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Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3 – match report: Theo Walcott hat-trick

Arsenal 7 Newcastle 3: Walcott hat-trick settles astonishing game as Gunners star shows his worth up front again

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UPDATED:

19:46 GMT, 29 December 2012

Theo Walcott gave Arsene Wenger yet another reminder of his goal-scoring talents as he bagged a stunning hat-trick to sink Newcastle in a 10-goal thriller at the Emirates Stadium.

Wenger had talked up Walcott as the next Thierry Henry yesterday, and the England forward – still to pen a new deal with the club – did little to disprove that idea today, scoring three excellent goals and setting up two more to give Arsenal the win that ensures they will end 2012 in fifth place, two points behind Chelsea and three adrift of Tottenham with a match in hand.

Arsenal's record scorer Henry was in the stands watching his beloved former club and he was on his feet after 20 minutes thanks to Walcott's opener – a fine curled finish following an Henry-esque break from the halfway line.

Middle man: Theo Walcott scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal thumped seven past a hapless Newcastle

Middle man: Theo Walcott scored a brilliant hat-trick as Arsenal thumped seven past a hapless Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

ARSENAL: Szczesny, Sagna, Koscielny, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla (Coquelin 86), Oxlade Chamberlain (Giroud 74), Podolski (Ramsey 82), Walcott. Subs not used: Mannone, Rosicky, Ramsey, Djourou, Coquelin, Gervinho.

Goals: Walcott 20, 73, 90+1 Oxlade-Chamberlain 50, Podolski 64, Giroud 84, 87.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson (Ferguson 83), Coloccini, Perch, Santon, Obertan, Bigirimana (Shola Ameobi 82), Tiote, Marveaux (Tavernier 89), Ba, Cisse. Subs not used: Harper, Sammy Ameobi, Abeid, Streete.

Goals: Ba 44, 69 Marveaux 59.

Booked: Santon

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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Newcastle pulled level through Demba Ba, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored, only for Ba to grab his second to make it 2-2.

Arsenal looked set for a
disappointing draw after Sylvain Marveaux equalised Lukasz Podolski's
header, but Walcott turned on the class to put the Gunners 4-3 up.

The former Southampton man set up
Olivier Giroud twice and added his much-deserved third strike in injury
time with a deft chip over Tim Krul.

Walcott has scored four goals and won
one decisive penalty in the three games he has started up front and he
now has 14 for the season.

There were no early indications that
this would turn out to be a thriller in the opening quarter as both
teams started sluggishly.

Other than a couple of bits of skill from Santi Cazorla, Arsenal started poorly.

Walcott, eager to show he can cut it
as a striker, used his pace to break behind the Newcastle defence, but
Krul rushed off his line to clear.

Newcastle, branded a 'wee club in the
north-east' by Sir Alex Ferguson yesterday, had the best chance of the
opening quarter of an hour through Ba who somehow headed over Marveaux's
corner from eight yards.

The quiet atmosphere inside the
Emirates Stadium lifted after 19 minutes when Podolski slotted Walcott
in behind the Magpies defence and the England man raced through before
caressing the ball past Krul in to the far corner.

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

Remind you of someone Theo Walcott's first goal was vintage Thierry Henry, shaped into the far corner

The goal was reminiscent of many strikes from Henry and thus brought the Frenchman to his feet in the stands.

Walcott was in the thick of the
action again just before half-time, wriggling free from his marker, but
Krul came off his line to stop the 23-year-old's shot.

Cheick Tiote, who scored the
equaliser in February's 4-4 thriller, almost brought the visitors level
six minutes before the break with a swirling 25-yard drive that Wojciech
Szczesny awkwardly punched away.

Walcott immediately flew up the other
end, but he laid a square pass behind the un-marked Cazorla, rather
than in front of him and Gael Bigirimana cut the danger out.

Arsenal were made to pay for the error just over two minutes from the break.

Bacary Sagna fouled Gabriel Obertan
25 yards out and Ba's resulting set-piece flew off Jack Wilshere's head
in to the Arsenal goal past the stranded Szczesny.

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Level: Demba Ba's deflected free-kick meant the sides went in on terms at the break

Arsenal came out much stronger after
the break. Kieran Gibbs drew a save from Krul at his near post shortly
before Oxlade-Chamberlain beat the Dutchman to make it 2-1.

Podolski intercepted a weak throw-in,
heading the ball to Cazorla, who found Oxlade-Chamberlain and he made
no mistake with a fine low drive from 20 yards.

Walcott somehow muscled Tiote off the ball and charged at goal, but he dragged his shot horribly wide.

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

England expects: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain restored the lead with a fierce finish on 50 minutes

Once again Arsenal were made to pay
as Newcastle equalised. Obertan turned Sagna inside out before his cross
was deflected off Koscielny and in to the path of the un-marked
Marveaux who tapped in to an empty net from barely two yards.

Arsenal were back ahead within five
minutes, however. Wilshere charged at the Newcastle defence and chipped a
wonderful ball to the back post. Coloccini could only head his
clearance against the bar and the ball fell to Podolski who nodded home
the easiest finish of his career to make it 3-2.

The 60,000 fans inside the Emirates Stadium barely had time to draw breath before Newcastle equalised again.

Capitalising: Sylvain Marveaux slotted home his first goal in the Premier League to make it 2-2

Capitalising: Sylvain Marveaux slotted home his first goal in the Premier League to make it 2-2

Brave: Lukas Podolski swung the game back in the favour of the hosts with a smart header from close range

Brave: Lukas Podolski swung the game back in the favour of the hosts with a smart header from close range

Three's a crowd: Ba made the most of slack marking once more to get his side on terms for the third time

Three's a crowd: Ba made the most of slack marking once more to get his side on terms for the third time

Marveaux bought time with his
trickery before swinging a ball to the back post where Ba bustled Gibbs
out of the way to turn the ball past Szczesny.

The home crowd blasted their team's
sloppy defending, but Walcott dug them out of trouble five minutes later
with Arsenal's fourth.

Gibbs slotted the ball across the box
for Podolski, he missed ball, but Walcott was stood just behind him and
he fired in to the roof of Krul's goal.

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Composed: Walcott's second was another clever finish under pressure from the men in black and white

Giroud then killed off the game with five minutes left, latching on to Walcott's cross to head between Krul's legs.

The Frenchman then rubbed salt in to
Newcastle's wounds by slotting past Krul to make it 6-3 after Walcott
charged at the Toon defence.

Walcott then got the hat-trick he
deserved in injury time, picking himself off the turf after being
flattened by Tiote before chipping the ball over Krul with a brilliant
finish.

Arsenal could have had an eighth in injury time, but Giroud's header hit the bar.

Walcott, wearing a beaming smile, walked off with the match-ball amid chants of 'sign him up' from the home crowd.

