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Season 2012-13
Southampton (h) Premier League

In association 

Sunday 24th February 2013, 1.30pm  

 St. James' Park

C'est magnifique


Newcastle United


4 - 2




3 mins A crossfield ball by Jack Cork from the Southampton right towards the far outer corner of the United area was headed infield by Rickie Lambert, who lost his marker Mathieu Debuchy. The ball dropped for Morgan Schneiderlin to turn inside Steven Taylor and shoot home without any fuss 0-1

33 mins
Yoan Gouffran surged forward with a mazy run down the left flank and jink into the Saints box. The former Bordeaux man opted to shoot and although goalkeeper Artur Boruc managed to block that attempt, Moussa Sissoko was ideally placed to ram home his third Newcastle goal. 1-1

42 mins
What could well be our goal of the season was almost classic route one, as Rob Elliot pumped forward a free kick from midway in his own half out by the left touchline. Jonas Gutierrez and his marker jumped but failed to make contact with the ball and as it dropped behind them, Papiss Cisse unleashed a first-time shot of devastating power and accuracy from outside the box. 

Projectile is an apt word to describe it and while many compared it to a similarly unstoppable swipe from Alan Shearer here against Everton, our initial reaction was to recall Tony Yeboah's fearsome strike for Leeds against Liverpool at Elland Road 

Half time: Magpies 2 Saints 1

50 mins
Some lack-lustre play allowed Adam Lallana space to centre from the Saints right and set up the unmarked Lambert to drive past Elliot at the Leazes End  2-2

67 mins
A long free kick from Cabaye was met by Mathieu Debuchy towards the right side of the Saints and then was clearly handled in the six yard box by substitute Daniel Fox. Yohan Cabaye confidently dispatched the resultant spot kick to move into double figures for the club. 3-2

79 mins
Davide Santon got to the byline down the Newcastle left and his powerful cross was met by Fox, only for his attempted clearance to strike team mate Joos Hooiveld and ricochet into his own net from close range. Fin. 4-2

Full time: Magpies 4 Saints 2

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"The French players were terrific - and the English players were very good, too. But the new arrivals have put us in good shape.
Six weeks ago we certainly wouldn't have beaten Southampton. But now we look like a different team.

"Losing Demba Ba, losing Yohan Cabaye, losing Steven Taylor and playing a lot of the season without Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote, it takes its toll. At this level you need your best players on the pitch, and we have that now. We’ve come on recently and we needed to.

"We have 30 points, we’re three points off 10th, we’re in the Europa League and we’re looking good in it and suddenly our season is turning. There’s a different feel to the club now and everybody’s contributed. If we didn’t have the financial input from Mike Ashley we wouldn’t be in this position, and we needed it.

(Mathieu) Debuchy was absolutely magnificent - that is why we tracked him for so long, as we didn't want to miss out on a talent like that.

"I've been saying for a long time since I arrived at this club that we've never really had a natural number 10 because, in the modern game, you need to have that. Moussa Sissoko came in and is much better at that (than Demba Ba). Obviously Demba's a striker, he plays that number 9 role for Chelsea, but we have Papiss.

"It gives us different options, a bit more freedom to attack thanks to his natural ability and defensive attitude. We need it. I think it's a better combination than what we had before.

"Look at the league table and we've now put ourselves in a position to attack tenth and that was why it was important to get victory today.

(Cisse's goal) reminded me of that goal of the season from Alan Shearer (at home to Everton) many years ago here, a dipping volley. As soon as he hit it you sensed it was in and of course the net ripples. He's got that in him, Papiss, he's done it before but it was a really fantastic one today.

"In some ways, it was a great idea from above (to have the French day), as I thought it took a bit of tension out the game. The fun element certainly helped us a bit. I went to a French restaurant last night just to get in the mood for it but I suffered all night with indigestion!" 

They Said

Mauricio Pochettino commented:

"It is obvious that we will stay in the Premiership. I have the same worry as all the teams that are in that part of the table but it’s neither more or less, it’s the same. I do have confidence in my team.

"We are very sad about the result, especially after how well we started. After we got the first goal we didn’t control the game as we should have. We went into the end of the first half losing the game. But their second goal there was a foul on Clyne, and an offside too for Cisse that is clear on the images.

“I am not complaining but these are details which have an influence on the result of the match.

“We played a good second half where we deserved to win the match, but the small details mean we leave with empty hands. The handball for the penalty was involuntary. It may or may not have been given - my complaint is more about their second goal and the foul and offside.

“It was hard for me to see in the match so it was hard for the referee to see it too. But I have seen the replays.”



Rob Elliot became the 179th player to represent United in the Premier League, the 72nd born in England and the 9th goalkeeper to have appeared in that competition:

Shay Given 354 starts
Steve Harper 103 starts (+7 sub)
Pavel Srnicek 97 starts (+2 sub)
Tim Krul 80 starts (+1 sub)
Shaka Hislop 53 starts
Mike Hooper 23 starts (+2 sub)
Tommy Wright 5 starts (+1 sub)
Jon Karelse 3 starts
Rob Elliot 1 start

Facing Southampton completed the notable achievement of playing in the top five divisions of English football, with Rob sampling life in the Conference with Accrington Stanley, League Two with Notts County and Accrington, League One and the Championship with Charton Athletic and now the Premier League with Newcastle United.

