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 host into a seventh-minute lead and the only surprise was that it took the side until the 82nd minute to double its advantage as Stuart Armstrong fired into the net.

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

What we’re doing is scary, says Hasenhuttl as Saints go top

Southampton’s fifth league win of the season, having lost its opening two games, moved it to 16 points from eight games and above champion Liverpool on goal difference. Newcastle is 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…

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