Newcastle United broke tradition after beating Southampton last night
Newcastle United broke tradition after beating Southampton last night
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Newcastle United broke tradition after beating Southampton last night

Newcastle United picked up another win against Southampton on Tuesday night, but the traditional team photo was nowhere to be seen.

Ever since Eddie Howe became manager, the team have grouped together for a post-match photo in the dressing room after a win. It was a psychological decision made by the Toon boss, implementing something he had previously done at Bournemouth.

The idea is to cherish those winning moments, as they can be rare in football. However, that has not proven to be the case for the Magpies.

The first one came after a 1-0 win over Burnley in December 2021, and they have become a regular occurrence ever since.

Newcastle have developed into a winning machine, with each victory toasted with a team photo.

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We have seen variations throughout Howe’s tenure so far. Injured players have been involved, the owners have have been included, while there was even a massive one on the pitch with the team’s family after beating Arsenal last season.

But after winning against Southampton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, Newcastle broke tradition – and it was absolutely the right thing to do.

No team photo after Newcastle beat Southampton

The Magpies won 1-0 at St Mary’s, with Joelinton’s goal giving us the lead heading into next week’s second leg. And that is exactly why there was no team photo. There is still a second leg to be played – this semi final is not won.

Newcastle have put themselves in a brilliant position, but we are still 90 minutes away from Wembley. We need to get the job done at St James’ Park next Tuesday night, with a draw enough to book our place in the Carabao Cup final.

Posting a team photo last night would have been a big mistake. It would have set Howe’s team up for a fall in the return fixture.

Even the celebrations from the players were more measured. They know there is still a long way to go in this tie.

While we did not see a team photo, there may well have been one taken in private. Some fans are speculating that it could be unveiled next week if we get the job done in the home leg.

For now though, Toon fans will have to do without a team photo celebrating yet another Newcastle win. It is the first time this has happened since Howe took over, but it will all be worth it if we are planning a trip to the capital this time next week.