Last Updated: 29/03/14 4:57pm
Southampton 4 Newcastle 0. The hosts celebrate a convincing success, while Pardew and his Magpies are forced back to the drawing board.
Cisse runs the ball out for a throw. Southampton seeing out the final few seconds. They keep moving the ball well, inviting Chambers down the right. Haidara back with him to clear.
Both sides going through the motions now. Andre Marriner should stop it now. Newcastle will be wishing he would, putting them out of their misery.
Gallagher chasing another long ball over the top which has Newcastle in trouble. Elliot races out of his box to nod into the air and then run the ball out.
Dummett looking to push forward, but Southampton have numbers back. They aren't about to give up their clean sheet.
Another standing ovation, with Lallana making way for Gallagher. Fine afternoon all round for the Saints.
GOAL SOUTHAMPTON - RODRIGUEZ. All too easy for the Saints. One long ball over the top sends Rodriguez clean through. He cuts inside to set himself and then drills under Eliott from a tight angle.
Looks like both players should be okay to continue. Chambers has taken a bit of battering today, but he isn't prepared to see his afternoon ended prematurely.
Boruc able to take his time before drilling down field. Haidara and Chambers rise to challenge for the ball, and both go down holding their face. Physios back on.
De Jong takes the free-kick, but fires into the top of the wall. He was so far out that he didn't need to go so flat with the effort. He had plenty of room in which to get the ball up and down. Newcastle keep pressing and Shaw puts in a brave block to deny Gouffran from six yards out.
Cisse running through the middle, but Chambers able to keep pace in a foot race. Southampton pull men back and close the back door. Shaw and Schneiderlin then concede a free-kick 30 yards from goal.
Rodriguez denied once again by Elliot. Schneiderlin snaps into a tackle which frees the England man. His low drive from 25 yards out has to be pushed behind. Corner comes to nothing.
Southampton turn to their bench again. Lambert given a standing ovation from those at St Mary's as he makes way for Ramirez.
Slight lull in proceedings as the ball gets stuck in midfield. Game all but over with neither side looking to push in the closing stages.
Lovren rises highest to met the set-piece, but is running away from goal and floats a header back across the face of the target and wide of the far post.
Another free header for Rodriguez, with Lallana floating the ball to the back post. Santon unaware that he is someone behind him, but does just about enough to force a corner.
Anita with a clever pass into Cisse, who is forced out to the right. Cork across to concede a throw. Still not happening for Newcastle in the final third.
Newcastle make their final change of the afternoon. Sissoko has pulled up holding his thigh and will be replaced by Dummett. Doesn't look good for Sissoko as he makes a snapping signal to the bench.
Flag up against Lambert, who has won everything in the air today. Another break in play Elliot takes his time to hammer long. Cisse unable to win a throw.
Newcastle all over the place at times. Southampton always seem to have a man over. This could have been a mauling today - still might be. Haidara sees first yellow card for a foul on Ward-Prowse.
Another good save from Elliot to keep the score down. He then sees the ball crash off the post. He denies Ward-Prowse and then Rodrgiuez nods off the woodwork.
Lallana popping up all over the place - on the left wing now. Sissoko across to cover him, nudges the England man in the back and concedes a needless free-kick. Southampton don't send many forward.
Cisse with a rare sight of goal. He is forced into the left channel and Boruc gets out quickly to smoother. Ball behind for a corner. set-piece comes to nothing, with Tiote crashing well wide from distance.
Newcastle stopped as Cork went in hard on Tiote. You have to play to the whistle and even after that they failed to get close to enough to Lallana to stop him crashing into the back of the net.
GOAL SOUTHAMPTON - LALLANA. What a strike. Cork battles past Tiote and sends the ball into the feet of Lallana. No comes to close him and from 25 yards out he drills into the top corner.
Southampton working really hard at the back now. They all pull together at both ends of the field. De Jong troubling them again down the left, but looses possession. Lallana leads a counter, but crosses into the hands of Elliot.
