So’ton 0 – 1 Newcastle
Newcastle took a step closer to their first domestic cup final since 1999 with an edgy 1-0 win over struggling Southampton, whose woes were compounded by the fact that they had yet another goal scored by VAR and were were reduced to 10 men later.
Joelinton was guilty of rejecting what appeared to be the best chance of a cautious game when he was found by Miguel Almiron at the far post, shooting aimlessly over the bar with the goal gaping (53), before to atone for his previous mistake by patting down the substitute at home. Center of Alexander Isak (73rd).
Che Adams squandered Southampton’s most presentable opportunity before the opener, going second in a one-on-one with ‘exceptional’ Nick Pope (65), before Adam Armstrong was then disallowed after he fumbled the ball down the line, only for VAR to spot a handball in the build-up – the second time in three days Saints have seen goals disallowed after VAR review.
“We were the victims of four VAR calls against us [recently]”, said Nathan Jones after the game.
The Magpies goalkeeper Pope has made 10 appearances and faced 20 shots since he last conceded a goal, leading Newcastle to keep more clean sheets in all competitions than any other team in the Magpies. five major European leagues.
“Nick made some big saves today. Especially the one against [Che] Adams – that was a big moment in the game. He stood up for us like he has all season. I can’t rate it high enough,” said manager Eddie Howe.
The two teams will meet again on January 31 to decide who will win the prize of a late February Wembley final against Nottingham Forest or Manchester United.
- Southampton: Nathan Jones gave full debuts to Charly Alcarez and Mislav Orsic, while Moussa Djenepo was also reinstated in the starting XI.
- Newcastle: Eddie Howe’s side have remained unchanged since the Magpies’ 0-0 stalemate at Crystal Palace.
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Cup progress had given under-fire boss Nathan Jones some breathing room after three wins in the space of a week in January, Saints progressed in the FA Cup, Carabao Cup and edged Everton in the Premier League. League.
Since then, Southampton have come down to earth with a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa – their fourth successive home defeat in the league – and a semi-final defeat at the hands of Newcastle.
“The 1-0 score is tricky, nothing is decided,” said Howe sky sports thereafter, but Newcastle will nonetheless be favorites to progress, with Joelinton scoring their third goal in eight games.
The Saints, who had what they thought was an Armstrong equalizer disallowed for handball by VAR, saw their night of frustration end when Duje Caleta-Car was sent off in the final stages – their first dismissal in a competition over 12 months.
The defender, who already received a yellow card when he launched into a clumsy tackle on Allan Saint-Maximin in the 86th minute, will be excluded from the second leg in seven days.
Central figure Joelinton also had a first-half goal ruled out by VAR, similarly to Armstrong’s, before missing a keeper but then applying the telling touch to Isak’s teasing delivery. The substitute rounded Caleta-Car and put the ball on a plate for the Brazilian at the back post, who pushed into the net with Gavin Bazunu blocked.
“The goal was naïve,” Jones concluded.
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Newcastle manager Eddie Howe:
“It was a tough game. Both teams had their moments so happy to get the win, but it’s only half time. We weren’t clinical until Joe’s goal. I can’t in any case criticize the team, it was a good day for us.
“There is a lot to play for in the draw. We needed Nick [Pope]. Very happy to see VAR intervene [to disallow Southampton’s goal].
“The two saves made by Nick were big moments in the game. It was a massive moment in the game, Nick got up. He’s been exceptional for us this year. He has a great defense in front of him , but whenever he needed it, he produced the goods for us.”
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Southampton manager Nathan Jones:
“I’m really proud of the level of performance. They’re a tough team to play against. I thought we were great and for us to compete like we did, we’ve come a long way. In the second half, we We really took it a step further and just lacked a bit of quality.
“Nowadays you can’t celebrate a goal because you don’t know what’s going to happen. You never know. We’ve been victimized by four VAR goals [recently]. It’s really disappointing. No problem with the officials or anything, it was given in the VAR studio.
“I thought it was an entertaining game. We went right after them, we were brave, bold and energetic. We know we need a little help, a little more quality, once that we get that and stop conceding regularly, we’ll be harder to beat. If we do that, we’ll be a better team.
“We needed this window to recruit. You saw [Charly] Alcaraz tonight, which I thought was phenomenal.”
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Newcastle midfielder Bruno Guimaraes:
“We played very well. We controlled the game but we missed a few chances. We are happy that we could win the first game – 1-0 is important for us. I am proud of the team today.
“We could score more but we have a goal, it’s important. I would like to thank Nick Pope. He’s been brilliant for us. I think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world right now.”
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- Southampton have lost four of their last five home games in all competitions (W1), having lost just one of the previous five (W1 D3).
- Newcastle won a League Cup away game against a Premier League opponent for the first time since October 2014, when they beat Manchester City 2-0 (lost 0-4 to Tottenham in December 2014 and went 1-1 draw with Hull in November 2016).
- Duje Caleta-Car’s red card was Southampton’s first dismissal in competition in more than 12 months, since Yan Valery saw red against Swansea in the FA Cup on January 8, 2022.
- Joelinton has scored three goals in his last eight games in all competitions for Newcastle, as many as he has managed in his previous 27.
Southampton return to FA Cup action on Saturday with the visit of Blackpool; kick off 3 p.m.
The Saints then face Newcastle in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final at St James’ Park on Tuesday, live on sky sports; kick off 8 p.m.
Newcastle are already out of the FA Cup, which means they have a free weekend. Accordingly, their next game is the visit of Southampton Tuesday, when a place in the Carabao Cup final is at stake.
The Magpies then return to the Premier League with the visit of West Ham Saturday, February 4, live on sky sports; kick off 5:30 p.m.
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