Southampton moved to the top of the Premier League for the first time ever with a comfortable win over Newcastle.
Che Adams’ superb first-half volley and Stuart Armstrong’s second-half effort ensured Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side emerged as worthy winners.
Saints last led the English top flight back in September 1988, before the formation of the Premier League, when they were at the former ground The Dell and the manager was Chris Nicholl.
It proved a disappointing evening for Newcastle, who remain 11th in the table.
Steve Bruce’s side were woeful in attack, barely creating a chance on goal, while contributing to their defeat with careless defending for both goals.
Miguel Almiron’s failure to clear his lines allowed Theo Walcott to pick out Adams for the opener, while Sean Longstaff gifted possession to Armstrong on the edge of his own penalty area for the second.
Walcott, Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu all went close to extending Southampton’s lead as they racked up their fifth win in six games.
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- 6RomeuBooked at 27mins
- 12DjenepoSubstituted forRedmondat 74′minutes
- 32WalcottSubstituted forLongat 88′minutes
- 23MurphySubstituted forJoelintonat 79′minutes
- 18FernándezBooked at 43mins
- 36S LongstaffBooked at 90mins
- 16HendrickSubstituted forM Longstaffat 61′minutes
- 13C WilsonSubstituted forCarrollat 78′minutes
- 4M Longstaff
Match ends, Southampton 2, Newcastle United 0.
Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Newcastle United 0.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.
Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).
Foul by Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton).
Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Sean Longstaff (Newcastle United).
Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Theo Walcott.
Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Alex McCarthy.
Attempt saved. Joelinton (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Jamal Lewis with a cross.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Federico Fernández.
Offside, Southampton. Alex McCarthy tries a through ball, but Che Adams is caught offside.
Offside, Newcastle United. Karl Darlow tries a through ball, but Andy Carroll is caught offside.
Goal! Southampton 2, Newcastle United 0. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Joelinton replaces Jacob Murphy.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Callum Wilson because of an injury.
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