|SaintBrock added 19:06 - Apr 9|
Scrappy, sloppy disjointed affair even 'though a win's a win but the overall impression was of a bunch of individuals kicking a ball about at end of term rather than a cohesive, united team pushing for a top six finish - to me anyway. We never looked like losing but were not all that convincing in victory. No wonder Ron was berating his players left right and centre. Is he losing the dressing room? I hope not but not very many happy bunnies as they left the field having made hard work of what should have been a stroll in the park.
sidsaint added 20:58 - Apr 9
Very poor Newcastle side. RK seemed to treat the second half as a training session by encouraging the team to try new moves. He seemed very annoyed when the players did not respond by leaving gaps in defence or not capitalising on an attacking move. Good to see Jay Rod back and almost scoring. Goals well taken but should have been more as we were not put under pressure by a Newcastle team that lacked confidence any had few ideas.
IWOZTHERE added 22:02 - Apr 9
It's not a world-changing result but they did what they needed to do so well done. Why is it though, that we struggle to convert so much pressure into goals. So many crosses, so little end product. It's happened several times this season and cost us points against better teams. More imagination please Ron!
TimSaint added 22:40 - Apr 9
A nice win that we all would have taken before hand, but oh what could have been. Scoring the early goal was great in that it ensured that we pretty much had the game won already, but it meant that from then on, we lacked urgency, directness and a ruthless cutting edge.
Having Long back made a difference to our attacking play that was sadly missing at Leicester last weekend - and when Long was removed on the hour. Bringing him in as a straight swap for Davis worked perfectly.
It was disappointing that we didn't convert our total first half dominance into more goals. There was really another 8-0 on the cards, had we had the attitude and confidence, but too often it was apparent that the players thought they had done enough and didn't push on. Goal difference could play a part at the end of the season, so I'm surprised we didn't go for more goals.
Everyone played reasonably well, but the opposition weren't up to much. Maybe that was down to us though. On paper the Geordies have not a bad team, but their marquee signings of Shelvey, Wijnaldum and Mitrovic were truely awful, and their defending was even worse.
Shane ran his arse off as usual and created plenty of options going forward with his runs. Glad he is back. Mane did well for most of the game and works quite well with Marina down the right. He put a few decent slide rule passes in to Mane which I didn't know he was capable of, but still looks a bit suspect at the back. Vic did well and VvD was awesome as always. Great to see JayRod back and gives us even more attacking options.
There should now be some real competition for places for the run in and hopefully we can get 10 points or more - which will mean we have a chance of 6th place if other results go our way. Hopefully St Marys will sell out for the final games and the atmosphere improves on today (despite there being more Saints fans than usual, as the Geordies only brought 1,762).
BoondockSaint added 00:31 - Apr 10
Lucky we were playing Newcastle. Usual loads of opportunities, but don't convert them.
Players going for goal when they should pass to a man in better position-are they being greedy, trying to hit incentives in their contract? Or are they trying too hard to be the hero?
Tadic always better on the left -where he was and then got put here there and everywhere and people wonder why his production went down.
VvD is consistently one of the players of the match, hope other teams don't notice.
halftimeorange added 10:20 - Apr 10
I hope Janmaat doesn't get paid. He was plainly disinterested from the off and feigned injury in order to be substituted. As it happens, the whole Newcastle defence could've been subbed after the most dismal performance from an away side I've seen at St Mary's this season. As for Saints - well, we dominated the first half but didn't truly capitalise on our opportunities. When Long went off I think Ronald should have maintained the attacking threat by bringing on Austin (although for some reason he didn't warm up at halftime) rather than the less mobile JWP. We then dozed off and might easily have squandered our lead if Shelvey had had more consistent support. I'll be amazed if the Toon stay up.
Bettwsresident added 10:47 - Apr 10
Another good game for Mane and VVD who is Mr consistent. Always at 7 or better in my scoring.
Scrappy game overall, but 3 pt is 3pts. The Toon looked awful, a shell of the side we played at the start of the season, but they tend to when they come down to play us. It will be a different prem without this .
Dikki_Gutz added 12:54 - Apr 10
I thought they were excellent first half and some enjoyable football albeit with no opposition. Perhaps if Koeman had got injured during the warm up instead of Austin the second half might have been a bit better to watch. His continual tinkering ruined the shape and of course bringing Ward Prowse on is guaranteed to kill off anything and seemed to demorilise the other players as they have to cover for him all the time.
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