Half-Time Report: Yoann Gouffran gives Newcastle United lead

Newcastle United lead Southampton 1-0 at half time thanks to Yoann Gouffran's strike.

Yoann Gouffran has given Newcastle United a 1-0 half-time lead over Southampton at St James' Park this afternoon.

The home side rushed out of the blocks and Mathieu Debuchy saw his fourth-minute volley fly wide of the post.

Only a goal-line clearance from Calum Chambers prevented Loic Remy from giving the Magpies an 11th-minute advantage, after Gouffran had nicked the ball from the grasp of Paulo Gazzaniga to set up his compatriot.

Southampton struggled to create any goalscoring chances and were restricted to a long-range effort from James Ward-Prowse.

Newcastle United's French striker Yoan Gouffran celebrates scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League football match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013© Getty Images

Newcastle took the lead in the 27th minute when Jos Hooiveld swiped at thin air when attempting a clearance, which left Gouffran with the task of rounding a stranded Gazzaniga and tapping the ball into an empty net.

The hosts continued to pen the visitors inside their own half, and Vurnon Anita beat two defenders before flashing a good ball across the face of goal, but no Newcastle attackers were on hand to tap it home.

Southampton's English striker Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match against Newcastle United on December 14, 2013
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