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Saints lose dramatic clash to Newcastle

premier-league St James' Park | Sat 06 Feb 3PM | Attendance: 0
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NEW vs SOU
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NEW vs SOU As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints beaten by Newcastle, who finish the game with nine men
  • Minamino scores on his debut; Ward-Prowse fires in sumptuous free-kick
  • Willock, Bednarek own goal and Almiron for Newcastle, who led 2-0 and 3-1 in first half
  • Hendrick sent off early in second period; Schar departs injured with all three subs made

if you concede the goals we conceded, this is not the way to succeed. we must find quick the way to better defending - if you don't do this, it's tough to win games."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
17.21

Our report from St James' Park

A crazy afternoon in the north east, where Saints pushed and pushed but could not find a third goal. Here's our match report on the action.

FULL TIME: Newcastle United 3-2 Southampton

It's all over at St James' Park The damage was done in a first half in which the home team led 2-0 and 3-1, with Takumi Minamino on target for Saints on his debut. James Ward-Prowse pulled another goal back from a brilliant free-kick early in the second period, before Jeff Hendrick was sent off and Fabian Schar left the field injured, but nine-man Newcastle held on for victory.

+5’

Ward-Prowse's cross is overhit

It goes beyond everyone in the box and behind for a goal kick. There's 60 seconds left.

+2’

Over from Vestergaard

The ball drops his way again in the box, but a crucial touch from a defender ensures the chance flies over.

90’

6️⃣ added minutes...

Can Saints find an equaliser?

89’

Newcastle survive a scramble

Redmond's low cross reaches Vestergaard, who is denied by some last-ditch defending, before Ings sees a shot cleared off the line. Saints doing everything but score.

86’

Adams shoots over

The ball breaks on the edge of the box, but Adams snatches at it and fires over the bar from 20 yards. Ward-Prowse wanted him to leave it for him.

81’

Southampton substitution: Dan Nlundulu replaces Jack Stephens

Hasenhüttl has wasted no time in sacrificing a defender. Nlundulu is on.

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80’

Schar goes off

That's it for the defender - his game is over. Newcastle are into the final 10 minutes of normal time playing with a 4-4-0 formation.

78’

Schar now injured...

Newcastle have already made all three substitutions, and now the stretcher is on for Schar. If he has to go off, the hosts will have to finish this game with nine men.

73’

Yellow Card for Jan Bednarek (Southampton)

Almiron pushes the ball past Bednarek, who blocks him off and gets a yellow card for his troubles. Free-kick in shooting range for Newcastle.

70’

Bertrand nearly picks out Adams

Ings takes a quick throw-in to catch out Newcastle, setting Bertrand away, whose cross is inches away from the sliding Adams.

67’

Newcastle United substitution: Paul Dummett replaces Allan Saint-Maximin

Third and final change for Steve Bruce. It's a back five for the home team now, who are determined to hang on to this.

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66’

Adams goal ruled out

Redmond pokes the ball through for Ings, who is denied by Darlow before the ball runs loose for Adams to tap in. But again the flag is up - Ings was offside in the build-up.

65’

Ings hits the post!

Saints are pushing hard now. Adams plays the ball wide for Redmond, whose cutback is hit first time by Ings, who curls the ball away from Darlow, but it bounces out off the far post and into the grateful grasp of the goalkeeper.

56’

Rain wreaking havoc 🌧

That pitch is sodden - at times the ball is struggling to roll properly. Torrential conditions that could play a part in the final outcome.

54’

Vestergaard denied an equaliser!

So close! Another Ward-Prowse set-piece causes more problems - this time a corner from the left that's met by Vestergaard, who is denied by a point-blank save from Darlow.

50’

Red Card for Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United)

It's a second yellow card for Hendrick and he's off! He pulled back Minamino as Saints tried to break.

GOALSCORER 8 James Ward-Prowse

What a free-kick!

