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Southampton fans comments very divided on Newcastle team and fans, plus 2 NUFC players they fear

2 years ago
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Southampton fans have seen a recent upturn in form.

After picking up only eight point in the opening 12 matches, the last three games have seen them bank another seven, which would have been nine if not for an Arsenal equaliser on 96 minutes at the Emirates.

After Saturday’s results though, they are back in the bottom three in eighteenth spot.

However, in this congested Premier League outside the very top and very bottom, a victory would see the Saints go only a point behind Newcastle who are currently eleventh.

Interesting to see what the Southampton fans are saying ahead of this match as they dream of improving on  record of one win at St James Park in the past 22 years.

There are mixed messages on both Newcastle supporters and the team, some impressed and others not so, some express their admiration for Steve Bruce, whilst Allan Saint-Maximin and Andy Carroll are the two players they appear to fear most.

Their mood is likely to be lifted when they find out neither of those are likely to start, with Andy Carroll having done a shift on Thursday night and his fitness not allowing him to repeat that so soon afterwards, whilst ASM was limping with an ankle injury after that win at Sheffield United.

Southampton fans comment via their Saints Web message board:

‘On a side note, does anyone else think Steve Bruce is a very underrated manager?

Does a solid, steady job wherever he goes just without achieving anything spectacular.’

‘I agree, good manager imo.

Want him to do well, just not with Newcastle, I don’t think their fans deserve him!’

‘Why not? They regularly have over 50,000 attendance (although down to “only” 46,000 this year).

Pretty impressive support for a team that wins fu.. all.’

‘We need to man mark the guy that runs the Newcastle midfield and always destroys us.

If we haven’t learnt by now to stop Shelvey then we will deserve and receive nothing.’

‘Just suddenly occurred to me that that fu..ing Andy Carroll is back at Newcastle, with his love for scoring against us.’

‘They are on form. A point will be good

I think we will set up as 442 and get swamped in midfield.’

‘On form? Not sure about that, they parked the bus at Sheff Utd, got a goal with pretty much their only shot and then got another very lucky one late on.

Their keeper was clear man of the match as well.

They had 27% possession and for about 70 minutes had a total of 2 shots on goal all game. This was against Sheff Utd, a promoted team, yet they played like they were facing Barcelona.

Most of their results have come from that style, I would presume at home their would be more pressure to actually leave their own half and try to win a game rather than not lose it.

At home they have not been great, they have drawn with Watford, lost to Arsenal (who are terrible away), drawn with Brighton, drawn with Wolves, beat Utd, drawn wit City and beat Bournemouth.

And they were quite lucky in some of games IMO, City battered them and should have won easily and generally they have been relying on some set pieces or long shots to get goals.

Considering we are better away from home than at home and they seem to only be able to play by parking the bus and are not great at home, could be an interesting game.’

‘Gotta watch out for Saint Maximin, he is full of pace and trickery. I can see him running rings around our defense.’

‘Well said and totally spot on.

Two important things in this game, We are one day fresher than them plus Andy Carroll is important for them.’

‘They are as garbage this season as they were last season and the one before.

And so are we.

They’ll win comfortably.’

‘I’d completely forgotten that the pony tailed whingeing horrible git was back at Newcastle.

Always scores against us, but can he manage 2 games in 4 days?

Cameo role off the bench as Newcastle go for a fightback?

Our midfield will need to track Shelvey who will be looking forward to adding to his collection of goals against us. If only we could roll out Matt Le Tiss in response.’

‘The one certainty is that Miguel Almiron, yet to score for Newcastle, will score.’

‘The “unplayable” Andy Carroll…. as in he’s always fu..ing injured.’

‘I’m very worried about Allan Saint Miximin running against our defence. He made the Man City defence look like Sunday league players last weekend.’

‘Playing positive IMO plays into their hands, pretty much all season they have been a park the bus and score from set pieces/long shots team, their forward 3 have (after last night) just 2 goals between them. They had some good counters against West Ham, but that is about it, they have threatened little from actual creating their own chances/breaking teams down.

I’d prefer us to keep a bit tighter earlier on, get the crowed bored and invite them on and counter them, see what their defence is made of when its not siting in it’s own box being screened by 3 DMs.’

‘They will fancy it, we need pace in the side to hit them on the break. Don’t change too much in a winning side though. Long should be keeping his place.’

‘Both him and Almiron look very dangerous on the break, but you’d think considering they are at home they are the ones that will be looking to break us down and we will be looking more for the counters.

Newcastle’s best performances have basically come from having little possession, defending deep and countering at pace, be interesting how they approach the game at home against a team they would be expected to beat.’

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