NEWCASTLE United climbed above Sunderland in the Premier League table this afternoon.
The club eased its relegation fears with a 4-2 win over Southampton at
St James’s Park.
Strikes from Moussa Sissoko, Papiss Demba Cisse and Yohan Cabaye – and
a Jos Hooiveld own goal – saw Alan Pardew’s side move into 14th place.
The gap between United and the bottom three is now six points ahead of
Saturday’s visit to Swansea City.
But the win came at a cost, with Fabricio Coloccini and Yohan Cabaye
being forced off with injuries.
Morgan Sneiderlin put the visitors in the lead early in the game, but
Newcastle – on what the club had labelled “French Day” – fought back
and levelled through France international Sissoko in the 33rd minute,
the midfielder having a simple tap-in after a Yoan Gouffran shot was
deflected into his path by goalkeeper z Boruc.
Cisse then sent United into the lead before the break with a stunning
The striker beat Boruc with a first-time shot from 30 yards after a
Rob Elliot free-kick dropped for him.
Rickie Lambert put Southampton back on level terms after the break,
but Newcastle retook the lead through another Frenchman – Cabaye
netted a penalty after Danny Fox handled in the box – and Hooiveld
inadvertently netted a fourth 11 minutes from time.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Debuchy, S Taylor, Coloccini (Yanga-Mbiwa,
45), Santon; Cabaye (Perch, 77), Tiote; Gouffran, (Anita, 88) Sissoko,
Gutierrez; Cisse. Subs not used: Alnwick, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola
SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc; Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw (Fox, 57); Cork,
Davis (Ramirez, 66), Schneiderlin; Rodriguez (Puncheon, 81), Lambert,
Lallana. Subs not used: Davis, Fonte, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka.
Goals: Schneiderlin 3, Sissoko 33, Cisse 42, Lambert 50, Cabaye 67
(pen), Hooiveld 79 (og).
Bookings: Shaw 41, Yoshida 74, Ramirez 87, S Taylor 87
Referee: Chris Foy (St Helens)
Attendance: 52,259 (1,653 Southampton)
For a full report and reaction to this afternoon’s game, see tomorrow’s Gazette