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Pig ugly – Scathing national verdict on Newcastle Uniteds defeat to Southampton – Chronicle Live

Pig ugly – Scathing national verdict on Newcastle Uniteds defeat to Southampton – Chronicle Live

It was not a great night for Newcastle United as they were beaten 2-0 by high-flying Southampton.

The Magpies were unable to build on their victory over Everton as they were outplayed by the Saints.

Che Adams put the home side ahead early on and Stuart Armstrong sealed the points with a second late on.

The result took Southampton top of the Premier League table ahead of the rest of the weekend’s matches, while Newcastle remained 11th.

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Here is a round-up of how some of our colleagues in the national media reported proceedings on the south coast…

BBC Sport

Defensive solidity had been a key facet of Newcastle’s previous two Premier League outings.

So Magpies boss Bruce’s frustration in the technical area was evident as his team appeared to dispense with a formula that worked so well against Wolves and Everton.

Not only did Newcastle fail to play the percentages in defence, they constantly lost possession cheaply as they over-played.

Sky Sports

Newcastle arrived on the south coast unbeaten on the road this season and boosted by a win over Everton last weekend – their best start to a season since 2012/13 – but they failed to compete during a disappointing opening half.

Southampton were running rings around Newcastle, helped by sloppy passing but only wasteful finishing prevented the advantage from being more handsome at the interval.

Newcastle were powderpuff in attack with a Sean Longstaff header straight at Alex McCarthy all to show for their first-half efforts, and Steve Bruce’s side were fortunate not to fall further behind when Lascelles was alert to head Jan Bednarek’s effort off the line before Darlow produced a superb finger-tip save to push Romeu’s long-range drive onto the crossbar.

Daily Mail

Newcastle were lucky to get away with 2-0. It was only their third defeat in 11 in all competitions, but the disparity was such that Alex McCarthy didn’t need to make a meaningful save until the 85th minute, when he stopped a Joelinton header.

Steve Bruce’s prime achievement at Newcastle, and one that has been undersold on occasion, is that they have generally proven hard to beat of late. Pig ugly at times, yes, but you do what works. It didn’t here, even with the same personnel and shape that beat Everton.

Time and again they were caught out by the ferocity of Southampton’s counter-press, which could have been justified more easily if it wasn’t the most predictable aspect of their game. Hasenhuttl’s side chase and they compress – to be surprised would be a gross failure of planning.

The Sun

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s pirates swashbuckled their way to the top of the league for the first time since 1988 – as they made Newcastle walk the plank.

Southampton’s charismatic boss had branded his side as ‘pirates’ in the way they are looking to plunder the wealthy elite on occasion this season.

And they looked a good bet to land some European qualification treasure this term as Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong fired them to the division’s summit.

Southampton’s last early-season title tilt in the top flight came 32 years ago when they won their first three games of the campaign.

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The Telegraph

For Newcastle it was a leap backwards and a lost opportunity of their own as a win would have lifted them into the top four.

But they were extremely disappointing, poor in possession and lacking drive as they were over-run.

They never got close. “What are we doing,” manager Steve Bruce shouted at one stage and it spoke volumes as they simply could not cope with Southampton’s intensity.

They were at fault for both goals but were fortunate not to lose far more emphatically.

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However, the twists and turns aren’t over, with current owner Mike Ashley ‘considering all options’ after the Premier League rejected the £300m takeover.

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The Guardian

Here Newcastle played in fizzy yellow, as the kit manufacturers put it, but aside from Allan Saint-Maximin springing into life every now and then, Bruce’s side barely troubled Southampton.

For Newcastle, Callum Wilson limping down the tunnel with a hamstring complaint, 24 hours after a scan showed the absent Ryan Fraser has torn his hamstring, compounded a chastening evening.

Sean Longstaff headed straight at McCarthy in the first half but Newcastle never threatened and that victory over Everton last Sunday was a distant memory.

The Times

Thirty-two years since they last found themselves at the summit of the top flight, Southampton ensured that for a few hours at least there is an unfamiliar look to the top of the Premier League table.

A comfortable victory against a disappointing Newcastle United side — secured with goals from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong — moved Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side above Liverpool on goal difference.

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