Southampton 0-1 Newcastle: Saint-Maximin strikes late to earn huge win over 10-man Saints

We never do things the easy way, do we!

After missing several HUGE chances from open play seeing Ritchie have a penalty saved against a 10-man Southampton side, Allan Saint-Maximin stepped up late on to seal all three points.

Our first league win since mid January, a goal that ends our 4-game drought and a vital 3 points that takes us EIGHT clear of the drop zone after results went well for us elsewhere.

To a few people’s surprise, Bruce made a few changes in attack, dropping Joelinton (despite his best game in months on Tuesday) for Gayle and bringing Ritchie back in at Lazaro’s expense – who must also feel hard done by to miss out after his eye-catching all round display in midweek.

We stuck with 4-2-3-1, but Fernandez replaced Schar, Bentleb and S Longstaff made way for Shelvey and Hayden and Manquillo was passed fit to start at right-back.

The game kicked off and Southampton had an immediate spell of pressure, putting a few too many dangerous balls into Dubravka’s box and winning several early corners.

Then, the first of a whole host of first-half chances for Newcastle United arrived in what was to be one of the most entertaining yet frustrating 45 minutes we’ve seen this season.

Shelvey prodded a clever pass across the box with the outside of his foot, but Gayle’s close-range strike was straight at McCarthy. His save then fell to Almiron and a goal seemed certain, but he too also fired straight at the Saints stopper, and even forced a THIRD save in as many seconds on the resultant rebound.

It was a huge chance missed, yet just one of several we were to spurn in the coming 40 minutes.

Then to the first of TWO VAR incidents. Moussa Djenepo came in late on Isaac Hayden – who looked in some pain – and the referee brandished a yellow.

VAR then took a second look and it was a clear red, with the Saints winger late and high, giving Graham Scott no option to send him off after being instructed to watch it again on the pitch-side monitor.

10 vs 11 and we were well on top, with Shelvey pulling the string and Saint-Maximin having the beating of him man every time, but there was one issue – our woeful finishing in the final third (or should I say Dwight Gayle’s woeful finishing).

The former number 9 got on the end of an exquisite cross from Shelvey, but his point-blank header was straight at McCarthy AGAIN, and he fired another golden chance wide moments later after a brilliant run and cut-back from Saint-Maximin.

Another big VAR incident then came, with Sofiane Boufal adjudged to have handled the ball in the box. The video assistant referees took their time, but it was clear he leaned his arm into the ball and a spot kick was given.

Matt Ritchie stepped up and a pretty tame effort was saved once again by an inspired Alex McCarthy, who’d picked the perfect day to play like Oliver Khan in his prime!

We should’ve gone into the break at least 0-3 up, but instead made it another 45 minutes in the league without a goal – and more importantly gave Southampton that slight glimmer of hope they should have NEVER had going into the second period.

They gave as good as they got for the first 15 minutes of the second half, with neither side creating many clear chances, and Steve Bruce made a change on the hour mark as a result, bringing on Joelinton for Ritchie; who’d missed a penalty, been booked and failed to capitalise on our first half dominance despite all his best efforts.

Shelvey then began to go off the boil, misplacing more passes in a 2-minute spell than he had in the previous 60 and Jamaal Lascelles then had a stupid 30-yard effort sail over – which was proof a resilient Southampton were starting to frustrate us.

Lazaro then came on at right-back for the solid Manquillo to give us a greater threat down that side, but we weren’t creating much and the game threatened to fizzle out into another 0-0.

Then, the man of the moment stepped up. Allan Saint-Maximin.

His winner came via some awful indecisive defending from Valery – who failed to deal with Longstaff’s chipped ball in behind – but Saint-Maximin got in ahead of him, burst into the box and poked the ball in off the post past a previously unstoppable McCarthy.

The celebration that followed and resultant scenes in the away end were brilliant, with the goal not only securing a big 3 points in a game we had several huge chances to win, but taking us WELL clear of the drop zone after today’s results went in our favour.

With Bournemouth losing in the early kick off at Anfield, Watford being beaten at Palace and West Ham losing it late at Arsenal, we’re now 8 points clear of the bottom three and have leapfrogged Southampton in moving up to 13th.

A game that should’ve been MUCH more comfortable than the scoreline suggests, but a huge win all the same and improved performance – even if most of it was against 10 men!

Sheffield Utd next up at St James’ Park.

