Graeme Souness commented after the final whistle that it was a ‘great day for Huddersfield’ and that they had ‘deserved to win’.

The former manager stated that there was next to no quality at either end and the one piece of magic did indeed win the game.

However, he was scathing of one Newcastle player’s attempt to prevent Aaron Mooy scoring the winner.

Graeme Souness said about the contribution of Mikel Merino to the goal…’It is weak and it is like what you see in schoolboy football’.

The Spaniard turning his back and an easy one-two opening up for Mooy to have a free shot to score and win the three points.

Merino actually did ok overall, especially considering this was only his third start in the top league of any country.

Of more concern for Rafa Benitez was the almost total absence of real quality throughout his entire team.

Graeme Souness speaking on Sky Sports:

“When he (Mikel Merino) comes out to confront Mooy (before the goal), his sole intention is not to have physical contact with Mooy, or to get hit by the ball. It’s a joke.

“You are defending 20 yards from goal, take a blow for the cause and make yourself hard to beat.

“You can’t win games of football when people are making decisions like that.

“It is weak and it is like what you see in schoolboy football.

“Someone needs to speak to him and say ‘take a blow for the cause’…if you do that we are still in the game, it’s 0-0 and we might sneak something.

“It was a great day for Huddersfield.

“They deserved to win, even though there was not a great deal of quality in the final third from either of the teams.

“There was lots of endeavour and lots of organisation, which is what you expect from teams coming up from the Championship.

“Neither of them really showed that little bit of imagination, apart from Aaron Mooy for Huddersfield with that goal.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Huddersfield 1 Newcastle 0


Huddersfield: Aaron Mooy 50

Possession was Huddersfield 53% Newcastle 47%

Total shots were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 13

Shots on target were Huddersfield  3 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Huddersfield 7 Newcastle 3

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Manquillo, Clark, Lascelles, Mbemba, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 76), Merino, Atsu, Perez (Murphy 80), Gayle (Joselu 52)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Aarons, Saivet, Mitrovic

Crowd: 24,128

Referee: Craig Pawson

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  • Paul Patterson

    P**s off Sourpuss! He’s a young lad brought in to do a job that a senior professional failed to do in his role the week before and got banned.

    This coming from a manager that said ‘We won’t win anything with a team of James Milners’ – bloody idiot.

    • Albert Stubbins

      He was right. We didn’t.

      • HappyToons

        But we might have won something with a team of Graham Souness’s as to be fair he was one of the best midfielders ever seen in Britain.

        • Albert Stubbins

          Maybe not- apparently he was s**** in goal?

  • Steve Pearce

    The only thing that should be slaughtered is you!

  • 1957

    What should be asked why was Captain Calamity was two yards away from the player he was marking in the box, allowing him to make an uncontested 1 – 2 with Mooy

  • Georgia Peter

    Sourness has only got the job cos hes controversial.He was a complete thug as a player, a complete waste of space as a manager and no better than the other d***H**d Savage.

    • Burt Humperdink

      Souness was a far better player than Savage he won multiple European cups. He was a hard player true but it was a different time.

  • Jimblag23

    Singling out Merino is harsh. He needs to be slowly introduced to English football but “captain” Shelvey has forced him to be thrown in as a starter.

    Souness is a moron who’s opinion means nothing. He claimed Girouds wonder goal was merely a “stroke of good luck”. Yeah like every punt at goal…gimp!

  • Zin

    When you are powder puff in attack you need a strong back line to get a point. one mistake and we got punished. Last season you could get away with making a few mistakes.
    We have zero cutting edge which just makes teams more confident as the game goes on, this was a 6 pointer which we tamely lost.
    Over to you our fat lying overlord

  • Albert Stubbins

    Cue all the souness was a thug comments and a useless manager so his opinion counts for nowt. He makes another valid comment here. If big Al had said it there would be here here,s all round!!

    • Geordiegiants

      Nah I think your wrong bud, Sourface is a bell end. He is very bitter about his time here, and takes every opportunity to have a dig at Newcastle.

      • Albert Stubbins

        I agree to a point- but most just call him a thug and feel that this discredits him from ever being able to make a relevant comment. He was a great player and I don’t use that term lightly. I agree that he never seems to have a good word to say about the toon but neither do most pundits to be fair- it’s not like there’s much good to say at the minute. EvenJamie carragher- never managed us and he’s been slating the team as well. We are a laughing stock again.

        • Geordiegiants

          He was a very good player, the thug comments are just part and parcel of his era.

          • Albert Stubbins

            precisely. In those days you literally won the battle for midfield early on and that allowed the better players to then take control of the game – it worked for both Liverpool and man utd for years- I.e Souness, Macmahon, Keane etc we never had players of that pedigree and in those days they were essential.

          • Geordiegiants

            He is still a pure c u n t.

          • Albert Stubbins

            AGREED- But i wish we’d had a souness in our team back in the day- Dalglish wasnt a bad player either!! lol

          • Geordiegiants

            Both excellent players, like Hoddle, but p iss poor managers with a high opinions of themselves.

  • Allan Barron

    Only one person responsible for this rubbish and we all no who that is the fat money grabber .
    We can only hope someone will come and take over the club and rid us of this parasite continually inflicts so much damage on our great club.
    No need for me to mention who je is ny name, we all know who he is.

    • Kevin Stewart

      Yup Rafa benitez

    • anyobrien

      I think you’ll find rafa and the players at fault yesterday…… Very poor negative tactics and players with no heart….. Off field fatty on field plsyes/rafa.

  • Jezza

    One thing is for certain, we saw plenty Newcastle performances just like today’s when Sourness was in charge at SJP.

  • Little Pedro

    Souness is just a gobshi*e, desperate to hang onto a punditry job by being controversial and outspoken, we weren’t outplayed today dispite what some so-called ‘fans /media have said , a Yorkshire ref was going to make sure he carved his name into Yorkshire football folklore at our expense,

  • Andrew Cowley

    I thought it was good play by mooy.merino at fault but it was a good goal regardless.more concerned with lack of anything up front