Newcastle and Southampton drew 1-1 in a heated match at St James’ Park.
Newcastle took the lead on 28 minutes when Mike Williamson knocked down a Mathieu Debuchy free kick, Jos Hooiveld failed to clear, and Yoan Gouffran pounced, rounded Paolo Gazzaniga and slotted home. Newcastle had come close before when Loic Remy’s shot from a Gouffran pull-back was cleared off the line.
In the second half, Southampton swapped Dani Osvaldo and Ward-Prowse with Morgan Schneiderlin and Adam Lallana, and instantly improved. On 64 minutes, Steven Davis hit the post with a fine long-range volley, but a minute later Jay Rodriguez scored, wrong-footing Krul with a low shot, after completing a run from the halfway line.
Newcastle then almost regained the lead when Remy shot wide from a terrible Gazzaniga clearance. The game drifted towards a draw, but not before a late flurry of yellow cards and a fight between the two benches in the closing stages.
12’ - REMY CHANCE - Gouffran steals in front of Gazzaniga as he went to collect a cross, and sends the ball back to Remy, but his low shot is cleared off the line.
16’ - WARD-PROWSE SHOT - Rickie Lambert finds James Ward-Prowse on the edge of the box, but he curls a tame effort straight at Tim Krul.
28’ - GOUFFRAN GOAL - The French forward puts Newcastle in the lead after a Hooiveld mistake allows him to take the ball round the keeper and slot into an empty net.
35’ - SANTON FREE KICK - 30 yards from goal, Davide Santon’s free kick is well struck but won’t drop in time.
64’ - SOUTHAMPTON HIT THE POST - Davis controls the ball 30 yards out, and volleys a great shot against the post, with Krul totally beaten.
65’ - RODRIGUEZ SCORES - Rodriguez drives forward from the halfway line, and plays a one-two with Steven Davis, coolly slotting the return shot past Krul.
72’ - REMY CHANCE - Gazzaniga’s woeful clearance is collected by Remy, but he wastes the chance with a shot wide of goal.
90+5’ - FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT - Both benches engage in a full and frank debate after a wild challenge on Massadio Haïdara by Schneiderlin.
Southampton have scored just seven goals in their last 11 Premier League away games.
Alan Pardew’s side haven’t scored more than two goals in a Premier League game since February – in a 4-2 win against Southampton.
Rodriguez’s goal meant he has scored as many already this season - six - as he did the whole of last.
TALKING POINT: Do both sides need to reinforce? Both sides can happy with parts of their play, each attacking well in a half. Despite that, their poor performances the other 45 minutes suggests that both would do well with signings of genuine quality in January.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Adam Lallana (Southampton): Coming on at half-time, the midfielder transformed the game and set Southampton towards a draw with his constant energy allied with impressive technique and incisive passing.
Newcastle United: Krul 6, Debuchy 6, Coloccini 6, Williamson 6, Santon 6, Sissoko 7, Anita 6, Tiote 6, Gouffran 7, Shola Ameobi 6, Remy 6. Subs: Haidara 6, Ben Arfa 6, Cisse 6.
Southampton: Gazzaniga 5, Chambers 6, Lovren 6, Hooiveld 5, Shaw 6, Cork 6, Steven Davis 6, Ward-Prowse 5, Rodriguez 7, Lambert 6, Osvaldo 5. Subs: Schneiderlin 6, Lallana 7, Gallagher 6.
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