Newcastle United fans react on Twitter to Massadio Haidara performance this weekend

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The French left-back was in at left-back against Southampton yesterday.

Yesterday saw Southampton continue their excellent form with a victory against Newcastle United at St James Park.

Newcastle United's defeat means they have not won under caretaker boss John Carver. With Alan Pardew winning his first three games for new team Crystal Palace, the former gaffer's team are now just four points behind Newcasle, and one place behind them in the league.

In the end it was sloppy defending that cost Newcastle against the high-flying Saints. Eljero Elia bagged a brace. The first goal sneaked under the body of Tim Krul, who was either slow to get down or should have used his foot to save the strike from his Dutch countryman. The next goal came from a dodgy attempt at a clearance, and a defelcted half volley from Elia.

All in all, Newcastle were uninspiring - with Fabricio Coloccini in particular struggling.

However one player who seemed to get plenty of praise on Twitter was French defender Massadio Haidara. He started his first Premier League game at left-back since the 2nd December fixture against Burnley.

Carver through him in yesterday and he impressed. He was certainly better going forward, as is well known about his talents.

He also did a very good job on Dusan Tadic. He was close to the Serbian talent for most of the game, even making a pantomime villain of the playmaker.

At times defensively he switches off. Yoann Gouffran did well to cover him on occasions but it was certainly clear that Newcastle fans were happier to see him in action at left-back rather than Paul Dummett, who has impressed at centre-half.

Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter...

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