Southampton moved to the highest of the Premier League desk with a 2-Zero win over Newcastle on Friday.
Earlier this week, Saints high scorer Danny Ings underwent surgical procedure on a knee damage, which is able to sideline him for at the very least 4 weeks.
However Ralph Hasenhuttl’s facet didn’t want their star man as Che Adams’ seventh-minute aim put them on their approach to leapfrog Liverpool into first.
With the Reds, Leicester, Tottenham and Everton enjoying this weekend, Southampton’s keep on the high is prone to be temporary.
Theo Walcott, who was making his second house debut for Southampton since rejoining on mortgage from Everton, virtually doubled his facet’s lead earlier than half-time, however shot huge from close-range.
The hosts may have received by extra if it was not for Karl Darlow’s string of spectacular second-half saves.
The Magpies No.2 goalkeeper, who’s filling in for the injured Martin Dubravka, beautifully tipped Oriol Romeu’s shot on to the crossbar, earlier than thwarting Jan Bednarek from a nook.
With Southampton failing to discover a second aim, there was at all times fears that Newcastle may snatch a late winner.
And people fears would have grown when VAR selected to not punish Jamaal Lascelles for a rash problem on Walcott within the field.
Nevertheless, the three factors have been sealed when Stuart Armstrong robbed Sean Longstaff of the ball simply outdoors the Newcastle field and fired previous Darlow with eight minutes remaining.
Newcastle managed to register simply two photographs on course, with substitute Joelinton forcing Alex McCarthy right into a high save late on.