13.09.2014… Southampton (a)…

Southampton 4 Newcastle United 0

St. Mary’s Stadium… Saturday September 13th… 3pm

Attendance: 29,678

Ticket: £25 (Reciprocal Agreement) – Programme: £4

What can I say that hasn’t already been said…

Abject, woeful, shambolic, gutless, heartless, inept… All words  that could, and probably have, been used to describe this performance. The sight of Alan Pardew, welded to his seat, whispering instructions to the one man PR machine that is John Carver would have been laughable if it wasn’t so depressingly familiar.

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Outside Ikea, Yesterday…

The Match (Sort Of)…

At no point during the afternoon did we look capable of mounting an attack, let alone scoring a goal; and at no point during the afternoon did we look capable of even the most basic defending… 4-0 flattered us…

The players turned up in a coach with blacked out windows, disappeared into the ground, headphones in, without a word. They then proceeded to spend 90 minutes barely going through the motions before leaving the pitch at great speed with their heads down. One exception, a special mention has to go to Daryl Janmaat, he may have played as badly as his team mates but at least he had the decency to wander down and acknowledge the 2,500 travelling supporters at the final whistle (and encourage one or two of the younger stragglers to do the same)…

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The Riverside…? Can’t Be, Not Enough Empty Seats…

The Rest…

First trip to Southampton since 1998, St. Mary’s has replaced The Dell in the intervening period; I never saw us win there either but at least the place had some character. Like many modern grounds, St. Mary’s is utterly uninspiring, flanked by a railway line, industrial units and a gasometer. Neat and tidy and practical but lacking anything to distinguish it from any other new build, in fact, squint and you could be at the Riverside…

Always find at least one positive though; in this case, I managed to make it back to Southampton Central for the train back to Birmingham with time to spare, even taking into account the bottleneck on the bridges after leaving the ground. In fact I was back home in time for ‘Match of the Day’. Did I watch it? Of course not…

Southampton; Forster, Fonte, Bertrand, Alderweireld, Clyne, Davis, Cork (Gardos 89), Schneiderlin, Pellè, Long (Wanyama 45), Tadic (Ward-Prowse 67) Not Used; Davis, Yoshida, Mayuka, McQueen

Goals; Pellè (6, 19), Cork (54), Schneiderlin (90) 

Newcastle United; Krul, Coloccini, Williamson , Janmaat, Haidara, Anita (Tioté), Gouffran, Sissoko (Ameobi), Colback (YC), Cabella (Pérez Gutiérrez), Riviere Not Used; Elliot, Obertan, Taylor S, Armstrong

Goals; None

As usual, More pictures on flickr…

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