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Saints outdone by single goal

premier-league St Mary's Stadium | Sat 07 Mar 3PM | Attendance: 30,096
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Saints vs NEW
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Saints vs NEW As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saint-Maximin breaks Saints' resistance with 79th-minute opener at St Mary's
  • Djenepo sent off in the 27th minute after his initial yellow card was upgraded to a red
  • McCarthy makes multiple saves in the first half to keep Saints on level terms
  • Saints' number one keeps out Ritchie's penalty on the stroke of half time 

FULL TIME: Southampton 0-1 Newcastle United

Saints have been beaten, but they gave it everything. The first-half dismissal of Moussa Djenepo ultimately proved crucial, as the hosts tired late on, allowing Newcastle to steal the points through Allan Saint-Maximin's 79th-minute winner. The second half was actually more even than the first, in which Alex McCarthy kept his team in the game with a flurry of saves, including a penalty stop.

90’

4️⃣ added minutes...

Keep going, lads! 💪

89’

Yellow Card for Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira (Newcastle United)

Joelinton is booked for kicking the ball away in a bid to waste time.

84’

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Sofiane Boufal

That was Boufal's last act. Obafemi has six minutes plus stoppage time to make an impact.

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83’

Boufal volleyed saved

The ball drops nicely for Boufal, but it's an ambitious effort from the Moroccan, who doesn't quite catch his volley as he'd like, and Dubravka saves comfortably.

Saint-Maximin makes the breakthrough

The winger pounces on some hesitant defending from Valery and beats McCarthy with a low shot via the inside of the post.

78’

GOAL

Allan Saint-Maximin (78’) | 0 1

78’

Newcastle United substitution: Sean Longstaff replaces Isaac Hayden

Third and final change for Newcastle, as Longstaff comes into the midfield.

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77’

Southampton substitution: Ché Adams replaces Shane Long

Long's race is run - a typically whole-hearted shift from the front man, who departs to a standing ovation. Is this Ché's moment? 🤞

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73’

Vicious strike from Long!

The ball sits up nicely and Long hits a rocket of a shot that almost knocks Dubravka back into his goal, but the keeper repels the danger and his team survive a scare.

72’

Newcastle United substitution: Valentino Lazaro replaces Javier Manquillo

A straight swap at right-back for the visitors, for whom Lazaro might offer some more attacking intent.

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2️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go...

Newcastle are starting to enjoy much more of the ball now, as Saints drop deeper. There will be some tired legs out there - Saints have been down to 10 men for more than 40 minutes now.

65’

Brilliant recovery from Bertrand!

The pacey Saint-Maximin looked to have got away, but back came the left-back to make a crucial tackle just in the nick of time.

61’

Newcastle United substitution: Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira replaces Matt Ritchie

It's two up front for Newcastle now, who must still fancy their chances against 10 men.

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59’

The home fans really playing their part here 👏

It's a raucous atmosphere at St Mary's - the Saints fans are revelling in the adversity of the big decisions in this game and dragging their team along with them. The players are responding, too.

56’

Yellow Card for Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United)

As cynical as it gets from Ritchie, who drags Højbjerg down after the skipper intercepts Shelvey's pass in midfield.

54’

Hayden heads wide

That's half a chance for the visitors, as Ritchie's inswinging corner is headed wide by Hayden at the near post.

53’

More encouragement for Saints...

Boufal's pass in behind for Bertrand is just fractionally overhit, as Saints players queued up for a cross, but there's enough to suggest there might be a goal in this for the depleted hosts.

50’

High and wide from Long

That might be Saints' best opening since being reduced to 10 men. Great work from Højbjerg, who feeds the ball through for Long, but the Irishman shoots wildly on the angle with Ings screaming for a cross.

48’

Ritchie tries his luck

The Newcastle man's shot is deflected over, and the visitors have the first corner of the second half. McCarthy comes out, dominates his box and claims it handsomely.

46’

The second half is under way

Can 10-man Saints dig deep to get something out of this game?

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 Newcastle United

What a surreal half. First things first, Saints are happy to be on level terms, but that barely tells the story. The game swung on the 27th-minute dismissal of Moussa Djenepo, whose yellow card for catching Isaac Hayden was upgraded to red after the referee consulted the pitch-side monitor. Then VAR intervened again to award Newcastle a penalty, but the outstanding Alex McCarthy kept it out.

