Match Thoughts: Southampton 2-2 Newcastle United

Premier League match-week 8 started with the much-anticipated clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Manchester United. Both teams had scored in each of their previous league games this season so naturally, it ended in a goalless draw. Elsewhere, the Premier League saw 28 goals scored in the other nine games as Manchester City thumped Stoke City 7-2, Tottenham Hotspur got their first league victory at Wembley thanks to Christian Erikson, Watford surprisingly beat Arsenal and Crystal Palace’s wait for a league goal ended as they surprised Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at Selhurst Park; coming out 2-1 winners.

Newcastle United lineup to face Southampton at St Mary's
Newcastle United lineup to face Southampton at St Mary’s

Newcastle United travelled to St Mary’s to play Southampton in the late Sunday kick-off (the third time in as many league games). Rafa Benitez made two changes to his starting 11 from that which drew 1-1 at home to Liverpool. Isaac Hayden replaced Mikel Merino who was on the bench having played for the Spanish U21 side in midweek and had signed for the club permanently. Florian Lejeune started alongside Jamaal Lascelles while Ciaran Clark was on the bench having featured for the Republic of Ireland during the International break. It was the Frenchman’s first start since the opening day of the season. read more

Newcastle United’s Premier League Return: Newcastle United 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur

This type of post is something new I am currently trialling with the blog. For each Newcastle first team this season I will provide a review of the game in terms of the negatives and what positives can be taken from the game alongside my monthly overview posts which I did for the most part of last season. If anyone does not like these posts or think I could do it in a different way then, by all means, leave me your opinion and I will consider them…

The same remains if you do not agree with anything I write, it is entirely open to debate and I would like to hear your views too.

Right, now that the formalities or housework out of the way, let’s begin.

Newcastle United marked their return to the Premier League by hosting Tottenham Hotspur in their opening game of the 2017/18 season. Mauricio Pochettino’s men finished 2nd in the Premier League last season behind champions Chelsea so minus the fact Newcastle won 5-1 the last time these two sides met and the 50,077 crowd, this was never going to be an easy task.

2Tottenham are still yet to sign a player this window so the starting 11 was one much familiar to last season with a couple of exceptions. Huge Lloris in goal with the back four in front of him consisting of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweild and Ben Davies who was playing in the absence of Danny Rose. Injury to Kierran trippier and the sale of Kyle Walker meant that Kyle Walker-Peters made his Premier League debut at right back. In the two lines of midfield; Moussa Dembele and Eric Dier were in the defensive layer with the attacking three being playmaker Christian Erikson, Delle Alli and on the right was quite surprisingly ex-Newcastle midfielder Mousa Sissoko who generated the chants ‘no-body wants Sissoko’ all afternoon. Talismanic striker Harry Kane started up front. read more