From ecstasy to agony in a matter of minutes – it could only happen to Newcastle United. To be fair, on reflection, we were lucky to come away with a point. How Southampton weren’t out of sight by half time is anybody’s guess. Why Steve Bruce keeps persisting with five at the back I’ll never know. It simply doesn’t work. I couldn’t believe what I was watching during that first half, it was an absolute shambles. Sloppy in possession, no clue what we were supposed to be doing, no drive, no fight, no purpose, nothing. A better showing in the second half threw up a few talking points, but again we just can’t see games out. It’s not even September and I have already written this season off.
Woodman – 4 – Made a few decent saves in the first half but his distribution was terrible. I lost count how many times he hoofed the ball out of play when not under any real pressure. Should have done better with Elyounoussi’s equaliser. A day to forget for the young keeper.
Murphy – 4 – This guy isn’t a defender, it’s as simple as that. Had no clue how to cope with Redmond and has to take some blame for letting them back into the game. Gets credit for an assist for Wilson’s goal, but this right wing back experiment has to stop now.
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Fernandez – 5 – Probably our best defender on the day but there was very little to choose from. Made a couple of key blocks and decent clearances, but still looked out of his depth on the whole.
Lascelles – 3 – A woeful display from the captain topped off with a shocking challenge on Armstrong and yellow card in stoppage time to throw away the victory. I’m usually a big Lascelles fan but it’s difficult to defend him after performances like this.
Schar – 4 – Looked off the pace and made a few wild decisions. Picked up a cynical booking in the first half. Performance improved after the break with a lovely ball through to Murphy in the build up to Wilson’s goal, but defensively he was poor.
Ritchie – 3 – It pains me to say it but his Newcastle career is over. An absolutely appalling showing at left wing back. The much younger Livramento gave him a torrid time and it was a sad sight to see. He just can’t defend anymore.
Longstaff – 7 – Set the tempo for a much improved second half performance. Neat and tidy in possession and looked like he was well up for this. Made a few crunching tackles in a battling display in the middle of the park.
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Willock –6 – Still not fully match fit but did enough to come out with a positive mark. Played far too deep in the first half but pushed up in the second and improved as the game progressed. Looked absolutely knackered at the 70 minute mark and I was surprised he wasn’t taken off earlier.
Almiron – 5 –I have lost count how many times I’ve said this but Miggy is not a central midfielder so why does he keep getting played here? It’s hard to criticise him too much when he’s constantly played out of position but he was anonymous again. He is wasted in this ridiculous formation.
Maximin – 7 – We saw the best and the worst from the mercurial Frenchman today. Careless in possession at times but he was easily our biggest threat going forward. A well taken goal in stoppage time, thought we’d won it, but we all know what happened next.
Wilson – 7 –Worked tirelessly for the cause and at times was forced to do it all on his own. Was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet at the end of the first half with a near post header that forced a smart save from McCarthy. Finally got his goal after a nice counter-attacking move, but was taken off shortly after the hour mark with what looked like another injury scare.
Joelinton (69 for Wilson) – 6 – A decent 20 minute cameo from the Brazilian with a lovely cut back for Fraser leading up to what we all thought was the winner.
Fraser (84 for Willock) – 6 – Should have started after a good performance against Burnley in the cup. Was only on the pitch a matter of minutes but played his part in the second goal.
James Lynch – @JamesLynch88