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Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 – Instant United fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s draw

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Southampton 0 Newcastle 0  – Saturday 27 October 3pm

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

Newcastle making it 10 games without a win, 11 in all competitions.

Only three points from a possible 30 but Newcastle actually climbing off the foot of the table…

Jamie Smith:

“Meh. Suppose it’s not a terrible result at one of our least favourite destinations.

“Turgid and hopeless as a performance, with Dubravka to thank for the point that drags us to second bottom.

“Starting to think now which three teams could end up worse than us.

“No one can say though that he should have played x or put on y because that was our whole squad at its full capacity.

“Oh and Mitro did nowt as Fulham got battered 3-0 at home.

“Something’s got to give here like.”

Ben Cooper:

“In the game that no one wanted to win, no one won.

“Both teams played like an away side.

“Dubravka made two or three good saves, can’t remember their keeper making a save, not even sure they had a goalkeeper, they certainly didn’t need one.

“It was a fairly even game overall though and a third clean sheet out of five away games shows us that at least we can defend well enough to stay up, even if we can’t attack well enough to do it.”

Jamie Swan:

“We couldn’t score in a brothel with a suitcase full of cash and a fist full of blue tablets.

“Clean sheet and importantly not marooned at the bottom, due to the rest of the garbage down there.

“No matter how limited we are going forward we don’t let many in.

“Goal difference isn’t catastrophic, though three points and winless is pretty grim like.

“Best we can hope is a spate of one nils (our way), like Brighton getting three wins on the bounce.

“Happy travels to the boys and girls coming back up the hill.”

Nat Seaton:

“Dubravka thankfully saved us in the first half with a man of the match performance.

“Should be pleased with a point away from home but having travelled all this way to see such a poor game of football I can’t say that I’m going home pleased…”

David Punton:

“On the day that the NUFC crisis was laid bare on Football Focus we saw that play out on the pitch, with a United side incapable of getting a shot on target.

“A point’s not to be sniffed at but the lack of cutting edge and goal threat is a concern.

“Underinvestment strikes again. Winning a game is just a pipe dream these days.

“Southampton has never been a happy hunting ground for Mags, so maybe we can take some solace from this draw – which is a mega away trip to the south coast.

“After today’s piece on the BBC there is small comfort that more commentators in national media circles are now tuning into the shambolic way that our club is being run.”

Toon Bano:

“We controlled large parts of that game but we really need a quality striker or two.

Even by Ashley standards it would be criminal to not sanction one, given what  he must see…

“Too naive?”

Paul Patterson:

“Not a shot on target and destined for last slot on Match of the Day.

“I keep saying, ‘Never knock an away point’.

“Sadly, our home form isn’t backing our away form up.”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Hugely positive result for me.

“I know the football is still defensive but in times like this we could with a bit of grinding out and earning points.

“Next two we need to start winning and I think four points minimum is required.

“Just remember we would have lost that 4/5-0 under Pards or Carver.”

George Stainsby:

“I’m saying nowt…

“In a mini league of nervous desperation, the bottom teams all look dire.

“We have to start winning, and now.”

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)

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