+2’

Yellow Card for Javier Manquillo (Newcastle United)

Manquillo is booked for lunging in on Bertrand. Saints are incensed and want a red... will this one be checked? No.

44’

SAVED BY MCCARTHY!

It's another outstanding stop from the Saints keeper, who gets down low to his left to keep out Ritchie's driven spot-kick!

43’

Penalty to Newcastle 😠

Play has been brought back and Boufal has been penalised for handball! Saints are getting no luck from the officials today. It's ex-Portsmouth man Ritchie to take...

41’

Yellow Card for Federico Fernández (Newcastle United)

Fernandez is booked for holding back Boufal as Saints threatened to counter-attack following a Newcastle corner.

36’

Lascelles scores... but the flag is up

Ritchie's free-kick is volleyed home by Lascelles at the far post, but the flag goes up. "Check it" says the goalscorer, but replays confirm he was definitely offside.

35’

Another chance missed by Gayle...

Wasteful is an understatement for the Newcastle attack so far. Saint-Maximin gets to the byeline and cuts the ball back for Gayle, who looks certain to score, but steers the chance wide from six yards. A huge let-off.

31’

McCarthy rescues Saints again

The hosts need to find their focus again, because Gayle was left completely unmarked as he stooped to head goalwards from a right-wing cross. Thankfully, McCarthy is there to save his team again, and it remains 0-0.

29’

VAR Decision: Card upgrade for Southampton [Moussa Djenepo] was confirmed

He's off 😩 That's the end of Djenepo's afternoon and Saints are down to 10 men. The incident has been replayed on the big screen and the Saints fans are far from happy.

27’

Yellow Card for Moussa Djenepo (Southampton)

Djenepo overruns the ball and is late on Hayden as he tries to retrieve it. He goes into the book, but it looks like the referee is now going to check the incident on the pitch-side monitor...

25’

Valery tests Dubravka

That's the first save the Newcastle keeper has had to make - Valery makes up ground down the right-hand side, drifts infield and lets fly with his left foot. It's a well-struck shot, but too close to Dubravka, who makes a routine stop.

18’

Long bursts into the box

That was a chance for Saints, as Long gets himself into a great position, but fires his cross beyond Ings and Djenepo who are up in support. With a better final ball, that could've been the opener!

16’

The game has settled down...

It was a lively start at both ends, but now things have calmed down a bit. No surprise that two teams side by side in the table are cancelling each other out so far.

9’

Amazing reflexes from McCarthy! 😱

It's still all square here but only thanks to some absolute heroics from McCarthy, who makes a TRIPLE save to keep Newcastle out! First he denies Gayle, before somehow repelling two further chances for Almiron, all in the same phase of play. Brilliant goalkeeping 👏👏

4’

Djenepo goes close!

Boufal catches Rose napping and charges into the box. He cuts the ball back for Djenepo, who looks set to score, but Ritchie appears from nowhere with a fine last-ditch tackle to save his team.

3’

Early pressure from Saints 💪

Ward-Prowse whips in a dangerous free-kick headed behind for a corner, before Ings flicks on Bertrand's delivery, but it's deflected wide.

0’

We're under way at St Mary's!

The pre-match pleasantries are complete, albeit no handshakes this week, and Newcastle have got the action up and running. Come on, Saints! 

The teams are in the tunnel!

The countdown to kick-off continues here at St Mary's, where there's just five minutes to go...

14.55

2️⃣ away from 2️⃣0️⃣...

Is today the day Danny Ings takes his tally to 20 goals for the season? Our number nine is the winner of our key man poll with 39% of the vote!

14.43

Getting WARM 🌡

The players are warming up on the St Mary's pitch and we're inching closer to three o'clock...

14.38

Ready for action! 💪

Check out our footage of Saints arriving at St Mary's... there's less than half an hour to go until the big kick-off! ⏰

14.32
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: Who will be Saints' key man today?

SAINTS POLL: Who will be Saints' key man today?

The results so far:

  • Jack Stephens
    5%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    22%
  • Moussa Djenepo
    22%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    2%
  • Danny Ings
    39%
  • Shane Long
    10%

Yan's back! 🇫🇷

It's a first start for FOUR MONTHS for Yan Valery! Elsewhere, Moussa Djenepo and Danny Ings are back among the starters as Ralph Hasenhüttl makes three changes 👊

14.08

Newcastle team confirmed ⚫️⚪️

Starting XI: Dúbravka, Manquillo, Lascelles, Fernández, Rose, Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin, Almirón, Ritchie, Gayle.

