The story of the day as nine-man Newcastle United claim vital three points despite red-card and injury adversity
Newcastle United take on Southampton at St James’s Park this afternoon – and, for a change, it’s a rare, regular Saturday, 3pm slot.
The Saints travel to the North East with a number of their key players missing through injury or suspension, so can the Magpies take advantage?
We will have full match coverage including team news, all the build up, LIVE match updates, post-match reaction from all the key players as well as expert analysis from our team of Newcastle United writers.
This afternoon Miles Starforth is at St James’s Park for the Shields Gazette, while Liam Kennedy is on blog duty.
Last time out Steve Bruce’s United were narrowly beaten on home turf by Crystal Palace, with two quickfire first-half goals cancelling out an early Jonjo Shelvey cracker. Will that defeat signal a return to the status quo, or will United bounce back? Follow every kick, as it happens, here. Click refresh and scroll down for the latest...
Newcastle United v Southampton LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 06 February, 2021, 15:09
- FT | Newcastle United 3 (Willock 16, Almiron 25, 45) Southampton 2 (Minamino 30, Ward-Prowse 48)
- NUFC XI: Darlow, Manquillo (Krafth 24), Hayden, Schar, Lewis, Shelvey, Hendrick, Willock, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson (Joelinton 36).
- RED CARD! Jeff Hendrick sent off (48).
- Fabian Schar stretchered off as Magpies are down to NINE men for final 13 minutes at SJP.
Newcastle United are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of Tuesday night against an ailing Southampton side this afternoon.
New boy Joe Willock is expected to be involved at SJP, while Allan Saint-Maximin is pushing for a first-team recall.
Follow every kick, as it happens, in our LIVE NUFC blog.
Our man is in place!
Will he be in the team, or on the bench?
Could he start for United?
NUFC TEAM NEWS! And Steve Bruce starts Allan Saint-Maximin
The opposition - and the Saints are looking STRONG
Miles Starforth reacts to the Newcastle United team news - and he’s pleased to see ASM back!
Not a surprise to see Saint-Maximin start after making an impact off the bench in recent games. NUFC have missed him over the past few months. He comes in for Fraser, while Willock, in for Clark, will make his full debut in midfield. Hayden drops into defence. Interestingly, neither Longstaff brother is on the bench. As for the game, this really is a must-win fixture for Newcastle – and Bruce. A defeat is unthinkable for a club which is teetering above the relegation zone and faces a tougher run of games. A performance won't be enough this afternoon. Points are desperately needed.