Sunday, August 15, 1999 Published at 23:35 GMT 00:35 UK
Saints tear Newcastle apart
Mark Hughes celebrates his Southampton goal
Southampton 4-2 Newcastle United
The pressure is mounting on Newcastle manager Ruud Gullit after his side took a first half lead before crumbling with three goals in 10 second half minutes.
They got it when referee David Elleray gave them a lucky penalty after 22 minutes, offering Alan Shearer a chance to score at The Dell since he left there for Blackburn in 1992.
Southampton's half-time substitute Stuart Ripley helped turn the game around, as Moroccan Hachan Kachloul scored twice, sandwiching Latvian Marian Pahars' strike.
Mark Hughes added a dramatic late volley before Gary Speed got a barely-deserved consolation.
While the scoreline makes this game appear to have been a thriller, it was a mistake-ridden display by both teams - and the home side were actually booed off at half-time.
And Shearer looked set to emulate Malcolm Macdonald's successful strike of 1972 when he scored the spot kick.
Kieron Dyer collided with Klaus Lundekvam, but looked as surprised as anyone when the official pointed to the penalty spot.
Shearer stepped up to score, grateful to be on the right end of a controversial this weekend decision after his sending off eight days previously.
Gullit had responded to his team's poor start by bringing fellow Dutchman John Karelse straight in to the side following the goalkeeper's arrival on Friday from NAC Breda.
And the new signing was not given a test before half time as the home side struggled to retain possesson or take advantage of the Newcastle's nervy defence.
Jones makes changes
The heavy rain in which the game had started returned for the second half, but Matthew Le Tissier and Matthew Oakley did not.
Former England winger Ripley's arrival in particular helped brighten Southampton's football on a drab south coast afternoon.
Karelse was finally forced into a couple of saves - and two uncertain punches - as the nerves began to jangle in Gullit's defence.
The 58th minute equaliser came when Egil Ostenstad's backheel on the right found Ripley, who produced some dazzling wing play to beat Domi and surge into the penalty area.
His ball across goal found Kachloul running in at the far post to tap into an empty net.
Last Monday Gullit had criticised his players after letting a lead slip to a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham, but the men in black and white stripes were about to produce a dramatic repeat performance.
Karelse was agonisingly slow to come off his line, and the Latvian striker slotted the ball past the flat-footed Dutchman to send most in the Dell into wild celebration.
Two minutes later the White Hart Lane scoreline had been repeated with Kachloul scoring an embarrassing third, courtesy of another Ripley long ball, which caused havoc yet again.
And his national team's captain Speed headed home a corner with six minutes to go, but few among the black-and-white ranks cared as they contemplated a long miserable journey back to the north.
Southampton: Jones, Hiley, Richards, Lundekvam, Benali, Oakley, Hughes, Kachloul, Le Tissier, Ostenstad, Pahars. Subs: Soltvedt, Colleter, Ripley, Bridge, Moss.
Newcastle: Karelse, Barton, Domi, Shearer, Ketsbaia, Speed, Goma, Hughes, Solano, Serrant, Dyer. Subs: Harper, Maric, Robinson, McClen, Caldwell.
Referee: D Elleray (Harrow-on-the-Hill)