Southampton 2 Newcastle United 0: match report
Alan Pardew, the Newcastle United manager, endured a disappointing return to Southampton as his side slumped to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Nigel Adkins’ relegation strugglers on Sunday. Goals from Adam Lallana – who made his first team breakthrough under Pardew – and Southampton’s record signing Gaston Ramirez hoisted the hosts out of the bottom three for the first time since August. Pardew spent 13 months in charge at the St Mary’s Stadium before being sacked by Nicola Cortese, the Southampton chairman, only four games into the 2010-11 season and was given a warm reception from the home supporters before kick-off. Sadly for Pardew, the Southampton players were less accommodating as they claimed only their third Barclays Premier League victory of the campaign. It could have been a different outcome had Saints goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga’s clumsy 15th minute clearance ended up in the back of the net after being charged down by Demba Ba instead of looping up in the air and into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper.
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