Carroll is top of the Toon
Newcastle 2 Southampton 1
Steve Bruce hailed striker Andy Carroll after seeing him come off the bench to inspire Newcastle to a comeback victory over Southampton.
The Magpies looked to be slipping tamely to defeat at St James' Park when the 30-year-old, who returned to his first club on a pay-as-you-play contract in August, replaced Joelinton and changed the complexion of the game.
It was from his cross that Jonjo Shelvey headed the equaliser with 22 minutes remaining before Federico Fernandez snatched victory late on after Saints goalkeeper Alex McCarthy could only parry substitute Sean Longstaff's piledriver. Head coach Bruce said: "It was like Andy Carroll of 10 years ago. What a ball for the goal - Jonjo hasn't had to break his stride. If he stays well, he can be a big asset to us. Today, he was sitting behind me stripped, I think, from the 15th minute. Thankfully he's OK and came on and won us the match."
Bruce's joy was tempered by the loss of Irish defender Ciaran Clark with a calf problem and, in particular, of in-form winger Allan Saint-Maximin to a hamstring injury.