcastle at home.

"Everybody was proud after the win last week against Manchester United because that's history, that's a great place to win. But as a manager I think the win today is still better because it was the third game this week and we have some injuries.

It was a third win in one week, three away games, and the support of the fans, that distance from Southampton was great. Always it is important to have the fans as a background. They believe in the team, they support the team and that is a great feeling after the whistle when you win the game.

"Iím happy for them. Itís a long trip back but if you win games they will not be tired, they are happy to have the trip back, thatís the best for them.

"Sometimes if you look to the table I am impressed myself, but we know we have a good team, good players. We were without some good players and still won away against Newcastle.

"That shows we have good spirit, great ambition to win games and good concentration, If we keep this we can fight for the third, fourth, fifth or sixth in the table, Iím sure of that."


Caretaker manager John Carver failed to win a match at the fourth attempt in all competitions (three defeats and a draw).

Newcastle haven't now kept a clean sheet in any game since late November
2014 (QPR home 1-0). Today was their twelfth unsuccessful attempt to do so.

Having gone the whole of 2014 without netting, Yoan Gouffran scored his eleventh Newcastle goal (tenth in the Premier League). His previous effort came at the same end of SJP in a 5-1 home win over Stoke City on Boxing Day 2013 and this was Gouffran's 40th outing in all competitions since then. The interval between his goals was 3,050 minutes.  

Gouffran became the twelfth different NUFC player to score in the Premier League this season, exceeding last season's total of eleven (not including OGs). Remy Cabella is still to get off the mark for United, this his 23rd appearance in all competitions (13 starts) totaling 1,227 minutes.

Gouffran's goal made him the sixth French-born player to reach double figures in the Premier League for Newcastle:

Yoan Gouffran 10
Hatem Ben Arfa 13
Loic Remy 14
Yohan Cabaye 17
Laurent Robert 22
Demba Ba 29

2014/15 PL scorers:

Papiss Cisse 9
Ayoze Perez 5
Jack Colback 2
Moussa Sissoko 2
Rolando Aarons 1
Sammy Ameobi 1
Fabricio Coloccini 1
Yoan Gouffran 1
Daryl Janmaat 1
Gabriel Obertan 1
Steven Taylor 1
Mike Williamson 1

Saints in Toon - Premier League era:

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

Full record v Saints:
  P W D L F A
SJP 39 28 6 5 90 37
SM/TD 39 4 11 24 30 71
League 78 32 17 29 120 108
SJP(FA) 3 2 1 0 4 1
HCG/TD/SM 6 1 0 5 6 13
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
TD 1 0 0 1 1 4


1 0 1 0 0 0
TD 1 0 1 0 1 1
Cup 12 3 3 6 12 19
Tot 90 35 20 35 132 127





when this old toon starts getting me doon....


St.James' Park, please welcome....The Drifters. And on this particular Saturday night at eight o'clock, I know where I'm gonna go - to the nearest ale house for a gargle and grumble.....

The seventeenth day of 2015 proved to be like the preceding sixteen for a football club with one finger firmly fixed on the pause button. A team unable to defend at one end has a scoring vacuum at the other, mirroring the information void that swallows the whole thing. No shots, no statements.

On the face of it, losing 2-1 to a side who had previously inflicted successive 0-4 hammerings on us seems like progress of a sort. However this final game before the season ticket cancellation deadline proved to be a tipping point for some.

While some big ticket losses (notably the two 0-3 derby reverses) saw fans throw in the towel, the quiet desperation prompted by this performance, this team and this club meant today was the final straw for two long-standing season ticket holders of our acquaintance. 

Neither know each other, but both reached the same conclusion at 7.30pm today. Why bother? 

Our winless 2015 continued
at a downbeat St. James' Park, as the Saints completed a league double over us in front of a live TV teatime audience. The best defence in the country came under pressure in a bright opening, but our all-too evident lack of talent in front of goal meant that they were aided in their quest for a third away win in seven days. 

