By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Newcastle United 4 (Sissoko 33, Cisse 42, Cabaye pen 67, Hooiveld og)
Southampton 2 (Schneiderlin 3, Lambert 50)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+4mins: Newcastle have moved above Southampton - and Sunderland - with a well-earned three points at St. James' Park. The Saints took the lead after three minutes, then equalised on 50 after Sissoko and Cisse had struck. But Yohan Cabaye's cool penalty and a late own goal from Jos Hooiveld gave United the win on French day.
90+3mins: Schneiderlin shoots wide with a half-chance and it looks like Newcastle will be climbing above Southampton.
90mins: Ramirez blazes a free-kick well off target as fourth official Mark Halsey indicates that there will be four minutes added on.
87mins: Vurnon Anita replaces the hard-working Gouffran for the final three minutes.
86mins: Ramirez is now booked for dissent, the fourth Southampton player to be yellow carded.
85mins: Ramirez tries to dribble into the box and goes down under Yanga-Mbiwa's challenge with his arms raised, claiming a penalty, but referee Foy is having none of it and it certainly looked like he made the right call - as he generally has done today.
81mins: Jason Puncheon is on for Jay Rodriguez in Southampton's third and final change.
79mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (4-2): A comedy own goal makes the game safe for Newcastle. Santon's dangerous cross caused havoc and as Schneiderlin went to clear the ball he succeeded only in hitting it straight off the hapless Hooiveld and it cannoned into the net.
74mins: Maya Yoshida is the third player booked, all of them Saints turned sinners, after he checks a strong run from Sissoko.
72mins: Ramirez seems to handle the ball as he charges down a clearance from Cabaye and charges through on goal, but his stinging shot is superbly parried by Elliot who then does enough to force the substitute to slip his follow-up against the bar. However, Foy then awards a free-kick, presumably after deciding that it was handball after all so it would not have counted anyway.
67mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (3-2): Cabaye sends Boruc the wrong way at the Gallowgate end as Newcastle go in front again and once again, it was a goal with a Gallic influence - Debuchy won the spot-kick and Cabaye converted it.
66mins: United have a penalty - Fox blocks Debuchy's attempted cross with his hand and Cabaye will take. The ex-Coventry defender had little opportunity to keep his hand out of the way but Foy had already turned down a similar shout for Newcastle in the first half and this time he points to the spot.
65mins: Gaston Ramirez, arguably Southampton's best player when they beat Newcastle at St. Mary's in November, is on in place of Steven Davis.
57mins: Luke Shaw, who has been given a torid afternoon by the likes of Sissoko and Debuchy, is replaced by Danny Fox.
55mins; Rodriguez's clever backheel creates an opening for Lallana, who drags his shot wide of Elliot's near post. There's no doubt that the away side have started the second half better than the hosts.
50mins - SOUTHAMPTON GOAL (2-2): The Saints are level through Lambert, who was denied three minutes earlier. This time Elliot has no chance as he stabs home from ten yards after a good run down the right from Adam Lallana. Newcastle will feel they could have defended better there but it was a good finish from the former Rochdale and Bristol Rovers striker who attended Ryan Taylor's wedding last summer.
47mins: Elliot makes a fine, flying save to keep out a free-kick from Lambert. It was going in until the keeper flung himself to his left to palm it behind.
46mins: Southampton, who are unchanged at the break, get the second half started as the attendance is announced as 52,259.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+3mins: Newcastle lead at the break and, after going behind after three minutes, they have been excellent against a decent Saints side. Moussa Sissoko levelled with a brilliantly worked goal before Papiss Cisse scored an absolute screamer to put United ahead three minutes before the break.
45+1mins: Coloccini's afternoon is over - the skipper hurt himself as he made a spectaculat verhead kick clearance a few minutes earlier and he is replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Coloccini is given a great ovation as he leaves the pitch and walks past the Gallowgate end to the dugout.
45mins: There will be three minutes of additional time at the end of the first half.
42mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-1): Remember that Papiss Cisse goal against Chelsea last season? The one that you thought he could never do again? He's just done it again. It may not have been quite as amazing as that strike at Stamford Bridge but it's very close. The ball sat up nicely almost 30 yards from goal after a long kick from Elliot and he sent a simply glorious volley soaring over Boruc and into the back of the net. What a goal and what a show of character from the Magpies, who were losing after three minutes but are now ahead.
41mins: Luke Shaw is booked with Gutierrez again the main fouled. The Argentine tried to turn the left-back but was unlawfully held and Foy showed the yellow card. Cabaye's free-kick is headed away as far as Gutierrez whose acrobatic volley flies over.
38mins: Sissoko, clearly full of confidence, makes inroads down the left and into the box with some neat footwork and good strength, but then balloons the ball over the bar from an acute angle. He is human after all.
33mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-1): A goal made in France restores parity for the Magpies on French day. Cabaye started the magnifique move with a superb pass into space for Gouffran, and the ex-Bordeaux man sprinted down the left before jinking into the box. He cleverly twisted and turned to reach the byline and then drove across goal, where Sissoko was waiting to tap home his third goal for the Magpies.
28mins: Cabaye pumps a free-kick into the box and Debuchy is lurking as the ball is headed partially clear, but his ambitious volley goes wide. It was a decent attempt from the full-back but it was never likely to test Boruc.
25mins: Jay Rodriguez is the first player booked for what could generously be described as a 'striker's challenge' on Jonas Gutierrez just inside the Newcastle half.
22mins: Cabaye's corner is chested down by Steven Taylor, who then tries to flick the ball over Jos Hooiveld only to see it strike the hand of the defender. The fans appeal for a penalty, as does Taylor, but it would have been a harsh one as there was little he could do to get out of the way at such close range and Chris Foy waves play on.
18mins: Sissoko plays a lovely pass to Debuchy on the right and the full-back cuts the ball back to Yoan Gouffran, whose first-time sidefoot is slightly weak and probably going off target. It falls perfectly for Cisse, however, who turns eight yards from goal but slices horribly wide.
15mins: Cisse picks the pocket of Nathaniel Clyne on the left and works the ball back to Sissoko, whose powerful low drive needs a touch from Artur Boruc to turn it around the post.
13mins: Newcastle, inspired by Cheick Tiote, are snapping into tackles and winning most of the 50-50s at the moment but just struggling with their final ball. It's been a decent response from the Magpies though.
7mins: Yohan Cabaye's right-wing corner is met by the head of Mathieu Debuchy but half-cleared by the Saints defence. It only goes as far as Fabricio Coloccini on the edge of the box, however, but for once the skipper's technique lets him down and he flashes his effort well wide. He quickly redeems himself, however, with a block from Cork seconds later as Saints mount an attack of their own.
3mins - SOUTHAMPTON GOAL (0-1): A nightmare start for Newcastle as Southampton take the lead with their first real attack. They'd started well and, when Jack Cork swung the ball in from the right and Rickie Lambert headed down, Morgan Schneiderlin was able to swivel and strike past the helpless Rob Elliot to stun the home crowd.
1min: It's French day at St. James' Park and, after a rousing rendition of the Blaydon Races with a Gallic twist and a display of red, white and blue banners from the crowd - many of whom are wearing berets and have their faces painted - we're underway. Newcastle take kick-off through Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse and will attack towards the Leazes end in this first half. They're in black and white, Southampton are in all red and both teams are level on points as things stand.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Rob Elliot; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c) (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 45), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77); Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran (Vurnon Anita 87); Papiss Cisse
Southampton (4-3-2-1): Artur Boruc; Nathaniel Clyne, Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw (Danny Fox 57); Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Steven Davis (Gaston Ramirez 65); Jay Rodriguez (Jason Puncheon 81), Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana (c)
Subs not used: Kelvin Davies, Jose Fonte, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka
Referee: Chris Foy