Southampton go top at Premier League with 2-0 win over Newcastle


Southampton's Scottish midfielder Stuart Armstrong (R) celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on November 6, 2020.

Southampton moved into first place in England's top flight for the first time since 1988 after a comfortable 2-0 home victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League on Friday.

Che Adams volleyed the hosts into a seventh-minute lead and the only surprise was that it took them until the 82nd minute to double their advantage as Stuart Armstrong fired into the net.

Southampton's relentless pressing game hounded Newcastle into errors and the hosts twice went close within a minute after halftime. Jan Bednarek's effort got cleared off the line and then Oriol Romeu's shot was touched onto the bar by Darlow.

Walcott could have had a penalty before Armstrong wrapped up the points with a low finish.

The margin of the defeat flattered Newcastle who offered next to nothing as an attacking force.

Southampton's fifth league win of the season, having lost their opening two games, moved them to 16 points from eight games and above champions Liverpool on goal difference.

Newcastle are in 11th spot on 11 points.

This time last year Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's job looked on the line after a 9-0 thrashing at St Mary's by Leicester City - a record away win in the English top flight.

But the transformation with virtually the same squad has been outstanding and Southampton do not look out place on top of the Premier League for the first time.

They were without leading scorer Danny Ings, who underwent knee surgery after being injured in last week's win over Aston Villa, but it did not blunt their attacking threat.

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