McCarthy: A tough one to take

By SFC Media time Sat 07 Mar Saints v Newcastle
Photo by Matt Watson | Alex McCarthy

Despite an impressive individual performance, Alex McCarthy was left deflated with the final result at St Mary’s, as 10-man Southampton conceded late to lose 1-0 at the hands of Newcastle United.

The hosts were reduced to 10 men just before the half-hour mark when Moussa Djenepo was dismissed – after a VAR review – for a challenge on Isaac Hayden.

Despite the setback, McCarthy produced a string of fine saves which culminated in a stunning penalty stop from Matt Ritchie’s attempt just before the break.

Battling to try and preserve at least a point, Saints were finally overcome in the 79th minute when Allan Saint-Maximin pounced to leave the home stopper frustrated.

“They had a lot of chances in the first-half, but we managed to come in at half-time at 0-0 and we were feeling good in the dressing room.

“We knew we were up against it but we were confident and in the second half they didn’t have any sort of clear cut chances.

“I was thinking we were going to get a point at least, and a clean sheet, so to concede late on was a hard one to take.

“You’re always going to be up against it when you’re down to 10 men, but I thought the lads put in an excellent shift. It’s gutting not to come away with anything.

“I want to play the best I can each week, so I got my head down this week, trained hard and knew I had to put in a good performance, but it’s gutting to come off without a clean sheet and at least a point.”

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