Newcastle starting to see more of the ball. De Jong freed on their left. He cuts inside and tees up Anita. He sees a shot from 18 yards out bravely blocked.
Corner nodded out to the edge of the box. Tiote sends the ball back to Anita, who wins another corner. Taken quickly and then swung to the back post. Lambert able to nod clear for the Saints.
Shaw will require treatment so we will have another break in play. He was caught by another stomping challenge. Sissoko this time - who got the ball but also his man.
Play back under way. Both sides at full strength. Santon able to get at Ward-Prowse and force a corner. Shaw now down.
Rodriguez races out on the counter, but tries too much himself. Haidara is down holding his back and will require treatment. Stoppages not helping the flow of the game.
Chambers back on his feet, but hobbling. Will try and run off a knock. Haidara trying to take advantage of the space he has left, and wins a corner off Davis. Set-piece nodded clear.
No decision taken by the officials as yet in regard to possible punishment for Cisse. He was late and did bring his boot down on Chambers' ankle. Looks like he might get away with it.
Loose pass from Tiote, which he is fortunate to get away with as Williamson slides in. Chambers then caught on the ankle by Cisse and stays down. Newcastle striker did lunge in after seeing the ball bounce off him.
Another nice touch from De Jong as he pulls the ball out of the air. Better from Newcastle as they work the ball left to Haidara and Gouffran. Chambers blocks his path and the Saints see out the danger.
Fonte strolls up to halfway. Ball worked in to Lambert, and then wide towards Chambers. He allows the ball to run across him, before realising it has too much on it and is unable to catch up before it runs behind.
Elliot with a clearance out to the right which has too much on it for Coloccini. Sums up Newcastle's day. Southampton unable to build from the throw.
Gouffran has hardly been full of running so far. He has seen little of the ball and appears to be spending more time waving his arms at others than looking for a pass.
Pardew still not looking amused. He will be very disappointed. On the field. Chambers sees a cross from the right flick up into the air. Elliot has to watch the ball carefully as he gathers close to his goal-line.
Easy to see why Newcastle are struggling for goals. They had no-one gambling there. Lack of confidence very evident. Too many players looking for someone else to do something, rather than taking responsibility themselves.
Sissoko beyond Shaw - a rarity. He drills across the face of goal, and beyond Boruc. No one in yellow arriving in the middle to tap into an empty net.
Cork caught in possession. Newcastle forced backwards. Southampton pressing from the front. No chance of them taking their foot off the gas.
Anita's corner is floated towards the edge of the box. De Jong pulls the ball down brilliantly, but then volleys up in the air. Southampton look to counter, but Lallana has no support.
Ward-Prowse with a clumsy challenge on De Jong. Free-kick to Newcastle 35 yards from goal. Anita delivers, but Lambert can glance wide to the right. Williamson gathers and forces a corner.
Should be game over. Newcastle haven't offered enough to suggest that they are capable of turning this around. Saints will want to run riot.
GOAL SOUTHAMPTON - LAMBERT. Haidara nods up, rather than out. He is out of position as Lallana gathers on the left. He cuts inside and lobs the ball over the Newcastle defence for Lambert. He makes no mistake as he rifles into the roof of the net from six yards out.
Elliot drills long, but again Newcastle can't get anything on a high ball. Pochettino sat legs crossed on the bench enjoying the sunshine. He will want another goal to make things safe.
Lambert into Lallana. He has Rodriguez breaking down the channels. He stands a cross up to Lambert at the back post. He nods across the face. Anita nods out from in front of his own goal and the ball bobbles behind.
Southampton straight back on the ball. Newcastle will be hoping their changes make a positive impact. Yanga-Mbiwa really struggle and Ben Arfa offered very little.
Players back out for the second half and Newcastle have made two changes, with Santon replacing Yanga-Mbiwa and De Jong on in place of Ben Arfa.
Brad says: 'Elliot has been superb, deserves a much better defence, we are a shambles at the back, without some changes could be 4-0.'
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Southampton 1 Newcastle 0. Hosts lead at the interval. Entertaining half, but all of the good work coming from the Saints.
