Newcastle 3-2 Southampton: Thriller sees debutants Joe Willock and Takumi Minamino score, a Jan Bednarek own-goal, a James Ward-Prowse stunner AND a red card for Jeff Hendrick, with Miguel Almiron also among the goals as Magpies finish with nine men
- Debutant Joe Willock put Newcastle ahead before a Jan Bednarek own goal
- Takumi Minamino, also on debut, pulled one back but Miguel Almiron scored
- James Ward-Prowse then scored a great free-kick before Jeff Hendrick saw red
- Newcastle went down to nine men for 17 minutes after Fabian Schar was injured
Southampton conceded nine goals on Tuesday and could not salvage a point against nine men here.
It has been a bad week for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side and this was the club’s fifth consecutive Premier League defeat for the first time in 23 years.
To think, they went top of the table when winning the reverse fixture in November.
Newcastle took the lead through debutant Joe Willock (middle), on loan from Arsenal
Newcastle made it 2-0 after Jan Bednarek scored a wicked own goal through a deflection
But that feels a long time ago now after a 9-0 drubbing at Manchester United in the week and an error-strewn loss on a bog of a pitch at Newcastle.
Frogs in a box are comparatively sane compared to this bonkers contest, which Steve Bruce’s side deservedly edged despite spending the last quarter of an hour down to nine men.
Southampton assumed it was a positive when Jan Bednarek’s red card from the defeat at Old Trafford was overturned. He would have been better off serving a ban.
The Pole is usually a source of reassurance alongside Jan Vestergaard at the heart of their defence. He was a terrifying sight here.
Takumi Minamino (L), on loan from Liverpool, scored on his debut to pull one back for Saints
But a Ryan Bertrand (back right) error let Miguel Almiron (L) make it 3-1 just before half-time
MATCH RATINGS AND PLAYER RATINGS
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Darlow 7; Manquillo 6 (Krafth 24, 6.5), Hayden 7.5, Schar 6.5, Lewis 6.5; Hendrick 4, Shelvey 6.5; Willock 7.5, Almiron 8, Saint-Maximin 7 (Dummett 67, 7); Wilson 6.5 (Joelinton 36, 6.5)
Substitutes: Dubravka, Carroll, Joelinton, Ritchie, Gayle, Fraser, Anderson
Scorers: Willock 16, Bednarek O.G 26, Almiron 45
Bookings: Hendrick, Krafth, Darlow
Sent off: Hendrick
Southampton (4-4-2): McCarthy 4.5; Stephens 5 (N’Lundulu 81), Vestergaard 4.5, Bednarek 4, Bertrand 5.5; Redmond 6, Ward-Prowse 6.5, Romeu 5.5, Minamino 6.5; Adams 6, Ings 5
Substitutes: Forster; Ramsay, Salisu, Finnigan; Chauke, Watts, Tella; Djenepo
Scorers: Minamino 30, Ward-Prowse 48
Man of the Match: Almiron
Referee: Craig Pawson 6
Bednarek hopelessly misjudged Fabian Schar’s forward ball that led to Newcastle’s opener on 16 minutes. Chickens without heads sprang to mind as he charged to intercept, got nowhere near and allowed Allan Saint-Maximin to invade the penalty area.
The winger – or ‘Plan A’ given Bruce’s reliance on him – kept his head to pick out Arsenal loanee Joe Willock and he rolled in from eight yards for a debut goal.
Ten minutes later and Bednarek may well have been cursing those who quashed his dismissal when his clumsy deflection put Newcastle two ahead.
Saint-Maximin was again involved, escaping on the left and pulling back for Almiron. He drilled low towards the far corner but Bednarek re-routed it to the near and Alex McCarthy had no chance.
There had been signs of life at the other end and Danny Ings was twice denied by Karl Darlow between Newcastle’s goals.
Takumi Minamino’s debut strike on the half hour, then, was not against the run of play. It was a fine goal, accepting a pass from Ryan Bertrand and using his first touch to take out defender Isaac Hayden before lashing left-footed into the roof of the net.
Southampton were in the ascendancy approaching half-time, and that made the concession of a third all the more maddening for Hasenhuttl.
The manager must take some of the blame, for it is his instruction that sees the team dutifully play out from the back. But players surely have to abort such a tactic if they see fit.
McCarthy’s decision to pass to left-back Bertrand, given the surface water, always looked laced with danger. And so Saints were left with a sinking feeling as Almiron stole the ball and steered into the bottom corner beyond McCarthy.
Three goals conceded and each of them self-inflicted. But that was also a source of hope, given they were not playing particularly poorly elsewhere.
Within three minutes of the second half the visitors were back within one goal. James Ward-Prowse sized a free-kick 25 yards out and duly found the top corner. It says much for his expertise that it was not at all surprising.
James Ward-Prowse (no8) scored a stunning free-kick early in the second half to make it 3-2
Jeff Hendrick (C) leaves the pitch after being sent off for a second yellow card offence
What was more of a shock was Hendrick’s brain fade 60 seconds later as, already on a booking, he tugged on the shirt of Minamino as he dashed forward beyond halfway.
Craig Pawson appeared to book Willock initially before being alerted to the error and, deservedly, off went Hendrick.
But Southampton could not find an equaliser, not even when Newcastle were reduced to nine men after an injury to Schar 15 minutes from time. By then Ings had hit the post and Darlow saved a Vestergaard header from point-blank range.
Newcastle, though, resisted, to climb 11 points clear of danger.
Newcastle were reduced to nine men when Fabian Schar was stretchered off with an injury