Saints in Toon - last 20:

2012/13: Won 4-2 Sissoko, Cisse, Cabaye (pen), OG
2005/06: Won 1-0 Dyer (FAC) 
2004/05: Won 2-1 Shearer (pen), Bramble
2003/04: Won 1-0 Shearer
2002/03: Won 2-1 Sh.Ameobi, Hughes
2001/02: Won 3-1 Robert, Shearer 2 (1 pen)
2000/01: Drew 1-1 Gallacher
1999/00: Won 5-0 Ferguson 2, Solano, Dabizas, OG
1998/99: Won 4-0 Shearer 2 (1 pen), Ketsbaia, OG
1997/98: Won 2-1 Barnes 2
1996/97: Lost 0-1 
1995/96: Won 1-0 Lee
1994/95: Won 5-1 Watson 2, Cole 2, Lee
1993/94: Lost 1-2 Cole
1988/89: Drew 3-3 O'Neill 2, Brock
1987/88: Won 2-1 Goddard, Mirandinha
1986/87: Won 2-0 Goddard, Gascoigne
1985/86: Won 2-1 Beardsley, Roeder
1984/85: Won 2-1 Reilly, McDonald
1973/74: Lost 0-1

Full record v Saints:
  P W D L F A
SJP 37 28 5 4 88 34
St. Mary's 37 4 11 22 30 63
League 74 32 16 26 118 97
SJP(FA) 3 2 1 0 4 1
HCG/TD/SM 6 1 0 5 6 13
SJP(LC) 0 0 0 0 0 0
TD 1 0 0 1 1 4


1 0 1 0 0 0
TD 1 0 1 0 1 1
Cup 12 3 3 6 12 19
Tot 86 35 19 32 130 116



Picture the scene: a packed house at St.James' cheering on their favourites, sporting red, white and blue flags, scarves and face paint in celebration of the club's business policy. And while the display of those colours was inspired by the French flag rather than the Sports Direct livery, it's the closest thing that Monsieur Ashley has had to a show of support round these parts for a while.     

Newcastle recorded back to back home victories for the first time this season, coming from behind to make it three wins in their last four Premier League outings and for Alan Pardew there was the added satisfaction of seeing his Magpies side finally beat a club he previously managed - the first time in five attempts this season.

United had christened this French day in honour of their players from that nation but the visitors quickly drew first blood through one of their own Gallic contingent. Standing in for the injured Tim Krul, goalkeeper Rob Elliot's first meaningful act in the Premier League was to retrieve the ball from his net after Morgan Schneiderlin turned and shot home within three minutes.

Conceding a goal so early galvanised both home players and crowd and Newcastle pressed forward in search of an equaliser, the Saints surviving two credible penalty shouts for handball.

Yoan Gouffran and Mathieu Debuchy both returned to the starting lineup after sitting out the Metalist ties, while Cheick Tiote overcame the illness that saw him miss out on Thursday night in Ukraine, sporting a new blonde Mohican haircut - either that or a sheepskin hat.  

And while the Ivorian looked in good nick and showed some welcome discipline (aided by some benevolent refereeing), it was Gouffran who created a deserved leveller for Moussa Sissoko before United had grabbed the lead with another sensational Senegal strike from Papiss Cisse.

Losing the services of captain Fabricio Coloccini before half time to what looked like a back injury, United again started off slowly and Elliot was forced into an acrobatic stop to defy Ricky Lambert's well-struck free kick. 

Davide Santon's failure to retreat from midfield was then punished by Lambert's 100th goal for Southampton and the visiting forward then put another effort wide as our reshaped defence struggled to find their feet. Undaunted, United again upped their game in response to conceding and pushed forward to sweep crosses and corners across the Saints area without testing Boruc. 

That then bore fruit with a correctly-called handball and well-dispatched penalty kick to give the blanc et noirs the lead. although another goal looked necessary to see off a determined Saints side who broke at speed and threatened to expose a tiring Magpies ensemble.

That duly arrived in faintly farcical circumstances with eleven minutes of normal time remaining to finally put the game beyond the visitors and send United six points clear of the drop zone into fourteen, with Tottenham's victory at West Ham the following day moving us up a further place.

Pleasingly, we were able to follow up a midweek success in Europe with an equally notable domestic victory and scored four times in the Premier League for the first time since April 2011. Post-Ba, that came as a considerable relief, even if there were elements of fortune in all four goals (Cisse straying offside when the original ball was launched into the Southampton half before his rasper).  

And despite the forced nature of the Gallic themed celebration, the gesture certainly seemed to be appreciated by the French enclave. They repaid their audience with further industrious displays across the field; the significant presence of Sissoko to the fore and Debuchy finding his feet.

Trčs bien, as they say in Blakelaw. 


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