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Newcastle v Southampton

Saturday, 10th March 2018

Match Report 
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Højbjerg was one player who seemed to care, given his use of the word 'bugger' in his post match interview

Match Report

IBO Reporter : channonite

I really don't see much point in documenting this sorry apology of a performance from the Saints team, other than it seems it was ultimately the catalyst that pushed the Southampton board into actually firing Mauricio Pellegrino.

If you want, you can look at the team page here, by clicking the "teams" tab above, to see who was supposed to be playing. For reasons best known to themselves, the entire team had a stinker of a game. There were no redeeming moments at all. Only Højbjerg came out of this sorry mess with any credit and that was not for his performance on the pitch, but for loosing his self-control and swearing when interviewed after the match. At least one player actually cares then.

Conspiracy theorists will no doubt say that the firing of Pellegrino on the following Monday, was exactly what the players were trying to achieve. That might be going a step too far, although this was probably also the club's last chance to dispense with the services of one manager and hire another, with enough time to still get the points needed to survive in the Premier League for another season.

The outgoing Mauricio Pellegrino was statistically one of the worst managers the club has ever had and will be missed by few. A nice bloke? Yes sure, but a hopeless manager. We just have to hope that the club gets it right this time. If so, then this shameful day will have had a point.

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The answer is not up there mush. Just about the worst Southampton manager I can remember


12 Dubravka

22 Yedlin

6 Lascelles

20 Lejeune

3 Dummett

11 Ritchie

8 Shelvey (Merino 83')

10 Diamé

15 Kenedy (Atsu 78')

17 Pérez

9 Gayle (Joselu 69')


2 Clark

7 Murphy

19 Manquillo

21 Joselu

23 Merino

26 Darlow

30 Atsu


13 McCarthy

2 Cédric

5 Stephens - Booked 69'

6 Hoedt - Booked 48'

21 Bertrand

23 Højbjerg

18 Lemina (Sims 45')

16 Ward-Prowse

11 Tadić (Long 45')

22 Redmond

9 Carrillo (Gabbiadini 66')


7 Long

14 Romeu

19 Boufal

20 Gabbiadini

35 Bednarek

39 Sims

44 Forster

Season 2017-18

Sat 10th Mar 2018
Premier League

Newcastle 3

  • Kenedy 2', 29'
  • Ritchie 57'

Southampton 0

HT 2-0

Referee : Andre Marriner

Attendance : 52,246


  • Newcastle 37%
  • Southampton 63%


  • Newcastle 7
  • Southampton 6

Shots on Target

  • Newcastle 5
  • Southampton 2


  • Newcastle 2
  • Southampton 6


  • Newcastle 10
  • Southampton 10

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The normally excellent Cédric had a poor match