Newcastle United vs Southampton match banter!

Posted on February 24th, 2013 | 109 Comments |

Newcastle United v Southampton.
The Saints are marching in!
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!

Team sheets.

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.

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109 Responses

  1. SJT, I’m sick of all this French this and French that, and I don’t even live in Newcastle!

    Apparently it’s friggin’ “French day” up there again?

  2. My kids,missus good food and ale, There are many things in life that give me great pleasure but please let us go back above the scum. HWTL

  3. Thought this would happen. Just because we won two games everyone went mental. Llambias talking shite to the paper about how great we are now, how brilliant Pardew is and how he wants him here for the next twenty years. We don’t even deserve to stay up looking at the home points we’ve lost and the teams that took them. We ain’t got a fckin clue going forward.

  4. Get rid of Ba and Cisse will bang them in they said on .co.uk. It was all Ba’s fault cisse cannot find the net Demba Da is scoring all of them instead of leaving some for Cisse

  5. We will keep the pressure on. But once we’re leading, no matter at what stage of the game, we’ll sit back and invite them on to us. That’s what usually happens anyway.

  6. Apart from the first five minutes when the Saints came at us like bats out of, well, Southampton, we have dominated the game. First goal an exact repeat of the one scored against Chelsea: Goofy whacks it in, Sissoko on hand to tap in the rebound. Expect the Saints to repeat their first half start.

  7. Cisse could score with his eyes closed.

    Impressed with Tiote this first half. He is everywhere and is finding his passing again.

    The future is bright, the future is black and white!

  8. Goal of the season contender! You lot are so negative cheer up you miserable lot. Recognise the potential.

  9. Tiote has played well finally. Perhaps he realises now that there is a more than suitable replacement in Anita. Hopefully Jonas will be the one who makes way for Ben Arfa’s return. Be a tragedy if Gouffran gets dropped. Wouldn’t surprise me though. Anita was for some reason.

  10. Simple-Tings says:
    February 24, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    “You lot are so negative cheer up you miserable lot.”

    We ARE being cheerful Simple-Tings. We are usually far more miserable than this.

  11. good save by elliot and his kicking is miles better than timmy’s but i worry about not having him in the net

  12. Phisix says:
    February 24, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    “Cant we swap Pards for Southampton manager?”

    I still want the Prince of Denmark, Phisix. But I’d even take the old Southampton manager.

  13. Clear hand ball, whatever the talking heads reckon.

    You can’t stick your arm out like superman in the penalty area then claim ‘ball to hand’ when the ref blows.

  14. Correct me if i’m wrong but isn’t this the 1st time we’ve ever scored more than 3 goals in a game since Pardew became manager ?

  15. Paulos we beat forest 4-3 in Et last season thats all i remember. The longest in the shower lovenkranda and colo scored. Apart from that i think your right.

  16. Before the last four games I was only confident of thirteen points fromthe rest of the season and hoped that the other teams below us would be more shit than us but nine from twelve we are looking up rather than down lets give cisse and pardew double length contracts.
    Sissoko is fkn immense but lets not get too attached to him because world class players end up at world class clubs

  17. fknn hell worky I live in barnsley now and apart from on the phone to my brother i havent heard the phrase hadaway and shite for years, you have made my day, lmfao,and we are above the scum. HAPPY FKN DAYS.

  18. sammy d says:
    February 24, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    “fknn hell worky I live in barnsley now and apart from on the phone to my brother i havent heard the phrase hadaway and shite for years”

    Sammy, I’ve lived in London since the early ‘nineties and I sound more like Noel Coward than Jimmy Nail really. ;-)

  19. Had to wait for the tape delayed game here, so a bit late in posting.
    Not a bad game, though i believe we were the better team and deserved the win.
    Reading some of the above posts, it would’nt be difficult to convince many that we are on our way to winning the FA cup and the league, next season.

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