5 Takeaways from Newcastle's Victory over Southampton

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5 Takeaways from Newcastle's Victory over Southampton
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Merci beaucoup, monsieur Pardew!

Sunday at St. James' Park, Newcastle United fans celebrated the club's first "French Day," an event staged in an effort to make the Magpies' numerous French signings feel more at home.

It seems to have worked brilliantly for more than just the French players.

A penalty, an own goal and an absolutely majestic strike from Papiss Cisse all played parts in Newcastle's 4-2 victory over bottom-half rivals Southampton.

The victory is an important one, moving the club six points from the drop zone and up to 14th in the table (over Sunderland, fantastically enough), with the possibility of 13th if West Ham loses by two or more goals Monday.

Newcastle now head to Wales, where a win against Capital One Cup winners Swansea would nearly guarantee a Premier League spot next season for a club clearly on the rise. 

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