Newcastle have to change something at the break. Southampton full value for their lead. They will feel there is more to come at this rate.
GOAL SOUTHAMPTON - RODRIGUEZ. At last the deadlock is broken. Lambert beats the offside trap to latch onto a ball over the top from Davis. He squares for Rodriguez to bobble over the hands of Elliot.
Chambers racing on and bundling past Haidara. Coloccini can clear. Saints pressing again and pegging visitors back. Home support not happy to see Cork go backwards. No way through for Lallana. Sissoko counters, but plays a pass into Boruc.
What a save from Elliot. Ward-Prowse floats the ball onto the head of Lambert at the back post. He nods down for Rodriguez, who forces a brilliant fingertip save from the Magpies keeper from point-blank range.
Newcastle still sitting off when Southampton have the ball at the back. They maybe need to try forcing the issue a little more and hurrying the Saints back four. Plan A not working at the moment.
Ben Arfa has his pocket picked 40 yards from his own goal. Shaw then races down the left, holding off Yanga-Mbiwa. He is able to squeeze over a cross, but Williamson sticks out a leg and diverts the ball back into the arms of Elliot.
Rodriguez drifts out to the right, and finds Lallana arriving on the edge of the box. He floats a cross towards Lambert, but Williamson clears with a diving header. Atmosphere gone a bit flat.
Cork very deep to take the ball off his back four. No route down the right this time for Chambers. Haidara blocking his path. Saints prepared to go backwards and try again.
Tiote wins the ball back for the visitors, but Coloccini can only punt it long. Sissoko and Davis battle in midfield. Fonte slides in and catches the Newcastle man. Whistle already gone for a free-kick the other way.
Lallana pops up on the left, down by the corner flag. Yanga-Mbiwa with him, and he slices out for a throw. Shaw trots forward to take. Ball into feet, then worked across midfield.
Patient build-up from the Saints. They are looking to lure Newcastle out and create space in behind. In the end they fire long and left, where Shaw is unable to keep the ball in play.
Lallana down under pressure from Tiote 30 yards from goal, but is waved back to his feet. Yanga-Mbiwa can lead Newcastle forward, but another terrible delivery is sliced into the crowd.
Shaw allows a cross fired through the box to run behind. Lambert then ambles forward, with Newcastle back-peddling again. He looks to pull the trigger from 25 yards out, but sees a shot blocked at source.
Newcastle not winning enough second balls. When they go long, they have to expect that Fonte and Lovren will win plenty in the air. They aren't getting runners up in support looking for knock downs.
Shaw drills long, where Williamson gets up above Rodriguez. Coloccini able to walk the ball out and finds Gouffran on the left. He wanders into the box, but is then crowded out. Better from the visitors.
Better from Cisse as he forces a hurried clearance from Lovren - it almost turns into a good pass and Shaw races off down the left. Yanga-Mbiwa troubled for a minute, but recovers to carry the ball away.
Tiote bursts through the middle, but then has to turn and go backwards with no options available. Haidara pushing forward down the left, but unable to force a cross past a sliding Chambers. Ben Arfa tries his luck down the left, but nothing doing for him either.
Elliot can now hammer long. Ball comes straight back at him. Newcastle unable to make anything stick. Southampton winning the ball back far too easily. They go back to Boruc, who slows things down again.
Cork allowed to drift forward until he is 20 yards from goal. A scooped effort flicks off Coloccini and wide for a corner. Taken backwards to Chambers. Ball back to Chambers. A floated cross is flapped at by Elliot. He wants a free-kick but doesn't get one. Lambert loops a dinked effort onto the roof of the net from 15 yards out.
Shaw feeds over a low cross from the left. Rodriguez across Williamson and flicks a clever effort with the top of his boot across the face of goal and wide of the post. Elliot then forced into a hurried clearance that he fires straight to Ward-Prowse.
Free-kick to Newcastle close to halfway. Elliot comes out to take it. He drills long - too long. Terrible effort as he wasn't even close to picking out a team-mate. No excuse given that Newcastle are playing in bright yellow!
