Newcastle United battled back from a goal down to win 4-2 against Southampton in a cracking game on what the Tyneside club deemed ‘French Day’ at St James’ Park.
Southampton took the lead after just three minutes when Morgan Schneiderlin scored with a brilliant finish in the box following captain Rickie Lambert’s headed knock-down.
But two January signings from across the Channel combined as Moussa Sissoko pulled one back for the home side on 33 minutes, getting on the end of Yoan Gouffran’s shot which cannoned off the post after a great run into the box.
And Papiss Cisse, known for scoring out-of-this-world goals, put the Toon in front with another peach of a finish, lashing a volley that looped over Saints keeper Artur Boruc and clipped the underside of the bar on its way into the net.
Lambert then scored his 100th Southampton goal to level the scores, the striker latching onto a low cross from Adam Lallana to coolly finish past Rob Elliot in the Magpies’ net.
But Newcastle were given a helping hand by the visitors when they put the game to bed with two goals in the last 20 minutes.
Yohan Cabaye scored from the spot following a handball decision against Danny Fox, and a defensive disaster from Southampton gifted Newcastle a fourth after a calamitous own goal from Jos Hooiveld.