Newcastle United got the job done this afternoon in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park against a very good looking Southampton side, and came out eventual 4-2 winners, but not before Southampton took a surprise 1-0 lead after only three minutes – but this new Newcastle side showed once more they can get the job done when the chips are down – as they were down this afternoon. That’s now the fourth win in the last six games for Newcastle and 9 points out of the last four league games – not too bad at all.
Papiss Cisse – scoring a fantastic goal this afternoon after 42 minutes
What unbelievable technique!
But Newcastle didn’t have it all their way this afternoon with Southampton giving as good as they got, and they started the game quickly and went ahead with rather a soft goal from Newcastle’s viewpoint after only 3 minutes.
Jack Cork put across a right wing cross and the ball was headed back into the penalty box by Ricky Lambert, and Schneiderlin hit it home, even through Steven Taylor was in close attendance.
But Newcastle came into the game playing their methodical football, and then a goal made in France got the Magpies the well deserved equalizer after 32 minutes.
Yohan Cabaye sent Yoan Gouffran away down the left wing, and great work by Yoan (this lad’s a very good player) sent the ball across the goal and Moussa Sissoko tapped the ball home – a good team goal from Newcastle and three of the four Frenchman combined to get the goal – where was Matthieu Debuchy?
And then on 42 minutes a fantastic goal from Papiss Cisse, as he hit the ball from fully 30 yards out, and ball went rocketing into the net – simply a brilliant opportunist strike from Papiss Cisse – we know he can score goals like this – and it will do his confidence the world of good.
It was a well deserved 2-1 lead at the break, but the Saints started the second half as they had the first, and after a few minutes a Ricky Lambert free kick was brilliantly saved by Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal as he dived to his left to block the shot.
But a few minutes later former Newcastle target Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana combined well down the right wing, before Lallana put a low cross in and Ricky Lambert beat Steven Taylor and stroked the ball home to make it 2-2.
Newcastle were certainly in a game this afternoon, and they were struggling a little after it was 2-2, and Newcastle seemed asleep as Lambert had another chance from a chip from Adam Lallana, but this time it was just wide of the post.
On 67 minutes Newcastle got a penalty and again it was two Frenchmen – Cabaye and Debuchy – who combined with Cabaye feeding Debuchy and his strong cross was handled by Southampton substitute Danny Fox – a former Newcastle target.
Referee Chris Foy immediately pointed to the penalty spot, and Cabaye sent Boruc the wrong way with a great finish – the second converted penalty in two games for Newcastle.
And then with just 11 minutes remaining, Davide Santon’s left-wing cross was intercepted by Fox, but he put the ball from point blank range straight into Hooiveld, and the ball flew into the back of the net.
Newcastle comfortably saw out the remaining 10 minutes to get a great 3 points – and this side knows what they have to do to get the job done – and we are now on 30 points and in 14th place and above both Southampton and Sunderland.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 45), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77); Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 88), Moussa Sissoko, Jonas Gutierrez; Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Jak Alnwick, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Artur Boruc; Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw (Danny Fox 57); Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Jay Rodriguez (Jason Puncheon 81), Steven Davis (Gaston Ramirez 65), Adam Lallana (c); Rickie Lambert
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Jose Fonte, Emmanuel Mayuka, James Ward-Prowse
Referee: Chris Foy (Lancashire)
Bookings: Newcastle – none; Southampton – Rodriguez (25), Shaw (41), Yoshida (74)