• 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 his future at the club: " It's exactly the same as it was before the game. There's been no talks and whether there will be in the next 48 hours I'll decide with the club.

"We haven't won a game and you need to win games. The crowd are waiting on a decision and the club has to make that soon.

"They have to do something. We don't deserve to drift away. The fans won't put up with that and something has to be done."

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

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 22 Janmaat
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 36 Dummett (Williamson - 80' )
  • 19 Haidara
  • 08 Anita (Riviere - 68' )
  • 14 Colback
  • 20 Cabella
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 11 Gouffran (Ameobi - 68' )
  • 17 Pérez

Substitutes

  • 03 Santon
  • 06 Williamson
  • 28 Ameobi
  • 29 Riviere
  • 30 Abeid
  • 32 Armstrong
  • 41 Woodman

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 02 Clyne
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Gardos
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 08 Davis Booked
  • 28 Reed
  • 16 Ward-Prowse (Cork - 60' )
  • 11 Tadic (Long - 60' Booked )
  • 22 Elia (Targett - 82' )
  • 19 Pellè

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 07 Long
  • 18 Cork
  • 27 Isgrove
  • 32 McCarthy
  • 33 Targett
  • 42 Hesketh
Ref: Robert Madley
Att: 49,307

Match Stats

Possession

58 42

Shots

16 5

On target

3 3

Corners

9 0

Fouls

9 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 2.

90:00 +5:17 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 2.

90:00 +4:14

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

90:00 +4:14

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

90:00 +3:47 Booking

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

90:00 +3:42

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

90:00 +3:42

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

90:00 +2:33

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

90:00 +2:33

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

90:00 +2:01

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

90:00 +1:33

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

90:00 +1:09

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.

90:00 +0:30

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:52

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

88:43

Foul by Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United).

88:43

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

86:40

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

85:19

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

84:52

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

83:04

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

82:52

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

82:05

Sammy Ameobi (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:05

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

81:43 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Matt Targett replaces Eljero Elia.

80:28

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:28

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

79:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Michael Williamson replaces Paul Dummett because of an injury.

78:59

Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

78:59

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

77:36

Attempt saved. Harrison Reed (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

76:51

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

74:03

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Colback with a cross following a corner.

73:44

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Shane Long.

72:56

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Graziano Pellè.

72:31

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Florin Gardos.

71:47

Offside, Southampton. Eljero Elia tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

70:24

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:24

Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

69:29

Attempt blocked. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Sammy Ameobi with a cross.

68:55

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

68:10

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Yoan Gouffran because of an injury.

67:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Emmanuel Rivière replaces Vurnon Anita.

66:17

Delay in match Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

62:56 Booking

Booking Steven Davis (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

61:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 1, Southampton 2. Eljero Elia (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Shane Long with a headed pass.

60:42

Attempt missed. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Massadio Haidara with a cross.

59:56 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Dusan Tadic.

59:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces James Ward-Prowse.

57:52

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

57:52

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

56:50

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

56:50

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

56:08

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

56:08

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:46

Attempt missed. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1.

44:39

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

43:44

Foul by Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United).

43:44

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

41:49

Attempt missed. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rémy Cabella with a through ball.

36:19

Attempt missed. Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Massadio Haidara.

31:57

Offside, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

31:00

Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

31:00

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:49

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

29:49

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:39 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 1, Southampton 1. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

24:38

Offside, Newcastle United. Vurnon Anita tries a through ball, but Yoan Gouffran is caught offside.

24:04

Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a set piece situation.

23:13

Foul by Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United).

23:13

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:31

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

17:31

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

16:13

Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:13

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

13:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Newcastle United 0, Southampton 1. Eljero Elia (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

12:13

Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

11:43

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

10:59

Attempt saved. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

5:34

Offside, Southampton. Harrison Reed tries a through ball, but Dusan Tadic is caught offside.

4:53

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

1:31

Attempt missed. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rémy Cabella.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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