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Southampton go top of Premier League with Newcastle United win

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Southampton have moved top of the Premier League for the first time ever after a 2-0 win at home to Newcastle United on Friday.

The win which was Southampton’s fifth in eight matches takes them top of the English top flight above Liverpool on goal difference.

The Saints have picked up 16 points in their eight Premier League games this season (W5 D1 L2); they have never had more at this stage of a campaign in the competition (level with 2014-15).

Newcastle arrived at St Mary’s unbeaten on the road this season and boosted by a win over Everton last weekend but they were brushed aside by a flying Southampton side who entered this contest as the Premier League’s in-form team across the past five games.

Southampton made two changes to their starting line-up from the 4-3 win at Aston Villa. Moussa Djenepo and Jack Stephens were brought in to replace the injured Danny Ings and Ryan Bertrand, while Theo Walcott moved up front alongside Che Adams.

Ings is set to undergo surgery on a knee injury suffered during a 4-3 victory over Aston Villa on Sunday but they showed an ability to adapt in the absence of their talisman striker as Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong struck in each half to seal a victory for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men.

Che Adams’s goal came early in the game, assisted by the energetic Theo Walcott on his second home debut for the club, before Stuart Armstrong wrapped up the points with the second goal eight minutes from time.

“It’s amazing what my team does in the moment,” Hasenhuttl told SkySports after the game. “Congratulations to everybody around the pitch and the team. Amazing. We could maybe have scored more but the rest was perfect.

“Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest but not surprising when I see what we are working on.

“I just told the guys in the dressing room that we invested so much in this together. We made so many big steps forward. We are now a strong side. That is not a coincidence.”

Ralph Hasenhuttl also expressed his delight for Southampton supporters, who he said can enjoy their night with the Saints sitting pretty on top of the pile.

“I’m happy for the fans. It’s a good moment to watch the table,” he smiled. “If it’s only for a night, it’s still ok – it’s fantastic. We have never been there, so it’s history for them. Last year we had negative history, this year we have some positive stuff, and hopefully there comes some more positive things.

“I must say that we have definitely learned a lot. The way we play at the moment is brave, it’s organised with a good balance of taking risks or not.

“Against the ball, I think we are one of the best organised teams in the league. Now we also start playing very well with the ball, so anything is possible.”

Southampton will hope to continue their impressive form with games against Wolves, Manchester United and Brighton to come after the international break.

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