Cisse stunner sinks Saints! Newcastle 4-2 Southampton

Cabaye celebrates his penalty conversion
Cabaye celebrates his penalty conversion
Newcastle recorded back-to-back home wind for the first time this season as Southampton became the latest victims of the French revolution on Tyneside.

Christened as “French Day” by the club in honour of our recent influx of French players, two of them marked the occasion with a goal whilst other put in good performances for the team. However it was Papiss Cisse who scored the goal of the game, lashing the ball home from 30 yards.

Our record since the arrival of our January signings has been impressive and is a large reason for why we are starting to pull away from the drop zone. Since we brought our business to a close we’ve beaten Aston Villa, Chelsea and Southampton in the league, beaten and drew with Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League with our only defeat in six coming away at Gareth Bale.

Things didn’t start off well for United on this day though and they found themselves behind on 3 minutes when Morgan Schneiderlin got on the end of a Rickie Lambert header, turned Steven Taylor and fired low past Rob Elliot, who was making his Premier League debut for the club in the absence of Tim Krul.

Southampton tried to protect their lead which allowed United to build a head of steam. They should have been level when Mathieu Debuchy burst down the right and cut the ball back for Yoan Gouffran who saw his effort find the feet of Cisse six yards out. the Senegal striker showed a good first touch to trap the ball but his second touch was wild as he sliced wide of the post.

United were level on 33 minutes, and it was three of the French contingent who combined to restore parity to the scoreline. Yohan Cabaye played a perfect ball forward for Yoan Gouffran to run on to. The former Bordeaux man burst into the left of the penalty area performing stepovers along the way before shooting at goal. Artur Boruc could only parry the effort across goal to Moussa Sissoko who tapped home from a couple of yards out.

Just nine minutes later and the home side were ahead after Rob Elliot took a long free-kick deep inside our own half. The ball eluded the entire Southampton defence before sitting up for Papiss Cisse to hit it first time from 30 yards out. A wonderful goal ensuring United held the half-time advantage.

Half-time: Newcastle 2-1 Southampton

Much like the first-half, Southampton drew first blood in the second period and found themselves level within five minutes of the interval. United had already had a warning after Rickie Lambert forced a fine save from Rob Elliot from a free-kick just outside the penalty area, but they didn’t heed it and Lambert scored his 100th goal for Southampton after Adam Lallana burst down the left and crossed for the former Bristol Rovers man to fire home first time.

At 2-2 the game was delicately poised and you got the sense that the next goal would be vitally important. It very nearly fell the way of Southampton aswell as Rickie Lambert ghosted in at the far post only to put his header wide.

However soon after United were handed a golden chance to regain the lead. Yohan Cabaye played one of those “hoof balls” straight to the feet of Mathieu Debuchy who crossed first time only to see the ball blocked by the arm of Danny Fox. Referee Chris Foy pointed to the spot and Yohan Cabaye sent Boruc the wrong way from 12 yards out.

That was on 67 minutes but with quarter of the game remaining you always felt that another goal was needed to kill off a determined Southampton side. That goal arrived 11 minutes from time in rather comical circumstances as Davide Santon crossed from the left only for Danny Fox to see his attempted clearance smash off Jos Hoiveld into the back of the Saints net. Game over.

Full-time: Newcastle 4-2 Southampton

The win moves us six points clear of the drop zone and it’s the first time we’ve scored four goals in a game since beating Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 2011. It’s also the first time this season we’ve won a game after conceding the first goal and the first time we’ve won back-to-back home games all season long. Quite a few things to put to bed courtesy of this result.

Hows about this for another stat? Of all our goals scored, 89% of them this season have been scored by French speaking players! Tres bien!

How about another? Only two goalkeepers have registered an assist this season. One is Rob Elliot, the other is Tim Krul!

There’s some highlights below for you to have a peek at if you wish to do so. I suggest you do. We’ve not had a great season in terms of results and although that seems to be improving why not spoil yourself and watch it again?

