MATCH REPORTS

Dyer Delighted To Win It For Toon

dyer goal

NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
SOUTHAMPTON 0
FA Cup Fifth Round
St. James' Park
February 18, 2006

Gary Oliver reports

FULL-TIME REPORT

KIERON Dyer was Newcastle United's matchwinner as they moved into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 1-0 victory over Southampton at St. James' Park.

The fit-again England ace, in the team after skipper Alan Shearer failed a late fitness test on a calf injury, marked his first start since August 28 by netting in the 68th minute after being played clear by man-of-the-match Charles N'Zogbia.

It was Dyer's first goal since scoring away to Sporting Lisbon back in April 2005, but his celebrations brought him a yellow card for his troubles. The same player had also knocked Southampton out of the cup when the sides last met, with a two-goal blast in a 3-0 Toon victory at St. Mary's in the 2003/04 campaign.

Newcastle had been in complete control in the first half, with Saints keeper Bartosz Bialkowski denying Nolberto Solano and Shola Ameobi.

Saints threatened in the early stages of the second-half, and only a fine save from Shay Given prevented Kenwyn Jones giving them a shock lead.

But Dyer had the decisive say as Southampton played the final 11 minutes with only 10 men as keeper Bialkowski was stretchered off after George Burley had used all three substitutes, leaving Dexter Blackstock to deputise between the posts.

The win made it three out of three for caretaker boss Glenn Roeder, who never made it past the fifth round of the cup as a Newcastle player.

SECOND-HALF ACTION UPDATES

90min+2 - Lee Bowyer and Emre launch a break for Newcastle as the visitors are caught short on numbers. Bowyer overhits his cross and though Emre retrieves the ball for Albert Luque, he cannot deliver a telling ball from the left with Dexter Blackstock stranded for the Saints.

88min - More action for Dexter Blackstock in the Saints goal, this time as he comes to punch confidently from a Nolberto Solano cross. Within a minute, the stand-in keeper has to be alert again, flapping away a quickly taken free-kick from Albert Luque on the right.

83min - A depleted Southampton almost concede a second as Charles N'Zogbia's left-wing cross is sliced only narrowly wide by Martin Crainie. United win a free-kick 25 yards out when Emre is upended in their next attack. Albert Luque tries a shot, but it hits the wall and travels through harmlessly for Dexter Blackstock.

79min - Southampton keeper Bartosz Bialkowski makes a complete mess of things as he comes to gather a punt from Robbie Elliott and spills it. He lands awkwardly and a stretcher is needed as the Polish star cannot continue - which is bad news for George Burley who has just made his final change. The visitors must play the final stages with only ten men and Dexter Blackstock has to take over in goal. 

76min - Play is halted after Saints striker Kenwyn Jones took a nasty fall. In that break, Kieron Dyer departs to a standing ovation and Lee Bowyer enters the action. Jones is unable to continue and is replaced by Dexter Blackstock for the visitors.

72min - Albert Luque's first act is to whip the ball up the left flank and set Charles N'Zogbia racing away. The Frenchman advances to the penalty area and holds up the ball to try and return it to Luque, who has dashed upfield in support, but Jim Brennan reads the danger for Southampton.

70min - Glenn Roeder makes a change, taking off Shola Ameobi and sending on Albert Luque.

68min - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-0): The Magpies have not been at their best in the second half but they finally manage to get in front. Charles N'Zogbia was the architect of the goal with a marvellous forward run before playing in Kieron Dyer to net. It's the England star's first goal since April 14, 2005 when he scored away to Sporting Lisbon, but his celebrations see him run into the stands and earn a yellow card from Martin Atkinson.

67min - Shay Given comes from his line to punch the ball off the head of Kenwyn Jones, but Southampton quickly have it back when Scott Parker's attempted headed clearance falls at the feet of Nathan Dyer. The sub sends in another cross from the right and this time Given makes a save low at his near post. He launches the ball upfield where Shola Amoebi is fouled 30 yards from goal for a free-kick that Emre drives high into the Gallowgate End.

