Venue: St. James’ Park, Newcastle.
Date: Sun 24th February, 2013.
Kick off: 1.30pm.
Referee: Chris Foy (Meeerseyside).
UK TV: None.
Hello, good afternoon and welcome to our latest “match banter” for this afternoon’s game at St James’ Park, which sees the Magpies pitted against the Saints of Southampton.
As you may recall, our last game against Southampton at their place was something of a dire performance, with Newcastle losing 2-0 to an Adam Lallana goal in the first half, with the coup de grâce performed by Gastón Ramírez an hour into the game. Here’s hoping that things are different this afternoon.
One thing that certainly will be different is that the Saints will be rolling up at St James’ park with a new manager this time, the highly talented young Argentinian coach, Mauricio Pochettino. For those of you who might fancy a bit of light reading in the run up to this game, I have already prepared a little primer on the new man at the helm at St Mary’s, and he could be a very tricky customer indeed.
Still on the subject of the new coach said of his opponents (us) in the run up to the game:
“We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.”
Meanwhile, our own Silver Supremo, Alan Pardew, an ex Southampton manager himself of course until he was sacked in in 2010 was keen to stress (just as he was before our last game against Southampton), that he wasn’t bitter at all about his sacking, making himself sound very bitter about his sacking at Southampton. He protested:
“Trust me, I want to win this game more than anyone. I’ve got a lot of friends who I love in Southampton. They were happy when they beat us, but we’re a little bit stronger this time. Hopefully, we’ll win.”
Continuing on his favourite subject (himself), he then attempted to use the club’s subsequent sacking of his somewhat superior silver Southampton successor, Nigel Adkins, to draw attention to the alleged injustice of his own sacking once again, saying:
“I’ve always had faith in my ability. I thought when I got the sack from Southampton it was unjust, and still to this day think that, like the manager who’s just gone – Adkins, if I’m honest. I ain’t bitter about it – it’s not going to eat me up – but I do want to win.”
As I mentioned in my other piece, Southampton have been looking dangerous under their new Argentinian manager with his fancy vertical passing game. He will try to press Newcastle United relentlessly and keep us pinned back in our own half, which isn’t what we want. He did it with Manchester City when he beat them 3-1, and though Manchester United just beat Southampton 2-1, old purple nose remarked that they the best team to play at Old Trafford this season. He hoping that we have a similar game this afternoon, ie a very good one with United ending up as the victors!
So anyway, I will take my leave soon, but not without my usual reminders that I shall be posting the team sheets for the match when they become available, along with some links where you can watch the game online. Finally, I will also be posting highlights, post match interviews and even a video of the whole match in the fullness of time so stay tuned!
Howay the lads!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot (G), Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (C), Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse.
Subs: Jak Alnwick (G), Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Vurnon Anita, Sylvain Marveaux, James Perch, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi.
Southampton (4-3-2-1): Artur Boruc (G), Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Steven Davis; Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana (C)
Subs: Kelvin Davies (G), Jose Fonte, Gaston Ramirez, Danny Fox, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Jason Puncheon.