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act

Welcome to the party: Olivier Giroud took just a few minutes to get in on the act
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Fulham 2 Newcastle 1 – match report

Fulham 2 Newcastle 1: Rodallega grabs rare win as Pardew's men slide towards danger

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UPDATED:

02:00 GMT, 11 December 2012

Alan Pardew passed two years in charge of Newcastle United on Monday night, but it will not be an anniversary the manager looks back on with particular fondness.

He tinkered with his formation and cajoled his players constantly, but yet another away defeat leaves the visitors only four places above the relegation zone.

It may yet get worse: they must play Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal before the turn of the year, while Sunderland, in 18th place, have a game in hand against Reading on Tuesday.

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

All white on the night: Fulham secured a first league win since October, beating Newcastle

MATCH FACTS

FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Sidwell, Baird, Kacaniklic (Dejagah 62), Berbatov, Rodallega (Petric 86). Subs not used: Etheridge, Richardson, Senderos, Karagounis, Diarra.

Goals: Sidwell 19, Rodallega 63.

NEWCASTLE: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Anita (Marveaux 86), Tiote (Bigirimana 86), Ben Arfa (Shola Ameobi 72), Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs not used: Harper, Ferguson, Tavernier, Perch.

Goal: Ben Arfa 54.

Attendance: 25,270.

Referee: Lee Mason.

For Fulham, though, there is hope
again and, crucially, goals. Martin Jol’s side had gone more than five
hours without scoring before Steve Sidwell’s 19th-minute strike.

Even that was a little fortunate, as
the midfielder’s right-foot shot took a heavy deflection off Mike
Williamson and cannoned in off the underside of the bar. But a second
from Hugo Rodallega gave Fulham their first Premier League victory since
October.

The gloom, however, only increases for Newcastle, despite Hatem Ben Arfa scoring on his return from a hamstring injury.

‘I’m worried in that we’re not
picking up enough points,’ said Pardew. ‘The performances are much
improved, there’s more fluency about our attacking play, but it’s a
worry. We haven’t got enough points and we’ve got a tough run of games.
But if we keep working as hard as we did tonight, I think it will
change.’

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Bright start: Steve Sidwell fortuitous striker handed Fulham the lead in the 19th minute

Injuries have not been kind to Newcastle but there was little excuse for their defending.

Only a covering tackle from Danny
Simpson had prevented Alex Kacaniklic scoring after just 60 seconds,
while the manner in which Rodallega was allowed to chest down a Damien
Duff cross in the box after 17 minutes provided particular cause for
concern.

Newcastle had plenty of chances and
Sascha Riether, who was excellent at right back for the hosts, cleared
two shots off the line from Fabricio Coloccini and Demba Ba before Ben
Arfa’s goal.

But it could have been far worse for the visitors if Tim Krul had not performed so well.

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

Hatem bomb: Newcastle got back on terms thanks to Hatem Ben Arfa's deflected drive

They were continually exposed by
Fulham’s width, especially down the right. Duff’s two assists equalled
his tally in 68 appearances for Newcastle, while the home side’s
willingness to mix the odd long ball over the top with the attacking
guile of Dimitar Berbatov and Rodallega was impressive.

‘That was vital for us,’ said Jol. ‘I was so happy we scored first because that was our problem in the last couple of weeks.

'At 2-1 we should have scored two or
three. We showed some character but I’m pleased we finished it off.
After losing Clint Dempsey I’m very happy that Berbatov came to this
club. He’s an unbelievable player.’

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Rough and ready: Both teams fought hard to find the winner, and both hit the woodwork more than once

Whisper it, but Berbatov not only
exhibited all the style and swagger we expect but he worked hard in the
absence of Bryan Ruiz, who has suffered a setback in his return from a
hamstring injury.

Pardew’s 4-3-3 formation left Berbatov with room to ‘orchestrate’, as he put it.

Newcastle were also exposed in
central midfield, with Sidwell and Chris Baird picking off passes
comfortably and protecting their back four. The visiting boss was forced
into a change after his side went behind, slotting Ben Arfa back into a
midfield four.

The Frenchman looked a little off the
pace in his first start for a month, but still took it upon himself to
embarrass Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with a shot that found the
roof of the net after 53 minutes. It took a deflection off John Arne
Riise, but Fulham players were culpable of standing off Ben Arfa, and
were duly punished.

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Head boy: Colombian striker Hugo Rodallega grabbed the winner with a powerful header

Jol’s side have thrown away 14 points from winning positions and it quickly looked as if would be a similar case.

But then Duff, booed throughout the
match by supporters of his former club, curled in a beautiful free-kick
from the right after 63 minutes. Rodallega eluded Coloccini with ease —
it was shocking defending from Newcastle and particularly their captain
— to give Fulham their first win in eight games.

They had to hold on in the final
minutes, however. Coloccini hit the bar with a stinging shot, substitute
Shola Ameobi attempted a right-foot effort and Jonas Gutierrez also
came close.

Newcastle"s Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Alan Pardew"s squad

Newcastle's Xisco kid gets rare chance to shine in Bruges after recall to Pardew's squad

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UPDATED:

23:26 GMT, 7 November 2012

Newcastle outcast Xisco could be given the chance to revive his career in Belgium after he was recalled to Alan Pardew’s Europa League squad.

The 5.7million striker, who was a Dennis Wise/Kevin Keegan signing, has
travelled to Bruges.

Although likely to be among the substitutes, as Pardew turns to Ameobi
brothers Shola and Sammy to start the Group D clash, Pardew has recalled
the former Spain Under 21 striker after he impressed for the club's
reserves in the last month.

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Second chance Xisco (right) could be set for a return to action

Xisco has been on loan at former club Deportivo La Coruna and Santander
in the last two season and last played for Newcastle in August 2010
against Aston Villa. In fact he has played just three league games since
his 5.7million move from Deportivo and scoring in his debut against
Hull City.

Pardew said: 'He has worked hard, we feel he has contributed to the group and therefore we have included him on this trip.

'The future for Xisco, hopefully, is a return to playing. Like all
players, he wants to play and he has not really done anything wrong
other than not reach the level of the first team since he has been here.

'We have tried to give him some direction and some hope that he can
forward his career. I don't know how much pain he has gone though, if I
am honest, I have not really sat down and spoken to him about that.

'My purpose at this football club is to try to get the best out of every
individual, and I am trying to do that with him. I am not sure if he
will be included tomorrow, if I am honest, but I wanted to bring him
into the group just so he felt part of it.

'He causes us no problems, he is well-liked within the group, he gets on
with his work and we are trying to help him.' Pardew has decided to
leave Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez in Newcastle to rest, while top
scorer Demba Ba nurses a sore shin. Yohan Cabaye, who came off with a
tight thigh at Anfield on Sunday, has travelled and the Ameobi brothers
will start up front together for the first time.

