Saints fail French test

Morgan Schneiderlin celebrates his goal

Morgan Schneiderlin celebrates his goal

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Alan Pardew got the win he craved as Newcastle fought back to beat former club Southampton and complete a good week.

The Magpies, who booked their place in the last 16 of the Europa League in Ukraine on Thursday evening, added three priceless Barclays Premier League points to their haul to ease themselves six clear of the relegation zone.

For Pardew, who was sacked by the Saints in August 2010, the win - his side's third in four league games - served up a measure of revenge for November's 2-0 defeat on the South Coast, but more importantly, allowed him to start looking upwards once again rather than anxiously over his shoulder.

They fell behind to Morgan Schneiderlin's third-minute strike, but Moussa Sissoko's third goal for the club and a superb Papiss Cisse volley gave them the advantage at the break.

Rickie Lambert, a player who was given his Saints chance by Pardew, levelled five minutes into the second half, but Yohan Cabaye's 67th-minute penalty and a Jos Hooiveld own goal 11 minutes from time ensured that the points stayed on Tyneside.

It was France day at St James' Park today as Newcastle celebrated the seven-man Gallic influence within their squad, but it was an eighth compatriot who was first to make his mark on the game when Schneiderlin thumped home after Lambert had headed down Jack Cork's deep cross.

The Saints started with a high tempo as they pressed their hosts back deep inside their own half and paid particular attention to midfielder playmaker Cabaye, who was driven further and further towards his won goal by the efforts of Steve Davis and Cork.

However, Newcastle gradually forced their way into the game and might have been level with 15 minutes gone when Cisse set up Sissoko to fire a rasping shot across goal which may have been going just wide, but was too close for keeper Artur Boric not to make sure.

Cisse probably should have equalised three minutes later when the hard-working Yoan Gouffran's shot fell nicely for him on the six-yard line, but as he span, he sliced his effort well wide.

Central defender Steven Taylor saw a back-post header from a 21st-minute Cabaye corner deflected over by Maya Yoshida, but the momentum was very much with Newcastle.

They had to wait until 12 minutes before the break to restore parity, but it was worth waiting for.

Cabaye was starting to find more space and when he played a lovely ball down the line for Gouffran, the wide man twisted and turned his way past full-back Nathaniel Clyne to drill in a cross to which Sissoko applied the decisive touch.

There was better to come, however, with three minutes of the half remaining, and this time it was keeper Rob Elliot, making his Premier League debut, who was the provider.

His clearance sailed over Sissoko as he challenged for it, but sat up nicely for Cisse.

The Senegal international has been going through a difficult spell recently, but his dipping volley seared over the helpless Boruc and went in off the underside of the crossbar to rekindle memories of his glorious 13-goal streak during the second half of last season.

Pardew lost skipper Fabricio Coloccini to injury in stoppage time and sent on Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa in his place, and the newcomer found himself in the firing line within two minutes of the restart.

His foul on Lambert allowed the striker to take aim at goal from the resulting free-kick, and Elliot had to dive full-stretch to his left to save.

The Magpies failed to heed the warning and were made to pay for it three minutes later when Adam Lallana was given time and space down the right and cross for Lambert to steer home the equaliser.

Newcastle were fortunate not to fall behind within three minutes when Lambert climbed highest to meet another Lallana cross, but directed his header wide of the target.

Pardew's men were in some disarray and Elliot was relieved to see a 55th-minute effort from Lallana skid wide of the far post, but they gradually began to impose themselves once again, although without really threatening Boruc's goal.

However, they took the lead once again with 67 minutes played, although perhaps in controversial fashion.

Cabaye picked out Mathieu Debuchy with a fine ball over the top and the full-back's volleyed cross hit Danny Fox on the arm.

Referee Chris Foy pointed to the spot as Southampton's protests counted for nothing, and Cabaye stepped up to send Boruc the wrong way to make it 3-2.

Things got worse for the visitors and Fox in particular with 11 minutes remaining when Fox blasted Davide Santon's cross against Hooiveld and saw the ball fly past the helpless Boruc and into the net.

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4:18pm Sun 24 Feb 13

fred the red says...

Guess the Fox hunting lobby will have more ammunition today!
Guess the Fox hunting lobby will have more ammunition today! fred the red
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4:18pm Sun 24 Feb 13

magnette says...

Poch lost that game for Saints. Let's hope in the process he's learn't something about Punch and Fox!?
Poch lost that game for Saints. Let's hope in the process he's learn't something about Punch and Fox!? magnette
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4:22pm Sun 24 Feb 13

BracknellSaint says...

