Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s win
Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Sunday 8 December 2pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Newcastle winning 2-1 at St James Park, coming back from a goal down.
“We can never seem to sustain any momentum.
“You would think that we were destined for a relegation battle.
“Well today it looked like that again at 1-0 down but with the huge help of Andy Carroll we’ve turned that around, Shelvey becoming the Geordie version of Harry Kane.
“Those centre backs are at it again, give the lad a contract!
“Wish we had bought Danny Ings instead of Joe from Linton.
“Well done Steve Bruce once again.
“Who knows we might even stay up and hopefully prove my early season prediction wrong.
“There are many who didn’t want Bruce or the team to do well, I wasn’t one of them but I had huge doubts.
“Still hope we get taken over.
“The more points perhaps the more chance, or the opposite?”
“Grim first half. Lucky not to go in behind if not for the wondrous Dubravka.
“Couldn’t keep the ball for our lives and only woke up after their goal, or should I say when Carroll came on and Joelinton went off
“At least we gave it a go in the last 20 and got stuck in.
“Might be classed as two streaky wins on the bounce, but not really bothered.
“Grit and snots still win games.
“I still don’t quite know how we have so many points by December when you watch the team play but we deserve to ride our luck a bit.
“Carroll brilliant from the bench and Shelvey is in the best form of his Newcastle career.”
“Just for a change we haven’t messed up an opportunity to kick on up the table.
“Thursday’s win at Bramall Lane set us up for a fabulous week when the Saints came calling at SJP, if they could be beaten.
“Now it wasn’t pretty, and I don’t know how Bruce is doing this, but the team has gone out there today and put in some really hard yards amid the tiring fixture congestion. A second game in four days always had the feel of being tough.
“And it certainly looked a mountain to climb when Danny Ings put Southampton in front.
“Step forward our two talismen, Carroll and Shelvey, who combined for the leveller and then up pops Fernández to send us all wild.
“It’s not pretty under Steve Bruce, but seriously, credit where it’s due for him and his staff.”
“Another welcome win in what’s turning into a baffling season.
“We’re so far ahead of where we were this time last season but are undoubtedly a less cohesive unit and worryingly anaemic in attack.
“More points racked up without a performance to match, which edges us ever closer to safety but does little to inspire any real faith in Steve Bruce.
“First half was woeful – dull, pedestrian, one-paced, uninspired, unimaginative….second half was slightly better but went much the same way yet somehow we not only scored twice but did so having gifted Southampton a sloppy opening goal!
“Kudos to the lads for some brave last-ditch defending to ensure we took the three points as Southampton pressed for the equaliser.
“It says a lot about the state of the club that it took the introduction of our sicknote local hero to galvanise the team and fans alike but he did a great job and delivered for us once again.
“As for Joelinton, the mind boggles. He looks totally lost – isolated, hesitant and totally devoid of any confidence. Never mind being a replacement for Rondón, it would be a generous man who’d describe him as an upgrade on Joselu.
“All in all, a hard-fought win and one to savour but serious doubts remain.”
“A valuable three points against a team who will be down there at the end of the season.
“It would have been different if the Saints had taken their chances but they didn’t and United did and that is how you win games.
“Big shout to Andy Carroll who totally changed the game when he came on.”
“Great to snatch the win, albeit a bit of a smash and grab.
“Hope ASM is ok following limping off as his mad running seems to lead to all positive things.
“The introduction of Carroll was a game changer, with winnable games coming up we can see a very decent league position if the team selection is right…”
“But who cares! Results count!
“Andy Carroll made the difference, simple as that!!”
“Another result with points gained after going behind!
“A good comeback from the team and two wins in a week.
“This is the point where you’d normally get excited.
“I may even have a beer and have an early night to celebrate.”
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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