By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Southampton 2 (Lallana 34, Ramirez 59)
Newcastle United 0
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+4mins: Struggling Southampton have inflicted a third successive league defeat on Newcastle United with a deserved victory at St. Mary's. A goal in each half from Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez has given the Saints a third win of the campaign on Alan Pardew's return to the South Coast.
90mins: A throw from Simpson finds Cisse, who hits a shot on the turn but it skims just wide with the keeper at full stretch. There will be four minutes of added time.
89mins: The ball is in the Newcastle net again as Rodriguez slots the ball past the exposed Krul following Puncheon's pass, but he was ruled offside to spare the Magpies further embarassment.
87mins: An over-ambitious effort from Tiote, who was nearly 40 yards out, flies well over the bar as United look for a route back into the game from any distance.
86mins: Krul comes to the rescue again - Ameobi is caught in possession by Schneiderlin and he slips in Lallana, whose low strike is blocked by the trailing leg of the United keeper. Then Tiote is booked for a foul as his frustration gets the better of him near the halfway line.
80mins: Davis is denied a goal with virtually his first touch by another good stop from Krul. He'd been cleverly set up by some more slick football, with Puncheon once again involved. Then from the resulting corner, Fonte sees his header hit the underside of the bar.
78mins: There's another rapturous reception for the Saints' second substitution - the excellent Ramirez makes way for Steven Davis.
76mins: Lambert makes way for Jay Rodriguez, the former Burnley striker, in Southampton's first change of the game and he's given a standing ovation by the home fans.
73mins: What a save from Gazzaniga to deny Santon his first goal in English football. The full-back arrived at the far post to head Simpson's cross goalwards and he did everything right, but the keeper got down to his right and threw out a hand to somehow keep it out. Moments earlier, Ba had looked set to score after Santon slid the ball to him but two Southampton defenders threw themselves in the way of his strike.
69mins: Ramirez is booked for kicking the ball away in frustration after a decision goes against Southampton. Then as United give the ball away yet again, the impressive Lallana plays a lovely disguised pass for Puncheon to run onto and hit from 16 yards out; his low drive hits the base of the post.
68mins: Tiote almost provides the spark as he bulldozes his way forward and shoots from the edge of the area but it's narrowly off target from the Ivorian, who has been the pick of the Magpies' midfield.
67mins: A second substitution from the Magpies - Sylvain Marveaux, scorer of United's goal in the midweek Europa League draw with Maritimo, is on in place of Anita as United desperately search for some creativity.
65mins: Newcastle are perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty. Ramirez was given space on the right and cut into the box before going down under an outstretched leg from Tiote - fortunately Martin Atkinson wasn't interested.
59mins - SOUTHAMPTON GOAL (2-0): This half has followed a similar pattern to the first - a bright start from Newcastle followed by Southampton taking control and now they're 2-0 up. Puncheon and Lallana have been too good for Newcastle all day and then link up again down the left for the former to send in a low cross. Krul tries to cut it out but can only palm it straight to Ramirez, who smashes the ball home.
57mins: Another vital stop from Krul keeps United in the game. Puncheon played in Lallana and his strike from 12 yards was going in but for an instinctive stop from the Dutchman and Mike Williamson scrambles the ball clear.
55mins: Anita has been bright in this second half and he hares onto Cisse's pass to go one-on-one with Gazzaniga. The ex-Gillingham keeper is out quickly though and manages to narrow the angle, with the midfielder sending his shot straight at him under pressure from Fonte. There is another heavy shower at St. Mary's but it's not raining goals for Newcastle.
53mins: Vurnon Anita plays a great give-and-go with Ba before spinning into the box and driving a low cross towards Cisse which a defender cuts out at the expense of a corner. The flag-kick is met by the head of Ba but it's caught by Gazzaniga. Today's attendance is 34,410 including 2,019 away fans.
50mins: United have started the second half reasonably well - just as they did the first - but have yet to create an opportunity as they look to get back into the game and avoid a third successive league loss.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+1mins: It's half-time and Newcastle find themselves in a position they've been in all too often in recent weeks - a goal behind. Nigel Adkins' side are second bottom of the Barclays Premier League but have been the better side since the midway point of the first half and deserve to go in ahead at the break. Click here for the half-time match report.
45mins: As Ramirez sends a looping header over from Lambert's dinked cross, fourth official Lee Probert indicates that there will be just one minute of stoppage time.
