Ralph Hasenhuttl : Says Southampton robbed at Newcastle as played all the football and most chances
Ralph Hasenhuttl wasn’t a happy man.
The final whistle went and it was a 2-1 victory for Newcastle United.
It wasn’t just the fact that Southampton had lost, it was the way they lost.
Dominating for over an hour and Newcastle a poor second best.
Ralph Hasenhuttl saw Danny Ings deservedly put the Saints a goal up on 52 minutes and they were coasting.
However, the introduction of Andy Carroll eventually saw a spirited late fightback, the only real touch of quality from NUFC was Carroll’s cross for the equaliser, Shelvey heading home the excellent cross.
Ralph Hasenhuttl had an unambiguous message at the end: ‘I only saw my team playing football today.’
The Saints manager felt his side had many more chances and the shot count was 19 v 12 in their favour, though only four on target to Newcastle’s six.
Southampton had more possession (55%) and many more corners (12 v 3).
Plenty of time on the way back to Southampton for Ralph Hasenhuttl to work out exactly where it all went wrong.
“I thought the defeat was not deserved.
“It was our best away performance of the season.
“We had chances to be more than 1-0 up.
“It was a pity…really frustrated for the guys.
“After we scored, I think we stopped playing a little bit.
“They had a big guy up front and only went for long balls.
“The first goal we didn’t defend well and the second was a shot from outside the box.
“It is a pity…
“I didn’t see a lot of chances for Newcastle today, plenty for us.
“We didn’t get the result but it was a very good game from us.
“I only saw my team playing football today.”
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
(Newcastle 2 Southampton 1 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Sunday’s win – Read HERE)
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