More than 2,500 Newcastle fans are
expected in the Jan Breydel Stadium, but around double that number could
travel to the Belgian city without tickets.

After warnings last month that
ticketless fans will be arrested near the ground, local police have
relented and are hoping bars and the city squares will provide enough
screens to watch the game.

Pardew added: 'We know what our fans
are like. When we take anything over 600, they start sounding like a
whole stadium, so I am sure we will have very vocal support tomorrow.

'Tickets are at a premium – we can't
get tickets for everyone we want. It's brilliant that they have come and
followed us. We are absolutely delighted.

'I hope they conduct themselves in
and around the city in the right manner – that's important too because
we have got fantastic supporters.'

Demba Ba doubt for Newcastle trip to Liverpool

Newcastle striker Ba doubtful for trip to Liverpool with shin injury

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UPDATED:

14:59 GMT, 31 October 2012

Newcastle United are sweating on the fitness of Demba Ba for Sunday’s visit to Liverpool.

The Senegal star injured his shin in last weekend’s win over West Bromwich Albion and hobbled off. Although a scan has revealed no serious damage, the striker has not trained so far this week and is rated '50-50'.

Crocked: Ba comes off against West Brom on Saturday

Crocked: Ba comes off against West Brom on Saturday

Ba will have a fitness test ahead of Sunday’s trip to Anfield but if he is not passed fit, manager Alan Pardew will turn to Papiss Cisse, who sat out most of the 2-1 win over West Brom before scoring the late winner off his back.

It was the first time both Ba and Cisse had netted in a Barclays Premier League game since the February win over Aston Villa when Cisse made his Newcastle debut.

Pardew said: 'I think Demba is 50-50 at best.

Top scorer: The Senegalese has bagged seven goals already this season

Top scorer: The Senegalese has bagged seven goals already this season

'We’ve got Papiss back on the goal trail and Shola and Sammy (Ameobi) so we’re happy with that.

'It is very important to have that. Papiss is fit and well and we are looking forward to seeing him this weekend.'

Liverpool are one of the sides linked with signing Ba who, Pardew revealed last month, still has a clause in his contract which will allow him to leave St James’s Park for 7.5million.

Sammy Ameobi grateful for brother Shola"s help

Sammy Ameobi grateful for brother Shola's help in keeping him flying high

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 29 October 2012

Newcastle United striker Sammy Ameobi has thanked brother Shola for keeping him on the path to success.

The 20-year-old has finally shaken off a miserable run of injuries to put himself in contention for Alan Pardew’s drive for Premier League and European success.

The younger Ameobi brother may have only started two games for his home-town club but he is fast becoming an essential member of Pardew’s squad.

Straight and narrow: Sammy Ameobi has been helped out by his brother

Straight and narrow: Sammy Ameobi has been helped out by his brother

And Shola, who is ten years, nearly 350 games and 72 goals older, has been playing his part to ensure Sammy stays focussed.

Sammy said: 'Shola is a great player, but more than that he's a great man. He was a massive inspiration to me and I'm glad he's still here.

'Hopefully he will be able to play a lot more before he hangs up his boots. It's a massive encouragement to me and he's also a motivation to me.

'When I'm not on my game or not trying my best in training or have taken my eye off the ball, he's right there putting me back in my place. He keeps my feet on the ground as well, so I'm lucky to have him here at the club with me.

'Watching Shola was a massive inspiration for me, I used to come along and watch him at every game. It was something to strive for and gave me the encouragement to go on and out-strip Shola's achievements.

'It is something to compete against as well as being my inspiration.'

Starter: Shola Ameobi led the line against West Brom

Starter: Shola Ameobi led the line against West Brom

Newcastle 2 West Bromwich 1 – match report

Newcastle 2 West Brom 1: Last gasp Cisse goal earns Toon all three points

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UPDATED:

17:18 GMT, 28 October 2012

Papiss Cisse deflected home a fortunate injury-time winner for Newcastle as Alan Pardew's men recovered from Romelu Lukaku's equaliser for West Brom to grab three Barclays Premier League points at St James' Park.

Substitute Sammy Ameobi struck a left-foot shot from the edge of the box which took a heavy deflection off the back of Cisse and was cruelly diverted past Baggies keeper Ben Foster to seal the home side's win.

Demba Ba had netted his seventh goal in nine starts to give the Magpies a 35th-minute lead, but the dangerous Lukaku looked to have snatched the visitors a point when he headed home a Zoltan Gera cross 10 minutes into the second half.


Leaving it late: Papiss Cisse is mobbed by team-mates after scoring a late winner

Leaving it late: Papiss Cisse is mobbed by team-mates after scoring a late winner

Match facts

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson (Cisse 61), Coloccini, Williamson, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Perch, Gutierrez, Ba (Sammy Ameobi 72), Shola Ameobi (Obertan 61).

Subs Not Used: Harper, Anita, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Booked: Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez.

Goals: Ba 35, Cisse 90.

West Brom: Foster, Tamas, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Gera (Popov 88), Mulumbu, Dorrans (Rosenberg 72), Odemwingie, Lukaku (Long 65).

Subs Not Used: Luke Daniels, El Ghanassy, Jara Reyes, Fortune.

Booked: Mulumbu, Ridgewell.

Goal: Lukaku 55.

Attendance: 49,731

Referee: Chris Foy

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The Baggies, clearly not lacking confidence despite their defeat to Manchester City last weekend, had showed their attacking intentions from the start with Lukaku looking particularly lively down the left.

But the home side had the first real chance in the 14th minute when Shola Amoebi – who had been preferred to Cisse in the starting line-up – dug out a deep cross from the right which found Ba unmarked to flash a close-range header inches wide.

Ba had an ambitious penalty appeal turned down after tangling in the box with Albion captain Jonas Olsson two minutes later, and as the home side began to dominate possession Davide Santon brought a fine save out of Ben Foster with a long-range drive.

But the visitors had a fantastic chance to go ahead in the 26th minute when Graham Dorrans charged over the halfway line on a swift counter-attack and fed Lukaku, who was clean through on goal but saw his left-foot shot flapped out for a corner by the advancing Tim Krul.

Ameobi blazed a 32nd-minute chance into the upper tier before the hosts finally broke the deadlock three minutes later, Ameobi flicking a long Krul goal-kick into the box where Gareth McAuley made a mess of things and let Ba nip in to prod his seventh goal in nine starts past Foster.

At the death: Cisse scored the winner for Newcastle in stoppage time

At the death: Cisse scored the winner for Newcastle in stoppage time

Lukaku had another superb chance five minutes before the break when he was put through by Youssouf Mulumbu, but once again could find no way past the impressive Krul.

After a slow start to the second half, Lukaku finally got the goal his performance deserved in the 55th minute when he squeezed in between Santon and Fabricio Coloccini to nod home a Zoltan Gera cross from close range.

