Southampton 0-1 Newcastle: Premier League – Three Key Saints Players

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Yan Valery of Southampton is challenged by Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 07: Yan Valery of Southampton is challenged by Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images) /
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SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Moussa Djenepo of Southampton reacts as he leaves the after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 07: Moussa Djenepo of Southampton reacts as he leaves the after being shown a red card during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images) /

Moussa Djenepo

The sad news that the young Malian winger recently lost his mother has seen an outpouring of sympathy and support from the Southampton team, management and fans. Unfortunately, his much needed return to the side wasn’t quite how he might have hoped.

Just shy of the half hour mark, Djenepo caught Isaac Hayden’s ankle with his studs and whilst there was no malicious intent, there was a little that could be argued with the decision to upgrade the original yellow card to red. Although Saints were on the receiving side of the dismissal, it felt positive to finally witness a referee utilising the pitch side monitor to aid in making an important decision.

With Redmond missing through injury and Boufal seemingly out of sorts, Djenepo will be sorely missed over the next three games. Hopefully a fatherly arm round the 21 year old’s shoulder from the manager will be what is required to get Djenepo back on track.

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