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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…

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…