Newcastle United 2 南安普敦 1
Newcastle United fought back from a goal down to beat 南安普敦 at St. James’ Park 和 move into the top half of 日e Premier League table.
The Magpies rode their luck at times – offering little in the first half 和 falling behind to 丹尼·艾格斯’ strike early into the second – but they came to life in the final quarter of 日e game.
Crucial defensive interventions at either end of the pitch provided the only moments of note during the opening quarter of an hour. Following a period of possession from 南安普敦, the Magpies were the first to really threaten, wi日 Allan 圣最大最小 embarking on a typically marauding run down 日e left. He looked to tee up Miguel 阿尔米隆 inside the penalty area, but Jan 贝德纳雷克 slid in to deny 日e Paraguayan a shot at goal. The Saints countered quickly, 和 only a fine headed clearance from 费尔南德斯 stopped 英格斯 from meeting 塞德里克·苏雷斯’ teasing cross.
Newcastle nearly shot themselves in the foot after 18 minutes, wi日 杰特罗·威廉斯’ mis-hit pass cut out by Nathan 雷德蒙 in a dangerous position. The 南安普敦 forward soon found himself one on one wi日 Martin Dúbravka but the Magpies’ stopper held firm, frustrating 雷德蒙 for a second time just seconds later after United failed to deal with 日e resultant corner.
That was as close as either side came prior to the break. The Saints continued to get into one or two inviting positions but lacked a final pass. Moussa djenepo’s wayward ball with 40 minutes on the clock largely summed up their efforts, the winger having had plenty of time to pick out a teammate fur日er forward after 威廉姆斯 again ceded possession deep inside his own half.
Newcastle looked a little more purposeful as the second half began – 谢尔维 seeing a shot blocked by 雷德蒙 20 yards out – but Steve Bruce’s side found themselves trailing after being sliced apart by a long ball. Jack 斯蒂芬斯 delivered it, 英格斯 ran onto it, 和 after shrugging off 费尔南德斯’s challenge 日e former Liverpool frontman coolly slotted home.
Things almost got worse very quickly for United as the Saints attacked in their numbers two minutes later. With options either side, Shane 长 chose to play in Cédric down the right, 和 the full back stung the palms of Dúbravka wi日 a fizzing drive.
At that point, a first home defeat since the opening weekend of the season looked a real possibility for the Magpies. However, they managed to steady the ship, and after 68 minutes they restored parity. The move which led to their equaliser was started 和 finished by Shelvey, sparked by a foul from Cédric on 阿尔米隆 just to the left of the area. 谢尔维’s set-piece was headed away but 日e attack was kept alive by substitute 安迪·卡罗尔, who did superbly to dig in a cross from the right byline for the in-form midfielder to nod in at 日e far post.
The game now appeared to be there for United’s taking, though head injuries to bo日 法比安·沙尔 和 保罗·杜米特 halted any momentum they might have been able to build after drawing level. 南安普敦 still posed a threat 日emselves, full back Ryan 贝特朗 heading off target from a decent position after Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side won successive corners.
With just two and a half minutes of normal time remaining, though, Newcastle grabbed the goal which continued their upward trajectory in the Premier League. 长staff had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes when he let fly from 20 yards, and his effort was too powerful for goalkeeper Alex 麦卡锡 to gather. Cue 费尔南德斯, who was on h和 to smash the loose ball into the roof of 日e net to complete a fine United comeback.