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- Morgan Schneiderlin opened the scoring
- Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse put Newcastle in front at HT
- Rickie Lambert equalised with his 100th Saints goal
- Mathieu Debuchy penalty and Jos Hooiveld own goal made it 4-2
Saints drop down to 16th in the table, three points clear of the drop zone. For Newcastle, that win will go a long way to easing any relegation fears. Thanks for joining us today. We will have reaction for you on the website a little later on.
NEWCASTLE 4 SAINTS 2
Newcastle 4 Saints 2 (Jos Hooiveld og 79): A calamitous own goal from Saints. Davide Santon's cross from the left is punted by Danny Fox straight into the body of Jos Hooiveld, with the ball cannoning off the defender and into the net.
Yoshida booked for a trip on Sissoko.
Newcastle 3 Saints 2 (Yohan Cabaye 67 pen): Cabaye sends Boruc the wrong way to put Newcastle back in front.
Newcastle are awared a spot kick after Danny Fox handles a cross from Mathieu Debuchy.
SAINTS SUB (65 mins): Steven Davis off, Gaston Ramirez on.
SAINTS SUB (57 mins): Shaw off, Fox on.
Newcastle 2 Saints 2 (Rickie Lambert 50): Adam Lallana drives in a low ball from the right, and Lambert fires home from six yards. That is the Saints striker's 100th goal for the club.
CHANCE (47 mins): Rickie Lambert bends a free-kick round the wall from 25 yards, but Rob Elliot dives to his left to tip it away.
NEWCASTLE UNITED 2 SAINTS 1
Newcastle 2 Saints 1 (Papiss Cisse 43): Keeper Rob Elliot launches a long free-kick forward. Luke Shaw takes a little nudge from Jonas Gutierrez, with the ball flying over both of them, into the path of Papiss Cisse, who strikes a stunning effort on the bounce from 30 yards out that dips over Artur Boruc and flies in off the underside of the bar.
Luke Shaw booked for pulling down Jonas Gutierrez.
Newcastle 1 Saints 1 (Moussa Sissoko 33): Yoann Gouffran races away down the left and bears down on goal. His near post shot hits the leg of Artur Boruc and falls kindly to Sissoko inside the six-yard box for a tap-in.
Jay Rodriguez booked for a poor tackle on Jonas Gutierrez.
PENALTY APPEAL (22 mins): Jos Hooiveld again handles in the area, this time at close range from Steven Taylor's overhead effort. Again, though, Chris Foy - who didn't have a clear view - waves play on.
CHANCE (14 mins): Moussa Sissoko tries his luck with a fierce low shot across goal from 25 yards. It was slicing just wide, but Artur Boruc got a hand to it in order to ensure it went behind.
Penalty appeal (12 mins): The ball bounces up in the area as a Papiss Cisse cross is blocked and hits the hand of Jos Hooiveld. Wasn't intentional, and nothing is given.
Newcastle 0 Saints 1 (Morgan Schneiderlin 3): Jack Cork's angled ball to the far post is nodded down by Rickie Lambert, and Schneiderlin fires a volley on the turn past Rob Elliot.
Referee Chris Foy gets us underway.
Saints last six (league only): W D D L D W
Newcastle last six (league only): L D L W W L
Saints’ top scorer (league only): Rickie Lambert 11
Newcastle top scorer (league only): Papiss Cisse 5
Jason Puncheon, out of contract this summer, drops to the bench despite his impressive form recently. Here's what Mauricio Pochettino had to say about his future when asked this week:
I myself haven't spoken anything about his contract. I've only recently arrived so my first priority has to be the whole of the team, not just one player. There are certain movements that were already happening with players when I arrived. In the coming weeks we will be speaking at a club level with the appropriate people to decide on the matters of players at the club. Puncheon is a player I am counting on and he is a player that has certain qualities and skills that are good for the team so, yes, I'd like him to stay.Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino
Two changes for Saints this afternoon, as Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw come back into the starting line-up. Jason Puncheon and Danny Fox both drop to the bench. Jose Fonte is back among the subs after a six-week absence through injury.
NEWCASTLE: Elliot, Coloccini, Santon, Cabaye, Sissoko, Cisse, Gouffran, Gutierrez, Tiote, Debuchy, Taylor.
Subs: Alnwick, Anita, Yanga-Mbiwa, Perch, Marveaux, Ameobi, Obertan.
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, S. Davis, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Fonte, Ramírez, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Puncheon.
Referee: Chris Foy.
Alan Pardew, who was sacked by Saints chairman Nicola Cortese in August 2010, is desperate to get one over his old club this afternoon. Here's what he said to the media earlier this week:
It's going to be dear to my heart to win this game, trust me, so I won't be pulling any punches in my dressing room. But that's easier said than done. Southampton have definitely picked up and they play a high pressing game which we are going to have to combat. He [Pochettino] has had a good start. There are some good players there and I am looking forward to seeing them. They got the result over us the last time and they thoroughly deserved it, so we need to perform a lot better than we did at their place.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew
Newcastle squad news: Newcastle keeper Tim Krul is a doubt after leaving Thursday’s Europa League clash at Metalist Kharkiv with an ankle injury. The Holland international hobbled away from the Metalist Stadium on crutches, but manager Alan Pardew is hopeful that he can retain his place in the team despite putting Rob Elliot on alert. Midfielder Cheick Tiote could return after missing the 1-0 win in Ukraine through illness, full-back Mathieu Debuchy and striker Yoan Gouffran, who are ineligible in Europe, are available once again, while Davide Santon is back in training after an ankle problem. Hatem Ben Arfa (hamstring) will not be rushed back after ten weeks on the sidelines.
Saints squad news: Defender Luke Shaw and midfielder Gaston Ramirez are set to return to the squad after missing the 3-1 defeat of Manchester City two weeks ago with knocks. Defender Jose Fonte remains a doubt with a knee complaint. Midfielder Adam Lallana could make his first start since suffering a knee injury on December 8. Defender Vegard Forren still awaits his debut.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s blog covering this afternoon’s Premier League match between Newcastle and Saints, at St James’ Park. It’s another reunion with former manager Alan Pardew today, who will be looking to avenge the 2-0 defeat he suffered when the teams met in Southampton earlier this season. Both sides are locked together in the table on 27 points, three clear of the relegation zone. A win for either club would go a long way to easing any fears of the drop.