Last Updated: 25/02/13 2:27pm
Newcastle 4 Southampton 2. After falling behind early on, the Magpies fight back to win the match convincingly.
Comedy own goal. Danny Fox's attempted clearance ricochet's off Hooiveld into the back of the net. Fox should do much better there.
Sky Bet go 6/1 that this one ends up 3-3, but if you fancy no more goals you can back a 2-2 final score at 9/4.
Lambert again comes close to netting his 101st goal, connecting with a Adam Lallana cross, but heads just wide under pressure.
Magnificent save from Elliot. Rickie Lambert won the free-kick, took it himself, and his curling effort was tipped wide by the debutant at full-stretch.
Rafee Ahmed has been in touch: "What a sensational goal from Cisse, he looks a complete different player since Ba moved away from Newcastle. Just hope he continues to score this kind of beauties and keep us happy."
Conner Devlin is pleased so far: "Hey Pete, I'm chuffed to bits with the Toon's performance thus far! I'm expecting a 3-1 win for Newcastle but no doubt Southampton'll be putting more pressure on in the second half."
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Newcastle 2 Southampton 1. After stunning St James' into silence, Southampton have had their backs to the wall, and goals from Sissoko and Cisse give Newcastle deserved lead at the break.
Coloccini goes straight down the tunnel, seems to be holding bottom of his back. Another Frenchman comes on, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
WHAT A GOAL! Cisse smashes the bouncing ball over Boruc from 25 yards! Wonderful strike from the unpredictable Senegal striker.
Another Newcaste free-kick. Luke Shaw brings down Gutierrez, and gets himself in the book in the process.
Nayeen Ahmed has been in touch: "Hi Pete! I'm a Saints fan so I'll try not to be biased! Having read your commentary, I can only see a draw unless Pochettino does something about it at half time! I'm hoping 2-1 Saints win but I can see a 2-2 draw! Reckon Lambert and Cisse will score in the second half!"
Newcastle are 5/4to go on and beat Southampton having now equalised, while Sky Bet go 4/1 that there'll be no more goals in this one.
Sissoko fires over after good skill to beat Clyne, who has had a difficult afternoon dealing with Gouffran's trickery.
Moussa Sissoko taps in after Boruc had saved initially Gouffran effort. Polish Keeper unlucky after blocking well.
Alot of Newcastle pressure, lots of balls into the box, not much end product! Southampton holding firm.
|Robin Abbot believes Rickie Lambert deserves more credit: "Surely he deserves a call up, no English striker has scored more, he assists, holds the ball up, brings others in to play, oh and he scores penalties - something the England squad are useless at, the complete striker."
James Edge has been in touch via Twitter: "I have to back Newcastle to be in at HT 1-1. Krul missing is killer, but surely they have enough in the locker."
Great chance for Newcastle! Debuchy's cutback is mishit twice, first by Gouffran, then by Cisse from six yards. The ball trickles wide.
Sissoko has drilled effort, looked like it was going wide, but Boruc wasn't to know, and tipped it wide.
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Southampton, who aren't great on their travels, and have an awful record at St James' Park, in a great position to get a result!
Reckon Newcastle can bounce back? They're 11/4 now to win the match with Sky Bet, who also offer 4/1 that Papiss Cisse scores the next goal.
Southampton stun St James' Park into silence. Lofted ball in by Jack Cork is knocked down by Lambert into Schneiderlin's path, who swivels and beats Elliot at near post.
Richard Drake is a more cautious Newcastle fan: "I would like to see a big Newcastle win but think it will be tough after Europe. Big blow losing Krul. Predict 1-1"
French National Anthem rings around St James' Park on a distinctly French themed day in the north east!
Magpie's fan Daniel Nolan continue's the trend of confident Geordies: "I'm hoping for a 2-0 win for Newcastle today! Things have been looking up ever since Sissoko was signed and I think he'll score today - hopefully no after effects from Thursday night with 7 changes being made!"
Saints fan Martin Boyle sees a different result: "Southampton's chance to distance themselves from relegation...visiting a Newcastle side back from their travels without their first choice 'keeper."
Lee Rutherford was first to get in touch via email: "Good afternoon Pete. Another tough game for Newcastle but today's team selection indicates an attacking strategy. I think today is Newcastle's day and will win 4-0, with Cisse, Cabaye and two from Gouffran.... Howay the lads
Southampton XI: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, S Davis, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert.
For the Saints, Pochettino makes two changes from the team that were so impressive in victory over Manchester City.
Newcastle XI: Elliot, Coloccini, Debuchy, Santon, Taylor, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Gouffran, Cisse.
Rob Elliot deputises, and makes his first start in the Premier League after numerous cup appearances.
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I would really appreciate your opinions before kick-off and during the match. Can Newcastle's French renaissance continue against the Saints? Can Maurico Pochettino's side continue where they left off against champions Manchester City last time out?
Good afternoon folks! Pete Hall here and I will be bringing you this live minute-by-minute commentary on Newcastle v Southampton at St James' Park.