Southampton 2 Newcastle 2 – Sunday 15 October 2017

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle:

Ben Cooper:

“Hayden’s lovely goal apart, I spent most of the first half admiring Perez and Shane Long’s haircuts, they looked like a couple of extras from Goodfellas.

“Fortunately, the game got more entertaining as it went on and although both teams will probably think that they could have won it, neither did enough to do so.

“I didn’t think we played that well today, we gave the ball away far too much in midfield and had we faced better opponents we would have lost.

“That is the key for me though. We have now played Stoke, West Ham, Swansea and Southampton of the established PL team variety that the pundits bang on so much about and I fancy our chances of finishing above all of them.

“Their teams are not better than ours and they don’t work harder than ours. At this rate we can achieve a top half finish with merit.

“Two footnotes.

“I have seen enough big-headed show-pony layabouts with a bad attitude to know that Southampton need to get shot of Van Dijk in January because he is having a laugh putting in a shift like that.

“Secondly, I don’t listen to Sky Sports commentary much and banging on about Yedlin not getting booked twice for 30 minutes after it happened, or didn’t happen, is why.

“Their commentary was just a dull drone going on in the background.

“Eventually I changed to a Slovakian channel where I agreed with every word said. Perhaps. It sounded like they were enjoying it more anyway.

“Howay The Lads.”

Jamie Smith:

“Feels like points dropped after leading for so much of the game and a shocking penalty to give away by Lejeune.

“One of those where the bloke was going nowhere but a needless challenge still goes in and it proved costly as the pen was unsaveable.

“Where we are is probably a reflection of the season, subtly moving around mid-table proving too good to be sucked towards the bottom but falling short in the opportunities to reach for European places.

“So frustrating when you see how well disciplined and organised the team is and but for a couple of key additions we could really threaten to achieve something.”

Jamie Swan:

“Another good point on the road but can’t help feel a tinge of disappointment after conceding a terrible penalty.

“Southampton were huffing and puffing but going nowhere fast until that minute.

“But it’s steady away and with Yedlin very lucky not to get sent off maybe it’s the right result.

“If I’m going to nit pick…Joselu didn’t do much again, and Gayle when he came on looked like he’s been necking yards of Guinness protein shakes.

“Plus Mitro not even on the bench.

“Striker for Christmas please Santa.

“Safe journey home lads and lasses.”

David Punton:

“As a newly promoted side that is a point we’ll happily take, and yet it’s a game Newcastle probably should have won.

“It was a real shame that error for the Southampton penalty when it was 2-1. It set up a pulsating finale to the game but neither side could score a third goal.

“Raised eyebrows before the game that Merino was on the bench, but then Hayden came up with a wonderfully precise goal from long range. Perez opening his account too and it’s about time he notched.

“We’ve seen some drubbings on this ground down the years, so that was progress of sorts today.”

Anthony Stafford:

“So, 2-2 yet I feel disappointed .

“Letting shaggy from Scooby Doo score twice disappoints – both goals poor.

“What stands out is a decent shape but we play way way too far deep in our half, allowing teams way too much possession, resulting in huge balls booted up the pitch to no one in particular.

“Southampton were rubbish and we let this one slip, you could see both goals coming.

“Can’t complain but it could have been so much more.

“Good point, 11 points after a shaky start.”

Paul Patterson:

“Never knock an away point.

“It becomes an even greater point providing we beat Palace at home.”

Paul Lyon:

“The lads played well, dug in when we had to but we were always trying to win the game.

“Happy with a point and the performance.”

Nat Seaton:

“I’d have settled a draw pre-match but with leading twice I’m travelling back a little disappointed.

“Been to The Dell / St Mary’s a few times and this was unquestionably an improvement!

“Things are definitely looking up…”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Southampton 2 Newcastle 2


Newcastle: Hayden 20, Perez 51

Southampton: Gabbiadini 49,75 (pen)

Possession was Southampton 62% Newcastle 38%

Total shots were  Southampton 12 Newcastle 19

Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Southampton 3 Newcastle 8

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Elliot, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Atsu (Murphy 82), Perez (Merino 63), Joselu (Gayle 68)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Clark, Gamez, Diame

Crowd: 31,437 (Newcastle 3,200)

(Alan Shearer’s reaction to the match HERE)

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(Read Alan Pardew’s take on the game HERE)

  • Wor Lass

    It says something about how this season has developed that we`ve come away from one of our real bogey grounds with a hard-earned away point and we`re all a bit gutted. I`m pleased for Perez that he put a shift in and was rewarded with a decent goal. i`m afraid Joselu seems to be going backwards at the minute. he spent more time on the ground than Perez today and does seem to be a bit of a cry baby. Maybe he needs a break. The lads battled well but need to follow this up with a home win against Palace.

    • TheNutJob

      he needs to go backwards ok, oot the door in January or he`ll join the list of £5m down the drain, ala Sels & SloMo

    • Andy Mac

      What does it say about the quality of the PL that a team, with Joselu as the one main striker, can find itself in the top ten after 8 games ? Bournemouth have four forwards better than him !

  • Kneebotherm8

    Referee Kevin was definitely our Friend today.

  • MadMag83

    Jamie Smith summed it up perfectly. I would add that Atsu looked to be caught ball watching far too often when defending, several times he was watching the player with the ball while his man ran behind. Needs to listen to Benitez a bit more. But overall it was a vast improvement on our recent results at that ground.

  • Andy Mac

    I’m reading criticism of Elliot on the web (via Newsnow) from some fans.

    The_Dilsh has saved us at least 3 points this season. Against Stoke, Swansea and the RBD’s and arguably it’s more like 5. Give the lad a break as we all have bad days at the office – some of our fans have the memory span of a goldfish.

    • Paul Patterson

      Manquillo was at fault for not ushering Gabbiadini away from goal for the first and you can’t blame him for a stupidly reckless challenge for the second.

  • Alreet

    Merino and clark needed the rest so the selection isnt an issue for me. Worked very hard again. Need to get our strikers at the races. We cant rely on the midfield and captain to dig us out all season.

    • Paul Patterson

      I still didn’t see the need for Clark being dropped..

  • steve pearce

    He may have been roundly critisised, myself included, but for once Perez delivered. His goal was superb and he showed rare guts and determination to score from a hard angle after his initial shot was blocked. Then Rafa took him off to keep him hungry and I don’t doubt that the best is yet to come.

    As for Lejeune – words fail me! It looks like the spectre of the shyte Frenchman has returned to haunt us….