Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl aims bitter jibe at Steve Bruce, Newcastle United tactics & Andy Carroll

Ralph Hasenhuttl claims Southampton were the only team to ‘play football’ at St James’s Park as Newcastle United came from behind to win.

Sunday, 8th December 2019, 5:30 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 5:31 pm
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 08: Ralph Hasenhuttl, Manager of Southampton looks on during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton FC at St. James Park on December 08, 2019 in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images)

Danny Ings goal put Saints ahead only for United to level through Jonjo Shelvey and win it late on courtesy of Federico Fernandez.

And Hassenhuttl admits he was less than impressed with Steve Bruce’s tactics, Newcastle’s performance and their direct approach when Andy Carroll came on the pitch.

Speaking post-match, he said: “I saw only my team playing football today.

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“Sometimes this is a pity. We made a brave away game, we must be proud. The opponent was a little bit struggling - they play long balls to Carroll who everybody knows is 10ft tall."

Carroll transformed the game when he came on for Joelinton in the 58th minute, providing his second assist in a week for Shelvey’s second-half equaliser.