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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 the misfiring 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. I'm delighted for him. 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."

By Bruce's own admission, the Magpies turned in a poor first-half display as they attempted to build upon last weekend's hard-fought draw with champions Manchester City and Thursday night's 2-0 win at Sheffield United.

Having seen keeper Martin Dubravka make two fine saves from Nathan Redmond, Newcastle fell behind seven minutes after the restart when Danny Ings scored, only for his strike eventually to be cancelled out and then overhauled.

The win, which was watched by a crowd of just 42,303 – the lowest for a Premier League game at St James' in nine years – took them into 10th place with 22 points from their first 16 games.

Asked if he would have taken that at the start of the season, Bruce replied with a smile: "What do you think?

"We've still got to get better. It's given us a nice platform to move forward and that is vitally important, but look we've still got a long way to go."

Bruce's joy was tempered by the loss of defender Ciaran Clark with a calf problem and, in particular, of in-form winger Allan Saint-Maximin to a hamstring injury, for which the Newcastle boss blamed himself.

He said: "He had a nasty ankle the other night and was hobbling around, but when he pulls up the way he did, then we all fear the worst and that is the downside of playing somebody tired."

Opposite number Ralph Hasenhuttl could not believe his team was heading home with nothing to show for its efforts.

He said: "I saw only my team playing football today, to be honest, but they got three points – that's football sometimes. We had the chances, they scored the goals, so that's a pity.

"But if you look at the three performances this week, two wins at home and today we played a really brave away game, maybe the best one of the season, I must be proud of the way my players played today.

"When the opponent was struggling, they tried to play long balls to Carroll and that's not easy to defend. Everybody knows he's 10-feet tall."

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Steve Bruce hails Andy Carroll impact in Newcastle win

Result: Brighton, Wolves share the spoils in entertaining game

Diogo Jota’s double stretched Wolves’ unbeaten record to 11 matches after a 2-2 draw at Brighton.

The Portuguese frontman struck either side of quickfire goals from Neal Maupay and Davy Propper in a crazy 16-minute spell at the end of the first half.

Another point on the road lifted Nuno Espirito Santo’s spirited side back up to sixth, while Brighton’s encouraging start to the season continued as they moved level with Arsenal.

Diogo Jota earned Wolves a point with both goals in the 2-2 draw against Brighton
Diogo Jota earned Wolves a point with both goals in the 2-2 draw against Brighton (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Brighton, still buzzing after Thursday night’s memorable win over the Gunners, almost scored in the opening seconds.

Leandro Trossard stood up a tempting cross, Steven Alzate’s header was blocked and Maupay skied the rebound, before Lewis Dunk headed the resulting corner narrowly over.

Wolves responded through a Ruben Neves drive which flew inches wide and Seagulls keeper Mat Ryan made a fine save to keep out a header from Romain Saiss.

The visitors should have gone ahead after Adam Webster dallied on the ball in his own penalty area and was pickpocketed by Jota.

Neal Maupay's goal got Brighton back on level terms
Neal Maupay’s goal got Brighton back on level terms (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Jota squared the ball to Raul Jimenez but just as the Mexican shaped to shoot Dunk got a foot in.

Not that it mattered, as moments later the same duo combined to fire Wolves in front.

Jota collected the ball on halfway, sent Jimenez down the left and then raced into the area to meet the cross and sidefoot home.

Jota was denied a second by Ryan after racing through one-on-one, and the miss quickly proved costly when Brighton launched an astonishing turnaround.

First Maupay latched on to a ball over the top from Dale Stephens and crashed a superb first-time shot inside the near post.

Davy Propper put Brighton in front with a fine header
Davy Propper put Brighton in front with a fine header (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Then Wolves, who moments earlier had been in cruise control, were stunned again 90 seconds later when Trossard pulled the ball back and Propper thumped his header home.

It was Dutch midfielder Propper’s first home goal for Brighton, more than two years after joining the club, but it took him just eight minutes to cancel it out as a breathless first half came to a close.

Propper’s blind pass sideways rolled straight to Jonny, who was able to slip in Jota for his second to equalise.

After the break Dunk survived a VAR check after blocking Jota’s close-range shot, with Wolves claiming a handball which would have been harsh.

Wolves could have snatched the win late on when Patrick Cutrone reached the byline and pulled the ball back but fellow sub Pedro Neto was unable to provide the finish.

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Preview: Chelsea vs. Lille - prediction, team news, lineups

Chelsea head into Tuesday night's Champions League meeting with Lille knowing that victory is required in order to reach the knockout stages.

Meanwhile, after failing to win any of their five matches, Lille make the trip to Stamford Bridge having already finished in bottom spot in Group H.

Match preview

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard pictured on November 2, 2019© Reuters

After witnessing his team lose three of their last five matches in all competitions, Frank Lampard is aware that his team have reached a stage where they must start to deliver an improved period of results and performances.

While Lampard heaped praise on his side after their win over Aston Villa last Wednesday, the Englishman was equally disappointed with how his team succumbed to a 3-1 defeat at Everton on Saturday afternoon.

Regardless of how Chelsea fare against Lille, Lampard is looking for his players to show signs of progress, especially at the back where they continue to concede soft goals.

The Blues remain with just four clean sheets from 24 outings, and they will always risk undermining their efforts at the other end of the pitch until they stop making individual and collective mistakes in their own defensive third.

Despite the capitulation at Goodison Park, Chelsea remain as clear favourites to get the result they need on Tuesday, although they face Lille at a time when Christophe Galtier's team are beginning to show their true capabilities.

Three successive triumphs - all by a 1-0 scoreline - have helped move Lille back into contention for second place behind runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris Saint-Germain.

While there will be a tinge of disappointment that goals are proving harder to come by, Galtier will be delighted with the character of his squad after their poor performances in Europe.

That said, striker Victor Osimhen has netted twice during those recent successes, taking his overall tally for the season to 11 goals from 21 outings in all competitions.

Chelsea form: WLDLWL

Lille form: DLLWWW

Team News

Chelsea's Jorginho celebrates scoring their first goal against Ajax on November 5, 2019© Reuters

Lampard will make changes to his starting lineup on Tuesday night, with Jorginho almost certain to return in the centre of midfield.

However, rather than replace either N'Golo Kante or Mateo Kovacic, the Italian could get the nod over Mason Mount.

Fikayo Tomori and Emerson Palmieri are also pushing for recalls in defence, although Antonio Rudiger is only likely to make the substitutes' bench at best after recovering from a groin injury.

With Lille having had an extra day of recovery, Galtier could opt to name the same team which began the encounter with Brest on Friday night.

That would mean a starting role for former Swansea City loanee Renato Sanches, with ex-Chelsea attacker Loic Remy being selected among the replacements.

Chelsea possible starting lineup: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Palmieri; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Willian, Pulisic, Abraham

Lille possible starting lineup: Maignan; Celik, Fonte, Gabriel, Bradaric; Xeka, Andre; Sanches, Ikone, Bamba; Osimhen

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We say: Chelsea 2-1 Lille

Given Chelsea's recent inconsistent form, this could prove to be a cagey affair. However, while their struggles at the back could give Lille something to work with, we feel that the Premier League outfit will grind out an important win.

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