Saints beaten by Newcastle late show

By SFC Media Sun 08 Dec Newcastle v Saints
Photo by Matt Watson | Danny Ings
Sun 08 Dec 2PM
Premier League
Newcastle United
2
Southampton
1
Shelvey [68'] Fernández [87']
Ings [52']
Shelvey (48')
Ward-Prowse (44') Højbjerg (62') Soares (67')
Referee: David Coote | Venue: St James' Park | Attendance: 42,303

Southampton suffered late heartache at Newcastle, as a second-half comeback from the hosts ended their unbeaten Premier League run and kept them in the bottom three.

Saints looked on course to complete a spectacular week after Danny Ings netted his 11th of the season to put them ahead shortly after half-time, but goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Federico Fernández meant the Magpies took the points.

Having picked up back-to-back wins, against Watford and Norwich, over the preceding week and extended their unbeaten run to three matches, Saints headed into the game with confidence, but they also began it back in the relegation zone following Everton’s win over Chelsea on Saturday.

They were up against a Newcastle side who were in good form themselves, having drawn against Manchester City and won at Sheffield United in their previous two outings – a pair of results that had taken them up to the comparative comfort of 11th in the table ahead of the match.

Unsurprisingly, Hasenhüttl kept faith with the side that beat Norwich 2-1 in midweek, with the only change in the entire matchday squad being Jannik Vestergaard replacing Kevin Danso on the substitutes’ bench.

His players made an assured start to the afternoon, moving and retaining the ball well in the opening stages, with Shane Long looking especially lively in attack.

Other than a threatening run from Allan Saint-Maximin into their own area, the first 15 minutes came with something of an air of comfort for Saints.

Nathan Redmond looks on at St James' Park (Photo: Matt Watson)

They had a golden opportunity to build upon that on 18 minutes, when Nathan Redmond pounced on a loose, in-field pass from Jetro Willems and raced through one-on-one with Martin Dúbravka, but the Newcastle keeper got a touch with his leg as Redmond attempted to slot it past him and the ball looped up and cleared the crossbar.

From the resulting corner, Dúbravka then denied Redmond again, as the ball ricocheted to him just inside the box, only for his well-hit shot that was arrowing towards the top corner to be palmed away.

Saints continued to probe away after that, but without carving out any further clear-cut opportunities as half-time approached.

They continued to be untroubled at the back, though, as Newcastle reached the interval without having given Alex McCarthy anything to worry about in the visitors’ goal.

James Ward-Prowse is brought down (Photo: Matt Watson)

Saints would have felt they should have taken a lead into the break, but any disappointment in that regard lasted only until the 52nd minute, as Ings fired them in front.

It was a terrible goal to concede from a Newcastle point of view, as a long ball out of defence from Jack Stephens was allowed to drift in behind their backline, with Ings by far the most alert, and he raced in, shifted the ball onto his right foot and sent it low across Dúbravka and into the far corner.

The strike made it five games in a row in which the forward has scored, with Ings having now bagged ten in his last 11 matches.

Danny Ings celebrates his 11th goal of the season (Photo: Matt Watson)

Saints could have doubled their lead almost immediately, as they broke away, with Shane Long feeding a pass to Cédric in space down the inside-right, but his well-hit shot was beaten away by Dúbravka.

Moussa Djenepo then headed wide at the near post from a James Ward-Prowse corner on 56 minutes, as Hasenhüttl’s side again went close to extending their advantage.

It all prompted a change from Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who sent Andy Carroll on in place of Joelinton just before the hour mark.

The substitution injected a bit of energy into the crowd and the hosts, and they finally produced a clear chance on 65 minutes when a cross from the left eluded McCarthy and fell to Javier Manquillo at the back post, only for Ryan Bertrand to make an excellent block to divert his angled shot to safety, with McCarthy scrambling back into position.

With Carroll on the pitch, Saints would have been wary of his threat, but it would have been the prospect of him getting on the end of crosses, rather than producing them, that would have been the cause of greatest concern.

Saints suffered late heartache at Newcastle (Photo: Matt Watson)

Yet, it was the imposing striker who turned out to be the provider for Newcastle’s equaliser, as he chased a loose ball to the corner and sent in a left-footed delivery that picked out Shelvey, who planted a header into the corner to make it 1-1 on 68 minutes.

Saints’ first substitution then followed, as Sofiane Boufal was sent on in place of Djenepo in the 73rd minute.

Almost immediately, they worked a glorious opportunity to make it 2-1, in what was a near-copy of their second goal in midweek against Norwich, as a Ward-Prowse corner was flicked on by Long to Bertrand, who was all alone inside the six-yard box, but he headed over as the ball flashed towards him. Had it gone in, though, there would have been a close look from VAR, with Bertrand potentially having been offside.

It looked as though the game was heading towards a draw, but Newcastle then took the lead for the first time in the game with only three minutes left on the clock.

Substitute Sean Longstaff tried his luck from distance, sending in a fierce low shot that McCarthy couldn’t hold, and the rebound fell kindly to Fernández, who finished high into the net to send Saints home without anything to show for what had been a largely impressive display.

It means Hasenhüttl’s side remain 18th, by virtue of goal difference, ahead of another big home game next Saturday, when they host West Ham.

Newcastle United

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    45
    55
  • Shots
    12
    19
  • Shots on target
    6
    4
  • Corners
    3
    12
  • Passes Complete
    233
    297

Newcastle United

1
Martin Dubravka (GK)
3
Paul Dummett
15
Jetro Willems
19
Javier Manquillo
2
Ciaran Clark
Fabian Schär (45′)
18
Federico Fernández
14
Isaac Hayden
8
Jonjo Shelvey (C)
24
Miguel Almirón
Sean Longstaff (85′)
10
Allan Saint-Maximin
9
Joelinton
Andy Carroll (59′)
26
Karl Darlow
7
Andy Carroll
12
Dwight Gayle
17
Emil Krafth
36
Sean Longstaff
5
Fabian Schär
30
Christian Atsu

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
5
Jack Stephens
2
Cédric Soares
35
Jan Bednarek
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
22
Nathan Redmond
12
Moussa Djenepo
Sofiane Boufal (73′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
9
Danny Ings
Che Adams (88′)
7
Shane Long
28
Angus Gunn
20
Michael Obafemi
4
Jannik Vestergaard
14
Oriol Romeu
3
Maya Yoshida
19
Sofiane Boufal
10
Che Adams
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