Date: Saturday 28th August 2021, 3pm
Venue: St. James' Park
2 - 2
Half time: Magpies
Newcastle attacked down the left flank; Ritchie, Saint-Maximin and Almiron
all involved before the ball was funnelled back to Fabian Schar.
Moving towards the centre of the field, he knocked a deceptively languid
right-footed ball towards the
back post, to where an onside Jacob Murphy had found some space behind Kyle
Murphy did well to nod the ball back across the six yard box into the path
of Callum Wilson who stooping between dithering defensive duo Jack
Stephens and Mohammed Salisu to head the ball into the Gallowgate
A proper number 9's goal.
Saints substitute Nathan Redmond had
already been given time and space to cross from the left wing and when a
further opportunity arose just moments later after out-pacing Murphy, his
delivery was deadly.
Fresh from scoring a midweek hat-trick in the League Cup,
Mohamed Elyounoussi beat Matt Ritchie in a race to the far post and
diverted the ball goalwards with his right shin from six yards.
Freddie Woodman made a good save to palm the ball off the goal line, but it
went only as far as the Saints player who was sliding in on goal, bouncing
off his left knee and into the net from point-blank range - Woodman on his
back behind the goal line and helpless to intervene again. 1-1
A ball into the Southampton
box was cleared upfield by Schar and controlled by
Allan Saint-Maximin in the centre
circle. The reluctance of Salisu to commit himself allowed the Toon man to
arc around and sprint forward over halfway towards the visiting Gallowgate
Threading a forward pass to Joelinton, who looked to have just strayed
beyond Stephens (but wasn't pulled up by VAR), the Brazilian raced into the
Saints box, cutting back infield to dump Salisu on his backside.
Joelinton laid the ball to Ryan
Fraser, who was just behind the penalty spot when he took a touch and tried
to place his right-footed shot between the goalkeeper and covering defender
Ward-Prowse on the line.
The ball ricocheted back off the feet of the latter into the path of ASM,
gleefully lashed the
ball home, managing a celebratory pirouette before vaulting the hoardings
and embracing fans.
The scorer received a yellow card once he returned to the pitch/earth. 2-1
...Kung fu fighting
If United's second summoned up the
spirit of Karl Douglas, then Southampton's leveller was more akin to Jack
Somehow a simple ball from Nathan Redmond in centre field penetrated the
home defence and put Adam Armstrong
through on goal. Just as he was about to shoot Jamaal Lascelles slid in
with a last-ditch tackle.
It looked like the Newcastle defender had foiled his former Magpie
colleague, but not long after the ball was cleared a VAR penalty check was
announced - Lascelles by this time having gone to ground clutching his face,
with replays suggesting that he'd been clobbered by a stray boot from
once VAR man Mike Dean invited match referee Paul Tierney to check the pitchside monitor
in front of the East Stand the award was
James Ward-Prowse's hard low penalty whistled just
inside Woodman's right hand post, although the 'keeper got very close to
Full time: Magpies 2 Saints 2
* the PL recorded ASM's goal as 90+1 mins but reviewing the actual video
of the game he nets just before 89:59 becomes 90:00 so 90 minutes for us.
"They’re entitled to their opinion
(the fans who chanted for his sacking). I find the whole thing
very, very disappointing, as anybody would, I suppose.
"Our first-half performance wasn’t good enough. I’ll accept that.
Second half, we were a bit more like ourselves, played with a bit
more intensity and intent.
"The most important thing was we passed the ball to each other
better, and maybe did enough to win the match.
"It was a disappointing afternoon all around.
"After watching it
(the tackle that led to the penalty) back, I think it is the
right decision but it was a charade for VAR to give it. In my
opinion this needs to be addressed.
"We did turn it around. We didn't play
anywhere near good enough in the first half. Second half we showed much
better to get on the ball to have the courage to go forward and play
forward. It was much better second half.