HWTL!

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408 thoughts on “Southampton 0-1 Newcastle: Saint-Maximin strikes late to earn huge win over 10-man Saints

  1. Stewart
    We are lucky to have a government that is looking after its people in these difficult times. I do not know of any Country in the EU doling out money like the UK is.
    Talking about the EU , this freedom of movement that all Countries must have has gone out of the window at the first crisis and it is every Country for itself.
    I compare McDonnel to the cartoon character Topper . Boris is giving workers 80% of their wages and then Topper McDonnel claims Labour would have given them 90% – – fat chance he would have given them anything .
    To be honest , staying at home and getting 80% of your wages will not leave most people much worse off as they will not have any travel expenses.
    Never voted for the Tories since Thatcher but I will be voting for Boris in the next election.

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  2. never voted for the Tories since Thatcher but I will be voting for Boris in the next election.

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  3. McDonnell used Denmark as an example of what we should be doing earlier in the week. We went further than them and he complains were not doing enough and it will take too long to implement. Almost like the gvt can just flick a switch and get it all arranged for Monday. It’s not like people out of work have anything to spend money on at the moment.

    The government are doing all they can and there isn’t a country in the world doing any better. No health care system can cope with this kind of pandemic.

    It would help if the ****ing morons would stop going out having parties and meeting in big groups like many young kids. Selfish pricks.

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  4. Stuart79:
    McDonnell used Denmark as an example of what we should be doing earlier in the week. We went further than them and he complains were not doing enough and it will take too long to implement. Almost like the gvt can just flick a switch and get it all arranged for Monday. It’s not like people out of work have anything to spend money on at the moment.

    The government are doing all they can and there isn’t a country in the world doing any better. No health care system can cope with this kind of pandemic.

    It would help if the ****ing morons would stop going out having parties and meeting in big groups like many young kids. Selfish pricks.

    agree 100% Stu my worry is this staying in doors with some of these doe heeds are going to breed more doe heeds,god there are sackless poeple out there

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  5. love him or hate him Boris imo is doing a good job hes also had this Brexit crap to deal with,had a bad start to his term poor sod

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  6. I find it ironic that the pricks who don’t want to stay in are the same ones who were saying how the NHS had been neglected by the Conservative government. It seems they’re so stupid they have no idea what their actions are doing.

    Oh and to the absolute ******s who keep buying all the food in supermarkets – get a ****ing grip!

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  7. This who thing must have some kind of impact surely? Hardly anybody in the streets, loads of people not at work and now nobody in pubs and clubs ect. I’d like to think we see a difference in the next couple of weeks. I’m not sure about the thought process of it not liking the heat though. Australia have had 1000 cases. I know it’s winter but it’s a pretty hot winter they have in some parts.

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  8. Stewie: I still don’t get why people are hoarding pasta 🙂 It has about the same nutritional value as cardboard.

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  9. nobody out here in Chicago. Just people walking their dogs.

    Are dogs immune to the corona virus? And pass on that immunity to their owners?

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  10. You see, I don’t feel under any threat from this. I am in my mid 50s and have not had a day of sickness since I had my appendix out when I was 22.

    Is it an overreaction? I don’t know. The elderly and vulnerable should probably stay at home but I am not sure if I should.

    Being forced to though as there is nowhere to go.

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  11. This whole situation is berserk. My flight is officially cancelled to get back home to Dubai, Emirates website has “technical problems” and when I try to call the help line even hanging on the line for 1 hour nobody answers to tell me when I can rebook my flights. My residence visa will run out at the end of May and we need to pack up our house to get moved back here. We only brought clothing for a week… I know many are a lot worse off than us, but it’s still very frustrating that we cannot get home. Surely they could scan us, test us and quarantine us but seems they just blocked everyone entering the UAE.

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  12. Emirates flight to Dubai from Newcastle cancelled until June, DT. 🙁

    Eric – I actually thought that we should have made it law that people over 70 and/or with underlying health issues should have been quarantined for 8 weeks. That would of allowed the rest to go about their daily lives without putting the NHS under immense strain. Too late now.

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  13. DT you can probably get a visitor visa so you can pack.

    But who knows at the minute mate. Nothing is set.

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  14. Eric Sykes:
    DT you can probably get a visitor visa so you can pack.

    But who knows at the minute mate. Nothing is set.

    Thanks mate. The visa is the least of my worries. It’s all the other things like selling my car, closing out bank accounts and utilities which take weeks and are a nightmare. Paying huge rental on a house that we cannot get to… 😔😔🙁🙁

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  15. Stuart79:
    Emirates flight to Dubai from Newcastle cancelled until June, DT.🙁

    Eric – I actually thought that we should have made it law that people over 70 and/or with underlying health issues should have been quarantined for 8 weeks. That would of allowed the rest to go about their daily lives without putting the NHS under immense strain. Too late now.

    Where did you see that Stuart? Is that for real? I’m totally f.ucked if that’s true.

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  16. Dubai
    My sons’ mother in law went to Dubai last Monday for four weeks and when she got there was told she could renew her visa twice so she was delighted to be able to stay for three months.
    Today she was told to leave and has been booked on a flight back to the UK on Monday morning. I am wondering if things are getting bad out there.

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  17. Eric
    My son and his wife both work in hospitals in Florida. Both hospitals have been admitting coronavirus patients and there were 2 cases in Florida last week. Now there are over 650 cases and 12 deaths.
    In Italy 75% of the population are over 50 with half of that 75% being over 70. The average age of fatalities is 67 so quite a lot of those will have been around your age.
    The average age of fatalities in China is 46.
    Might be a good idea for you to stay home for some time.

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  18. Sidekick: I am unusually healthy for someone of my age. I have had nothing wrong with me since I was 22. Fingers crossed.

    There is nobody outside in Chicago anyway for me to catch this virus from.

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  19. I am not worried about this at all. I am really not. For me.

    Me Mam I am a bit more worried about. But if the tabs don’t kill her at 78 I am not sure what will.

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  20. There is no football talk now.

    BECAUSE there is no football! It is like an extended international break.

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  21. Stuart79:
    On emirates website, DT.

    Thanks Stuart, yes I saw it there after you told me. Looks like the Manchester flight is still operational so it just depends on when the uae allow expats back into the country… at least we are staying with family and still healthy. There are many worse off than us…

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  22. Don’t think we are overreacting Stuart . Yes, thousands of elderly people die every year , mainly over the winter months. This is normal – nobody is immortal.
    What makes this different is that these numbers of people are dying in days – not over a winter or even over a year.
    I think Peter Hitchens went to his local pub last night , jumped up and down in rage when he found it was closed , and took it out on his typewriter.

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  23. I’m sick and tired of seeing NHS bosses on the tv complaining about a lack of kit. It’s pathetic. It should be kept private between the NHS and the gvt. This is nothing more than media thirst for drama and political rubbish. It just stokes panic.

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  24. Stu. you have a point but i for one want to know if my local hospital staff are being protected. Lews physio is being deployed to front line and she is worried because her friends based in the hospital have told her that the promised protective equipment is not arriving yet.
    Several boxes arrived on friday morning and everyone was excited to get protective gear but when they opened the boxes it was just aprons !

    My neighbors husband waited over 35 hours for a callback from 111 after the GP said to ring them, when a doctor finally called he referred him back to his GP ! I get the impression 111, hospitals and GP’s are already overrun and we haven’t even reached peak levels yet and that scares the hell out of me.

    This test that checks whether you have or have not had it cannot come quick enough, the sooner mass test like those are carried out the better. People who have had it can get back to work and those who haven’t can isolate.

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  25. Stu, you may be sick of seeing NHS staff moaning about lack of protective gear but this is their lives they are risking . They want to help us but they need to be safe in doing it.

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  26. KIMTOON:
    Stu, you may be sick of seeing NHS staff moaning about lack of protective gear but this is their lives they are risking . They want to help us but they need to be safe in doing it.

    Why do they have to go on tv? Isn’t it an issue for the NHS and government? It’s just dramatising this and panicking people. The women this morning even had the cheek to say “things are getting better and we’re seeing vast improvements but…” Why the but ffs?! There’s no need.

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  27. I’ve also come up with a ingenious way of stopping all these ******s who are panic buying. If you want a million rolls of bog roll the first one will be normal price, anything after will be 5 x the normal price per item. Same for tinned food and veg and anything else.

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  28. Stu, Maybe the Government are not acting quickly enough or listening to their pleas? I don’t suppose they go on TV for the fun of it.

    Imagine you were a doctor, or your wife or partner or child was, you would want them protected wouldn’t you.
    And if they were coming home exhausted and saying we still haven’t got what was promised you would be furious too.
    Sometimes we have to take drastic measures to make things change, a bit like that poor nurse did after a hard 48 hour shift and not a bit of food left on the shelves. She took to social media to let people know that things had to change.
    That was aimed at the general public, the doctors pleas are aimed at the government, it’s no different, it’s just a message asking for something to be done or change.

    I don’t even think it’s a dig at the government, we all know they are busting a gut but it’s more a , come on hurry up we are struggling here .

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  29. Stuart79:
    I’ve also come up with a ingenious way of stopping all these ******s who are panic buying. If you want a million rolls of bog roll the first one will be normal price, anything after will be 5 x the normal price per item. Same for tinned food and veg and anything else.

    Yep, great idea

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  30. KIMTOON:
    Stu, Maybe the Government are not acting quickly enough or listening to their pleas? I don’t suppose they go on TV for the fun of it.

    Imagine you were a doctor, or your wife or partner or child was, you would want them protected wouldn’t you.
    And if they were coming home exhausted and saying we still haven’t got what was promised you would be furious too.
    Sometimes we have to take drastic measures to make things change, a bit like that poor nurse did after a hard 48 hour shift and not a bit of food left on the shelves. She took to social media to let people know that things had to change.
    That was aimed at the general public, the doctors pleas are aimed at the government, it’s no different, it’s just a message asking for something to be done or change.

    I don’t even think it’s a dig at the government, we all know they are busting a gut but it’s more a , come on hurry up we are struggling here .

    No wonder people are panic buying when supposedly responsible people in NHS positions are being interviewed telling everyone how the government aren’t doing enough. But then in the next breath tell us that things are improving and getting better. So obviously the government are doing all they can and things are getting better. So I ask again, why go on tv if as they themselves say things are getting better?

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  31. Another thing that’s really wound me up. Every single fatality from this virus has been people with underlying health issues. Mostly older people too but the odd young person but they’ve all had underlying health issues. Anybody who fits this criteria should be made to stay at home – no matter what! That would stop the death rate in its tracks.

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  32. Yeah, i’m not buying the underlying health issue thing anymore either. If we are gonna go down that route then there are very few 50 plus folk who don’t have the odd underlying health issue and a fair few under that age too for that matter.
    Do the 5,000 dead in italy all have underlying health issues ?
    Or the 1,500 dead in Iran ?
    or the 1,300 dead in spain ?
    The thousands in China ?
    How accurate are the records as well for that matter, without wide spread tests we’ll never know.

    Only Germany is bucking this trend with just 6 deaths by friday, what’s their secret.
    Italy reports more 50 year olds now being admitted to icu as well .

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  33. Kim – every death in this country has been linked to underlying health issues. That’s not a coincidence.

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  34. It will be just our luck that the Saudi’s will buy us and then go bust due to the oil price collapse.

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  35. Piers Morgan sounding more and more like the voice of sensibility and reason. That’s quite worrying.

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  36. Morgan, as a village cricketer decided he would challenge Brett Lee to an over in the nets. I thought Brett would go easy on him but he sent down some missiles to teach the arrogant pr!ck a lesson.

    I once had to bat against the Pakistan under 19 fast bowler. I am a number 9, slog or block but he was playing on a different level. I don’t know what Morgan was thinking. Maybe it is that he doesn’t think. Just opens his mouth and words come out.

    Stuart. He is not the voice of reason. He is a blowhard, jackass, jerk.

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  37. Piers is the absolutely spitting image of my best friend from college’s husband. I never mentioned it to her because I thought it would end our friendship. You know, when she came to the realization that – Oh Sh!t, I married Piers Morgan.

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  38. The papers and even the footballers are getting desperate for something to do. The new trend is toilet roll keepy uppy FFS. Maybe that is why there is no bog roll left on the shelves?

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  39. OK, the papers and journalists just seem to be reveling in misery now. Writing articles just for clicks and becoming more hyperbolic by the day. They have no other news without sports and Brexit 🙂

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  40. Maybe Piers Morgan should do a sex tape? That would give them something to write about.

    PLEASE, NO. Think of the children.

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  41. He did then go on to completely ruin interviewing The health secretary. Wouldn’t let him finish anything and it turned into Morgan just going over old ground while nobody got any message from the health secretary. Actually it was pointless.

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  42. Piers is banging on at the politicians for mixed messages – I’ve got the message loud and clear!!

    Stay in doors other than non essential trips out – grocery shopping, medical appointment.

    To help with physical and mental health, walk out round the block for 20/30 mins – but keep a 2 metre distance.

    The politicians are trying to treat the nation like grown ups and allow them to take some responsibility for themselves and their families …. but too many thick heads are doing what they want!!.

    Stock piling, socialising and allowing their kids to be out as if this is the 6 weeks school holidays.

    The same people would accuse the government of treating us like a nanny state or suppressed if the government immediately put us into lockdown – but these fools won’t do it themselves.

    The government should be focusing on helping the NHS staff, and other key workers do their jobs as affectively as possible – safe in the knowledge that the public are taking their advice and helping the NHS by not spreading the virus.
    But instead, they are herding cats.

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  43. Just been to get epilepsy meds, long queue outside the hatch in the wall of the pharmacy. Most people stood well apart from each other but as i got to the front of the queue more people joined but stood too close. Dopey tart next to me kept moving closer each time i moved away from her and a man waiting for his script was hacking all over the shot ! ffs
    No more meds needed for a week or so thank god.

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  44. Went out today to get some groceries. It is not a ghosttown out there. Mainly joggers and people walking their dogs though. We are pretty much on lockdown but there have only been 12 deaths is a State that has 13 million people, many of whom live in Chicago (10 million) all in close proximity in highrises, large apartment buildings etc.

    I cannot assess this situation but I know politicians have to err on the safe side as they will be crucified in the press and on TV if they don’t.

    I am pretty low risk. Mid 50s, no health issues. I would be more worried about going into a hospital at the moment than a store/shop or even a pub. Pubs are closed so that is not even a choice. Not trying to be flippant. This has a lot of people scared, but you have to wonder when is the time to calm people rather than stir the panic?

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  45. California has issued a edict that people should keep their distance to more than 6 feet away from others. The Governor even criticized people for going to the beach and hanging out.

    Good luck with that man. My ex girlfriend lived on the 22nd floor of a highrise here. You cant really avoid using the lift/elevator so some of this advice/INSTRUCTIONS is just impractical.

    I think I would be much more likely to die of a heart attack climbing 22 flights of stairs than catching Covid-19.

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  46. What an utter tool mike Ashley is, SD telling staff to come in as they are essential workers ( folk at home need exercise equipment ) 🙄
    Then having to back track and change their minds after public outcry .

    Too late, damage is done, you put profit before your staffs and others health you utter t wat and now everyone knows what you and your vile entity of a business are.

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  47. KIMTOON:
    What an utter tool mike Ashley is, SD telling staff to come in as they are essential workers ( folk at home need exercise equipment )
    Then having to back track and change their minds after public outcry .

    Too late, damage is done, you put profit before your staffs and others health you utter t wat and now everyone knows what you and your vile entity of a business are.

    Kim – would you have expected anything less???

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  48. Eric Sykes:
    Went out today to get some groceries. It is not a ghosttown out there. Mainly joggers and people walking their dogs though. We are pretty much on lockdown but there have only been 12 deaths is a State that has 13 million people, many of whom live in Chicago (10 million) all in close proximity in highrises, large apartment buildings etc.

    I cannot assess this situation but I know politicians have to err on the safe side as they will be crucified in the press and on TV if they don’t.

    I am pretty low risk. Mid 50s, no health issues. I would be more worried about going into a hospital at the moment than a store/shop or even a pub. Pubs are closed so that is not even a choice. Not trying to be flippant. This has a lot of people scared, but you have to wonder when is the time to calm people rather than stir the panic?

    The media are doing their best to create panic. Every interview with a government minister they’re only interested in asking if the government have to it right, or acting too late or making points about not having enough equipment. How does that help? They’re a disgrace!

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  49. Stuart79: The media are doing their best to create panic. Every interview with a government minister they’re only interested in asking if the government have to it right, or acting too late or making points about not having enough equipment. How does that help? They’re a disgrace!

    Stu – I’ve had to stop watching – Piers Morgan in particular – total pr!ck.

    It’s annoying me how much they are slaughtering the government – who to be honest, I had no time for at all just a few months ago.

    But give credit where it’s due, I genuinely believe they are working hard to tackle this and save people as best they can. But this is not easy, and they still have red tape and logistical problems like anyone else – they can click their fingers and face masks appear – and they can’t and shouldn’t be held accountable for idiots ignoring perfectly clear instruction.

    What I’m sick of hearing is – learn from other countries … which Countries???.

    China? – learn what, don’t eat bat soup???

    Italy – no disrespect but they are loosing over 500 people a day – what are they doing right that we can learn from???.

    There are no instructions with this virus.

    It’s easy for the media to shout their mouths off, but they have no clue what is going on behind the scenes.

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  50. I see some parts of the country are completely ignoring the lock down instructions. Just get the army on the job. Get some water cannons and **** them off.

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  51. Stuart79:
    I see some parts of the country are completely ignoring the lock down instructions. Just get the army on the job. Get some water cannons and **** them off.

    Stu – add a dye to it that stays on your skin for 14 days!!. If they are caught out again it’s a £1000 fine & house arrest.

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  52. It seems almost strange to talk about football, but it’s looking increasingly likely that Matty Longstaff will leave.

    Having sorted new deals for Shelvey, Ritchie and Fernandez – I do think that the club will have worked at the new contract for Matty. Bruce has given his first team debut and brought him through, so I think he would want him to stay.

    Maybe Matty wants a guarantee of more first team football, or a wage far greater than his experience deserves.
    Maybe he knows that regardless of how much first team football he plays at NUFC, he’s likely to win **** all and because of Ashley’s lack of ambition, he’s gonna be in more relegation battles than pushes for Europe.

    Either way, it’s a real shame that we are likely to loose one of the few youth team players to have come through to the first team squad.

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  53. So, how’s everyone doing? It looks like we are stranded here for quite a while. No way back into Dubai for another 3 weeks at least. Trouble is we were meant to be moving back here anyway at the end of May, early June. I’m going to, most likely, have to get someone into my house, (tricky since we have the keys here) and then get them to sell some things including my car, and supervise packing and moving for us… then I’ll have to go back to do all the paperwork and official stuff, etc later. OMG what a nightmare. But,… we are both healthy , my wife and I are together, and staying in our home country with my parents rather than separated, and stuck in an expensive hotel somewhere with no support… always some positives to take… stay safe and healthy people…

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  54. Dubai (stuck in Toon) Toon:
    So, how’s everyone doing? It looks like we are stranded here for quite a while. No way back into Dubai for another 3 weeks at least. Trouble is we were meant to be moving back here anyway at the end of May, early June. I’m going to, most likely, have to get someone into my house, (tricky since we have the keys here) and then get them to sell some things including my car, and supervise packing and moving for us… then I’ll have to go back to do all the paperwork and official stuff, etc later. OMG what a nightmare. But,… we are both healthy , my wife and I are together, and staying in our home country with my parents rather than separated, and stuck in an expensive hotel somewhere with no support… always some positives to take… stay safe and healthy people…

    Dubai – good philosophy mate 👍🏻.

    I saw parts of China back out and about yesterday – so hopefully we see some light at the end of our tunnel in the next 2-3 months 🤞🏻

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  55. Sharpy, I think most folk agree the Government are doing their best in the uncharted territory that this virus is but they must not be beyond reproach.

    When people say learn from other countries like Italy and so on , what they are pointing out is don’t make the same mistakes that’s all.
    Italy are around 3 weeks ahead of us and didn’t lock down soon or hard enough, hence they are in a mess now. As we have the power of hind sight we should act quickly and tougher to get it under control, if indeed we can now.

    You now it’s interesting that Cambridge analyst did a mock up of a massive flu pandemic and it’s effect on GB back in 2018. It was a comprehensive study which had 1,000 in England taking part via an App on their smart phones. It was carried out in conjunction with BBC 4 and is the best and biggest study based on peoples movements via their phone trackers done to date.
    The math models based on movements showed 48m infected and 1m dead by the end.
    That ought to of been a massive wake up call to put plans in place for a smooth and orderly plan of action in the event of such an pandemic. That goes for all Governments by the way.

    Much of what we have seen has looked rushed and not always well thought out with a lot of mixed messages too, this ‘ lock down’ isn’t really a lock down, there are still loads out and about if tv is anything to go by. We don’t even have the police numbers to police it anyway.

    A lack of protective gear for NHS is a major problem and a massive worry, if it was my family member working on the front line in a hospital without adequate protection i would be furious .
    Many of said they feel like cannon fodder, they are not wrong sadly.
    At the end of this we will owe them a massive debt of gratitude .

