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Sunday 25 November 2012 | St. Mary's Stadium | Referee: Martin Atkinson | Attendance 31,410

  • Adam Lallana (34)
  • Gastón Ramírez (60)
2 - 0

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins denied predecessor Alan Pardew a winning return to St Mary’s as the south-coast club impressively despatched Newcastle in a 2-0 win.

Pardew, who guided Saints to the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy before exiting the club after 13 months made his return to Southampton for the first time, although back-to-back promotions means the hosts are a much different proposition to the League One club he left behind 27 months ago.

Adkins oversaw that spell of success and, after his position came under early-season scrutiny, oversaw a second successive win at Pardew’s expense.

Saints edged the first half and took a deserved lead through captain Adam Lallana, who linked with Jason Puncheon to set up Gaston Ramirez for their second goal after the break.

Newcastle were unable to find a response, meaning they have won just one of their eight Barclays Premier League matches since Pardew was awarded an eight-year deal, as Saints earned a first clean sheet of the season and three points to propel them out of the relegation zone.

The hosts named an unchanged side from the one that won 3-1 at QPR for this game, while the Magpies named six of the side that played against Maritimo in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday.

Demba Ba was one of those returning and nodded wide inside five minutes, before Saints began to make an impression on proceedings.

Lallana directed a wayward Nathaniel Clyne effort just wide in the seventh minute, before Ramirez and Puncheon were denied.

Southampton were looking shaky at the back, though, and goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga was fortunate to see a clearance blocked by Ba come to no harm.

Opposite number Tim Krul was looking more assured and sprinted off his line to stop Rickie Lambert connecting with a misplaced Cheick Tiote pass.

The Netherlands international was once again called into action to deny a 25-yard Ramirez free-kick, before then thwarting Puncheon from a Lambert cutback.

Saints were getting closer, though, and, after an expertly-struck Lambert free-kick rattled the crossbar, they took a 34th-minute lead.

Krul rushed off his line to stop Puncheon down the right, but his clearance only found Clyne. The right-back’s long shot was headed away by Saints academy graduate Mike Williamson, but Ramirez collected the ball and squared for Lallana to score from close range.

Steven Taylor denied Southampton a second goal three minutes later by blocking a goalbound Morgan Schneiderlin drive, before Williamson was booked as half-time approached.

Sammy Ameobi replaced Shane Ferguson when the match resumed, with Newcastle looking reinvigorated.

Ba headed straight at Gazzaniga from a corner, before the Southampton goalkeeper did excellently to deny Anita in a one-on-one as the Magpies continued to threaten.

They did, though, look susceptible on the break and Saints would have capitalised on that weakness but for Krul’s quick reactions preventing Lallana.

Adkins’s side did get the second goal they craved in the 60th minute after an excellent one-two between Puncheon and Lallana saw the latter put in a cross that Krul parried into the path of Ramirez to fire home.

Puncheon hit the post as Saints pushed to extend their lead but Gazzaniga had to launch himself across goal at the other end to deny Davide Santon with an excellent one-handed save.

Krul denied substitute Steven Davis at his near post when Saints returned to the attack, with Fonte then hitting the bar before Lallana was denied.

Substitute Jay Rodriguez had a goal chalked off for offside late on, before Papiss Cisse saw an audacious effort go just wide as Saints held on for a 2-0 victory.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins: "It was probably a better performance than last week. There was a good momentum about us and we carried that on today. It was a good performance.

"We scored two, but could have scored some more. The crowd were great, the players were great and we got a clean sheet. We've been progressing all the way through. Last week I spoke about a growing maturity about the group of players and I think we're progressing well.

"Our confidence has been good since the start of pre-season, but you've got to get yourself ready as quickly as possible to reach the level the Premier League is at. The players are doing that and doing that very well at this moment in time.

"We know we're in the hardest, toughest and most desirable league to be in. We worked very hard to get here and we'll continue to keep working hard. We have a forward momentum about ourselves."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We're worried, of course we're worried, because we are Newcastle United and we've really got that dressing room to take into Wednesday night.

“It's not like we can add four or five players from the squad into that group. That is our group and they have been soundly beaten today and are going to another tough place. We have three days to try and lift the team to try and get ready for another tough game.

"I thought it was all good up until when it kicked off. It was nice to see some old friends and nice for the fans to give us a nice ovation but obviously it stopped when they got amongst us.

"They did a good job today and we were unlucky as they had a great result at QPR and their tails were up. Their confidence was there and that made it even more difficult for us."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
12. Paulo Gazzaniga - -
23. Luke Shaw - -
6. Jose Fonte - -
3. Maya Yoshida - -
2. Nathaniel Clyne - -
42. Jason Puncheon - -
4. Morgan Schneiderlin - -
18. Jack Cork - -
10. Gastón Ramírez - -
20. Adam Lallana - -
7. Rickie Lambert - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
24. Emmanuel Mayuka - -
1. Kelvin Davis - -
9. Jay Rodriguez - -
16. James Ward-Prowse - -
8. Steven Davis - -
21. Guly - -
5. Jos Hooiveld - -
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. Tim Krul - -
6. Michael Williamson - -
5. Danny Simpson - -
27. Steven Taylor - -
3. Davide Santon - -
24. Cheick Tioté - -
18. Jonás Gutiérrez - -
8. Vurnon Anita - -
31. Shane Ferguson - -
19. Demba Ba - -
9. Papiss Demba Cissé - -
Substitutes All Fans BFR
28. Sammy Ameobi - -
20. Gael Bigirimana - -
37. Steve Harper - -
34. James Tavernier - -
14. James Perch - -
30. Nile Ranger - -
22. Sylvain Marveaux - -

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