Had top scorer Papiss Cisse played some part then a point or more could have come our way - as has been the case on numerous occasions when the result obscured the awfulness of the display. 

Certainly anyone looking for evidence of whether Fraser has improved as a keeper since he left here in 2012 will have found precious little here, especially in a second half when his old team laboured forward and were unable to get anywhere near the target when they did manage a form of goal attempt. Replace Demba Ba? It's debatable whether they've filled that Andy Carroll-sized hole yet.

Conceding the opener against the run of play, a fortuitous leveller raised the spirits and the noise level among home supporters, but another second half dip
after going behind again saw proceedings conclude in dispiritingly hushed tones - a lack of belief in the side mirrored by those looking on.  

The one true moment of football gold came when Cabella's long ball over the top before half time dropped for Perez to send his half-volley past Forster but also just wide of the far post. If that was reminiscent of Shearer though, most of the other forward stuff was Shintonesque.

Trailing 1-2 and having seen Pelle head
against the crossbar, a late penalty claim was as close as United came to avoiding their third home defeat of the season. Emmanuel Riviere's goalbound shot clearly struck the hand of Jose Fonte in the box, but referee Robert Madley was unmoved. 

Forget about the handball though - had it been the other way and resulted in a Saints spot kick then the lamentations would have been long and loud. And almost as unfortunate as not being given the penalty is the fact that it obscured a
nagging realisation that there's nothing else to be had from this set of players, trying in their own way but proving to be utterly inoffensive, save for Sissoko. 

The loss dropped United into the bottom half of the table while the Saints marched on into third.
One win in nine league and cup fixtures and another game in which we tailed off badly points to significant issues of motivation, organisation and leadership.

On that basis, our future depends on what returning players De Jong, Aarons, Obertan, Abeid and Santon can bring to the party. One or two glimmers of hope, but a discernible lack of goals there. 

Cisse unavailable until after the transfer window closes, anyone else would be looking at the transfer market to strengthen that area. Anyone else for that matter would also have a manager, but as it is we now sit  waiting for a puff of white smoke to emerge from SJP, wondering whether any of those here today - or on international duty - have played their final game in our colours.  

Based on the evidence of previous seasons, where we are once the January window opens dictates the events of that month. On that basis, Alan Pardew's final gift to the Geordie nation may have been beating Everton. Giving the Toffees those three points would have left us looking over our shoulders, rather than being becalmed in mid-table; safe and therefore not deserving of anything. Perhaps losing would also have diverted the attention of the owner from his Govan adventure. 

Occupying eleventh spot in the table on 27 points is a shortfall of nine points and three places from the same point in 2014, but that wouldn't have cost Pardew his job if he hadn't done a bunk. Why do we need a new boss anyway? the old one was fine and we can just plough on without him in the same direction - the evidence is in the balance sheet, high fives and pints of fizzy all round.

Rather than support, indifference is what's currently being encouraged by this club. It's a message increasingly being heeded by the bedrock of our support, sitting mute if they attend at all. Going through the motions as they witness this bland facsimile of a football club decline still further.

Their may be replaced for now by younger, dafter elements but those who are the real lifeblood are dropping off, attending from a sense of duty but getting satisfaction only from the company of fellow sufferers. How alienating core customers can be construed as good business remains beyond us.  

It's not just about spending money, it's wanting to be better and putting the elements in place to make improvements. Instead though, we're drifting off into obscurity, promoting underachievement and an "anything will do" attitude. John Hall's vision of Geordies in the team has finally come to fruition but for purely fiscal reasons, not local pride. It could just as easily be North Koreans. 

The results are there for all to see, and put into sharp focus when a team like Southampton turn up with competence, enthusiasm, momentum, leadership and direction. The biggest home crowd in their history is less than 33,000. You could weep at the wasted opportunity on Barrack Road.


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