Subs: Darlow, Schär, Yedlin, Bentaleb, S.Longstaff, Lazaro, Joelinton.

14.04

Southampton team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Boufal, Ings, Long.

Subs: Gunn, Vestergaard, Danso, Walker-Peters, Romeu, Obafemi, Adams.

14.00

the home form has been on our minds, but it's a chance to get back-to-back wins here and that's what we want to achieve."

ryan bertrand 
southampton defender
13.47

3️⃣0️⃣ minutes until team news! ⏳

Who would you like to see in the Saints starting line-up? We'll have team news at 2pm GMT!

13.31

Who remembers our last win over Newcastle? 🤩

Shane Long opened the scoring en route to a 3-1 victory at St Mary's in April 2016! Graziano Pellè and Victor Wanyama were also on target that day 😇

13.25

Thanks for voting in our poll! 🗳

Only 20% of you guessed correctly... the year of Matt Le Tissier's last-gasp equaliser as Saints rescued a point with two late goals was 1997! Well done if you were in the minority 👏

13.23

SAINTS is back! 📕

Strike duo Shane Long and Danny Ings are our cover stars, but what's inside issue 18 of the matchday programme? Find out here!

12.48

The lads are here! 👋

Our cameras were on hand to capture the players arriving at St Mary's to begin their matchday preparation! 📸

12.26

ALL you need to know... 🤓

Check out our Match Pack for all the important facts and stats ahead of the game, including top scorers, recent form and why St Mary's is an unhappy hunting ground for Newcastle manager Steve Bruce...

12.17
VOTE NOW
NAME THE YEAR: Trailing 2-0 to Newcastle at The Dell with two minutes to go, Saints salvage a draw, as Matt Le Tissier hits a last-gasp screamer... ��

NAME THE YEAR: Trailing 2-0 to Newcastle at The Dell with two minutes to go, Saints salvage a draw, as Matt Le Tissier hits a last-gasp screamer... ��

The results so far:

  • 1993
    10%
  • 1994
    20%
  • 1995
    30%
  • 1996
    0%
  • 1997
    20%
  • 1998
    20%

it's important to show a reaction from last weekend. it's a good sign that the intensity of the sessions has been high - it has to be, because it will be a difficult game."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
12.00

Hear from the boss! 🎙

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl previews today's game from his office at Staplewood...

11.58

♥️ BACK @ HOME ♥️

It's a return to St Mary's for Southampton, who host Newcastle United in the Premier League, as Ralph Hasenhüttl's men go in search of back-to-back home wins. It's 13th against 14th in the table, with the winners set to take a significant step towards retaining their top-flight status. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and free live commentary... Come On You Saints! 😇

11.57

Saints vs NEW Line Ups

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
43
Yan Valery
19
Sofiane Boufal
replace Michael Obafemi (85′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
12
Moussa Djenepo red card
16
James Ward-Prowse
7
Shane Long
replace Che Adams (77′)
9
Danny Ings
28
Angus Gunn
4
Jannik Vestergaard
14
Oriol Romeu
38
Kevin Danso
24
Kyle Walker-Peters
10
Che Adams
20
Michael Obafemi

Newcastle United

1
Martin Dubravka (GK)
18
Federico Fernández
19
Javier Manquillo yellow card
replace Valentino Lazaro (72′)
28
Danny Rose
6
Jamaal Lascelles (C)
11
Matt Ritchie yellow card
replace Joelinton (61′) yellow card
8
Jonjo Shelvey
10
Allan Saint-Maximin goal
14
Isaac Hayden
replace Sean Longstaff (79′)
24
Miguel Almirón
12
Dwight Gayle
36
Sean Longstaff
26
Karl Darlow
9
Joelinton
22
DeAndre Yedlin
42
Nabil Bentaleb
23
Valentino Lazaro
5
Fabian Schär

Saints vs NEW Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Newcastle United
  • Possession (%)
    38
    comparison angle
    62
  • Shots
    6
    comparison angle
    14
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    7
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    8
  • Passes Complete
    205
    comparison angle
    403

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Yan Valery
Yan Valery
chances created
Chances Created
2
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
passes completed
Passes Completed
31
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
tackles
Tackles
4
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
clearances
Clearances
8
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
saves
Saves
6
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy