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Andy Carroll-inspired Newcastle side bounce back to beat Southampton

Sometimes football simply does not make any sense. For most of this contest the only logical outcome was that Southampton would win and Newcastle United would get exactly what their performance deserved.

Dreadful for an hour, Newcastle have not played this badly at home all season. They were abject, barely stringing more than three passes together, as they repeatedly gifted possession to their opponents and could not go more than a few minutes without someone making a mistake.

The only surprise was that it took Southampton until the second half to take the lead through Danny Ings. In control and facing opponents who had looked lethargic and sloppy throughout, Southampton appeared to be cruising to a third successive win.

Instead, they managed to lose it, as Newcastle, inspired by the arrival of Andy Carroll after an hour, pulled off the most unlikely of fightbacks.

Southampton should have been in front in the first half, when Jetro Willems decided to play a blind pass back towards his own goal and got it so wrong he sent Nathan Redmond in on goal instead

Redmond had lots of time to think about what he was going to do, maybe too long, and was denied by the leg of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.


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