Southampton 0 Newcastle 0 – Saturday 27 October 3pm
We asked Kevin Christie to give us his match ratings after Saturday’s match.
A disappointing result in what was a dour match, very low on quality.
Defensively, it was classic Benitez and should have given us a platform to win the game but we were beyond toothless up front.
With Fulham shipping goals for fun and both Cardiff and Huddersfield looking out of their depth, there may well be three worse teams than us but we’re not doing a whole lot to help ourselves…
Dubravka – 6. Another sound showing.
Got up well for high balls and made a few routine saves, as well as one particularly important stop just two minutes in. Distribution was a bit off.
Yedlin – 6. Very involved in the first half but much quieter in the second period.
Coped well with Southampton’s attacking threat but didn’t manage to get forward often enough. Solid performance.
Lascelles – 7. A sound defensive showing this afternoon.
Made lots of useful clearances and interceptions along the way and good positioning helped nip a lot of dangerous situations in the bud.
Fernandez – 7. Another good performance today.
Read a lot of situations well to snuff out danger and made a couple of brave blocks to help keep our clean sheet intact.
A few of his long passes went astray when we tried to be more direct as the game wore on.
Dummett – 6. Not involved at all in the first half but grew into the game after the break.
Made a fantastic block at the back post after the hour mark and was defensively sound all afternoon bar the odd little blip.
Didn’t manage to get involved much going forward though.
Ritchie – 5. Not involved much today but he did a lot of running, harrying and tracking back to help us stay solid and maintain our defensive solidity.
One or two tentative balls lofted into dangerous areas without conviction.
Offered very little offensively, which was a disappointment.
Shelvey – 5. Was expecting a big performance from him today but final ball was lacking and he just couldn’t get a foothold in the game.
Nipped in well a few times to tidy up defensively but was too eager to punt the ball forward and lofted too many aimless high balls forward.
Not his best day at the office.
Diame – 5. A mixed bag.
For every neat touch and good interception there was a wayward pass to match and he ran into trouble a few times as he tried to plough through the midfield.
Wasteful going forward on the rare occasions when he found himself on the edge of the Southampton box.
Kenedy – 5. Struggled to make an impact this afternoon.
Tried a few flicks that didn’t come off to gift possession back to Southampton.
Didn’t manage to take advantage whenever he found himself with space to run into.
Would’ve expected more from him today.
Ayoze – 4. His usual ineffective self.
Wasn’t involved much but his lack of physicality meant that he was out-muscled by the Southampton backline whenever he got a sniff.
Slow to make his mind up when he had time and space on the edge of the box.
His lack of killer instinct really hinders us in the final third.
Muto – 6. Had a tricky task today but performed well.
Was involved a lot and held the ball up well at times to bring teammates into play.
Finally looks like he might be getting to grips with the physicality of the Premier League.
Rondón – 5. Not involved much and had little to work with.
Held the ball up well a couple of times when he had long balls lofted up to him.
Ki – 4. Looked a bit off the pace after being out of the side for a few weeks.
Easily dispossessed a couple of times and was slow and hesitant with the ball at his feet.
Atsu – 5. Was energetic and tried to make things happen but his lack of quality always shines through.
Sent one good cross into the box but no one was there to take advantage.
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame (Ki 76), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Rondon 69), Muto (Atsu 80)
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