"In my opinion we have taken the lead
twice and deserved to go on and win it. We've now given three penalties away
and it's cost us badly.
"You are always at your most vulnerable
when you score. We have scored with two or three minutes to play and haven't
seen it through. That's disappointing - of course it is - but the decision
has gone against us. We just have to take it and stop making these decisions
that give penalties away.
"It's tough to take, a penalty decided
by VAR, and we are all bitterly disappointed."
Ralph Hasenhuttl said:
"We missed that chance - we had
chances to score and you could feel it was nervy in the stadium,
especially in the first half.
"We must kill them then, and we didn't. They only
needed one moment to come back and then everything was good for the fans.
"In the past we've played good games there and never taken something. It
was always running against us.
"In this game we deserved at least a
point. We have not been able to win today but when you have to take a
late point you must take it.
"When you come back in the 93rd minute then you must be happy. We showed
we are fighting until the end because coming back from such a hit in
overtime it's fantastic for the guys and deserved.
"It was a clear penalty. Mike Dean was the VAR and he couldn't say no
that it wasn't a penalty.
"I have not seen the penalty
to be honest. I could not look at it and I was only listening, and this
is what you need a captain for.”
About Djenepo's miss in the first half:
"It was an absolutely unbelievable chance we have to score normally,
yes. He could try that ten more times and he wouldn't get it over the
bar again from one metre out."
Premier League home game ended in the 123rd draw SJP has witnessed
in that competition. We've won 245 and lost 132.
Callum Wilson now has 14 PL goals to his name for
United, taking him level with Loic Remy and one behind Andy Carroll.
Allan Saint-Maximin moves on to seven PL goals in a
Newcastle shirt, one ahead of Joelinton and level with Fabian Schar
and Matt Ritchie.
Following defeats by West Ham and Aston Villa in the PL plus the penalty
shootout reverse to Burnley, today's draw meant that Newcastle avoided
starting a season with a quartet of losses for the first time since
And avoiding defeat by the Saints ensured that The Magpies have one
point on the board after three games - the last time they failed to do
that was at the beginning of 1999/00.
James Ward-Prowse's penalty conversion was timed at 95:51 and
becomes the latest time that we've conceded a PL goal since exact
records began to be compiled in 2006. The previous late one was Marcus
Rashford at the same end of SJP in October 2020 (95:35).
Saints in Toon - Premier League era:
2021/11 Drew 2-2 Wilson, Saint-Maximin
2020/21 Won 3-2 Willock, Almiron 2
2019/20 Won 2-1 Shelvey, Fernandez
2018/19 Won 3-1 Perez 3
2017/18 Won 3-0 Kenedy 2, 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, OG x 2
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
We've now held a lead no less than four times in the opening
two PL home games of the season, but failed to win either game.
Newcastle have now scored a total of four goals in their opening two
PL home games - the most since 2010/11, when they managed six as a
consequence of scoring that many without reply against Aston Villa - and
then losing 0-2 to Wolves at SJP next time out.
Conceding eight goals in their opening three PL games is the most
porous start to a PL season for The Magpies since 1999/00, when Ruud
Gullit's side lost 0-1 at home to Villa, 1-3 at Spurs and 2-4 at
Coming into United's fourth game of the season on the back of a trio
of defeats, our innate glumness had checked the odds on another
reverse courtesy of an Adam Armstrong goal - 25/1 if you were
Tyneside's prodigal son failed to find the net as he did in 21
attempts for his hometown club, but would make a pivotal
contribution to proceedings deep into second half added time.
At that point an atmosphere that had veered between positive and
poisonous all afternoon was firmly in the joy zone , as Steve
Bruce's side appeared to have pulled off a smash and grab raid to
snatch three undeserved points.
Despair though was be lurking in the Leazes penalty area; as Jamaal
Lascelles made contact with Armstrong to concede his second VAR spot
kick in as many Premier League games - this one rather more clear
cut than the Villa one.