Magpies boss Alan Pardew responded by making a double substitution, bolstering his forward line with the introduction of Cisse for the tiring Ameobi, while Gabriel Obertan replaced Danny Simpson.

Rescuing a point: Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal making it 1-1

Rescuing a point: Romelu Lukaku celebrates his goal making it 1-1

Heading home: Lukaku scores with a close range header

Heading home: Lukaku scores with a close range header

Clarke, meanwhile, made a surprising change with the increasingly dangerous Lukaku hauled off and replaced by fellow striker Shane Long, which appeared to have the adverse effect of bringing an abrupt end to the visitors' best spell of the game.

Ba hobbled off on 72 minutes to be replaced by Sammy Ameobi, and shortly afterwards Albion came close when Mulumbu shot down the left flank and set up a shooting chance for Markus Rosenborg, who hesitated for too long on the edge of the box.

Sealed with a kiss: Demba Ba celebrates putting Newcastle ahead

Sealed with a kiss: Demba Ba celebrates putting Newcastle ahead

Cool finish: Ba shoots past Ben Foster

Cool finish: Ba shoots past Ben Foster

But the Baggies had regained their composure and began to put the hosts under real pressure, only Krul's alertness preventing the busy Rosenborg getting the vital touch on a deep cross by Long from the right flank.

Rosenborg was again unfortunate not to reach a cross from the left by Gabriel Tamas while at the other end a cross by Gabriel Obertan was too strong for Cisse, who could get no direction on it in front of goal.

Getting the block in: Jonas Gutierrez's shot is blocked by Peter Odemwingie

Getting the block in: Jonas Gutierrez's shot is blocked by Peter Odemwingie

Winning the ball: Danny Simpson and Yohan Cabaye try to take the ball from Graham Dorrans

Winning the ball: Danny Simpson and Yohan Cabaye try to take the ball from Graham Dorrans

Heads up: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi and West Brom's Gareth McAuley jump for the ball

Heads up: Newcastle's Shola Ameobi and West Brom's Gareth McAuley jump for the ball

But just when it looked like the Baggies had secured the point their performance deserved, Ameobi tried his luck from the edge of the box and Cisse diverted home the winner to keep Newcastle's fine home record on track.

Newcastle 1 Bruges 0 – match report

Newcastle 1 Bruges 0: The SAS hit the mark to lift Pardew

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20:56 GMT, 25 October 2012

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UPDATED:

21:01 GMT, 25 October 2012

Sammy Ameobi eclipsed his brother Shola with a moment of magic to help Newcastle maintain their impressive start in group D.

Toon boss Alan Pardew resisted the temptation to start the brothers for the first time against the Belgian league leaders.

But Shola was brought on at half-time and three minutes later Newcastle grabbed the winner when Sammy weaved his way through the defence and released Obertan to fire his drive into the corner.

More to follow

Hot shot: Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan scores

Hot shot: Newcastle's Gabriel Obertan scores

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Shola and Sammy Ameobi hoping to make history at Newcastle v Club Brugge

Ameobis hope to be Toon brothers in arms as Shola tips Sammy to reach the very top

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UPDATED:

16:25 GMT, 24 October 2012

Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi is backing younger brother Sammy to surpass him as the pair prepare to launch a double assault on Europe.

The Ameobis would become the third pair of siblings to start a senior competitive game for the Magpies if manager Alan Pardew gives them the nod against Club Brugge at St James' Park on Thursday evening after George and Ted Robledo in the 1950s and Matty and Richard Appleby four decades later.

Striker Shola, now 31, broke into the first-team squad under Sir Bobby Robson as a teenager and now midfielder Sammy, almost 11 years his junior, is attempting to do the same. However, the older brother is convinced the younger has a massive future in the game.

Plenty to smile about: Sammy Ameobi has been tipped for great things by his brother, Shola

Plenty to smile about: Sammy Ameobi has been tipped for great things by his brother, Shola

Shola said: 'There's nearly 11 years between us, so when we were growing up, I think he was maybe a little bit intimidated by me, which is normal.

'He's trying to go through what I've been through. But we have got a great relationship now.

Proud brother: Shola Ameobi in training

Proud brother: Shola Ameobi shoots in training

'I feel that as a big brother, I have to make sure he's on the right track all the time. I know my parents expect that of me, and it's something I'm conscious about doing.

'I'm sure he's well aware of how hard it's going to be and what he has to put in to make it to the very top.

'But I want to see him surpass anything I've ever done in this game and I know he has the ability to do that. He can do that, without a shadow of a doubt.'

Ameobi senior, who unlike his brother, was born in Nigeria, but raised on Tyneside, has had to deal with injuries and the pressure of being the local boy during his rise from promising starlet to senior frontman.

The wisdom gained during that, at times, difficult journey has served him well over the years, and he is hoping he can pass that on to Sammy as he attempts to negotiate a similar path.

Shola said: 'I don't coach him because I don't profess to be a coach, but I try to explain to him what I've been through.

'I try to tell him about the mistakes I've made along the way – which are a few – and try to help him not to repeat them.

Just warming up: Hatem Ben Arfa (centre) in action during training at Little Benton

Just warming up: Hatem Ben Arfa (centre) in action during training at a chilly Little Benton

'I just try to give him encouragement
because that's important in this game. You need people to tell you when
you're doing things right, as well as when you're not. I try to be a big brother to him and help him in that way.'

Pardew has confirmed that the younger Ameobi will start, along with Northern Ireland international Shane Ferguson and midfielder Cheick Tiote, who will spend much of the next month kicking his heels after being sent off in Sunday's 1-1 derby draw at Sunderland.

Pardew said: 'They are two players, I think, who can effect the first-team at this football club and take us forward as a club.

'It is a big game for them and they are training very, very well. We hope to see some fine performances from those two in particular tomorrow.'

Skipper Fabricio Coloccini, who made a stunning return from injury at the Stadium of Light before succumbing to cramp in both calves 10 minutes from time, will not figure as Pardew keeps one eye on Sunday's Barclays Premier League fixture against West Brom.

Newcastle are yet to concede a goal in four games in Europe and currently sit a point clear at the top of Group D, although the manager is expecting a tough test from a Brugge side which had not lost in the Pro-League until Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Leuven.

He said: 'We have to respect that Brugge are top of the league. We did that with Bordeaux and put a team out that was very strong, and the same will go for Brugge.'

Sunderland v Newcastle live

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Sunderland v Newcastle – as it happens from the Stadium of Light

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Sunderland host Newcastle at the Stadium of Light to start Sunday's action. Both sides sit in mid-table at this early stage of the season but will be fired up to claim bragging rights in the Tyne-Wear derby. Send me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle (1.30pm)

Click here for the live goals as they go in

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner,
O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon,
Fletcher.
Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan,
Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle:
Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote,
Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi (Perch 39).
Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Obertan,
Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Goals: Cabaye 3.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

Click here for the live Premier League table

Half-time: Sunderland 0-1 Newcastle

45+2min: Another strike from outside the box but James McClean's low effort takes a deflection leading to a Sunderland corner.