Next up we travel to Swansea who will be in buoyant mood after their League Cup triumph yesterday. We won there last season but it won’t be an easy game and we’ll have to be at our best if we are to come away from the Liberty Stadium with a positive result in the bag.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Rob Elliot, Mathieu Debuchy, Fabricio Coloccini, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Cheik Tiote, Yohan Cabaye, Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko, Yoan Gouffran, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Jak Alnwick, Vurnon Anita, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, James Perch, Gabriel Obertan, Sylain Marveaux, Shola Ameobi

Southampton: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, Luke Shaw, Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert

Subs: Kelvin Davis, Jose Fonte, Gaston Ramirez, Danny Fox, James Ward-Prowse, Emmanuel Mayuka, Jason Puncheon

Attendance: 52,259

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141 thoughts on “Cisse stunner sinks Saints! Newcastle 4-2 Southampton

  1. Kimtoon, sorry to hear you and the bairn are going through such a tough time. Keep your chin up there, I’m sure the toon picking up so superbly has put a smile on your face, even though you have been busy with other things lately.


  2. MM @76 I said to my girl , do you think I’m a jinx as they won when I didn’t watch πŸ™ πŸ˜•
    Reckon Swans will be tough mind ,then again arn’t most games nowadays.


  3. Kimtoon, we broke a few jinxes at the weekend, we’ll put another one to bed this weekend when we beat Swansea with you tuning in πŸ™‚


  4. @GeordieTwo: I heard an interview with Pardew on the radio at the end of last week where he said that Ben Arfa had only been doing light training up till then, so wouldn’t be ready for Saints. He said that he’ll be on the bench against Swansea to come on if we need him.


  5. Santii….aye they did, but we had Cisse as back up. Spurs have who ?…. Epsilonj I reckon he’ll be off next season, he has been brilliant for a couple of seasons now…


  6. Ice-saw him play pre season and the europa matches and that’s about it. Not much to judge him on true, but then what has anyone seen to think he will be a star? Surely the fact we haven’t seen him speaks volumes?…I’m not denying some players can develop later, but he’ll be going almost a year without competetive football at the age of 23, I can’t think of many players who have developed into being good players in those circumstances.


  7. MM – I think you could be right. Although if Spurs get into the CL I could perhaps see him staying for 1 more season. If he does go though, they will surely get Β£30m+, so I guess that is where their back-up comes from.

    I wish he would weave some more magic tonight, thought it was a certainty they’d beat West Ham πŸ‘Ώ


  8. Well Cisse hasn’t scored all our goals has he. The goals spread around the team.

    Don’t see why Spur’s cant do the same. They can attract big players these days. Spurs build a tactic around Bales strength’s so obviously he is going to score alot of goals. He also happens to be in the form of his life. If he leaves them then they will change their system and bring other players in.


  9. Alreet folks, just catching up with some of the days news and posts on here.

    Andy – you have to love those delusional bindippers like don’t you. I have to be honest, and I hope I’m not being delusional in saying this, but other than Man Utd or City I don’t see another English club ANY of our players would want to leave us for. If we add PEA or RVW to our current squad, along with afew others, I think there’s only going to be the Manchester teams with stronger squads thanks to our Jan signings.
    I think Sureaz may leave Lpool in the summer if they don’t make CL and I’m sure Bale will leave Spurs. Chelsea will loose Lampard and probs Terry in the summer and Arsenal aren’t that great either.
    Players like Cabaye and Benny seem happy at Newcastle, playing regular first team football in front of 50k fans who adore them and in a team full of quality players who just happen to be their best buddies. Having seen Swansea win a cup yesterday, and Lpool win it last season proves its not just the top 4 who pick the trophies up.
    But we can never have a transfer window like the past summer again IMO.


  10. Right gonna catch up on motd2 and see Cisse’s wonder strike then off to my cosy bed ,beats a hard chair anyday πŸ˜‰


  11. Woo hoo well done Spuds!
    Kim I was wondering how things were when didn;t see you on here for several days. Sorry to hear things have been so crap for Lewis and yourself.
    Fingers crossed he starts to feel better soon.


  12. Can’t believe those deluded fools think they would have a cat in hells chance of enticing Ben Arfa to that sh*t hole. Once Suarez sods off they will have a rude awakening. I know some people like Brenda Rodgers but can’t stand him, don’t know why but he just gets on my nerves


  13. Is there a better player in the country than Bale? I don’t think there is. He is literally dragging Spurs to 3rd/4th.


  14. Sorry to hear about your troubles with Lewis Kimtoon. Hopefully he’ll start to improve now. I’ve spent many a worried night with my daughter as well.



