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Watford v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 17:32:28
Good game. I thought Saints fought for the cause and gave it a good go in every challenge and played with a very high tempo. We should have killed the match in the second half with one or two of our best chances, but that didn´t happen, and then Watford scored in the last minute.
I honestly think we are save with that point, and I think we will get 7 poinst from our last 3 matches and end up with 44 points just below midtable.
Congratulations to Shane Long who immortalized himself with the fastest ever goal in the premier league. I will give him a new nickname, which is simply: Seven-Sixty-Seven (7.69).
WELL DONE SHANE <3.
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Watford v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 14:17:36
What-if aye?
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Watford v Southampton Your Report added by SaintPaulVW at 09:17:37
Great game to watch, we played really well for 90% of the game. A point away at Watford is worth having.

A bit frustrating that we just couldn't capitalise on all our other chances or hang on to our lead but yet again we seem to struggle for hold on to the ball and manage the game when we are trying to hang on to a lead. Enormous pressure on all the defenders not to make a single error. I'm sure the usual suspect will cop some undeserved flak for a mistake caused by effectively the whole team.

Shane Long now a positive pub quiz answer who ever would have thought!

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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by janecook at 19:15:27
What no Verdict after that dismal display at Newcastle or are you waiting till after the Watford game? I have noticed that when we lose it takes longer to produce.
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Derby County v Queens Park Rangers Your Report added by Geoff78 at 18:02:24
Well, how inevitable was that? Rs definitely deserved a draw and arguably, esp in the first half, were the better team. I thought Furlong was outstanding at the back and if only our passing and crossing in the final third had been better we could have comfortably won.

But, of course, the ref was bound to give a 'homer' penalty if he could. After all it is Frank Lampard's Derby. And then Joe's gaffe at the end was the icing on the cake... Or not - think that's the wrong metaphor. But we all want to see the youngsters play and if they do they will make dumb decisions from time to time.

But hats off to the team today. They were organised, knew what they were doing, pressed and tackled well. Why, oh why, can't they do it more consistently?
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 10:26:30
I suppose we would forgive him if he was a brilliant defender KriSaint!!

I wonder what our points per game ratio is when both Stephens and Yoshi are both in starting XI....

Jimmy Melia's point about whether we want Ings is a very important one for the summer.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 08:32:02
Something that has not really been highlighted yet in anyone´s post match analysis:
Yoshida´s significant tendency to miss BIG chances.
For crying out loud: We should have won 4-3! I seriously mean that.
There is a reason for bringing Yoshida all the way up and into the box every time we have a corner. He has been a pro for more than a decade and expectedly trained at least weekly on making an impact on dead balls / finishing in the opponent´s box..
He is supposed to:
1) win headers in the opponent´s box and direct at target (and not too close to the keeper), AND
2) win second balls and direct the bloody thing at target (and not too close to the keeper)

He does win a fair amount of headers and second balls in the opponent´s box,
BUT WHERE THE HELL IS THE END PRODUCT? It´s almost time wasting to bring him forward for corners and stuff like that.... :(
Bl**dy fr*strating.
(Though, admittedly, he had a rare assist to Longy against Wolves).
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by JimmyMeliaPhD at 20:28:46
I've said a few times on here that some of RH's selection decisions seem wrong--though it's true that, like yesterday, he often can use subs to rectify the problems he causes himself. And of course, some decisions get forced on him because of lack of squad quality. So yesterday, you're missing Valery and Vestergaard, so you have to play JWP out of position and have to field the ever woeful Jack Stephens. Up fron, Soms was probably the wrong choice (as Armstrong was at pains to demonstrate). And Ings is doing his best to make sure Long gets on the field from time to time. All our squad weaknesses were exposed today, in other words, and once that XI was named it was game over.
That said, Lemina had a good game, and I'm learning to appreciate Gunn.
A word abut Ings, though. As the season draws to a close, and assuming we stay up, we surely have to give some serious thought as to whether he should be bought. He scored a few, true. But he's easily injured and right now looks unfit. Unless something drastic happens to his form in the final games, his overall profile for the season won't be an argument for signing him.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by sidsaint at 14:45:40
Agree Ralph got his team selection wrong especially with Josh, although after last week you could understand why. I'm afraid he looked out of his depth. However his changes at half time were spot on and Armstrong and especially Lamina made a big difference in the second half. Can't understand why we had so many up for the corner when JWP was lucky not to get a red. Just like the Liverpool game there was no need to push so many forward for the corner.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 14:22:07
we are not very good against teams that are not very good saintjf
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by SanMarco at 13:38:16
We were at our worst in the first half - our one good CB was playing out of position and the whole thing was embarrassing. That was moderate, competent pressure from a lower-middle table side and we miserably failed to cope with it. Second half with 4 at the back we won the midfield and with a more potent attacking force we may have got a point or more. Yoshi was appalling (sorry - he was) and Stephens shouldn't have been playing, also JWP as right-back??

