Saints climb out of drop zone

Southampton recorded back-to-back successes for the first time this season on Sunday, with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle enough to lift them out of the Premier League drop zone.

Last Updated: 03/12/12 at 16:10 Post Comment

Adam Lallana: Congratulated after opening the scoring

Adam Lallana: Congratulated after opening the scoring

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Saints skipper Adam Lallana and record signing Gaston Ramirez were on target at St Mary's, with the injury-plagued visitors unable to provide any kind of attacking threat.

Nigel Adkins' side looked the more likely to edge in front during a competitive first half, with Rickie Lambert crashing the angle of bar and post with one 25-yard free-kick.

Lallana went one better on 34 minutes, with Ramirez unselfishly squaring for him to roll into an empty net after Newcastle were left all over the place at the back.

The Saints then wrapped things up on the hour mark, with Tim Krul spilling a low cross from Jason Puncheon into the path of Ramirez to bundle home.

It could have been many more for the hosts, with the woodwork and match officials conspiring against them.

Puncheon thought he had grabbed the goal his lively display thoroughly deserved midway through the second half, but his low drive cannoned back off the base of the post.

Jose Fonte that hit the frame of the goal for a third time, with a towering header from the centre-half leaving Krul flapping at thin air.

Newcastle were offering little to suggest that Southampton would be made to pay for their inability to convert pressure into goals, with Pardew's side severely, and worryingly, lacking in spark.

The Magpies survived one more scare late on, with substitute Jay Rodriguez rattling into the back of the net only to see a marginal offside call go against him.

Victory for the Saints, and just a second clean sheet of the season, sees them climb into 17th and they will be looking to make the most of the upcoming festive period to pull further of trouble.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have now suffered three straight defeats to slip into 14th spot and Pardew needs to find a winning formula from somewhere if an alarming slump is to be halted and pressure is to be prevented from mounting on his shoulders.


SouthamptonTeam StatisticsNewcastle United
2Goals0
11st Half Goals0
8Shots on Target3
8Shots off Target4
2Blocked Shots1
4Corners3
12Fouls13
2Offsides6
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
65.4Passing Success70.5
31Tackles27
74.2Tackles Success51.9
49.5Possession50.5
51.5Territorial Advantage48.5
341Total Passes329
12Total Crosses28
198Lost Balls210
65Recoveries48
591st Half Poss.41
43.12nd Half Poss.56.9

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Footer 365

Eden Hazard lands PFA Player of the Year award

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has been named the PFA Player of the Year.

Harry Kane lands PFA Young Player of the Year award

Tottenham striker Harry Kane has been named the PFA Young Player of the Year.

Arsene Wenger says it is impossible for Chelsea to lose title

Arsene Wenger believes it is just a matter of time before Chelsea are crowned champions after their 0-0 draw at Arsenal.

Mail Box

Chelsea Millions Should Buy Better...

For the money they have spent, Chelsea should be playing like the Harlem Globetrotters rather than Atletico. We have mails on Cesc, Brendan Rodgers and...

Brendan Rodgers Is David Cameron...

Rodgers is compared to the Prime Minister, insomuch as he has a right to peddle bulls**t, apparently. Plus why comparing Arsene Wenger to Diego Simeone is a mug's game...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company