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Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players

11 months ago
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We asked Jamie Swan to give us his match ratings after Newcastle 2 Southampton 1.

A dreadful hour plus saw Newcastle eventually fall behind as Southampton at last took one of their chances and look to be going nowhere.

Never say die though for this NUFC team as Jonjo Shelvey and Federico Fernandez got the goals for a comeback win.

Jamie Swan gives us his NUFC player ratings and comments.

Great to comeback and get yet another three points. It wasn’t pretty on the eye for the first hour, not by a long stretch.

I’m pretty sure the plan to concede possession to counter attack doesn’t mean give it away at every opportunity…and we were ragged.

Created pressure on ourselves with some dangerous stray passes, Willems giving the mighty Dubravka a high five after pulling him out the brown and sticky.

Big Joelinton is absolutely lost. Challenging for balls he can’t win, operating in the wrong areas, rarely in the box and with the way we keep gifting possession, we need an outlet that the ball sticks to.

ASM produced one outrageous run and pull back in the first that saw him roast three players, though unfortunately no goal at the end, of which it deserved.

But there was nowt to write home about, the only thought in my head was we probably couldn’t be much worse second half.

Of course we then conceded a poor goal which at the beginning of the season would be curtains for this team. Back then only scoring one goal or less in most games. But credit where it’s due, just like against Bournemouth and City we’ve come back to get some spoils.

Big AC really brought about a change in aggression and mentality and he lifted everyone. He then goes and whips a cross in that he would have loved for his mate Shelvey to rise like a bald eagle and head home a great goal.

Loads of hairy-scary moments at our end but we defended like our lives depended on it, was like Platoon at one stage. Must say I love their number 16 Ward-Prowse, every time I see him I just think he is an excellent footballer and delivers a wicked ball. Would love him in our team.

Then a Bruce substitution bringing on Longstaff who almost straight away fires a great shot towards goal that was too hot for the keeper and Fernandez crept in to fire home!

Geet up man!

Proper dirty win, even when not playing well it’s great to rough it out. They will be spewing but it’s a hard life isn’t it?

As for the Manager, you couldn’t say anything but Bruce is doing well with what’s in front of him. Problem is with 22 points on the board already, it’ll likely mean instead of strengthening in January, Mike will be off to Florida with his phone on divert again.

Marks out of 10:

Dubravka – 9

Absolutely top class.

Manquillo – 7

Worked hard, distribution not great.

Clark – 7

Kicked from pillar to post.

Dummett – 7.5

Got stuck in as always.

Fernandez – 8

Goal, another all round good showing.

Willems – 6

Bit of a mare but didn’t hide.

Hayden – 6

Battled, but struggled.

Shelvey – 7.5

Quality on ball, goal, but watched Saints run past him.

Almiron – 7

Ran all day till subbed.

ASM – 7.5

One of his quieter days, probably now injured.

Joelinton – 4

Weakest link by a country mile. Being generous.

Subs

Carroll – 8

Changed the game.

Schar – 7

Battled in the mire.

Longstaff – 7

Shot led to winner.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Sunday 8 December 2pm

Goals:

Newcastle United:

Shelvey 68 Fernandez 87

Southampton:

Ings 52

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)

Unused Subs

Darlow, Gayle, Atsu, Krafth

(Ralph Hasenhuttl : Says Southampton robbed at Newcastle as played all the football and most chances – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s win – Read HERE)

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