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Newcastle United 1-1 Southampton

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Vurnon Anita of Newcastle United tackles Jay Rodriguez of Southampton

Jay Rodriguez put the finishing touch to a wonderful move as Southampton held Newcastle at St James' Park.

The Magpies took the lead in the first half when Yoan Gouffran took the ball around keeper Paulo Gazzaniga after a poor error by defender Jos Hooiveld.

Southampton equalised through Rodriguez, who slotted in after a great one-two with Steven Davis.

Loic Remy then wasted a golden chance to score Newcastle's second, striking well wide after Gazzaniga's mistake.

Newcastle momentum carries on - Pardew

A match which was tepid at best in the first half burst into life in the second - with the entertainment provided by unexpected sources.

Apart from an ambitious 20-yard volley from a corner by Mathieu Debuchy there was little of note to report in the opening 25 minutes.

Gouffran changed that when he scored Newcastle's opener. The Frenchman, who joined the Magpies in January, was at his sharpest when he pounced after Hooiveld's error before tapping in. That was the £500,000 signing's fourth goal in as many home games.

Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino's experiment with Rickie Lambert, Dani Osvaldo and Jay Rodriguez in attack did not work in the opening 45 minutes, so the Argentine introduced Lallana for Osvaldo at half-time.

That piece of tinkering paid dividends in the 65th minute when Lallana started off the move that led to the equaliser.

The England international picked up the ball in the middle before feeding Rodriguez. He then found the impressive Davis, who earlier hit the woodwork with a 20-yard shot, before collecting the return and finishing with a low sweeping shot from inside the area. It was an excellent counter-attack.

Newcastle should have re-taken the lead soon after but Remy inexplicably failed to score his ninth of the season - firing wildly from close range following Gazzaniga's atrocious clearance.

Draw was a fair result - Pochettino

While some Saints fans may have been amused by Remy's miss, the laughter spread around the whole stadium when Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko sent referee Mike Jones to the turf after accidentally slapping him in the face.

The Cheshire official needed treatment for a bloody nose but took the view that the France international did not intend to make contact with him.

And with a few minutes of the match remaining a scuffle broke out on the sidelines which resulted in the goalkeeping coaches of both sides - Southampton's Toni Jimenez and Newcastle's Andy Woodman - sent off following a disagreement over Morgan Schneiderlin's foul on Massadio Haidara.

It was an incident that Newcastle manager Alan Pardew later described as "a bit of panto season".

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Krul
  • 26Debuchy
  • 3SantonSubstituted forHaidaraat 78'minutes
  • 8Anita
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 7Sissoko
  • 24TiotéBooked at 66mins
  • 14Remy
  • 23AmeobiSubstituted forCisséat 61'minutes
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forBen Arfaat 73'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Cissé
  • 10Ben Arfa
  • 13Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 19Haidara
  • 21Elliot
  • 25Obertan
  • 28Ameobi

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 22Chambers
  • 23Shaw
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forSchneiderlinat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 5Lovren
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 8Davis
  • 18CorkBooked at 64mins
  • 7Lambert
  • 17OsvaldoSubstituted forLallanaat 45'minutes
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forGallagherat 90+7'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 6José Fonte
  • 10Ramírez
  • 20Lallana
  • 40Gallagher
  • 41Cropper
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
49,164

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home11
Away3
Fouls
Home10
Away16

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Michael Williamson (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Jay Rodriguez.

  6. Post update

    Attempt saved. Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Davis.

  8. Booking

    Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

  10. Post update

    Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Mathieu Debuchy tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jos Hooiveld (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Loïc Remy (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

  16. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  17. Post update

    Delay in match Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton) because of an injury.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  19. Post update

    Offside, Newcastle United. Fabricio Coloccini tries a through ball, but Moussa Sissoko is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

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3Man City16102447182932
4Everton1687127151231
5Liverpool1593334181630
6Newcastle168352122-127
7Tottenham158341516-127
8Southampton166642015524
9Man Utd156452219322
10Swansea155462120119
11Aston Villa155461618-219
12Hull165471319-619
13Stoke164661520-518
14Cardiff164571222-1017
15Norwich155281428-1417
16West Brom163671722-515
17West Ham163581319-614
18Crystal Palace1641111124-1313
19Fulham1641111530-1513
20Sunderland1623111230-189
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