42mins: Mike Williamson is booked for a foul on Ramirez 30 yards from goal. The defender stepped across the Southampton striker and didn't really complain and Lambert blazes the free-kick some way over the bar.
38mins: Nearly a second for the hosts as Puncheon tees up Morgan Schneiderlin to strike towards goal from 14 yards and Taylor makes a vital block. The Saints' movement and pace in attack is causing Newcastle problems at the moment.
34mins - SOUTHAMPTON GOAL (1-0): It's been coming and now Southampton lead. A long ball towards Puncheon was well read by Krul, who raced from his goal to get a toe to it, but Clyne was able to pick up the loose ball and send a shot goalwards as the keeper tries to get back onto his line. Mike Williamson makes an important headed block but the ball doesn't go very far and falls to Jack Cork, who unselfishly squares for Lallana to slot home.
33mins: Krul can only watch as Lambert's powerful, swerving free-kick from 25 yards strikes the angle of post and bar. The Magpies number one was beaten all ends up but was very relieved to see it crash back off the woodwork.
32mins: Southampton break through the lively Ramirez, who pokes the ball out to Rickie Lambert on the left. Saints' top scorer cuts it back for Puncheon, whose first time strike from 12 yards is excellently parried by Krul - a great save.
25mins: After a very harsh decision was given against Shane Ferguson 22 yards from the United goal, Ramirez steps up to take the free-kick and forces Krul into a flying save to push the ball well away from the danger area. Alan Pardew would have been furious had that led to a goal as it was a dubious call from Martin Atkinson to give that as a foul.
22mins: The rain has now more or less stopped but Jose Fonte may use the conditions as an excuse for his tackle on Cisse which earns him a yellow card. The striker was left writhing in agony after the big defender slid in late by the touchline. After treatment, he seems okay but the Saints man picks up a deserved booking.
17mins: The rain has now started falling again and it's quite a heavy downpour, although based on the South Coast weather so far this weekend it's unlikely to be anything more than a brief shower.
15mins: Ba charges down a kick from Paulo Bazzaniga and the ball loops high into the air, but the keeper is able to catch it above his head as Ba jostles for it. There have been a few goalkeeping mishaps this weekend and that was almost another from the Southampton shot-stopper.
12mins: Southampton have came right into the game now and Jason Puncheon, the ex-Barnet winger, does well on the right before whipping over a great low cross which Simpson does well to clear. The ball comes back to Puncheon, though, and he cuts inside before registering the game's first shot on target with a low effort which was easily gathered by Krul.
10mins: Gaston Ramires drives towards goal, jinks inside and has a shot from 20 yards which might have been troubling Tim Krul but for a brave block by the chest of Steven Taylor. The home fans appeal for handball and a penalty, but it was clearly the pectoral region which the Magpies defender used to keep that out.
7mins: Nathaniel Clyne, the Saints right-back, tries his luck from distance and although his effort is going wide, Lallana sticks out a leg to try and divert it towards goal and almost succeeds, but prods it just wide.
5mins: Danny Simpson aims the ball into the box towards Papiss Cisse and although it's headed partially away, it's only as far as Shane Ferguson on the left. He looks up and picks out Demba Ba, who gets a powerful header in on goal but it's narrowly wide. United have made a decent start with most of the possession being in their favour up until now.
1min: The weather has been wet and windy over the last few hours but it's cleared up in time for kick-off at St. Mary's - although there is still a grey sky up above as Southampton take the kick-off. United, captained today by Jonas Gutierrez, are in black and white with the Saints in a predominantly red kit with white pinstripes. In the first half, Newcastle will attack towards the end where there fans are housed in the corner. Southampton force the first corner of the afternoon through Adam Lallana, but his flag-kick is headed clear by Cheick Tiote.
Southampton (4-2-3-1): Paulo Gazzaniga; Nathaniel Clyne, Jose Fonte, Maya Yoshida, Luke Shaw (Jos Hooiveld 90+1); Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork; Jason Puncheon, Adam Lallana (c), Gaston Ramírez (Steven Davis 78); Rickie Lambert (Jay Rodriguez 76)
Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Guly Do Prado
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor (James Perch 90+1), Davide Santon; Jonas Gutierrez (c), Vurnon Anita (Sylvain Marveaux 67), Cheick Tiote, Shane Ferguson (Sammy Ameobi 46); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Martin Atkinson