A three goal win for Newcastle in an excellent performance but as Dwight Gayle points out, none of the three goals came from strikers.

Both Gayle and Perez had chances but their main contribution was in a supporting role, as a brilliant break from the edge of their own box saw the pair out-pace the admittedly very slow Southampton defenders, before Perez fed Dwight Gayle and despite an excellent chance to score himself, instead put across a very clever pass which meant Kenedy couldn’t miss.

Kenedy had already scored a brilliant solo effort on only 70 seconds and as Dwight Gayle says: ‘It is nice to score in the second minute’.

Newcastle have rarely had that luxury/comfort of an early lead this season at St James Park but from the moment Kenedy hit the back of the net, the result was never really in doubt.

Great also to see Matt Ritchie get goals in consecutive home matches, rubber-stamping his improved form of late.

For Gayle though, it is simply a case ‘Everybody pulling in the same direction’, as being the key to Newcastle giving them now a great chance of reaching safety ASAP.

Dwight Gayle talking to the Chronicle:

“The defence were fantastic, as they have been for the last few months, long may that continue.

“Hopefully we can keep pushing up the table and get to a position of safety.

“I thought it was just important that we got the win and played really well.

“Everybody’s just pulling in the same direction, everybody is focused on the main goal, to stay up.

“You can see that from everybody – we scored three goals on Saturday and none of them came from the strikers.

“We are all working hard and that’s a reflection of people pulling in the same direction.

“It was a fantastic day for everybody.

“It is nice to score in the second minute..

“After that, we probably had a shaky 10 minutes and they put us under a bit of pressure.

“The second goal gave the breathing space and we then played well in the second half.

“I thought we soaked up the pressure they put on us and they didn’t have too many chances.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Southampton 0


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)

  • TheNutJob

    Bringing in Kenedy & Marty has made a big difference to the team,
    both are a class above what we`ve got. i still don`t know why we paid £10m for Murphy as he certainly wasn`t premiership ready & that`s what you need on promotion.
    Mitro & Murphy are £25m assets that are wasted & you could possibly buy our 2 loanee`s for that amount.
    Carr was replaced by one of his minions & the buy`s when they are made are 50/50. we need new scouts

  • ghostrider

    There was nothing wrong with the keepers we had to be fair. Not world class but plenty good enough to do a job.
    Dubravka has had 2 decent games but does not look a class above Elliot and Darlow, in my opinion.

    • TheNutJob

      yes he does look a class above, Elliott & Darlow are simply not good enough

      • ghostrider

        I like him as a keeper, up to now but he’s not a class above.
        He’s done very little better than what Darlow or Elliot has done.
        Granted he did have a good debut against Man Utd but from that points he’s simply been decent, not anything that renders him leaving Darlow or Elliot in his wake.

        My opinion and it’s not to basically have a dig at any of the keepers.
        I’d simply say that the jury is still out on Dubravka but from what I’ve seen overall, he’s decent, without being superb.
        Basically like Darlow and Elliot.

        In fact I feel a bit sorry for those two.

        • Dillon Tovak

          Snooze 💤

      • joe mac

        dont get into a conversation with the troll!

    • Dillon Tovak

      Oh boy 🤦‍♂️
      How embarrassing, you’ve found a new contrary point to try and bait people with.
      😴 get a hobby troll.

      • ghostrider

        What I’m saying is an honest opinion.If you don’t like it or think I’m trolling…DO NOT RESPOND or IGNORE ME. Surely all people can do that if they think like you, right?

        • Dillon Tovak

          I refer to my below comment.
          On your point, you say with Dubravka the juries still out but also that he’s not a class above.

          I’m now going to block you because you are either someone who ONLY brings negativity or quite simply you’re a troll.
          Good luck to you.

  • Leazes.

    …’ Dwight Gayle and despite an excellent chance to score himself, instead put across a very clever pass which meant Kenedy couldn’t miss’….

    Yes he’d previously flunked one and passed instead of shooting…. still nice pass though.

    • Down Under Mag

      Just what I was thinking – any striker worth his soul would be shooting in that position. Great pass but its surprising to see an out and out striker passing in that position.

      • Leazes.

        I felt that I knew exactly what was going through his mind there…..’If I miss again its going to look bad and I’ll get roasted on MOTD’…. it turned out well though.

        • Dillon Tovak

          I’m glad he did pass because not only would he be worried he’d miss, he’d probably miss.