    For all those that want rid of the youngsters like Sammi so quickly πŸ˜‰
    I always feel that depending on squad spaces, players should always be given to the age of 23 to prove themselves within a squad.
    Not everyone has to be a first team player. We’re going to need players that are happy to fight for places but inevitably be cast in the back up role. Players that have been with the club for an extended period of time are more likely to be satisfied with the situation.


  16. ST πŸ˜† I think there is only you who could offer Sammi and Bale as a comparison mate πŸ˜†
    Bale lost his way abit when he first joined Spurs – mainly coz they played him at full back – but he showed tons of potential at Saints before that (playing left wing). I’m afraid Sammi hasn’t shown that same level of potential at all.
    A loan to Boro may do him the world of good tho, especially if he returns a Stewart Downing or Adam Johnson type winger.


  17. Solano πŸ˜†

    Amazes me the amount of people that already seem to hate Sammy, is it literally because he’s related to Shola or what πŸ™„


  18. Big D@92, the hols were brilliant mate, having a bit of trouble getting back into work after 2,5 weeks off… πŸ™„ Hope all is well at your side mate… πŸ˜‰


  19. Santii
    7 hrs, 53 mins ago
    β€œStewart Downing or Adam Johnson type winger.”

    Over-rated and useless?

    Good point Santii – he’s already a Stewart Downing or Adam Johnson type winger πŸ˜‰

    Newkie – I don’t hate Sammi – far from it mate. I don’t hate Shola either. My opinion is the same for the likes of Tav, Fergie, Vuckic, Ranger, Obertan, Marv and any other player who doesn’t cut the mustard. Personally, I don’t think Shola has contributed enough throughout his toon career. Yes he’s been a squad player and we need squad players, but in 13yr he’s never really challenged for a first team place. If players aren’t good enough, get rid, don’t pay them a fortune to stay at the club.
    Sammi, Tav, Fergie and Vuckic are still young and should get a chance to prove themselves. But get them out on loan if they ain’t playing (I know Vuk is injured), but put a time limit on it. If they aren’t first team standard or showing signs of getting there then move them on.


  20. If we managed to win our next two Premiership games. We’d move up to 10th.

    I still think we’ll finish around 11th-12th.

    Two more wins will secure us safety and then we can attack the Europa Cup. Soon as we get to 38 points that should be a prioty.

    QPR are not going to pick up 21 points from 11 games.
    Can’t see Reading, Wigan and Villa ALL picking up 15 or more either. So All we really need is eight points to survive.

    Thats three wins are two wins and two draws in 11 games. Feel confident we are safe.


  21. Aussie I just deleted your email by mistake can you send it again πŸ˜•
    MM clad to hear it mate and yeah it can be a struggle getting back into a routine.
    Newkie I don’t think people are as simple to dislike Sammi because he’s Strolla’s bro 😯 but maybe like his bro people have made up their mind that he’s simply not good enough, imo Kaz Lua lua was a better player but we got rid of him


  22. JJ – agreed mate, only an injury crisis of epic proportion would stop us surviving now like.
    I reckoned 12th spot after the Chelsea game, but having watched Stoke who currently sit 10th, and the teams between, I think there’s every chance of finishing above Stoke, Norwich and Fulham.
    A 10th spot finish and the quarter finals or further in Europa wouldn’t be a terrible season – all things considered IMO.


  23. Sharpy,
    Ye, I’m saying 12th pesimistically, I think 10th is a real possibility.

    I would love a 10th place finish and at least a semi final place in the Europa Cup. Then I agree, it turns out to be an “ok” season.
    A place in the Europa final would be a decent season. I cup truimph would be a bloody amazing season.

    Next season without the pressures of Europa. If we keep our squad and add a striker, I really think that we should be aiming top six and a booking at Wembly.


  24. Aussie…Did you just look in the mirror to see it 😯

    JJ…We’ll still have the pressures of the Europa next season when we win it 😯 πŸ˜†


  25. Santii-Agreed, they all need to go out for serious loan time to see what they’re about.

    Dave-maybe, but it seems like all I’ve heard for years was that he would “end up like his brother” whatever that means. If he becomes our second highest top scorer in Europe I say fair play to him 😎 Agree Kaz looked good, people obviously like playing down i Brighton though, even harps wanted to stay!


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