The delivery in though is easily taken by Tim Krul.

45min: Three minutes to be added on as Sunderland seek an equaliser before the break.

43min: Sunderland are yet to create a clear cut chance but they continue to shoot from distance with Gardner slicing wide from 25 yards.

42min: But it's Newcastle with the next chance. A corner straight from the training ground is played short to Coloccini on the edge of the box, whose shot is deflected to Demba Ba.

The striker does well to react quickly to tee up a scissors kick but he will be disappointed to fire over from six yards.

39min: In fact Alan Pardew has decided to make a tactical switch, sending on the defensive minded James Perch for Ameobi.

The striker, so often a thorn in Sunderland's side, is far from happy and heads straight down the tunnel.

38min: The pressure is being piled on by Sunderland now as they win a free-kick on the right side of the box. Fletcher cleverly plays a low ball to the edge of the box where Gardner's strike hits a Newcastle player before deflecting for a corner which the visitors clear.

37min: From OptaJoe:

1 – After 27 yellow cards in his previous 54 PL appearances, Cheick Tiote has been shown his first ever PL red. Graduation.

35min: Newcastle don't want to give Sunderland too many set-pieces 30 yards from goal and here is why. Craig Gardner fires a low drive through a crowd of bodies that just zips low past the post.

33min: Small chance for Sunderland as a cross worms its way to Adam Johnson at the back post. But the winger is quickly chased down and he curls across goal and wide under pressure.

31min: Sunderland are not making the most of the extra man as Newcastle win a free-kick deep inside the hosts' half on the left wing.

Cabaye though wastes the delivery by curling over everyone's head and out for a goal kick.

28min: Bizarrely Newcastle won a free-kick from that passage of play after Jack Colback pushed Tiote seconds before. Shola Ameobi was also booked for dissent.

25min: RED CARD (Cheick Tiote, Newcastle)

No hesitation from Martin Atkinson as he flashes a straight red card after Tiote leaves his foot in following a challenge on Fletcher.

I'm probably a bit old fashioned but I thought a booking would have been a fairer call. Either way Newcastle are down to 10 men.

24min: From InfostradaLive:

At two mins 11 seconds, Cabaye’s goal was the quickest Sunderland have conceded in the PL at the Stadium of Light. The previous was James Morrison (3 min 35 secs) for West Brom in a 2-2 draw in October 2011.

21min: Set-pieces look on song today as Cabaye's effort forces Mignolet to tip over. From the corner, Sunderland clear behind at the near post but escape with a goal kick.

20min: We haven't seen much of Newcastle since they took the lead but they win a free-kick 25 yards out central to goal after Larsson clumsily raises a foot into Shola Ameobi's chest.

17min: An honest enough strike from the Swede but Tim Krul is right behind it as he dives down comfortably to claim at his near post.

16min: More danger for Newcastle as Ben Arfa trips Rose five yards out from the corner of the penalty box. Larsson stands over the set piece…

14min: So Sunderland try the other flank and find a little more success. Danny Rose manages to swing a cross in for Fletcher, but Coloccini does well to turn the striker away from goal before heading away the Scot's eventual cross. The Newcastle captain looks to be back in business.

11min: The hosts are seeing more of the ball but Newcastle's gameplan is starting to show as Adam Johnson looks hounded out every time he gets the ball on the right flank. As a result, poor old Fletcher isn't getting much service.

8min: That's a bit better. Seb Larsson curls a delightful cross into the box but Mike Williamson strongly heads away with Steven Fletcher waiting to apply the finishing touch.

6min: The majority in the ground have been silenced by that strike and their team isn't doing much to help them raise their voices.

One hopeful free-kick into the box aside there hasn't been much response from the hosts.

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

Off the mark early: Yohan Cabaye (left) pounced inside the box to give Newcastle the lead

3min: GOAL! Sunderland 0-1 NEWCASTLE

The Toon look much more alert so far and grab an early lead. Hatem Ben Arfa finds Demba Ba with a pass to the byline, but although the striker's shot from a tight angle is blocked by Simon Mignolet, Yohan Cabaye fires home the rebound.

1min: Newcastle win a corner in the opening minute but Yohan Cabaye's delivery is cleared by the Sunderland backline.

Kick-off: Sunderland get the Wear-Tyne derby underway.

13.29: The players make their way out inside a packed out stadium that is bathed in sunshine.

13.26: Fantastic atmosphere inside the Stadium of Light. The home fans display cards to mark out red and white stripes inside the ground as 'Dance of the Knights' plays over the PA system.

13.23: Martin O'Neill could be playing poker face but Alan Pardew looked much more confident of the two managers. Should be interesting to see how it translates on the pitch.

13.20: Newcastle boss Alan Pardew also spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'The players understand the importance of this game for the fans. It didn't take a lot of thinking to include Shola Ameobi – he knows all about this game and he deserves to play.

'It's a massive lift to have the captain [Fabricio Coloccini] back. He brings intelligence and there isn't a lot of that in these games.

'The key to winning is competing – it's no good being technically the best so we have to be the big players in both boxes.'

13.15: Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill spoke to Sky Sports before the game:

'We are looking forward to it, we didn't play particularly well against Manchester City but we were doing fine up until then.

'Phil Bardsley is getting fitter, and Titus Bramble was injured during the week.

'You need a little bit of luck, to be strong and durable but I'm not sure there is any secret behind derby success.'

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

Lead by example: Newcastle welcome back their captain, Fabricio Coloccini (centre) to their defence

13.12: Sunderland can only move up to 11th with a win today but they do have a game in hand with the majority of the division.

Crucially for the fans they would be above Newcastle should they win –

13.07: Three points for Newcastle would put them into the top 10 but manager Alan Pardew has already said he hopes maximum points will provide a springboard for the top eight.

Trying to gain brownie points with the fans, Pardew has also stated that while this may be the strongest Sunderland side he has faced – he remains confident of finishing above them. The gloves are off now.

13.02: Derby specialist Shola Ameobi is handed a chance to add to his tally against Sunderland as Newcastle boss Alan Pardew makes four changes for this afternoon's Wear-Tune derby clash.

Ameobi, who sits only behind Jackie Milburn in the fixture with seven goals to his name, is included along with the fit-again Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and Danny Simpson, while there is a place on the bench for Steven Taylor.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill keeps faith with the men who started the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City last time out, and that means a start for full-back Danny Rose, seemingly the target of racial abuse on England Under 21s duty in Serbia in midweek, while there is a place among the substitutes for Phil Bardsley following his recovery from an ankle problem.