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  56. So not only did Ashley try to keep SD open – the dirty parasite piece of sh!t planned to increase to prices of things like dart boards, dumbbells and other ‘indoor’ equipment by as much as £20 an item.

    He’ll deny it, but disgruntled SD staff have provided media with the memo – so hard to deny that.

    Absolute horrible fat piece of sh!t.

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  57. KIMTOON:
    Sharpy, I think most folk agree the Government are doing their best in the uncharted territory that this virus is but they must not be beyond reproach.

    When people say learn from other countries like Italy and so on , what they are pointing out is don’t make the same mistakes that’s all.
    Italy are around 3 weeks ahead of us and didn’t lock down soon or hard enough, hence they are in a mess now. As we have the power of hind sight we should act quickly and tougher to get it under control, if indeed we can now.

    You now it’s interesting that Cambridge analyst did a mock up of a massive flu pandemic and it’s effect on GB back in 2018. It was a comprehensive study which had 1,000 in England taking part via an App on their smart phones. It was carried out in conjunction with BBC 4 and is the best and biggest study based on peoples movements via their phone trackers done to date.
    The math models based on movementsshowed 48m infected and 1m dead by the end.
    That ought to of been a massive wake up call to put plans in place for a smooth and orderly plan of action in the event of such an pandemic. That goes for all Governments by the way.

    Much of what we have seen has looked rushed and not always well thought out with a lot of mixed messages too, this ‘ lock down’ isn’t really a lock down, there are still loads out and about if tv is anything to go by. We don’t even have the police numbers to police it anyway.

    A lack of protective gear for NHS is a major problem and a massive worry, if it was my family member working on the front line in a hospital without adequate protection i would be furious .
    Many of said they feel like cannon fodder, they are not wrong sadly.
    At the end of this we will owe them a massive debt of gratitude .

    Kim – I’m sure there is a lot that could be done better or quicker – I just don’t think now is the time for the media to dissect that.

    Our regional news up here have showed shots of empty streets in the North East – around Durham today and Newcastle yesterday. Us Northerners understand the message. It largely seems to be the Londoners who are packing out the trains and going about life as normal.

    Would we want Boris enforcing lockdown downs and issuing fines on day one? or should we appreciate that the government thought we could be trusted – based on the fact we could all see in the news what was happening in China and Italy?!.

    They are taking the action now, and that is the right thing to do – and I speak as someone who’s sons off school, who’s wife is working from home and I still have to go into work.

    As for the protective equipment. I agree, it’s worrying – but the stock wasn’t already in most of the hospitals. I have watched a lot of Matt Han**** over the last 48hrs and I have to say I’ve been genuinely impressed by him.
    He knew what was coming and has not hid – not from any interview, media question or Parliamentary appointment. But at the same time, he is getting things done in the background. He has got the Army on board and there is a lot of equipment getting out there very quickly.

    Politicians took a pasting for the mess that was Brexit – and rightly so – they were unprofessional and largely pathetic throughout. Not one of them come out of it looking good imo.

    But, under very difficult times (which still doesn’t seem to sum it up), I think they are doing a very good job – and the likes of Piers Morgan, and Bob bloody Geldolf this morning, should shut the hell up and get behind them.

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  58. Kim – I don’t think our government have ever taken this lightly. But getting things in place and ready to battle this wasn’t something that could be done overnight.

    On the flip side I watched the likes of Trump calling ‘fake news’ and playing it all down.

    Piers and Bob Geldof were sat this morning calling the Chief Medical Officer names – looks like someone straight out of the 1950s.
    Firstly, neither are in a position to have a pop at how someone else looks – particularly Geldof.
    Secondly, how does that help?. The fella is working his arse off to try and save lives ffs.
    Thirdly, Geldof comes across as this holier than thou, save the whole while holding politicians to account … yet his parting comment was promoting his new album – classy, real classy 👍🏻

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  59. Morgan and Geldof are both jerks Sharpy, you’ll get no argument from me on that mate.

    Our hazel was supposed to be helping with the lad tonight as the other lassie is on leave but she has called this afternoon to say she has a sore throat and a cough ! has to self isolate now and IF she has it lets hope it’s mild.

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  60. I truly believe that it is time for Piers Morgan to self isolate. Not just until this panic is over but for the rest of his life.

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