Isaac Hayden makes very honest admission about win over Southampton
Isaac Hayden has played every single minute of Newcastle United’s season, apart from during his three match suspension.
That has continued into the start of the always busy winter schedule.
Three matches over and eight day stretch and Isaac Hayden has played every minute, as Newcastle have picked up an impressive seven points from Manchester City, Sheffield United and Southampton.
Newcastle fans watched a shocking game on Sunday and apart from the eventual comeback goals and the fact United won, there was nothing to enjoy.
A very honest Isaac Hayden was happy to confirm he felt the same as those Newcastle fans who made up the smallest St James Park Premier League crowd in over nine years.
The midfielder declaring after the final whistle: ‘This was not enjoyable…I will happily admit that, not enjoyable at all.’
Hayden asks though whether Newcastle fans would prefer to see 51% possession and a draw, or ’35-40%’ and a victory.
The supporters will be more than happy to agree when Isaac Hayden talks about the workrate an character of the team to get these recent points BUT there is also a real feeling that Steve Bruce is carrying incredible luck with his ultra-negative tactics.
Aston Villa punished Newcastle’s negativity with two first half goals to kill the game off before Newcastle even tried to attack.
Southampton could and should have done the same but wasted golden opportunities and only had that Danny Ings goal in the bag when Newcastle at last tried to attack in the later stages and put away their two chances.
It is no coincidence that yet again Martin Dubravka was man of the match, just as he was on Thursday night.
Yes you don’t need to dominate possession to win games but you do have to create chances.
Newcastle scored the only two real chances they created against Manchester City, it was two from two at Sheffield United as well, whilst on Sunday apart from the two strikes for the goals, the only other dangerous effort was the Sean Longstaff long range shot that was parried for Fernandez to score the winner.
When Leicester won the title they often didn’t have the majority of possession but created chances and scored goal for fun.
This though is very different, Leicester not always dominating possession was nothing remotely similar to the extent of the 32.8% Newcastle are averaging this season and creating so few chances.
Now Newcastle have got some points on the board, it is essential Steve Bruce gets the team playing football that will create more than one or two chances in a game, as this luck can’t last.
Isaac Hayden quoted by The Athletic:
“This was not enjoyable…
“I will happily admit that, not enjoyable at all.
“But you are going to get games like that during the season and would fans prefer to see 51% possession and a draw or 35-40(%) and a win?
“We have run a million miles in the last three games and we have done fantastic to keep going, keep the spirit going and keep chirping away. That’s all we can ask for.”
Isaac Hayden talking to the official club site:
“We didn’t get started in the first half, it certainly wasn’t my best game in a black and white shirt, I’ll give you that.
“But sometimes when it’s like that you just have to stick with it, keep running, keep working hard and hopefully something will fall for you.
“Today we were by no means (at) the levels we’ve been at in the past few games but sometimes you hear the big teams have gone to places and won ugly. We have done that today.
“It is definitely a skill to have, because we were nowhere near it really first half, but second half we came out with a bit more spirit, a bit more fight and a bit more desire to get forward and create chances.
“Jonjo’s on fire at the minute and it was a great ball from Andy, then obviously Fede got another goal.
“We are not too bothered where the goals are coming from but we keep getting results, which is the most important thing.
“I think we have got a mentality now where, even if we do go a goal behind, I think maybe if it was a couple of years ago we wouldn’t have won today or we wouldn’t have drawn, we might have panicked a little bit.
“But I thought we stayed calm in the second half, we knew there would be opportunities, and it was up to us to take them. Credit to Jonjo and Fede for the two goals.
“In the dressing room I think everyone’s had belief that we can do what we’re going to do.
“We get a lot of stick from a lot of people, saying certain things about style of play or possession or whatever it is, but at the end of the day, this is what we do.
“I think a few years ago, if you look at Burnley, people were saying the same thing about them when they finished seventh – ‘they just have no possession, the least passes’, stuff like that.
“It is irrelevant, at the end of the day it’s about winning football matches. That’s what we’re doing at the minute.
“It’s just about taking each game as it comes now.
“It’s been a tough week and I think we’ve not really made too many changes to the side from playing Manchester City, where everyone’s stats were ridiculous because you have to run a million miles, and then Sheffield United away – another tough, tough game with a lot or running.
“Today we were always not going to be 100% because they had an extra day of recovery, but there was no excuses, we still got the job done.
“It’s just about recovery now and getting ready for Burnley.
“It’s another chance for us to get three points, another team around us and it’s a tough place to go again.
“We’ll get ready for the battle.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Sunday 8 December 2pm
Shelvey 68 Fernandez 87
Possession was Southampton 55%, Newcastle 45%
Total shots were Southampton 19, Newcastle 12
Shots on target were Southampton 4, Newcastle 6
Corners were Southampton 12, Newcastle 3
Crowd: 42,303 (1,400 Southampton)
Referee: David Coote
Newcastle team v Southampton:
Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Dummett, Clark (Schar 45), Willems, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Atsu 81), Almiron (Sean Longstaff 85), Joelinton (Carroll 59)
Darlow, Gayle, Atsu, Krafth
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