12.57: Full line-ups from the Stadium of Light:

Sunderland v Newcastle
Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Larsson, Colback, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs: Westwood, Bardsley, Campbell, Kilgallon, Vaughan, Meyler, Saha.

Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Gutierrez, Cabaye, Tiote, Ben Arfa, Ba, Shola Ameobi. Subs: Harper, Anita, Cisse, Perch, Obertan, Steven Taylor, Ferguson.

Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)

12.52: Before that, you have to go back to the year 2000 where second-half strikes from Don Hutchinson and Niall Quinn responded to an early goal from Gary Speed at St James' Park.

Newcastle for the record have triumphed eight times since then.

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

On guard: Police watch over Sunderland fans as Newcastle supporters arrive at the Stadium of Light

12.50: So who wants to be the Black Cats' hero today. They could do with a new one.

Sunderland have beaten their North East rivals just once in 15 attempts, with goals from Kieran Richardson and Djibril Cisse seeing off Newcastle 2-1 nearly on this day four years ago.

12.45: If it is goals you are after folks then we better hope Steven Fletcher and Demba Ba are not man marked out of the game this afternoon.

Fletcher has scored all five of Sunderland's league goals this season, while Ba has netted all but two of Newcastle's league strikes (Hatem Ben Arfa converting two.)

12.40: Sunderland starting XI:

Mignolet, Gardner, Rose, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Larsson, Johnson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher.

12.35: Newcastle starting XI:

Krul, Simpson, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Shola Ameobi.

12.30: Derby of the weekend In terms of on-pitch action it has a way to go to match Tottenham's clash with Chelsea yesterday but the rivalry between Sunderland and Newcastle should not be underestimated.

This is a huge game as we begin Sunday's Premier League coverage with the battle for the North East. Team news for it is on the way.

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

Fiery start: Sunderland host Newcastle in the Tyne-Wear derby to begin Sunday's Premier League action

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Southampton v Fulham, Newcastle v Manchester United, Liverpool v Stoke, Tottenham v Aston Villa

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Follow Sunday's action from around the grounds as it happens

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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as four fixtures conclude the weekend's action starting with Southampton's home encounter with Fulham at 1.30pm. Liverpool host Stoke and Tottenham welcome Aston Villa at 3pm before Manchester United travel to Newcastle an hour later.

NEWCASTLE V MAN UNITED

Newcastle: Harper, Santon, Perch, Williamson, Ferguson, Ben Arfa, Tiote, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba.

Subs: Alnwick, Simpson, Anita, Bigirimana, Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Sammy Ameobi.

Man Utd: De Gea, Da Silva, Ferdinand, Evans, Evra, Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Rooney, Kagawa, van Persie.

Subs: Lindegaard, Valencia, Anderson, Giggs, Hernandez, Scholes, Wootton.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

LIVERPOOL V STOKE

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Sterling.

Subs: Jones, Henderson, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Carragher, Borini.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

TOTTENHAM V ASTON VILLA

Tottenham: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Lennon, Dembele, Sandro, Bale, Defoe, Dempsey.

Subs: Friedel, Huddlestone, Adebayor, Dawson, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Bennett, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Holman, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Benteke, Agbonlahor.

Subs: Given, Bent, N'Zogbia, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick (Lancashire)

15.50: Lloris hasn't been too busy except for rushing off his line well to make one stop and tipping Benteke's effort away from danger.

It looks like they'll need Darren Bent to come off the bench again to pose some sort of threat to Lloris' goal.

He's a former Spurs player and scored last week. I wonder why he was left on the bench in the first place for this one

15.48: HALF-TIME: TOTTENHAM 0 ASTON VILLA 0

15.47: HALF-TIME: LIVERPOOL 0 STOKE 0

15.45: We're seeing two minutes of added time at Anfield. It has been a battle and a half here.

I'm pretty sure referee Lee Mason will have some questions to answer after this first half. Shawcross should be off, simple as.

15.41: Spurs have just gone close with five minutes to go until half time. Joe Bennett is being terrorised by Aaron Lennon.

It looks like a matter of time until they break the deadlock.

15.37: Peter Crouch is odds on favourite to score first against his former club. It's a really heated affair. John Walters has just clattered into Johnson after a goal kick. It looked like a little bit of an elbow to be honest.

Both Shawcross and Walters are lucky to be on the pitch now.

15.34: Gerrard and Suarez are putting Stoke under some pressure. The Uruguayan finds his captain on the overlap but Gerrard belts the ball out for a goal kick. Much better from Liverpool after a shaky start in front of their own fans.

15.33: It's another booking in this feisty affair between Stoke City and Liverpool. Luis Suarez skins Robert Huth who brings him down with acres of space behind him.

Interesting decision because a red card wouldn't have been out of the question. Luckily for Huth and Stoke, it's only a yellow.

15.28: Friedel's stand-in has had little to do so far at White Hart Lane. It's all Spurs so far.

At Anfield, there's already been some controversy. Kightly has been booked and Ryan Shawcross appeared to have aimed a stamp at Luis Suarez.

15.25: FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 2 FULHAM 2

15.24: Liverpool are living dangerously now. They are under some serious pressure early on at home to Stoke.

15.21: What a response from the Saints. There's three of the five minutes of stoppage time to play. Can someone snatch a winner on the south coast

15.19: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 2 Fulham 2

Not so fast! Jose Fonte has scored his second goal and equalised for Southampton! Wonderful finish!

15.17: GOAL! Southampton 1 FULHAM 2

With 88 minutes gone, Richardson looks like he has won it for Fulham. He rifles in the late goal which could seal back-to-back away wins for his new club.

They were so poor in the first half too! A gam of two halves cliche would work right about now…

15.15: Here are the teams for Manchester United's visit to Newcastle:

Newcastle: Harper; Santon, Williamson, Perch, Ferguson; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez (c); Ba, Cisse

Man Utd: De Gea; Rafael, Evans, Ferdinand, Evra; Rooney Carrick, Cleverley, Kagawa; Van Persie, Welbeck

15.11: With 10 minutes left at St Mary's, Chris Baird nails a free-kick from 25 yards out. But it's always rising. Goal kick.

Heated: The match between Liverpool and Stoke was a feist affair

Heated: The match between Liverpool and Stoke was a feist affair

SOUTHAMPTON 2 FULHAM 2

Southampton: Gazzaniga, Richardson (Hooiveld 8min), Yoshida, Fonte, Fox, Puncheon (Chaplow 61min), Schneiderlin, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert (Do Prado 67min).

Subs not used: Kelvin Davis, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Reeves,

Goals: Fonte 4, 90

Fulham: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Kacaniklic (Richardson 66min), Ruiz, Baird, Sidwell (Karagounis 72min), Duff, Rodallega.

Subs not used: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Briggs.

