Southampton 2-0 Newcastle: Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong on target to send Saints top

Free highlights and match report as Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong score in routine home win; Saints move to top-flight summit for first time since September 1988; Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side lost 9-0 to Leicester just over a year ago

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Friday 6 November 2020 22:59, UK

Southampton soared to the top of the Premier League for the first time in their history as Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong were both on target in a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Just over a year on from the nadir of their 9-0 home defeat to Leicester, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side continued their resurgence in style as Adams’ sweet seventh-minute volley sent Saints on their way.

Theo Walcott and Jan Bednarek both wasted good opportunities to double the home side’s lead before Karl Darlow’s superb save kept out Oriol Romeu’s fierce drive.

But Armstrong pounced on a Sean Longstaff mistake to steer in a deserved second (82) as Southampton moved above Liverpool at the summit. The result leaves Newcastle in 11th ahead of the weekend’s remaining Premier League fixtures.

Player ratings

Southampton: McCarthy (7), Walker-Peters (7), Vestergaard (7), Stephens (7), Bednarek (7), Romeu (7), Ward-Prowse (8), Walcott (7), Djenepo (7), Armstrong (8), Adams (8).

Subs: Long (n/a), Redmond (6).

Newcastle: Darlow (8), Lewis (6), Schar (6), Lascelles (5), Fernandez (6), S. Longstaff (5), Hendrick (4), Almiron (5), Murphy (5), Saint-Maximin (5), Wilson (5).

Subs: M. Longstaff (5), Carroll (5), Joelinton (6).

Man of the match: Stuart Armstrong.

How Saints rose to the summit

It caps a remarkable 12 months for Hasenhuttl after his side were thrashed 9-0 by Leicester last October and facing up to the prospect of a relegation dogfight. But they went on to finish a credible 11th and they cemented their European credentials on Friday night.

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