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Played
November 25, 2012 11:00 PM SGT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ M. Atkinson‎
Attendance:‬ 31410‎
 
35′ Adam Lallana
 
60′ G. Ramírez
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 2-0 Newcastle

It was a fine performance from Nigel Adkins' men, who dominated the match and could have had more than two, but they get the three points and move out of the relegation zone

By Tom McKeown

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
    0
    0
    2.50

    Paulo Gazzaniga

    Got away with a really lackadaisical clearance which was charged down by Cisse and generally looked like he was down on confidence until he made a stunning save from Santon in the second half.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Nearly inadvertently set up Lallana with a long-range effort, but occasionally struggled with the threat of Gutierrez on the left. Showed good improvisation to blast the ball into the box for the first goal.

  • Maya Yoshida
    0
    0
    3.00

    Maya Yoshida

    Had his work cut out with the fearsome duo of Ba and Cisse but cut out crosses and stood firm in the box, frustrating the strikers.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Booked for a strong challenge on Cisse in the first half which meant the defender had to tread carefully. Struggled with the presence of the visiting attackers but looked much more solid in the second half.

  • Luke Shaw
    0
    0
    3.00

    Luke Shaw

    It was a fairly quiet performance from the full-back, but a solid one nonetheless. Provided good support for Lallana and coped well with Newcastle's pushes forward on the wing.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    0
    0
    2.50

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    In the battle with Tiote the Saints midfielder lost out on several occasions, but often showed good reading of the game to snuff out Newcastle's attacks.

  • G. Ramírez
    1
    0
    4.00

    G. Ramírez Top of the Match

    Set up the first goal and scored the second; it was an excellent performance from the Uruguay international. Linked up perfectly with Lallana and Lambert as the hosts looked far more threatening going forward.

  • Jack Cork
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Cork

    Largely anonymous for most parts, but showed good touch when in possession. Looked much more assured in the second half, particularly after the second goal.

  • Adam Lallana
    1
    0
    3.50

    Adam Lallana

    Put in a solid performance and linked up well with Ramirez and Lambert. Had the easiest of finishes for his goal but was in the right place to be found by Ramirez.

  • Jason Puncheon
    0
    0
    3.50

    Jason Puncheon

    Regularly won the battle with Santon and managed to whip some dangerous balls into the Newcastle six-yard box.

  • Rickie Lambert
    1
    0
    3.50

    Rickie Lambert

    Lead the line as expected with another spirited performance. Rattled the bar with a free-kick before having an excellent chance blocked. Quieter in the second half as he tired later on.

Substitutions

  • Jos Hooiveld
    0
    0

    Jos Hooiveld

    Given a stoppage time run as he came on for Shaw.

  • Steven Davis
    0
    0

    Steven Davis

    Came on late for the excellent Ramirez and had little to do, but often picked the ball up as Newcastle were sloppy in possession.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    0
    0

    Jay Rodriguez

    Introduced for Lambert with less than 15 minutes remaining, and was denied a goal from an acute angle by Krul.

  • Tim Krul
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Made an excellent low save to deny Puncheon but was at fault for the second goal with a poor clearance. Overall it was a good performance from the ever-reliable shot-stopper.

  • Davide Santon
    1
    0
    2.50

    Davide Santon

    Found Puncheon difficult to deal with on his own and wasn't able to get forward as well as he usually does. Forced a world-class save from Gazzaniga in the second half with a fine header.

  • Danny Simpson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Often outnumbered by Ramirez and Lallana on the flank, and was caught out by Puncheon in the build-up to the second goal.

  • Mike Williamson
    0
    0
    3.00

    Mike Williamson

    Made a vital clearance early on to deny Lambert, and stuck tight to the Southampton striker whenever possible.

  • Steven Taylor
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Taylor

    Struggled to cope with the hosts' revitalised attacking threat but did make several important challenges.

  • Shane Ferguson
    0
    0
    2.00

    Shane Ferguson

    Was buoyed by the support of Gutierrez on the left but too often failed to track back, leaving the visitors exposed on their flank. Subbed at half-time as Pardew looked for more of a threat.

  • Vurnon Anita
    0
    0
    3.00

    Vurnon Anita

    Looked sharp on his return to the starting line-up, was full of running and fulfilled defensive duties as well, but failed to bridge the gap to the strikers. Had a superb chance one-on-one but choked under pressure.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The stand-in skipper drifted out of the game for large periods. He had more joy when he switched to the left-hand side and was able to put pressure in the defence when linking up with Ferguson, but moved into the middle late on and gave it away regularly.

  • Cheikh Tiote
    0
    1
    2.00

    Cheikh Tiote Flop of the Match

    Won the midfield battle early on but was often caught out by Southampton's sweeping attacks and generally had a frustrating afternoon.

  • Papiss Cissé
    0
    0
    2.50

    Papiss Cissé

    Not involved anywhere near as much as he would have wanted, mostly due to a real lack of service from midfield.

  • Demba Ba
    0
    0
    2.50

    Demba Ba

    Suffered from the same problem as Cisse and his early header wide was his only real contribution to the match.

Substitutions

  • James Perch
    0
    0

    James Perch

    Came on in stoppage time for Taylor.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    0
    0

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Came on for Anita with 20 minutes remaining and moved the ball around well as the visitors tried to get back in it.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    0
    0
    2.00

    Sammy Ameobi

    Introduced at half-time to give Newcastle's attacks more potency, but failed to produce anything that caused problems for Southampton's defence and was caught in possession a couple of times.

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