63min - Newcastle are trying to regain control of the match and Titus Bramble sets off on a storming run forward, but his attempt to exchange passes with Kieron Dyer and run clear doesn't go smoothly and Darren Powell mops up for the Saints.

57min - The second half has certainly been all Southampton in the early stages. This time Alexander Ostlund gets free on the overlap and he picks out an unmarked Peter Madsen, only for the striker to lackcomposure and shoot over. Kieron Dyer then has the ball in the net at the Gallowgate End, but the celebrations are cut short after he is flagged for offside.

54min - Not for the first time this season, Newcastle are indebted to the brilliance of their goalkeeper Shay Given. A Saints counter-attack sees Peter Madsen slip a ball into Kenwyn Jones who is totally unmarked inside the Magpies' penalty area. He rifles a shot goalwards, but the Irish international pushes the ball behind for a corner and keeps his team on level terms.

50min - The visitors have started the second half in positive fashion and set up another attack when Peter Madsen robs Emre just inside the United half. Southampton have good numbers forward, but the danger ends when Jean Alain Boumsong cuts out a right-wing cross from sub Nathan Dyer.

47min - Newcastle have a claim for a penalty shortly after the restart as Shola Ameobi goes down under a challenge from Alexander Ostlund, but referee Martin Atkinson is unimpressed by the appeal. There is a big scare immediately downfield when Robbie Elliott is dispossessed by Kenwyn Jones inside his own penalty area before the Saints striker blasts over from the angle.

Southampton make a double change at the break. Nathan Dyer replaces Marian Pahars in attack, while in defence, Darren Potter comes on for Claus Lundekvam.

FIRST-HALF ACTION UPDATES

45min - The final chance of the first-half falls to Emre in stoppage time, but his low angled drive from 20 yards is gathered by Bartosz Bialkowski. The whistle comes shortly afterwards, with Newcastle leaving the field knowing they could have been ahead with a little better fortune.

42min - Newcastle are finishing the half as they began it, pressing around the Southampton box. Charles N'Zogbis wins a right-wing corner delivered by Emre. Jean Alain Boumsong claims a handball before Shola Ameobi sees his goalbound effort somehow turned over by Bartosz Bialkowski. There is an even greater escape for the Saints from the next corner as Boumsong's near post header bounces down and then up against the underside of the bar before somehow staying the wrong side of the line as far as Glenn Roeder's team are concerned.

38min - Jean Alain Boumsong almost comes unstuck in a duel with Kenwyn Jones. The striker gets the better of his marker in a chase for a forward pass and then tries to break into the United penalty box before the French defender retrieves the situation.

36min - Great defending by Claus Lundekvam keeps Southampton on level terms. Robbie Elliott plays a slide rule pass up the inside left channel to release Shola Aemobi, but his intended cross for Kieron Dyer is put behind by the visiting skipper. Nolberto Solano delivers the left-wing corner to the back post where Jean Alain Boumsong heads down for Ameobi, and he stabs rhe ball goalwards only for Jim Brennan to clear.

32min - Matt Oakley pulls back Emre and concedes a free-kick in a central position 30 yards out. Nolberto Solano's right-foot curler is a disappointment, however, as the ball travels high over goal and into the Leazes End. At the other end, Jim Brennan fires a low 25 yard drive straight at Shay Given.

30min - Newcastle win another corner, this time on tbhe left after Shola Ameobi's forward run is halted by Claus Lundekvam. Nolberto Solano plays it short to Kieron Dyer and receives the ball back before crossing to the back post where Peter Ramage cannot guide his header on target under pressure from Jim Brennan.

27min - Newcastle respond and move upfield, winning a right-wing corner when Emre's shot is deflected behind by Matt Oakley. The Turk's first cross is cleared, but he centres again where Titus Bramble rises and heads wide from 10 yards.