Hate to say it, but Fox was truly wretched again today...
Hate to say it, but Fox was truly wretched again today... BracknellSaint
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4:31pm Sun 24 Feb 13

the third hardest man in sholing says...

I'd rather have Basil Brush at left back than Fox.
I'd rather have Basil Brush at left back than Fox. the third hardest man in sholing
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5:03pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Southampton boy says...

sorry but we should have had a draw here hand ball it was ball to hand still another good game we need to take QPR down next week looking forward to this game and we should be ok
sorry but we should have had a draw here hand ball it was ball to hand still another good game we need to take QPR down next week looking forward to this game and we should be ok Southampton boy
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5:04pm Sun 24 Feb 13

anderoo says...

the third hardest man in sholing wrote:
I'd rather have Basil Brush at left back than Fox.
Ha Ha ha Boom Boom!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]the third hardest man in sholing[/bold] wrote: I'd rather have Basil Brush at left back than Fox.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha ha Boom Boom!!!!!!!! anderoo
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5:29pm Sun 24 Feb 13

TAYLORP says...

fox is defo a weak link, he cost a point at man city on the opening day. Don't like to have a go at any of our players but he isn't up to the Pl. sos
fox is defo a weak link, he cost a point at man city on the opening day. Don't like to have a go at any of our players but he isn't up to the Pl. sos TAYLORP
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6:17pm Sun 24 Feb 13

TheSaintsMan says...

We should have won today, as ever Fox proved his worth to our side and Puncheon proved nothing because he wasn't able to. It could have been a different story. Hooiveld has also won a record for the most own-goals in the same season, I feel quite sorry for him.
We should have won today, as ever Fox proved his worth to our side and Puncheon proved nothing because he wasn't able to. It could have been a different story. Hooiveld has also won a record for the most own-goals in the same season, I feel quite sorry for him. TheSaintsMan
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6:56pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Southampton boy says...

It was not just Fox yes I agree he he needs to go but he is just a player doing his best
It was not just Fox yes I agree he he needs to go but he is just a player doing his best Southampton boy
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7:31am Mon 25 Feb 13

Tirau Dan says...

Bury the bs - stop picking on individual players we played well as a team for 20 odd mins and not for the rest - Toon were mediocre though their 8m spend in January revitalised them enough to do a job but the deciding factor was that the Ref Loved them not us:
Bury the bs - stop picking on individual players we played well as a team for 20 odd mins and not for the rest - Toon were mediocre though their 8m spend in January revitalised them enough to do a job but the deciding factor was that the Ref Loved them not us: Tirau Dan
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7:32am Mon 25 Feb 13

Tirau Dan says...

PS as a student of the late Benny Bishop at Merry Oak in the 70s I can say I failed French miserably...
PS as a student of the late Benny Bishop at Merry Oak in the 70s I can say I failed French miserably... Tirau Dan
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8:49am Mon 25 Feb 13

dingdongdell says...

Very strange decision to leave Puncheon out. He has been arguably our standout player this season, has consistently caused trouble for opposing defences. Last week we comprehensively beat the Champions of England with Jason playing a major part. Why on earth would you change the team except for injuries? Does MP really think Jay Rodriguez is a better bet? I think the decision to leave Puncheon out was probably due to his ongoing contract problem, show him he's a naughty boy! If so this probably had nothing to do with the manager but was 'orders from above'. Lets face it, MP will do as he's told by Cortese. The team clearly missed Puncheon yesterday, given his current form he would have made a big difference. Leaving him out was a serious mistake that could cost us dear at the end of the season.
Very strange decision to leave Puncheon out. He has been arguably our standout player this season, has consistently caused trouble for opposing defences. Last week we comprehensively beat the Champions of England with Jason playing a major part. Why on earth would you change the team except for injuries? Does MP really think Jay Rodriguez is a better bet? I think the decision to leave Puncheon out was probably due to his ongoing contract problem, show him he's a naughty boy! If so this probably had nothing to do with the manager but was 'orders from above'. Lets face it, MP will do as he's told by Cortese. The team clearly missed Puncheon yesterday, given his current form he would have made a big difference. Leaving him out was a serious mistake that could cost us dear at the end of the season. dingdongdell
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11:16am Mon 25 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

There really is some utter rubbish on this thread.