Williamson almost caught on the ball by the lively Rodriguez. He puts in a shift every time he takes to the field. Officials not sure which way to give the decision. Newcastle get the nod.
Another hopeful, aimless, lump forward by the visitors runs through to Boruc. Magpies try again, sending Haidara forward once more. Southampton looking solid.
Newcastle send best all over the park at the moment. Saints a yard faster and showing a greater determination to get on the ball and do something with it. Only a matter of time before the hosts take the lead if things stay as they are.
Fonte up this time to meet a corner swung to the back post. Newcastle can't clear their lines and Rodriguez gathers 25 yards out. He shoots first time, but curls well wide of the target.
Lallana twisting and turning on the edge of the box. He eventually turns the ball across, and a hopeful hand-ball shout falls on deaf ears. Terrible pass from Gouffran straight to Rodriguez. He feeds in Lambert, who forces another fumbled stop from Elliot. Corner.
Pardew looks a little concerned in the stands, and well he might. He now sees Tiote concede a free-kick in the middle of the park. Southampton go short from the set-piece.
Chambers on the rampage once more. He feeds over a dangerous cross along the six-yard line. Williamson has to turn the ball behind. Ward-Prowse's corner finds an unmarked Lovren. Ball arrives fractionally behind him and he heads over the top. Another great chance.
Somehow we're still all square. Newcastle have offered nothing in the final third as yet while Southampton have squandered a number of promising opportunities. May they live to regret their inability to turn pressure into goals?
Lambert swings right to Chambers, who has ghosted in behind Haidara. He nods across goal, where Lallana is arriving. His header from six yards out is planted wide of the post. Should have scored after getting in front of his man.
Lambert flicks on to Cork. He finds Davis, who has Chambers alongside him. Newcastle drag men back in numbers. Saints move lacks urgency and they win a throw.
Shaw cutting in from the left and Saints carve Newcastle open again. This time a perfectly-weighted pass is threaded into Lambert down the middle, but he can't lift the ball over the onrushing Elliot. Smart stop.
Ben Arfa has been kept very quiet so far. He dinks a pass towards Cisse now, but the striker's run takes him past the ball and he is unable to bring it into his path. Saints start again at the back.
Newcastle rocking when put under pressure. Saints getting the ball wide and causing plenty of problems. Rodriguez could have had a couple already. Will be disappointed not to.
Boruc always trying to play out from the back, but on this occasion puts Cork under pressure. He has two players at his back and is fortunate to get a goal kick. Lallana leads a counter which ends up with Rodriguez forcing a diving stop from Elliot and Ward-Prowse firing narrowly wide from 20 yards out.
Shaw plays into the feet of Rodriguez, who turns and slips away from two yellow shirts. He keeps on running as the ball is fed forward, but Coloccini shows great composure to back-heel into Yanga-Mbiwa.
Lambert drops deep and goes right to Chambers. Acres of space for Davis in the middle of the park. Chambers still providing an option. He can whip over a hanging cross towards Rodriguez, who nods into the side-netting on this occasion.
Anita takes the ball off Lallana's toe in midfield. Tiote then turns through midfield, and brings Yanga-Mbiwa into play. He slips as he tries to float over a cross from deep and ends up shanking the ball into the stands.
Haidara bombing forward again. He rather scuffs a cross from the left and it is poked clear by Lovren. Newcastle getting joy down their left flank. Delivery needs to be better. Ben Arfa tries to offer something down the other side, but Shaw can shield the ball behind.
All the way back to Boruc as the Saints starts again. He launches long and a mistake from Yanga-Mbiwa allows Rodriguez to race through on goal. Cutting in from the left, he tries to shoot with the outside of his right boot and fires into the side-netting. Big chance goes begging.
Slow progress at the moment. Saints get the ball back in their back four. They send Rodriguez racing down the left, and he beats Yanga-Mbiwa to the punch. Everything is behind him though and the move breaks down.
