Newcastle continue renaissance

Newcastle leapfrogged Southampton in the Premier League thanks

to a 4-2 victory in a thrilling encounter at St James’ Park.

The home crowd were stunned into silence as early as the third

minute, when Morgan Schneiderlin gave the Saints an early lead, but

it was all Newcastle for the rest of the half.

However, the Toon faithful had to wait until just after the

half-hour mark to equalise, when Moussa Sissoko tapped in after

Yoan Gouffran’s effort had been blocked by Saints’ stopper Artur

Boruc, then Papiss Cisse’s spectacular 25-yard dipping effort gave

Newcastle a deserved lead at the break.

Just as they had in the first period, Southampton came out of

the blocks the quickest after the interval, and Rickie Lambert

scored his 100th goal for the club from close-range to put the

Saints level.

However, a Yohan Cabaye penalty and a bizarre own goal from Jos

Hooiveld meant Alan Pardew’s men took all three points from this

thrilling encounter.

It was France day at St James’ Park, with fans donning all kinds

of Gallic attire to celebrate the influx of new faces at the club,

but the positive feeling around the ground was soon turned sour by

the Saint’s opener.

Rickie Lambert, who was a nuisance all afternoon, knocked down

Luke Shaw’s diagonal ball into the path of the onrushing Morgan

Schneiderlin, who swivelled and stroked the ball past Premier

League debutant Rob Elliot, deputising in place of the injured Tim

Krul.

However, after that it was all Newcastle, with the only surprise

that it took so long for the home side to find that equaliser,

which came thanks to Sissoko after great work from Gouffran down

the right, bamboozling the Saints’ backline with some neat

footwork, and firing a low shot which was saved by Boruc, but

Sissoko was on hand tap in.

Papiss Cisse then produced a moment of magic reminiscent of his

spectacular strike at Stamford Bridge last season, smashing in a

thunderous effort from 25 yards to give the Magpies the lead at the

break.

However, the Saints were soon level after the interval thanks to

Southampton’s dangerman Lambert. Adam Lallana was allowed time and

space to pick out the hitman in the box, who had no trouble

stroking the ball past Elliot.

The momentum swung once again as Southampton sensed a rare

victory in this part of the North East, but a blatant handball from

substitute Danny Fox as the impressive Mathieu Debuchy attempted to

hook a Cabaye cross into the dangerzone gifted Newcastle the

opportunity to regain the lead from the spot, and Cabaye duly

obliged, slotting his penalty past Boruc.

The goal that sealed the points for the Magpies was harsh on

Southampton, but it was the manner in which it was scored that will

anger boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Danny Fox attempted to lash the ball clear in his six yard area,

but instead volleyed straight at Hooiveld, who was powerless to

stop the ball bouncing in.