Premier League
NewcastleNewcastle United1SouthamptonSouthampton2
By James McMathBBC Sport
Eljero Elia
Eljero Elia joined Southampton on loan from Werder Bremen on 3 January
  • Southampton move back up to third
  • Forward Elia scores his first goals for Saints
  • Gouffran ends 13-month goal drought
  • Newcastle have late penalty appeal dismissed

Eljero Elia scored twice as Southampton beat Newcastle to move back above Manchester United into third place.

Dutch forward Elia got his first goal in England when he fired under Tim Krul after James Ward-Prowse's pass.

Newcastle equalised when Saints defender Florin Gardos's clearance hit Yoan Gouffran and spun into the net.

Elia made it 2-1 when his deflected drive beat Krul before Newcastle saw a late penalty appeal dismissed when Jose Fonte handled Emmanuel Riviere's shot.

Elia moved to St Mary's on loan from Werder Bremen at the start of January and helped Ronald Koeman's team to victory over Manchester United on his debut.

That win gave Southampton the edge over United in the race for third place and they followed it up with a fourth consecutive away victory in all competitions.

Netherlands international Elia gave his new club an ideal start at St James' Park by beating two of his compatriots to score his first Southampton goal.

Ward-Prowse's threaded pass released Elia, who held off the challenge from Daryl Janmaat before firing the ball under goalkeeper Krul, who should have saved the shot.

Southampton's previous win at St James' Park came in 1997, when Matt Le Tissier was on the scoresheet.

Yoan Gouffran scores for Newcastle against Southampton
Yoan Gouffran's fortunate goal was his first since December 2013

Fonte went close to doubling the visitors' lead but headed over from Ward-Prowse's swirling free-kick from the right.

Newcastle's John Carver is yet to win a match since taking over as caretaker manager after Alan Pardew left for Crystal Palace on 3 January.

Carver, 50, is a lifelong Newcastle supporter and celebrated on the touchline as the home team equalised thanks to a slice of luck.

Gardos slid to meet Remy Cabella's through-ball but the Southampton defender's clearance hit Gouffran's knee and the ball spun into the unguarded net. It was the Frenchman's first goal in 13 months.

The goal lifted Newcastle and they came close to taking the lead when Cabella's fine chipped pass found Ayoze Perez but the 21-year-old Spaniard's half-volley drifted narrowly wide of Fraser Forster's left-hand post.

Gouffran glanced a header wide from 10 yards after Massadio Haidara's cross and, less than a minute later, Newcastle were behind again.

Substitute Long flicked the ball on for Elia and his low shot beat Krul with the help of a ricochet off Janmaat.

Newcastle defender Paul Dummett headed wide from Jack Colback's corner as the hosts struggled to regain their rhythm.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle came close to his first goal since December when he headed against the bar from Nathaniel Clyne.

Newcastle were denied a late chance to equalise when a shot from substitute Riviere hit Fonte's arm in the area but referee Robert Madley chose not to award a penalty.

Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver on the penalty decision: "It was an absolutely stonewall penalty. If he had his arms by his side you could argue it was ball to hand but his arms are an L-shape

"Big decisions can cost people livelihoods and jobs but more importantly points."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "When I got the question pre-season, if they said to me after 22 games you would be third maybe I would be laughing. But we don't steal points, we play good football.

"Of course you need some luck but the spirit is unbelievable, and the confidence, like you saw today, they are confident in themselves. They know exactly what they have to do, and even when we do not play well we keep the organisation and that is the key to being successful."

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman and striker Eljero Elia
Eljero Elia's opening goal was his first of the season
Newcastle caretaker manager John Carver
John Carver has drawn one and lost three of his four matches in charge of Newcastle this season
Yoan Gouffran had gone 2,847 minutes (more than 47 hours) without scoring in the Premier League.
Yoan Gouffran's goal was his first since September 2013
Newcastle's Massadio Haidara in action against Dusan Tadic
Southampton are unbeaten in all competitions since 16 December

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 2Coloccini
  • 36DummettSubstituted forWilliamsonat 80'minutes
  • 19Haidara
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forRiviereat 68'minutes
  • 14Colback
  • 20Cabella
  • 7Sissoko
  • 11GouffranSubstituted forAmeobiat 68'minutes
  • 17Pérez

Substitutes

  • 3Santon
  • 6Williamson
  • 28Ameobi
  • 29Riviere
  • 30Abeid
  • 32Armstrong
  • 41Woodman

Southampton

  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 5Gardos
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8DavisBooked at 63mins
  • 28Reed
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forCorkat 60'minutes
  • 11TadicSubstituted forLongat 60'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 22EliaSubstituted forTargettat 82'minutes
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 7Long
  • 18Cork
  • 27Isgrove
  • 32McCarthy
  • 33Targett
  • 42Hesketh
Referee:
Robert Madley
Attendance:
49,307

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

  4. Post update

    Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Booking

    Shane Long (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

  9. Post update

    Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  14. Post update

    Delay in match Shane Long (Southampton) because of an injury.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).

  16. Post update

    Harrison Reed (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rémy Cabella with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi following a corner.