Blue skies lent a positive air to proceedings at kick off time, but
temperatures in the stands would soon be raised by the ineptness of
United's efforts rather than the Tyneside sunshine. The honeymoon
period for fans back in SJP has barely lasted as long as a best
Anti-Bruce chants were audible from both the Leazes and Gallowgate
Ends as early as the half hour mark as Southampton eclipsed the
hosts, but were thankfully unable to translate their dominance into
goals at that point.
Newcastle were booed off after a scoreless first half, before Callum Wilson's
diving header gave them the lead 10 minutes after the restart amid
great celebration and tangible relief.
That advantage lasted 20 minutes before Freddie Woodman parried an effort
at his back post from Mohamed Elyounoussi after Nathan Redmond's
cross but was unable to stop the same player forcing the rebound in.
Allan Saint-Maximin then looked to
have won it when he fired home in the first minute of added
time after Alex McCarthy blocked Ryan Fraser's shot.
Off and running then? Oh no. A succession of unwise
non-interventions soon culminated in Jamaal Lascelles making contact with Armstrong in completing a
93rd minute clearance from his own six yard box.
After some momentary confusion, the dreaded VAR penalty message was
posted on the big screen before match referee Paul
Tierney went off to check the pitchside screen - which only has one
outcome as we know to our cost.
The inevitable spot kick
award was then stroked home by James Ward-Prowse in the 96th minute.
There may have been further booing when the full time whistle rang
out seconds later, but it just didn't register.
Having also faced a League Cup penalty shootout in midweek, Woodman
could be forgiven for feeling somewhat shell-shocked, never mind the
punch-drunk spectators watching this horror show unfurl again and
If nothing else, Newcastle go into the international break having
broken their points duck - Bruce having avoided emulating Ruud
Gullit, the last Toon boss to begin a season with a trio of losses.
But at the risk of repeating ourselves, the furore over this latest
VAR decision fails to mask the glaring issues across the field,
especially in a woeful first half when Southampton's Moussa Djenepo was guilty of
missing two absolute sitters in quick succession.
Quite simply we didn't look prepared for the task in hand; relying
on counter attacking and going into panic mode whenever the
opposition stepped up.
The Wilson and Saint-Maximin goals may have stemmed the growing tide
of criticism against the manager, but that promises to be only a
temporary reprieve on this evidence. Never mind the short blanket,
this was fur coat and no knickers.
ASM fleetingly appeared to have salvaged what felt like a monumental
if undeserved three points - and in the process wipe the collective
memory banks of another clownish display from the Frenchman.
It wasn't to be though, our on-field failings thus far this season
matched by an apparent curse that we're helpless to prevent shafting
us at every possible turn. Yes it was a penalty, but we appear to be
being micro-managed, with every possible indiscretion highlighted.
In referencing the most overt anti-Bruce crowd reaction since he
joined the club, it's worth stating that his most vocal critics had
already deserted their seats and voted with their feet: today felt
like the sound of more tolerant supporters exhausting their
reservoirs of patience.
Not that it will matter a jot: if anything the catcalls will harden
the attitude of this lot to retain their loyal servant - and were
that to change, another sap would doubtless be unearthed from
The names might change, the issues won't: the bigger picture remains
unpalatable. We avoid relegation simply to flirt with it once again,
having fallen into the abyss twice so far under the current
The considerable payoff due to the Steves would of course have to be
funded from somewhere, selling a player perhaps - if anyone
actually wanted to buy one....
The Saints have now taken just five points from the last 42 on offer
away from home. And aside from today's, the other four came
last season, courtesy of two teams now plying their trade in the Championship.
Coupling that travel sickness with the lamentable record
Southampton have on Tyneside in particular, it's pertinent to ask
the question just who we expect to actually beat this season.
And things get no easier after we return in September, with our
next two opponents rattling in seven goals apiece as they both
collected maximum points from us last season.
The transfer window closes on August 31st. Or Tuesday as we call it