Nervy moment for Elliot as he lets the ball run - almost a little too far. As Newcastle push forward, Cisse swings over a poor cross from deep that sails through into open field at the back post. Haidara then pushes on from left-back, but sees a cross blocked.
Chambers tangling with Gouffran, and losing out on the Southampton right. Visitors play across midfield, with Yanga-Mbiwa winning a throw off Shaw.
Lallana involved again, looking for Rodriguez on the diagonal. He settles for a throw. Saints appear to have settled quickly. Newcastle getting plenty of men behind the ball.
Lallana combines with Davis on the edge of the box and towards the by-line. His low cross is bundled behind for a corner. Ward-Prowse sends the set-piece backwards. When the ball is thrown into the box, it is easily cleared.
Saints looking to play out from the back. Hosts take the opportunity to string a few passes together early on. Lallana looks left and has Shaw pushing on from full-back. He plays square, and safe.
Anita loops the ball into the air, but Cisse opts against an aerial challenge with Fonte. Plenty of bodies in midfield - could get quite congested in there.
Pardew has taken his seat upstairs - sat just behind Newcastle owner Mike Ashley. We're now all set.
Players out into the sunshine. Pre-match formalities to complete and then we will be ready for the off. Games faces on!
Teams are in the tunnel so we will have to leave the feedback there for now. There will be further opportunities to have your say at half-time and at the final whistle.
Sprinklers are on to try and slicken things up. Both sides will welcome that. Players back in the dressing rooms for last-minute briefings from bosses.
Gordon, Rob, Dave and Paul all looking for three points on the road: 'We're going for a 2-1 Toon win. Pardew back in the stands has gotta have a positive effect on the team, and he has shown his intent from the start with the team he has named, especially with the game changer Hatem Ben Arfa on from the start. Howay The Lads!!!'
Alan Pardew enjoying a pre-match brew by the tunnel. As close to the bench as he will get today. He soon heads off and will have to make his way to the stands once he has delivered his team talk.
Players out in the south coast sunshine being put through their paces. Perfect conditions today and two sides who have included plenty of forward-thinking talent within their ranks.
A little over half-an-hour until kick-off at St Mary's. Keep your pre-match thoughts and predictions coming in to Chris.Burton@bskyb.com or @SkySportsChrisB.
Jacko Neil sees the hosts getting the job done: 'Hope Saints get the win with players competing for World Cup selection. I predict 2-1 with goals for Lambert & Rodriguez.'
Connor Linsdell pleased with Pardew's selection, saying: 'Ben Arfa starting eventually, can produce something out of nothing! C'mon TOON! 2-1 Newcastle!'
Kyle Wilson is backing an away win, saying: 'I'm going to say a 2-1 win for Newcastle; goals coming from Lambert and Ben Arfa.'
Newcastle team: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa, Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Tiote, Sissoko, Ben Arfa, Gouffran, Cisse. Subs: Alnwick, Santon, Dummett, S.Taylor, Gosling, Shola Ameobi, De Jong.
Southampton team: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Cork, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Gazzaniga, Schneiderlin, Ramirez, Guly, Hooiveld, Reed, Gallagher.
Logan is hoping to see a certain Frenchman today, saying: 'I think if Newcastle are going to get anything, they're going to have start with Ben Arfa! Our only real quality! TOON TOON!'
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Will Southampton enjoy home comforts, or will Newcastle be celebrating on the long journey back to Tyneside? Who will be the key men? Let me know your thoughts.
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Worth noting that Alan Pardew will be back with his troops today at the home of a former employer. He will be watching from the stands, but has now served a stadium ban.
The Saints head into the game on the back of two wins in their last three, while the Magpies have come unstuck in two of their outings in the same period.
It would appear as though these two will battle it out for eighth spot this season, which would be a decent achievement in itself and provide a solid platform on which to build.
There is just one point separating them in the standings at present and both are well clear of the relegation battle, but some way adrift of the scrap for European qualification.
Both sides find themselves in a position from which it maybe difficult to generate the level of intensity you would normally associate with top flight competition.