I know we've come to expect great things from the skipper, but even by his standards that is SPECIAL! He sends a 30-yard free-kick bending away from Darlow and flying into the top corner!

47’

GOOOAL!!!

James Ward-Prowse (47’) | 3 2

46’

Shelvey threatens a fourth

Willock picks out Shelvey, but the midfielder opens his foot out too far and slices his shot wide of the far post. That was a very presentable opportunity.

45’

We're back under way at St James' Park

A big second half needed.

HALF-TIME: Newcastle United 3-1 Southampton

An eventful half at St James' Park, where Saints have shot themselves in the foot right on the stroke of half-time. Joe Willock and a Jan Bednarek own goal fired the hosts 2-0 up, before Takumi Minamino got one back on his debut with a stunning strike into the roof of the net. But Miguel Almiron added Newcastle's third after some sloppy play from the visitors, restoring United's two-goal cushion.

Almiron makes it three

That's a huge kick in the teeth for Saints. Right at the end of the half McCarthy's pass to Bertrand is pounced upon by Almiron, who races through to score. Painfully avoidable.

+3’

GOAL

Miguel Almirón (+3’) | 3 1

+2’

Yellow Card for Emil Krafth (Newcastle United)

Krafth brings down Bertrand in full flight. Saints finishing the half on top.

+1’

4️⃣ added minutes...

We're into stoppage time. Injuries to Manquillo and Wilson mean there's plenty of life left in this half yet, as Saints win a corner.

45’

Bertrand shoots over

It's a nicely worked free-kick from Saints, as Ward-Prowse fakes to deliver a cross but instead pulls the ball back for the onrushing Bertrand, who fires high into the stands. It deserved a better finish.

37’

Willock kept out by McCarthy

That was a peculiar attempt - a skewed cross by Willock that forces McCarthy to make a flying save. It would have been a total fluke had it gone in.

36’

Newcastle United substitution: Joelinton Cássio Apolinário de Lira replaces Callum Wilson

That's the second change Steve Bruce has been forced to make already, as his talisman departs.

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34’

Wilson in trouble?

The striker is off the field receiving treatment. Newcastle will be desperate for him to be fit to continue.

GOALSCORER 19 Takumi Minamino

One back for Saints!

What a finish on his debut! Bertrand plays the ball inside for Minamino, who takes the ball brilliantly in his stride and dispatches an unerring shot into the roof of the net. Game on!

30’

GOOOAL!!!

Takumi Minamino (30’) | 2 1

27’

Newcastle double their lead

Just as Saints were enjoying their best spell of the game, Saint-Maximin lays the ball back for Almiron, whose driven shot deflects in off the unfortunate Bednarek.

26’

OWN GOAL

Jan Bednarek (26’) | 2 0

26’

Ings goes close again

This time it's a cross from the left by Bertrand that flicks up off a defender kindly for Ings, but he can't generate any power on his header, which is easily saved.

25’

Great chance for Ings 😩

Lovely build-up play as Adams finds Ings in the box, who goes through on goal but the angle tightens on him, and ultimately his low shot is blocked by Darlow.

23’

Newcastle United substitution: Emil Krafth replaces Javier Manquillo

It's an enforced change for the home team - a straight swap at right-back.

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21’

Manquillo hobbling

Newcastle are already stretched by injuries, but right-back Manquillo might be unable to continue here. He's now down receiving treatment.

Willock steers Newcastle in front

Not the start Saints wanted. Saint-Maximin races in behind and cuts the ball back from the left for the onrushing Willock, who slots home from the centre of the penalty area.

15’

GOAL

Joseph Willock (15’) | 1 0

14’

McCarthy punches clear

Dominant goalkeeping from Saints' No 1, who flies off his line to meet a Shelvey free-kick with an authoritative punch.

13’

Better from Saints...

That was an encouraging attack, as Stephens clips the ball into Ings, who chests down for Adams to burst into the box and appeal for a penalty, but the flag is up against his strike partner in the build-up.

