After the final whistle, Mark Hughes wasn’t a happy man.

Not exactly a new situation.

The manager watching his Southampton team make it over 500 Premier League minutes without a goal.

Newcastle United offered absolutely nothing and Mark Hughes accused the visitors of simply trying to ‘frustrate’ him and his players.

The truth though was that simply Newcastle are not very good and end up defending for most of the time in their matches, purely because they are incapable of doing anything else.

It is now 14 matches in the Premier League between the two managers and Mark Hughes has won one of them, so today was I suppose a moral victory for Rafa Benitez as it extended that sequence.

For the watching Newcastle fans, the biggest thing was that they saw yet another team who are no better than themselves, grateful for any small mercies.

Mark Hughes:

“We are all frustrated and disappointed about the return for our efforts.

“I thought on the day we were the side trying to win the game and Newcastle came here to try and frustrate.

“We wanted to get on the front foot clearly and have momentum in our play but constantly we were having to turn around and collect balls they’d played over the top and restart attacks from deep positions.

“We picked it up in the second-half and didn’t allow them to get in behind us.

We had the better chances and tested their keeper whereas I don’t think Alex McCarthy has had a save to make in the last two games.

“At the top end of the pitch, it’s about taking chances when we create them and I feel we’re showing a little bit of anxiety in those moments.

“Our home form is something that is irritating everybody at the moment and we just can’t seem to get that feeling of anxiety that we have where we just can’t get the ball over the line so that will change.

“I think everybody saw today we were fully committed to what we’re trying to do.”

“It’s disappointing once again in respect of not getting what we deserved, we had 22 shots and we weren’t able to convert any of them.

“At the end of the day it’s back-to-back clean sheets, but at the top end of the pitch we need to start scoring goals.

“Clearly we are creating chances, right at the death we had a good chance for Shane, there were balls bobbling around the box, but sometimes you need something to go in off someone’s backside and the football gods aren’t smiling on us at the moment.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 

Possession was Southampton 50% Newcastle 50%

Total shots were  Southampton 22 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Southampton 4 Newcastle 0

Corners were  Southampton 7 Newcastle 2

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Ki 76), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Rondon 69), Muto (Atsu 80)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Schar, Joselu, Manquillo

Crowd: 30,736(NUFC 2,450)

(Sorry but Rafa talking nonsense after this shocker of a match – Read HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the Southampton match HERE)

(Match ratings for all Toon players HERE)



  • BigHairyDog

    Oh diddums…poor old Sparky expects everyone to roll over for him. It’s the same wherever he’s managed, if they’d lost he’d be raging at the officials and if he’d won he’d be shouting what a great manager he is.

    Well Sparky how much did your team cost compared to ours?

  • Kenny

    Isn`t that what away teams are supposed to do

  • Paul Patterson

    Pot, kettle, black..

  • Big Hairy Man

    He’s even more annoying than Pardew.

    • Kenny

      Close call

      • Rabid Dog

        In Euros

  • Peaky

    37 points needed from a possible 84 to hit the mythical magical 40…….although a total of 37 points is normally enough to survive…..either way not looking good when you’ve got strikers who don’t know their arce from their elbow…..

    • Kenny

      We need Clarko to work it out

      • Peaky

        Ground control to Clarko……nope…..he’s still out there somewhere with Jodie Whittaker & Bradley Walsh…..

        • Toontaff

          And falling off his bike doesn’t help!

    • Danimal

      Well, let’s say it’s only 30 this season. Do you think we can scratch together 27 points from the remaining 28 games? No, I’m not full of confidence either.

      • Peaky

        No…..just can’t see where they’ll come from.

        • Danimal

          To be fair, last December when we had 15 points from 18 games and looked doomed, I felt the same way. That first elusive win (West Ham away on that occasion) can change everything. That is hope number one – the first win, when or if it comes, creates some confidence. Hope number two – Cardiff, Huddersfield and Fulham continue to be equally useless. We will need both one and two. If any of it goes astray, we’re fukked.

  • wheyayeman

    Ashley Out

    • Ashley-out

      in a box

  • killymag

    with the state of the team we have got , what did he expect , stupid Welsh tw#t

    • Rabid Dog

      It’s a true reflection of what a great manager Mark Hughes is. Criticise the oppo for their footballing tactics and not being capable of finding a countermeasure.

      Typical journeyman manager

    • Toontaff

      I guess I can call Leslie Mark Hughes a GOG, but not a………

  • Ashley-out

    Ashley out,
    just die you fat pig

  • Billmag

    You should have thrown your jacket in the air if you weren’t happy that’s what you normally do isn’t it.

  • Superdooperhooper

    Probably our next manager . Either him or cabbage deflector Bruce

    • Toontaff

      Thanks for the laugh!

  • GToon

    Funny that he seems genuinely cross that we should try and avoid defeat by frustrating his team. He, of course has never made his players adopt such unsportsmanlike tactics. Oh and he never fouled anybody when he was playing too.

  • Paul Patterson

    Leicester owners helicopter has just crashed and burst into flames after match. It CAN happen .. 🚁🔥

    • killymag

      not to us it cant , cos shi# doesn,t burn

      • Toontaff

        It wouldn’t half smell like bacon, though!

    • Danimal

      I’m ashamed to say my mind wandered that way too. If anything, the odds have lengthened even further against it happening to another football club owner anytime soon. There’ll probably be a Michael Owen piece with the exact odds next week.

  • Rich Lawson

    And you expected what ? Your the home team,it’s up to you to inspire your troops to win,but you are useless at anything but excuses.

  • Leicester Mag

    While I hate Ashley I’m sat at home at the moment preying no one I know has been killed tonight. Awful scenes on the news

    • Rabid Dog

      I’m sorry, this annoys me. Why does it take an event like this for you to speak out with such incredulity. We all see the “die Ashley die”. I can’t recall seeing 1 person calling them out for it.

    • Leazes.

      Hope they are okay!

    • JohnnyH

      With you there mate. Hope for the best.

  • nufcslf

    Two sh*t teams that had nothing but a naught naught draw written all over it before a ball was kicked…..and what do you know……

  • robbersdog

    The only positive thing I can say about Mark Hughes is that he wears nice suits.

    • Dave Pattinson

      ….and he”s a top-class whinger!

  • Kenny

    Sad news indeed about the Helicopter crash at Leicester a club who`s owner is a real football man & he gave a local hospital £1m when they were in trouble.
    Yes, very sad indeed & a great loss to Leicester & Football

  • Toontaff

    We had more shots v Brighton, without scoring, so shut up Miserable Hughes!