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Garth Crooks says he has a major dilemma after Newcastle hammer Southampton

11 months ago
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Garth Crooks has picked his Premier League team of the week.

The BBC Sport pundit including one Newcastle star after they took apart Southampton at St James Park.

Reflecting on the 3-0 win for the home side, Garth Crooks says he still isn’t sure about what he watched.

His dilemma being…’I can’t make up my mind if Newcastle were that good or Southampton were that bad.’

Maybe the truth of it is, that it was a bit/lot of both things.

The 3-0 scoreline flattered the visitors and if it had been five or six they couldn’t have complained, such was Newcastle’s superiority.

As for the star player, little surprise that it was Kenedy who Garth Crooks selected for his Premier League team of the week.

Always a threat, the left winger scored a brilliant opening goal and then finished off a flowing team move for the second.

Garth Crooks talking to BBC Sport:

“Kenedy, Newcastle:

“I can’t make up my mind if Newcastle were that good or Southampton were that bad.

“One thing is for sure is that Kenedy made the Saints pay for their lack of team cohesion.

“It’s been a long time since I have seen players so concerned with themselves and couldn’t care about the team.

“Southampton have big problems.

“Did you know?

“Kenedy became the first Newcastle player to score a brace at St James Park in the Premier League since Georginio Wijnaldum in May 2016 (Newcastle 5 Spurs 1).”

The full Garth Crooks Premier League team of the week for BBC Sport:

Petr Cech (Arsenal)

Matthew Lowton (Burnley)

Ashley Young (Man Utd)

Chris Smalling (Man Utd)

Kenedy (Newcastle)

Willian (Chelsea)

Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Arsenal)

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester)

Marcus Rashford (Man Utd)

Jamie Vardy (Leicester)

Ashley Barnes (Burnley)

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Southampton 0

Goals:

Newcastle: Kenedy 2, 29, Ritchie 57

Possession was Southampton 63% Newcastle 37%

Total shots were  Southampton 6 Newcastle 7

Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5

Corners were  Southampton 6 Newcastle 2

Referee: Andre Marriner

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy (Atsu 78), Gayle (Joselu 69)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy

Crowd: 52,246 (Southampton 1,600)

(Alan Shearer raves about loan signing and Newcastle’s win but admits to mixed emotions. Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the three goal win HERE)

(Mauricio Pellegrino couldn’t believe what he was watching – His reaction HERE)

(3 positives and 3 negatives from Saturday’s match – Read HERE)

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