Goals: Hooiveld og 69, Richardson 88

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)

15.07: Liverpool should be a goal down. Pepe Reina attempts an ill-advised one-two on the edge of the area with Nuri Sahin. The latter's ball is cut out and former Red Charlie Adam is through on goal.

Reina atones for his error and makes a desperate stop. Rodgers will be fuming at that display.

15.05: There's 15 minutes to go at St Mary's. This game could go either way. Neither look like they are ready to take the draw. They want to win this game!

15.02: Gareth Bale has dragged a shot wide at White Hart Lane. That came after the biggest cheer in north London so far comes when Hugo Lloris' name is read out on the teamsheet. Big, big, shoes to fill as he stands in for Friedel.

15.02: Surely Southampton could have done with Rickie Lambert up top to try to snatch a winner against Fulham. He looked disappointed to be taken off.

15.00: KICK-OFF: LIVERPOOL V STOKE AND TOTTENHAM V ASTON VILLA ARE UNDERWAY

14.59: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 1

Happy Andre Villas-Boas swapped Brad Friedel for Hugo Lloris at Spurs

Happy Andre Villas-Boas swapped Brad Friedel for Hugo Lloris at Spurs

It's been coming for Fulham, and they've finally got that breakthrough. Riise fires a shot towards the goal and Jos Hooiveld sticks a boot out and it goes into his own net.

The shot was going wide. That'll be an own goal.

14.56: At White Hart Lane and Anfield all four teams are lining up as we speak in the tunnel. A couple more games for us to follow.

Meanwhile, Do Prado comes on for Rickie Lambert. Shame to see him coming off, I'm sure the Southampton fans feel the same.

14.54: There's definitely another goal in this game. Neither seems content with the current scoreline. Southampton fancy another one and Fulham have to score if they want a point.

14.50: How did that not go in Fulham have turned up the pressure on Southampton and Sidwell goes close before Rodallega forces a wonderful save from Gazzaniga.

In the end Kacaniklic gives away a fould to relieve a bit of pressure for Nigel Adkins' men.

14.45: Both teams at St Mary's have turned up the tempo. Southampton want a second to kill the game off and Fulham know that time is against them if they want anything from this match.

Jay Rodriguez fires a rasping shot from outside the area, but Schwarzer is more than equal to it. Should be a good finish in this one.

14.43: At Anfield, Stewart Downing has been dropped after he responded by saying he was 'upset' and 'disappointed' by the public criticism he received from manager Brendan Rodgers.

14.41: Over at White Hart Lane, Brad Friedel is missing his first Premier League game since 2004. A remarkable record from a truly top class goalkeeper.

It had to end some time of course.14.38: That's the second booking for Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin chops down Riise as he tries to make his way down the left. Cynical, but it prevented the break.

14.36: John Arne Riise is receiving treatment early on. He took a nasty-looking stud to the head from Puncheon.

It was in no way deliberate, as Puncheon merely sought to hurdle over his sliding opponent.

Riise's OK though, and he'll be fine to continue.

14.35: KICK-OFF: SOUTHAMPTON GET THE SECOND HALF UNDERWAY AT ST MARY'S

14.33: As promised, here's Aston Villa's starting line up: Guzan, Vlaar, Clark, El Ahmadi, Agbonlahor, Albrighton, Holman, Delph, Benteke, Bennett, Lowton

14.30: Here's the full Spurs team: Lloris, Walker, Gallas, Caulker, Vertonghen, Dembele, Sandro, Lennon, Bale, Dempsey, Defoe

Stay tuned for the Villa line up.

14.26: Although I don't yet have the full Tottenham and Aston Villa teams, I can confirm that Brad Friedel's 310-game Premier League run has come to an end.

Hugo Lloris will deputise between the sticks in favour of the veteran goalkeeper. More team news to follow.

14.23: May I digress for a moment The Liverpool and Stoke teams have dropped. Here they are:

Come here: Jason Puncheon is pursued by Steve Sidwell

Come here: Jason Puncheon is pursued by Steve Sidwell

Liverpool: Reina, Wisdom, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Gerrard, Allen, Sahin, Fernandez Saez, Suarez, Sterling.

Subs: Jones, Henderson, Cole, Assaidi, Coates, Carragher, Borini.

Stoke: Begovic, Cameron, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Walters, Nzonzi, Whelan, Adam, Kightly, Crouch.

Subs: Sorensen, Jones, Edu, Whitehead, Upson, Etherington, Jerome.

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

14.21: Apart from that late chance for Rodallega, Southampton have looked the far better side. In fact, they could have capitalised further on the slack Fulham play. At times it seemed like the visitors didn't want possession of the ball.

That said, there's only a goal in this one, and the second half could throw anything up.

14.18: HALF-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 1 FULHAM 0

14.17: Shocking defending allows Rodallega a chance, but he can't get a toe on it to send the ball past Gazzaniga.

Jos Hooiveld completely misjudges a long ball and Rodallega is clean through. He raises his boot to get a touch on the bouncing ball, but it goes out for a goal kick.

14.15: But they'll have to wait a little longer. We've got four minutes added time after the injury to Richardson earlier on.

Fulham get a rare attempt on goal. As Aaron Hughes meets a corner and heads straight into the hands of Gazzaniga.

14.14: Things have settled down now. Just a minute of normal time to go before the half is up. Both these teams look ready for the break.

14.10: Should've been 2-0! Rickie Lambert is in acres of space on the left side of the area. He lines up his shot and powers the ball into Schwarzer's body.

A good save, but Lambert will be disappointed he didn't stick that one across goal into the far corner.

14.08: We're fast approaching half-time now. Martin Jol will want to get his team into the dressing room at this rate.

They have been really poor for the first 40 minutes. If Southampton were more clinical, they could have been a couple of goals up by now. Fulham have given the ball away in dangerous areas consistently.

14.05: That's really poor football. This time it's from the Southampton goalkeeper Gazzaniga. He casually boots the ball out for a throw-in when looking for Danny Fox on the left. What's going on! Neither side can keep the thing!

14.03: It's Schwarzer now who gives the ball straight to Southampton.

Lambert picks out Lallana who squares back in the area, looking for the return. The ball rolls agonisingly across the box. Fulham are luckt to be only the one goal down.

14.02: Fulham get a real let off there. Riise takes a shocking throw-in which is cut out by Lallana.

Luckily for the Norwegian, Lallana's headed interception is in turn cut out. Real school boy stuff from the left-back. He would have left his defence flat-footed and outnumbered if Lallana's touch was better.

It's mine! Aaron Hughes battles with Rickie Lambert for the ball

It's mine! Aaron Hughes battles with Rickie Lambert for the ball

14.00: Fulham are looking short of ideas now. A shocking ball from Hangeland just hands possession back to the Saints. They'll have to do much better than that if they are to turn this around.

13.56: Southampton are breaking really well. Every time it looks like Fulham are settling into the game, the hosts get the ball and are up the pitch in an instant.

