Why Southampton were ‘disgraceful’ vs Newcastle

Newcastle 3 – Southampton 0

Prior to Saturday, from the outside it looked like Newcastle United had put all their eggs in the Southampton basket.

Last weekend the Magpies were easily beaten 2-0 at Liverpool. That result had left the Toon with just one win in their last nine matches.

Newcastle needed to beat Southampton at St James’ Park, and Rafa Benitez’s men delivered 100%.

Chelsea loanee Kenedy was the headline-maker for the Magpies.

The Brazilian scored a wonderful opener after 90 seconds, before Kenedy scored a second in the first half to leave Southampton starring into the abyss.

Matt Ritchie sealed the win in the second half with Newcastle’s third goal.

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MOTD: Southampton were ‘disgraceful’

On Match of the Day, the pundits tore into Southampton for their performance at Newcastle.

Jermaine Jenas fired off a series of damning adjectives to describe Southampton’s shift. He called the Saints “abysmal, shocking and borderline disgraceful at times.”

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When that issue was discussed on MOTD, Southampton’s tough run-in was highlighted.

Pellegrino: Southampton gave up

It’s worth noting what Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino said about his players after the Newcastle game.

Pellegrino was forced to apologise to the club’s fans as he accused the players of failing to show the requisite effort:

I must apologise to our supporters because we did not represent the club well enough. When you concede an early goal it can have a big impact on the players. I observed some players who gave up.

You cannot do that [give up]. We have to switch on our spirit. You can have good players and budget but without personality and spirit it is very difficult to compete at this level. At this level we have to compete with a different attitude.

This is the bad face of sport. On one side are winners and on the other is losers. The loser looks worse than we are.

Also see: Better than Neymar: Newcastle fans single out one player vs Southampton.

Alan Shearer trolls his ex-Newcastle team mate Jermaine Jenas.