Newcastle United v Southampton, 09 August 2015

Score2-2
RefereeCraig Pawson
CompetitionPremier League
VenueSt James' Park
Attendance49,019
Kick-off: 1.30pm

Goals:

Papiss Cissé 42 G
Georginio Wijnaldum 48 G

Goals:

Graziano Pelle 24 G
Shane Long 79 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tim Krul
Defender Daryl Janmaat
Defender Chancel Mbemba
Defender/Midfielder Vurnon Anita
Defender/Midfielder Jack Colback
Defender/Midfielder Fabricio Coloccini
Midfielder Moussa Sissoko
Midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum
Midfielder/Forward Gabriel Obertan
Forward Papiss Cissé

Starting lineup:

Defender Cédric Soares
Defender José Fonte
Defender Matt Targett
Defender Maya Yoshida
Midfielder Steven Davis
Midfielder Dušan Tadić
Midfielder Victor Wanyama
Midfielder/Forward Sadio Mané
Forward Graziano Pelle
Forward Jay Rodriguez

Substitutions:

Cheik Tioté for Vurnon Anita 68
Aleksandar Mitrović for Papiss Cissé 75
Siem De Jong for Georginio Wijnaldum 81

Substitutions:

Cuco Martina for Cédric Soares 46
Shane Long for Jay Rodriguez 65

Cards:

Jack Colback 55 Y
Aleksandar Mitrović 75 Y

Cards:

Cédric Soares 12 Y
José Fonte 60 Y
Steven Davis 87 Y
Graziano Pelle 90 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Karl Darlow
Defender Steven Taylor
Defender/Midfielder Cheik Tioté
Midfielder Siem De Jong
Midfielder/Forward Ayoze Pérez
Forward Rolando Aarons

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga
Defender Steven Caulker
Defender Cuco Martina
Defender/Midfielder Harrison Reed
Midfielder James Ward-Prowse
Forward Juanmi
Forward Shane Long

Comments:

This was Steve McClaren's first competitive game in charge of Newcastle United. They had failed to score in their opening game in four of their five previous seasons since returning to the top division in 2009. Aleksandar Mitrovic's yellow card after 22 seconds was the fastest by a substitute in the Premier League since Manchester City’s Stefan Savic booking in ten seconds against Tottenham Hotspur on 28 August 2011.

Comments:

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman watched the match on televison from home as he recovered from an operation on his Achilles tendon. His brother and assistant manager Erwin took charge of the team. This was the sixth time in a row that the Saints had begun their Premier League season with an away game (won one, drawn two and lost three). The last began a Premier League season at home in 2002 against a Middlesbrough team managed by Steve McClaren. Southampton had now conceded exactly two goals in each of their last five away games. Graziano Pelle had now scored only his second away Premier League goal. He has scored 11 at St Mary's for Southampton. Graziano Pelle was booked in the third minute of added time in the second half.