Lallana looks very good in midfield. Fulham need Sidwell to keep him a little quieter because he is pulling the strings.

13.52: GOAL DISALLOWED! The home fans are cheering again, but it's not going to stand.

Puncheon gives Schwarzer a nudge as the corner comes in, sending him to the floor. The ball eventually comes to Puncheon who puts the ball in.

Excellent spot by Clattenburg. That was a foul.

13.51: Southampton break very well. Lallana drifts into the centre and picks out Lambert with a cute reverse pass.

Lambert finds Fox who wins the corner.

13.49: Fulham look to strike back. Duff cuts in on the right and puts a lovely ball in. Rodallega can't direct his header goalwards though.

13.47: Huge chance for Lambert to double the lead. Excellent move which sees Rodriguez latch on to a through ball.

Rather than shoot, he finds the usually deadly Lambert. The Englishman skews his effort and the ball trickles out of play. He should have at least worked Schwarzer there.

13.45: Fulham are growing into this game finally. Kacaniklic does well on the left and earns his side a corner.

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Is it in Jose Fonte opens the scoring for Southampton

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

Rickie Lambert wheels away after his team-mate got the first goal of the day

The ball's a good one but Hangeland can't get it under control quick enough.

13.41: Now Lallana is on the deck. Steve Sidwell caught him with a flailing arm in the face.

It looked accidental though, and Lallana is on his feet again. All's well that ends well!

Funnily enough, Sidwell was the one who put Rodriguez on the floor with a late challenge moments earlier.

13.40: Big chance for Fulham. Bryan Ruiz takes a free-kick into the box. The ball finds its way through to Aaron Hughes who is in acres at the far post.

The defender fails to bring it under his control and the threat diffuses. A better first touch and he would have had the goal at his mercy.

13.38: Play's back underway now after an unsettling start for Fulham. They need to wake up!

The home crowd are unhappy as the visitors carry on regardless despite Rodriguez being on the deck, apparently injured.

13.36: They are brought back down to earth though, as Richardson is lifted onto a stretcher. Really unlucky as he seemed to pull up with a muscle injury.

Southampton make the change. Jos Hooiveld comes on for the defender.

13.34: GOAL! SOUTHAMPTON 1 Fulham 0

Adam Lallana puts the corner in and Jose Fonte is the first to it. He heads in the general direction of the far post and the ball just loops into the net. Fulham had no one on the line to stop it! What a start for the Saints.

13.33: Danny Fox has another opportunity from a set piece. He swings one in and wins another corner.

13.31: The first spell of pressure comes from Southampton. They have won a corner after Hangeland is forced to head a ball behind.

Fox carves out a half-chance for Rickie Lambert. The angle's tight at the far post and Lambert can't get it back across the face of the goal.

13.30: KICK-OFF! FULHAM GET THE GAME UNDERWAY

13.27: Southampton are lining up in their red kit today and Fulham walk onto the pitch in black with a gold and white sash. Three minutes to KO!

13.25: With the chit chat almost all done, the teams are about to come out and get the customary handshakes out of the way before the real action commences.

13.15: Fulham have struggled away from home so far this season, and it's often been their Achilles heel. They have lost to West Ham and Manchester United so far this campaign.

But they are looking for back-to-back away wins for the first time this season. Let's see how this one pans out…

13.07: Rickie Lambert will be trying to beat Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, who turned 40 yesterday.

Lambert, like the club, has battled his way through the divisions and has shown he is worthy of his place in the Premier League by scoring four goals in six in the top-flight.

13.05: Southampton have not struggled for goals this season. They scored two at the Etihad against City and smashed four past Aston Villa at home.

But it's at the back where they need to shore things up if they are to survive in the top-flight.

They will take solace from the fact that there's no Petric or berbatov starting for Fulham, but Hugo Rodallega is no chump. The former Wigan man will be hoping to sink the Saints.

12.55: And as I type the starting line ups are trickling in. Feast your eyes on these:

Southampton starting XI: Gazzaniga; Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox; Puncheon, Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana; Lambert, Rodriguez

Fulham starting XI: Schwarzer, Riether, Hughes, Hangeland, Riise, Duff, Baird, Sidwell, Kacaniklic, Ruiz, Rodallega

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

Main man: Rickie Lambert (right) will lead the line up top for Southampton

12.50: Let's tackle some team news then for the early kick-off. Fulham could have some problems up top. Dimitar Berbatov looks set to miss the game, and Mladen Petric is also struggling with a calf problem.

Southampton on the other hand seem to have a full squad to pick from. Adkins is likely to welcome back Morgan Schneiderlin and Jos Hooiveld into his side.

12.45: Tottenham are flying high – despite their shock draw in Greece this week. They outclassed United at Old Trafford, a ground where they had previously failed to record a win since 1989.

Gareth Bale, Mousa Dembele and Co await an Aston Villa side who had to wait for Darren bent to come off the bench to rescue a point in their Midlands derby against West Brom last week.

12.40: At 15.00 we've got two games. Tottenham host Aston Villa and Liverpool welcome Stoke. Both home sides had unfavourable Europa League results as Liverpool fell to a 3-2 loss at home to Udinese and Tottenham drew 1-1 with a poor Panathinaikos outfit on Thursday.

Brendan Rodgers is still looking for his first home win in the Premier League with his Reds side. Tony Pulis will have other plans though, and will be hoping former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch can continue his goal glut on Merseyside.

12.35: But United and Newcastle aren't playing until 16.00. First up we're at St Mary's as Fulham travel to the south coast.

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Best pairing in Britain Wayne Rooney (right) and Robin van Persie (left) are likely to pair up at Newcastle

Nigel Adkins' side have won only one of their first six games – losing the other five – and, frankly, look like early candidates for relegation.

The Saints boss is hoping his side's home form can help tip the balance in their favour, especially after a convincing 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

Fulham are hoping to bounce back after losing in the final moments against Manchester City last week. They'll be kicking off at 13.30, with teams on the way shortly.

12.30: Welcome, welcome, welcome. Stick with us here at Sportsmail as we guide you through all this afternoon's action.

It's an uncharacteristically busy Sunday given the Europa League action in midweek, and the blockbuster of the day is undoubtedly Manchester United's trip to Newcastle. In last season's corresponding fixture, United slumped to a 3-0 defeat with help from an unplayable Demba Ba.

Interestingly, that defeat followed their 3-2 home loss to Blackburn the week before. What did Sir Alex Ferguson's men do last week again.. Oh yes, I remember. They lost 3-2 at home to Tottenham.

But let's not get carried away with ourselves. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are set to start up top for Fergie, and with Rooney setting up his Dutch team-mate for two goals in midweek against FC Cluj, they'll be keen to develop that relationship further. Should be a cracker.

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United

Action packed: Southampton (left) start the day followed by Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United