At least there will be absolutely no doubt in anyone's mind where we need to strengthen. I wonder how many points we have thrown away in recent seasons due to our poor purchases of defenders? Obviously a healthy goalscorer also needed...
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by saintjf at 10:31:51
We are staying up, we are staying up! We are making very hard work of it and may just need something from the Huddersfield game to survive. That was Newcastle we lost too. They are not very good either.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by SaintBrock at 09:57:01
Too many of our players thinking of the beach. Ralph's team selection all wrong again. Glad when this miserable season is over. Hard to pick a man of the match as nobody played well or as if they even cared about the outcome. Feel sorry for the 1700 who gave up their weekend to watch this dross.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by darthvader at 09:24:11
I did worry beforehand about playing jwp in that position . We looked lightweight.
At least we went for it in the second half played a lot better and could have nicked a point with a bit of luck and better finishing .
Rather lose 3-1 if we have at least had a go, than 2-0 damage limitation .
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by KriSaint at 23:25:03
Bad defending for the first 2 goals in a shitty first half performance by Saints, where we couldn´t get foot hold and keep the ball in the team.. Much better second half and - in particular - an inspirational second half performance by substitute and goal scorer Mario Lemina. We created good chances in the second half but couldn´t convert them.
On the whole a disappointing afternoon after 5 good matches with 3 wins and narrow defeats to Man. U. and Liverpool. Our 4 man midfield (PEH, Romeu, JWP and Bertrand) totally lost the midfield battle in the first half..
We missed Valery, JWP didn´t have a good game as RWB. We also missed Vestergaard who would have been a bigger task for Rondon than Stephens.
We should have decoded our opponent better beforehand and played Stephens as RB and played Lemina from the start with a very solid , physical midfield.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by Boris1977 at 22:59:11
4-4-2 v Newcastle from the first minute. We don't have the playing staff to understand anything but 4-4-4-2. Leave the experiments to pre season. Disappointed, but not surprised. Post season will bring a few new signings. Right?
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by janecook at 22:55:10
Total shambles. We missed Vestergaard today Stephens was useless.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by janecook at 22:55:01
Total shambles. We missed Vestergaard today Stephens was useless.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by codge at 22:43:29
Thought in the first half that It was going to be like last year there. Second half we finally showed up l thought Lemina was great along with Armstrong but to many others back to old ways especially JWP and thought Hojbjerg was way of his game getting caught with the ball to much.And why do we take for ever to take a throw in every game, Going forward in the first half was awful to watch the good news Ralph saw the problems and fixed it for the second half shame we started so bad.
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Newcastle United v Southampton Your Report added by vanmans at 22:37:46
AS soon as I saw that Stephens was in the starting line up I feared the worst. Sims is not ready to start games but should be used as a late sub. Against Watford we need to start Armstrong and Lemina and drop Prowse. Prowse has gone back to his old ways and has been bad in the last 3 games. You cant have a player in the team just incase you get a freekick just outside the penalty area.
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