11’

Yellow Card for Jeff Hendrick (Newcastle United)

A lunging tackle on Minamino warrants the first card of the game.

9’

Wilson denied by the flag

Shelvey sends a piercing through ball in behind the defence, where Wilson is waiting and runs through to score, but the offside flag prevents the hosts from opening the scoring.

7’

Wilson scuffs his shot

First chance for Newcastle's top scorer, as debutant Willock nods the ball down in the box, but Wilson doesn't make a firm connection and Saints escape.

6’

Saints all in red 🔴🔴🔴

It's red shirts, red shorts and red socks for Saints today. Newcastle are in their traditional black and white stripes.

4’

First involvement for Vestergaard

The Great Dane is in the right place to tidy up and win a foul from Wilson that relieves some early pressure on the visiting defence.

0’

We're under way!

The action is up and running at St James' Park...

we have a few more options, which is important to work on our game plan. hopefully we show a good reaction today - i think it's necessary. we are still a team that has 29 points so far, so we must show our other face."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
14.55

when you're without your best players, it becomes a bit of a struggle. today, all the players we've lost are all defenders, so we're a little bit short in that department, but we've got to get on with it."

steve bruce
newcastle manager
14.52

Our newest debutant! 🇯🇵

Takumi Minamino is in from the start this afternoon... how excited are you for his Saints debut?

14.49

Warm-ups complete 🌡

The players have been completing their pre-match prep on the pitch in front of us...

14.48

A lot of love for the skipper ❤️

James Ward-Prowse tops today's key man poll! We're 15 minutes away from kick-off...

14.45

Who remembers this guy? 🇳🇱

We can't see St James' Park without thinking of Eljero Elia! The Dutchman scored both goals the last time Saints tasted victory on Tyneside, back in January 2015.

14.23
VOTE NOW
POLL: You've seen the teams - who will be our key man today?

POLL: You've seen the teams - who will be our key man today?

The results so far:

  • Jannik Vestergaard
    22%
  • Oriol Romeu
    22%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    24%
  • Takumi Minamino
    19%
  • Nathan Redmond
    2%
  • Danny Ings
    12%

4️⃣ changes for Saints...

It's good news for Ralph Hasenhüttl, who is able to welcome back Jannik Vestergaard and Oriol Romeu to his starting line-up. Kyle Walker-Peters remains sidelined, so Jack Stephens looks set to shift across to right-back. Elsewhere, there's a debut for Takumi Minamino, while Nathan Redmond also comes into the side. Kayne Ramsay, Alex Jankewitz, Stuart Armstrong and Moussa Djenepo drop out.

14.09

Newcastle team confirmed

Starting XI: Darlow, Manquillo, Schar, Hayden, Lewis, Hendrick, Shelvey, Willock, Almiron, Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

Subs: Dubravka, Krafth, Anderson, Dummett, Ritchie, Fraser, Joelinton, Carroll, Gayle.

14.00

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED 😇

Starting XI: McCarthy, Stephens, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Minamino, Adams, Ings.

Subs: Forster, Salisu, Ramsay, Finnigan, Chauke, Watts, Djenepo, Tella, Nlundulu.

14.00

especially in the moment where you don't have them very close to you physically, it's important to know they are still there and are still watching you and that you still emotionalise them with what you're doing. it's important to know they are there, because this is the most important reason that you do it, to make them happy, to give them enjoyment."

ralph hasenhüttl
on messages of support from saints fans
13.51

Thank you for believing, Saints fans!

Our first poll of the day has produced an overwhelmingly positive response! A massive 77% of you think Saints will bounce back with three points today 🙌

13.42

3️⃣0️⃣ minutes until team news...

We'll bring you both starting line-ups from 2pm GMT sharp! Who are you hoping to see return from injury today?