26min - Despite being the dominant side there are two scary moments for Newcastle fans. First, Jean Alain Boumsong puts his defence under pressure with an uncertain clearance before Titus Bramble rescues the situation by preventing Kenwyn Jones get a run on goal. The striker then has another chance, but sends a glancing header wide from Jim Brennan's left-wing cross.

22min - There's more great interplay involving Kieron Dyer and Nolberto Solano, and it's proving a joy to watch in the early stages. Dyer lays a ball off for his Peruvian team-mate midway inside the Southampton half, and he then delivers a perfectly-weighted return pass inside Martin Crainie for Dyer to strike a low cross-shot from the right that is saved low down by Bartosz Bialkowski.

18min - Peter Madsen tries an ambitious attempt from 35 yards for George Burley's team, but again it poses no threat to Shay Given.

16min - The game is largely being played in the Southampton half with the Magpies doing almost all of the attacking so far. Shola Ameobi breaks down the right and tries to play in Kieron Dyer before Emre sets up a shooting chance for Scott Parker, who blasts high into the Leazes End from 20 yards.

11min - More slick attacking play from Newcastle and this time Nolberto Solano and Kieron Dyer dovetail neatly to work the ball into the path of Scott Parker. The skipper advances before slipping a pass to his left which finds Shola Ameobi on the edge of the box. The striker has done well to stay onside and advances before rifling a shot against the outside of the Bartosz Bialkowski's near post.

7min - Newcastle pile on the pressure and are desperately unlucky not to open the scoring. A fine run from halfway by Kieron Dyer has Southampton backpedalling furiously and he races towards the danger zone before he exchanges passes with Charles N'Zogbia and tries to work an opening. That first thrust is halted, but Emre quickly recycles possession and feeds N'Zogbia who delivers a teasing left-wing cross that just eludes Shola Ameobi, but not Nolberto Solano who fires it goalwards from an acute angle at the far post and Saints' keeper Bartosz Bialkowski keeps the ball out on the line.

3min - Newcastle are first to get into their attacking stride, with a neat piece of play involving Kieron Dyer and Nolberto Solano. The move breaks down, however, when the Peruvian gets the ball caught up in his feet on the edge of the Saints' penalty area. At the other end, the visitors have their first attempt on goal when Kenwyn Jones shoots from 30 yards, but his low effort lacks the power to cause Shay Given any problems and he gathers comfortably.

Southampton, wearing their yellow and blue change kit, get the game underway attacking the Gallowgate End.

TEAM NEWS

SCOTT Parker was handed the captain's armband for Newcastle United's FA Cup Fifth Round clash with Southampton after Alan Shearer failed a fitness test on a calf injury and missed out against his former club at St. James' Park.

It meant the Magpies went into battle without their skipper for the first time since November 19, when he missed the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

In Shearer's absence there was a start for Kieron Dyer alongside Shola Ameobi in attack. Glenn Roeder's other change was also enforced, with Celestine Babayaro beginning a two-game suspension following his sending off at Aston Villa seven days earlier and Robbie Elliott taking over at left-back.

United's bench included Albert Luque and Amady Faye, the latter having just returned from representing Senegal at the African Cup of Nations.

Championship outfit Saints were boosted by the news that skipper Claus Lundekvam, who suffered rib and head injuries in a midweek goalless draw with Preston, was fit to play.

TEAMS

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Peter Ramage, Robbie Elliott, Scott Parker, Jean Alain Boumsong, Titus Bramble, Nolberto Solano, Emre, Shola Ameobi (Albert Luque 70m), Kieron Dyer (Lee Bowyer 76m), Charles N'Zogbia.
Subs: Steve Harper, Amady Faye, Lee Clark.

Southampton: Bartosz Bialkowski, Alexander Ostlund, Claus Lundekvam (Darren Potter 45m), Darren Powell, Matt Oakley, Peter Madsen, Jermaine Wright, Kenwyn Jones (Dexter Blackstock 77m), Martin Crainie, Marian Pahars (Nathan Dyer 45m), Jim Brennan.
Subs not used: Paul Smith, Darren Kenton.

Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Attendance: 40,975. 

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