Southampton fans saying this about Newcastle United – Tells you everything you need to know
Southampton fans are travelling with hope and expectation to St James Park.
The Saints selling out a reduced ticket allocation of around 1,700 for the long trip.
With three wins from their last four games and eight victories (seven defeats) in their new manager’s 18 Premier League games, the Southampton fans are seeing better times ahead thanks to now having the right man in charge…
Speaking of which, the universal opinion amongst Southampton fans in the comments below, is that Salomon Rondon is Newcastle’s best player and Rafa Benitez is doing a brilliant job.
Due to Mike Ashley, it looks like little/no chance of either of them still being at St James Park next season, maybe Ashley should be listening to the Saints supporters???
It is an eye-opener seeing comments such as these from Southampton fans…
‘Newcastle have done amazingly well to stay up this season…Rafa’s press conference sounds like he’s off at the end of the season…He’s too good for a club in their position. He should move and challenge himself…Keeping a terrible Newcastle squad in the Premier with very little backing from the board is a big challenge.’
We (Newcastle fans) aren’t wrong, Rafa Benitez is the only thing that has prevented yet another disaster under Mike Ashley.
If he goes then who knows?
Southampton fans comment via their top Saints Web message board:
‘This is ours to win I think, we are in great form.
I think Newcastle will be pretty tough to break down therefore I would like to see an attacking formation.’
‘It’s a game we have a good chance of winning but I would not be unhappy with a draw.’
‘This will be my first ever visit to SJP, and my first game since the cup final two years ago. I’m really hoping that with both teams virtually guaranteed safe from relegation now, the pressure will be off and it will be an open and entertaining game.’
‘Hope you’re feeling fit, there’s an awful lot of stairs to get to your seat. The only away ground where I’ve been wary about standing!’
‘I think before losing to Palace, Newcastle had won 5 or 6 straight at home, so they are decent.
Rondon will be a handful.’
‘Both teams in decent form, both teams safe, should be a good game. Our record up there is poor though, a point would be a good result. A win would be nice though, see how far up the table we can send the season.’
‘Rondon is the one player I wish we had from teams around us (and many of the others). We could do with someone so physical, and so talented. Will be a right handful.’
‘Wouldn’t mind us going for a striker who can do better than a 1 goal in 4 strike rate in recent years.
Can see us grabbing a point at least here, Newcastle are better at sitting back and hitting on the break much like us, but the emphasis will be on them to push out being at home n all.’
‘Isn’t 1 in 4 way better than any of our lot?’
‘Looking forward to it, meant to be nice weather too!
Confident in any team we put out to get a result up there. They’re decent at home, but we are in good form, should be a good game. They’ll likely sit back with 11 behind the ball and look to counter on us. Sold out away end too (ED: Southampton have only taken 1,700 tickets).’
‘Apologies…. I expect this has been asked numerous times before but this is my first ever trip to St James Park and I’m far too lazy to search for the info…! (playing my ‘honesty is the best policy’ card there )….
Best pubs for away fans…?’
‘Wish I could remember but I wasn’t driving.. but I think it was The Crown Posada. Lots of good ales and lovely ceiling fanlights, friendly home fans too.’
‘If you want food as well you could try the Red House just round the corner towards quayside, bigger but also in historic building(s) and with a wonderful pie menu; beer tends to be more modern (e.g. Brooklyn Lager on tap).’
‘Been to Players Bar in the gate the last few times I’ve been which is good fun…!’
‘This has the potential to be a very exciting and even high-scoring game, with both teams now virtually safe and in good form and full of confidence. I’m thinking it could be a 3-2 scoreline for us or them!’
‘Can’t imagine many Benitez games like that. They’re defensive and hard to beat. We’ll probably go there defensive too. Can see a 0-0.’
‘Not sure how many of you watched Newcastle beat Leicester away on Friday but I can tell you they were good and this will not be an easy game at all.
I think both sides have responded well when the pressure was on and both sides are safe now barring a Cardiff/Brighton miracle. I will be happy with a draw but think Newcastle with the barmy army behind them will win this one.’
‘Another game I’d take a point from if offered it now. Late kick off on Saturday.
The teams around us are away to Chelsea, Wolves and Arsenal, whilst Cardiff host Liverpool. Brighton have a further game, away to Spurs in midweek. A real chance to take a leap up the table.’
‘I have a good feeling about this one. Newcastle are well organised and well drilled, but now they’re safe I wonder if they will try and be a bit more expansive (more influenced by their home crowd than their manager!) which might work in our favour. I’m going for a 2-1 win.’
‘Of course Newcastle will be hard, they’re playing well at the moment and Rafa is a damn good manager, plus our record in the north east is fu..ing atrocious. But we’re playing well too and we’ve got a decent amount of confidence, plus we’re not mathematically safe yet.’
‘Newcastle have done amazingly well to stay up this season so i think we’ll win easily – they’ll be thinking about the summer and our players are playing for their position next season.’
‘We often lose to Newcastle by a goal, and I’ll always remember the exciting defeat to Robson’s team at St Mary’s before we were demoted. Since then, and where we are right now under Ralph, we ‘re the better team.
I’ve a good hunch we’ll surprise them with our new attacking options. Toons will dominate possession but we’re sharper in front of goal on the break. 2-3 Saints. It’s going to be a memorable classic.’
‘Rafa’s press conference sounds like he’s off at the end of the season .’
‘He’s too good for a club in their position. He should move and challenge himself.’
‘Keeping a terrible Newcastle squad in the Premier with very little backing from the board is a big challenge.’
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