Southampton moved into first place in England’s high flight for the primary time since 1988 after a cushty 2-0 residence victory over Newcastle United within the Premier League on Friday.
Che Adams volleyed the hosts right into a seventh-minute lead and the one shock was that it took them till the 82nd minute to double their benefit as Stuart Armstrong fired into the online.
The margin of the defeat flattered Newcastle who provided subsequent to nothing as an attacking power.
Southampton’s fifth league win of the season, having misplaced their opening two video games, moved them to 16 factors from eight video games and above champions Liverpool on objective distinction.
Newcastle are in eleventh spot on 11 factors.
This time final yr Saints supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl’s job regarded on the road after a 9-0 thrashing at St Mary’s by Leicester Metropolis — a document away win within the English high flight.
However the transformation with nearly the identical squad has been excellent and Southampton don’t look out place on high of the Premier League for the primary time.
They have been with out main scorer Danny Ings, who underwent knee surgical procedure after being injured in final week’s win over Aston Villa, nevertheless it didn’t blunt their attacking menace.
Southampton swarmed throughout Newcastle from the beginning and it took them solely seven minutes to open the scoring.
Adams pressured a flying save from Karl Darlow however the guests did not clear the hazard and when Miguel Almiron misplaced possession to Theo Walcott, the previous England ahead teed up Adams to crash an unstoppable volley into the online.
Walcott, on a season-long mortgage from Everton, was on the coronary heart of Southampton’s greatest moments and was inches away from doubling his aspect’s lead moments earlier than halftime when his curling effort flew simply vast of the put up.
It was an ideal night time for the 31-year-old who was enjoying his first residence recreation for Southampton since leaving the south coast membership to hitch Arsenal as a young person in 2006.
Southampton’s relentless urgent recreation hounded Newcastle into errors and the hosts twice went shut inside a minute after halftime. Jan Bednarek’s effort bought cleared off the road after which Oriol Romeu’s shot was touched onto the bar by Darlow.
Walcott might have had a penalty earlier than Armstrong wrapped up the factors with a low end.
“It’s a improbable achievement and honour to be a part of it, that is the place it began for me,” Walcott advised Sky Sports activities.
“We work exhausting for one another and we’re there due to our performances. It was a fear at 1-0 as a result of we had dominated a lot. However Stuart getting the objective was a lot deserved.
“I’ve bought some nice recollections right here however I need to make some new ones.”