Player ratings as Magpies secure EFL Cup semi-final first-leg win

Newcastle United will take a one-goal lead into the 2nd leg of their EFL Cup semi-final with Southampton following a 1-0 triumph at St Mary’s.

Eddie Howe’s side mainly controlled on the south coast however will go back to St James’ Park with a small deficit after beating Nathan Jones’ 10-man Saints.

The visitors wanted to make a quick start and had a good opportunity simply 2 minutes in, with Miguel Almiron teeing up Joe Willock to fire from the edge of the charge location, however his effort cruised over.

Sean Longstaff then flashed a cross through the 6 backyard box as Newcastle’s aggressive opening continued, while Fabian Schar rejected brand-new Southampton finalizing Carlos Alcaraz from transforming a James Ward-Prowse shipment at the other end.

Another excellent opportunity for Willock flew over the bar when he volleyed over a deep ball from Kieran Trippier, prior to Joelinton handled to discover the back of the web after tapping in from close quarters amidst a scramble in the Southampton box. However, he was evaluated to have actually managed the ball and the objective was chalked off.

At the start of the 2nd half, Almiron made a surging run down the left and handled to cut the ball back for Longstaff, just for his shot to fly over the leading just like Willock’s chance early in the video game.

A speculative overhead kick from Sekou Mara flew large prior to the very best opportunity of the video game was rejected by Joelinton, in some way skying from simple lawns out following a smart low cross from Almiron.

In the following minutes, Gavin Bazunu got a glove to another cross from Almiron, however just directed the ball into the course of Sven Botman. The Dutchman’s instinctive newbie strike might just discover the side-netting.

Nick Pope stood high to reject Che Adams after the Scottish striker handled to break away on a fast counter attack, in the past once again staying out the striker after Newcastle stopped working to clear a free-kick.

With simply under 20 minutes staying, Newcastle lastly broke the deadlock. Alexander Isak handled to turn and rupture far from Duje Caleta-Car, crossing for Joelinton to tap the Magpies ahead.

But simply as quickly as the visitors entered front, Southampton believed they’d discovered an equaliser. A connected cross from Samuel Edozie was bundled in off of Adam Armstrong, however after a prolonged VAR check, the objective was eliminated for a handball versus the forward.

In the passing away ashes, Caleta-Car was revealed a 2nd yellow card for a nasty on Allan Saint-Maximin and the Saints were lowered to 10 males.

Isak and Jacob Murphy went near including another for Newcastle in interruption time, however they needed to choose a one-goal win ahead of next week’s return leg.

GK: Gavin Bazunu (5); RB: Kyle Walker-Peters (6), CB: Lyanco (5), CB: Duje Caleta-Car (2), (), POUND: Mohammed Salisu (6); CM: Ibrahima Diallo (4), CM: Carlos Alcaraz (7), RM: Moussa Djenepo (5), AM: James Ward-Prowse (5), LM: Mislav Orsic (4); CF: Sekou Mara (5)

SUBS: Adam Armstrong (5), Che Adams (5), Samuel Edozie (6), Romeo Lavia (5), Jan Bednarek (N/A)

GK: Nick Pope (7); RB: Kieran Trippier (6), CB: Fabian Schar (7), CB: Sven Botman (6), POUND: Dan Burn (6); CM: Bruno Guimaraes (8), CM: Joe Willock (7), CM: Sean Longstaff (5); RW: Miguel Almiron (7), CF: Callum Wilson (4), LW: Joelinton (8)

SUBS: Alexander Isak (7), Allan Saint-Maximin (7), Jacob Murphy (5)

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