'Poch lost the game for Saints', and hints that Cortese picks the team. That's what people said when Guly was in the side, so how come Cortese didn't pick him yesterday - he was warming up, so was available.

It's so easy to be wise after the event. JayRod played well against Man City and could well have been a better option than Punch. It didn't work, so (maybe later than I expected) Poch made the substitution.

The pitch, the pitch, the pitch ...... how come none of us have mentioned it yet? Newcastle was covered in snow on Saturday morning and had more snow on Sunday morning. I don't know how NUFC deal with their pitch but they did well to clear it. However, it was still rather heavy and the ball was going all over the place. Maybe that had a bearing on who Poch thought would be better suited to start. It probably explains Cork's costly error. No one can moan at Cork for the odd error, he's been fantastic, but it's strange how people jump all over Fox (and Guly) but not Shaw (Wigan) or Cork.
There really is some utter rubbish on this thread. 'Poch lost the game for Saints', and hints that Cortese picks the team. That's what people said when Guly was in the side, so how come Cortese didn't pick him yesterday - he was warming up, so was available. It's so easy to be wise after the event. JayRod played well against Man City and could well have been a better option than Punch. It didn't work, so (maybe later than I expected) Poch made the substitution. The pitch, the pitch, the pitch ...... how come none of us have mentioned it yet? Newcastle was covered in snow on Saturday morning and had more snow on Sunday morning. I don't know how NUFC deal with their pitch but they did well to clear it. However, it was still rather heavy and the ball was going all over the place. Maybe that had a bearing on who Poch thought would be better suited to start. It probably explains Cork's costly error. No one can moan at Cork for the odd error, he's been fantastic, but it's strange how people jump all over Fox (and Guly) but not Shaw (Wigan) or Cork. Strasbourg Saint
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11:33am Mon 25 Feb 13

Rising_Son says...

Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie.

I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season.
Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie. I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season. Rising_Son
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11:57am Mon 25 Feb 13

Strasbourg Saint says...

Rising_Son wrote:
Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie.

I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season.
Likewise, RS.

My point about the pitch was that it didn't seem to play true. It certainly wasn't comparable with Hartlepool last season and the snow caused nothing like the difficulty that it did last season at Brum, but I noticed that the ball bounced oddly a few times early in the game and I then looked closer; it certainly wasn't a bowling green, but then it is February.
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie. I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season.[/p][/quote]Likewise, RS. My point about the pitch was that it didn't seem to play true. It certainly wasn't comparable with Hartlepool last season and the snow caused nothing like the difficulty that it did last season at Brum, but I noticed that the ball bounced oddly a few times early in the game and I then looked closer; it certainly wasn't a bowling green, but then it is February. Strasbourg Saint
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12:09pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Rising_Son says...

Strasbourg Saint wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie.

I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season.
Likewise, RS.

My point about the pitch was that it didn't seem to play true. It certainly wasn't comparable with Hartlepool last season and the snow caused nothing like the difficulty that it did last season at Brum, but I noticed that the ball bounced oddly a few times early in the game and I then looked closer; it certainly wasn't a bowling green, but then it is February.
You may be right. We were so far away in from the pitch the away supporters, I found it very difficult to see anything 'subtle' clearly, as I found out watching replays of a couple of incidents on the tv. Mind you the ref seems to have had similar problems in spite of being closer and having much younger eyes.
[quote][p][bold]Strasbourg Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: Stras, it was good to meet you, the little strassies, warrens and Willie. I'm not sure I saw any problems with the pitch, but I agree that the villification of Fox (and Guly) by some of the people on here is unjustified. Yesterday Fox must have been the unluckiest player on the pitch. I don't think he was any worse than Shaw or Cork, who probably had their worst games of the season.[/p][/quote]Likewise, RS. My point about the pitch was that it didn't seem to play true. It certainly wasn't comparable with Hartlepool last season and the snow caused nothing like the difficulty that it did last season at Brum, but I noticed that the ball bounced oddly a few times early in the game and I then looked closer; it certainly wasn't a bowling green, but then it is February.[/p][/quote]You may be right. We were so far away in from the pitch the away supporters, I found it very difficult to see anything 'subtle' clearly, as I found out watching replays of a couple of incidents on the tv. Mind you the ref seems to have had similar problems in spite of being closer and having much younger eyes. Rising_Son
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12:12pm Mon 25 Feb 13

bigfella777 says...

That was a big loss yesterday, could be pivotal,why change a winning team.
That was a big loss yesterday, could be pivotal,why change a winning team. bigfella777
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