13.31

Last time against the Toon 💭

It was a night to remember for Southampton supporters back in November, as this 2-0 victory over Newcastle propelled Saints to the Premier League summit for the first time ever,

13.09

A contrast of styles...

Sam Tighe has been taking his usual tactical look at today's game, dissecting the instructions from the two managers, and what Saints need to do to return to winning ways. Check out his latest Tactical Watch column here.

13.04

Get clued up 🤓

Check out our detailed Match Pack for all the key facts and stats as we countdown to kick-off at St James' Park.

12.51

A new arrival! 🤩

Another boost to the Saints squad has been the arrival of deadline-day signing Takumi Minamino. The Japan international, on loan from Liverpool, has been training with the squad this week and could make his debut today...

12.30

Look who's back! 🇩🇰

It's been seven weeks since Jannik Vestergaard last featured in the first-team, but the big defender is back from injury and expected to be in the squad today!

12.28

Putting the work in at Staplewood 📸

Check out some of our photos from the training pitch, where the players have been preparing for today's game.

12.25
VOTE NOW
POLL: What's your matchday mood?

POLL: What's your matchday mood?

The results so far:

  • We will bounce back with a win! 
    77%
  • Let's stop the rot with a draw 
    13%
  • Struggling to feel positive at the moment 
    10%
Southampton FC

❤️ M A T C H D A Y 🤍 #saintsfc

11.55

IT'S NEVER NICE IF YOU LOSE LIKE THIS... I MUST SAY A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WERE SUPPORTING US AFTER THIS GAME, about HOW WE GOT PUNISHED IN SOME MOMENTS. we don't let this game have such an affect on this season that it stops us playing good football."

ralph hasenhüttl
on bouncing back from defeat in midweek
11.54

Time to put things right 👊

Hear from Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl, who has been discussing how his side must move forward after a difficult week.

11.49

Back to work 💪

It's back to Premier League action for Southampton today, with the chance to bounce back from a painful midweek result at Old Trafford. Saints are in 12th, four places and seven points ahead of hosts Newcastle United. Is this the day Ralph Hasenhüttl tastes victory at St James' Park for the first time? Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, match updates and live commentary!

11.46

NEW vs SOU Line Ups

Newcastle United

26
Karl Darlow (GK) yellow card
14
Isaac Hayden
15
Jamal Lewis
19
Javier Manquillo
replace Emil Krafth (24′) yellow card
5
Fabian Schär
16
Jeff Hendrick red card
8
Jonjo Shelvey (C)
28
Joseph Willock goal
24
Miguel Almirón goal goal
10
Allan Saint-Maximin
replace Paul Dummett (67′)
13
Callum Wilson
replace Joelinton (36′)
21
Ryan Fraser
7
Andy Carroll
57
Elliot Anderson
11
Matt Ritchie
12
Dwight Gayle
9
Joelinton
3
Paul Dummett
1
Martin Dubravka
17
Emil Krafth

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
35
Jan Bednarek yellow card
3
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
replace Daniel N'Lundulu (81′)
4
Jannik Vestergaard
8
James Ward-Prowse (C) goal
6
Oriol Romeu
11
Nathan Redmond
19
Takumi Minamino goal
10
Che Adams
9
Danny Ings
23
Nathan Tella
65
Caleb Watts
40
Daniel N'Lundulu
72
Kgaogelo Chauke
52
Ryan Finnigan
12
Moussa Djenepo
44
Fraser Forster
22
Mohammed Salisu
31
Kayne Ramsay

NEW vs SOU Match Stats

Newcastle United

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    26
    comparison angle
    74
  • Shots
    6
    comparison angle
    14
  • Shots on target
    4
    comparison angle
    5
  • Corners
    0
    comparison angle
    7
  • Passes Complete
    128
    comparison angle
    514

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
shots on target
Shots On Target
2
Danny Ings
Danny Ings
chances created
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
94
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
tackles
Tackles
3
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
clearances
Clearances
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy
saves
Saves
1
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy