MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2, St James’ Park, 17/Jan/15, KO: 5:30pm, Premier League. Att: 49,307

by • January 18, 2015 • Match reportsComments (15)988

John Carver’s unimpressive reign continued with another loss against a superior CarverSotonSouthampton side in a cold and largely dull afternoon at SJP.   Williamson was, thank God, dropped to the bench with Haidara coming in it at full back and Dummett moving into the middle but that was the only change from Chelsea although our first half performance lacked the drive evident at Stamford Bridge.

A low key opening to the game saw us fall behind to the first real chance of the game after quarter of an hour and it was a poor goal to concede defensively.  Pelle, a thorn in our side throughout held the ball up for Ward-Prowse and his pass put Elia through.  Janmaat should have done far more to hold him off and his snap shot beat Krul low to put them ahead.  Elia looked sharp all afternoon – to be honest, I’d never even heard of him before today – but we laboured badly against the two front men all afternoon and with the atmosphere flat, we feared a long afternoon ahead.

We could have been two down after some poor marking from a free kick allowed Fonte a free header which he could have done better from and it was difficult to see us fashioning a chance before we were reprieved with a comedy equaliser.  An aimless ball seemed to be heading through to Forster in their net before the otherwise solid Gardos decided to slice a clearance against the oblivious Gouffran, who deflected past the helpless keeper.  It was as lucky a goal as we’ve scored in years and it almost spurred us on to take the lead shortly after when Perez attempted an outrageous volley from a Cabella through ball but we went in level.

If the first half was fairly low key, the second was virtually catatonic and you always had the sense that the visitors were calmer and more composed in possession.  One feature of our attacking ‘threat’ in the first half had been Sissoko powering through players but he quietened after the break and the visitors took control of the centre of the park, with youngster Reed looking impressive and our approach play increasingly featured the all too common long ball to poor Perez against two giant defenders.  Elia got his second to put them back ahead with poor defending again to the fore.  Another fairly hopeful ball wasn’t dealt with and Elia was gifted with a chance in front of goal which he gratefully snapped up to restore their lead.

Carver brought on Sammy and Riviere for the wretched Anita and Gouffran (who had actually been better than for most of the last 18 months) but in pushing Perez out wide, the formation barely looked any more attacking.  A string of corners led to probably our best chance to equalise when Dummett glanced a free header wide from six yards out when it looked easier to score.  Williamson then replaced Dummett late on and we tried to throw bodies in the box but the nearest we came was a penalty shout when the ball was fired against Fonte’s hand in the box.  In real time, I didn’t think it was, seeing it again on MOTD it was nailed on but overall, we were deserving of a point at best, having barely tested the visitors goal and not for the first time at home this season.  I was impressed by them – I thought Clyne was outstanding and having completely dismissed them for a European place before the game, I now think they’ve got a real chance.  As for us…

Apathy, rather than anger was the overriding emotion but my main concern is exactly where we are going to scrape the 11-12 points we’ll need for survival.  We’ll certainly play worse sides than the patchwork Saints team we faced today, but let’s not beat about the bush, we are collectively piss poor and look horribly short in all key areas.  Our next two games against Hull and Stoke will dictate where we are going to end up this season and without at least a win from those two games, especially with the current incumbents in charge, I fear we have got a major struggle on our hands.  It all has the slight air of resignation about it at SJP these days aswell, doesn’t it?

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United – Krul 5, Janmaat 5, Dummett 5 (Williamson n/a), Coloccini 5, HAIDARA 7, Gouffran 6 (Sammy 5), Colback 4, Anita 3 (Riviere 5), Sissoko 7, Cabella 4, Perez 5

Ref – Madley 6 –  Funnily enough, I thought he was actually pretty good until about the last ten minutes when he seemed to lose the plot

Our Fans – 3 – Cold, miserable and as quiet/defeated as they have been all season

Their Fans – 5 – Credit to the ones that came.  Third, though but?

GARETH HARRISON – Follow Gareth on @truefaith1892 

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15 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 1 Southampton 2, St James’ Park, 17/Jan/15, KO: 5:30pm, Premier League. Att: 49,307

  1. Mark Solomon says:

    The fact that Southampton were missing quite a few of their first team and still managed to beat us says it all. I thought we were good in the first half but then a few players, Sissoko in particular, became anonymous in the second.

    Having Perez up front by himself and having to compete in the air against their 6ft-plus defenders was never going to work – put the ball at the kid’s feet, you’ve seen what he can do when he’s on the ball!! Thought Haidara had a great game while Janmaat had a rare off day.

    Why couldn’t we play the vast majority of the game with the same drive as we did in the last 10min. It’s almost as like everyone suddenly thought, “Oh crap, we’re losing, best start picking up the pace and try to score a goal.”

  2. mike says:

    Clueless……..Tactics? horrible.Saints had a game plan it worked. We dont. Simple. We are a laughing stock, and look how poor Pard is getting on after getting away from those horrible Geordies that expect too much.

  3. STEPHEN says:

    Its almost 3 weeks now, they have not got a fucking clue.

    Koeman, that’s how to be a football manager / coach.

    Carver, shouting at a visiting player on the floor from his technical area acting all hard. That’s all he’s got to offer, neanderthal coach, See Koeman ? no reaction, stayed cool even when Carver turned to him waving his arms about and that.

    Sissoko, disappeared again. Plays the first 20 mins then the last 5 mins

    We should have had a penalty, ha ha ! that might have made it 2-2 eh ! big fucking deal.
    Absolute shite.

    Southampton, go on ! good luck to them, a club with purpose.

  4. Bob says:

    Thought a 5 for Perez is a bit harsh. He’a cut above and I thought he played vey well for what he was given and never gives up. At least he challenged for the balls in the air knowing full well he had no chance.If he had the likes of Pelle alongside him just think…….

  5. billmolyneux says:

    A repeat of last seasons farce,the sooner Carver is replaced the better.Why do these fans put up with this dross season after season,Ashley is killing our club!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Saintsalive says:

    Fairly honest summation of the match. You have a little dig at us Saints fans but that was our 3rd away match in a week over 1400 miles round trips and not everyone one is in my position of being able to afford to go to all three. Considering Newcastle being the furthest then I not surprised numbers were down.

    • Gareth Harrison says:

      Yep, fair enough and the kick off time was a shocker for your lot. You’ll have a lot further trips next season based on that performance – enjoy it.

  7. Saved says:

    I have to save I sat through the entire second half wondering what I was doing there. I fear that’s it for me, don’t think I will be renewing my season ticket, I just felt that the club is taking the piss. No tactics, Cabella sitting on the floor after a fowl, with his hands up and the game going on around him, footballer? Fucking pathetic. Think it may be time to go and watch Gateshead. No heart, no soul, no tactics, why bother?

    • Pat Hughes says:

      A few of us felt the same about renewing and discussed how much we spend in total and what we could do with the money in our pockets and not FMA’s. That’s it for me, sick of being treated like a lowly, unimportant peasant

  8. STEPHEN says:

    Uproar from the masses because we didn’t get a penalty. Hands up those who think our penalty taker would have beaten Fraser Forster.

  9. Niall Fleming says:

    I think you have been generous in your player marking except with Perez, who I would have given a 7. Janmaat got stick in the press but a lot of that was a direct result of a Colo shocker, I think Colo was a 2 or 3. Sissoko wasn’t worth 7. In other circumstances I would cash in at £12m and think, good business.

    I see Colo has stayed behind for personal reasons, which may explain his recent form.

    Then I ask myself how the same players would perform if working with a good coach like Sean Dyche.

    Then I ask myself if we have sunk so low that we cannot even attract a guy with half a season’s premier league experience.

    Hats off to Southampton, a set up that we can only envy, with half our potential support.

  10. Hoglan says:

    Am I the only one who didn’t think the NUFC performance was that bad?

    Gouffran and Dummett missed absolute sitters inside the six yard area, we had a decent shout for a penalty turned down. When we didn’t resort to hoofing it up to Perez we actually put some alright stuff together.

  11. Paul smith says:

    Having watched this game I am of the opinion, and I’m not saying this for a laugh I genuinely believe it, that Jose mourinho’s cow would be more use than vurnon Anita. In fact I’d say a life size cow made out of papier-mâché would be more use. So next time “wonder scout” graham Carr finds us a Dutch master midfielder mike Ashley should keep his £7.8m and buy a cow.

  12. Jonny Angus says:

    I agree with Hoglan, I thought it was an entertaining game with a team on a bad losing streak playing well against a team with a real chance of making the Champions League. We had more shots, looked decent on the ball, didn’t give Southampton many opportunities, had a penalty decision go against us and missed a couple of sitters. I think the last couple of games have been far more entertaining than anything under Pardew in the last two years. Sometimes it’s hard to see the positives of the football with what’s going on off the pitch.

    • Gareth Harrison says:

      One real shot on target from us, easily saved – aye, it was edge of the seat stuff alright.