09.04.2016… Southampton (a)…

Southampton 3 Newcastle United 1

St. Mary’s Stadium… Saturday April 9th… 3pm

Attendance: 31,542

Ticket: £39 – Programme: £4

Reading through some of my recent rambles gives the impression that I’m a bit of a moan. I don’t want to be, it would be really refreshing to be able to find some positives but at present, they’re just not there…

Anyway, we managed to surpass ourselves this afternoon, absolutely shambolic. The first half display was our worst of the season, that’s a pretty special level of inept when you consider some of the rubbish that it was up against. I would love to be proved wrong but I get the impression that far too many of our players quite clearly couldn’t care less…

It’s that absolute certainty, less than five minutes into a game, that you have absolutely no chance of getting anything…

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First Half Action: 22m25s, 1-0 Down…

The match then, in as few words as possible…

The players had their customary huddle, the pretence of togetherness and fight. Five minutes later we were a goal down, by half time it was two; and it should have been a lot more.

Ten minutes into the second half and it was three, I then toyed with the idea of making an early exit to the station. Stuck with it to see Andros Townsend score a cracker, but it was never going to be anything more than a consolation. The final twenty five minutes drifted by, we lost…

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Second Half Action: One of Two Newcastle Corners…

If relegation wasn’t a certainty last week then it has to be now. I just can’t see how this rabble can gather themselves for the run in. Please prove me wrong…

Highlight of the day? Made it across New Street Station in less than two minutes to make my final connection. In doing so I think I may have expended more effort than our entire squad (Jamelle Lascelles excepted) had across the entire afternoon…

Southampton; Forster, Bertrand, Martina, Fonte, Van Dijk, Clasie (Romeu 77), Wanyama, Tadic (Rodriguez 84), Long (Ward-Prowse 60), Mane, Pelle

Not Used; Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin

Goals; Long (4), Pelle (38), Wanyama (55)

Newcastle United; Darlow, Anita, Mbemba, Taylor (Lascelles 46), Janmaat (De Jong 40), Townsend, Shelvey, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Perez (Cisse 70), Mitrovic

Not Used; Woodman, Dummett, Tiote, Obertan

Goals; Townsend (65)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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