Yesterday, Newcastle put in one of their best performances of the season to beat relegation rivals Southampton in a six-pointer.
Newcastle started the game as well as they could possibly hope. Shelvey chipped the ball over the defence, Kenedy turned his man with a silky chest touch and slotted it past the keeper. 65 seconds in and Newcastle were ahead in a crucial match. Around 15 minutes later, Newcastle were back on the prowl when Diame won the ball in a dangerous area and slipped it into Gayle. However, Gayle shot straight at the keeper and squaring it to Perez was probably the better idea. Southampton had a decent attack when Redmond tried a low cross into the box which Lejeune managed to clear for a corner. From that corner, the ball came to Lemina who was just outside the area but slipped and set Perez away, the Spaniard made a good run and passed to Gayle, Gayle squared it to Kenedy who tapped in to double score. Newcastle went into half time 2-0 up and firmly in control of the match.
Newcastle’s first chance of the half came less than 10 minutes in when Perez just headed a corner over, not bad for probably the smallest player on the pitch. The final nail in the coffin came just before 60 minutes. Shelvey finds Ritchie in acres of space who curls home a venomous shot from just outside the box. Topped off with him booting the corner flag, standard procedure. Southampton’s first shot on target came when Carillo had a shot but Dubravka got a strong hand to it. Wesley Hoedt almost put the ball in his own net to add to the misery. The match ended 3-0 to Newcastle, a fantastic performance in a very important match.
Everything that could possibly go right for Newcastle did. Because of other results, Newcastle are now five points clear of relegation and have put themselves in a great spot for safety. However, if I was a Southampton fan, I would be very nervous. To have Southampton’s squad and be completely outclassed by Newcastle is quite worrying, take nothing away from Newcastle’s performance though.