Southampton leapfrogged Newcastle in the Premier League as goals from England World Cup hopefuls Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana secured a dominant win.

Rodriguez ready for Brazil?

Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez now has 15 league goals this season. The only English striker with more is Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge who has 20.

The persistent Rodriguez missed several chances prior to turning home Lambert's unselfish cross from close range.

Lambert finished powerfully after the restart and Lallana scored with a stunning a 25-yard drive at St Mary's.

Rodriguez completed the rout with his 15th league goal of the season.

The 24-year-old is now the joint second-highest English scorer in the top flight, behind Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, who has 20 goals.

After making his England debut in the 2-0 defeat by Chile in November, Rodriguez has consistently found the net and must now harbour hopes of a place on the plane to Brazil, a privilege which will surely be awarded to Lallana on this showing.

The playmaker found space behind Newcastle's midfield all afternoon and his thunderous strike with a quarter of the game remaining showcased power to complement the guile he so frequently provided.

Pochettino pleased with commanding display

Mauricio Pochettino's side have lost more points from winning positions than any other Premier League side this season. But, buoyed by the England trio, they never looked in danger of relinquishing their lead as they cruised past Newcastle to move eighth in the table.

The presence of manager Alan Pardew in the stands after his three-game stadium ban was not enough to inspire the Magpies, who have now lost eight of their 13 matches in 2014.

Pardew remains banned from the touchline for three more games, but Newcastle's haul of just 38 goals this season - the lowest-scoring club in the top half of the table - means the return to training of top scorer Loic Remy next week may be deemed more crucial.

Jay Rodriguez and Robert Elliot

Rodriguez was denied several times by Robert Elliot before opening the scoring

It took until the 72nd minute for lone striker Papiss Cisse to muster an effort on goal for Pardew's side as referee Andre Marriner - deployed for the first time since his mistaken identity blunder at Chelsea last week - oversaw a one-sided affair.

Newcastle not good enough - Pardew

In the opening half-hour, Rodriguez sent both a shot and a powerful header into the side netting, before Newcastle's stand-in keeper Robert Elliot foiled his glancing header.

Lallana and Dejan Lovren then headed clear chances wide, but it was Rodriguez, who has had more shots than any of his team-mates this season, at the sharp end of his side's classy build-up play.

Elliot dived to his left to deny his stretching effort from six yards and Lambert, who had unselfishly created the chance, laid the opener on a plate for Rodriguez when clean through on goal.

Lambert's teamwork was swiftly rewarded after the break when Lallana's clever clipped cross allowed him to power in his 10th league goal of the season.

The ease with which Pochettino's side created openings would have been a concern for Pardew, who before kick-off said his return to the stadium would aid a "winning mentality".

All too often though, the home side dissected the visiting midfield and Lallana took full advantage of the space afforded him to fire past the helpless Elliot and seal the win with 20 minutes remaining.

English influence at St Mary's

Rickie Lambert

Of Southampton's 49 league goals this season, 34 have been scored by English players

More heroics from Elliot denied James Ward-Prowse either side of Rodriguez heading against the post, but the striker would not be denied his second and made space in the area to drill home late on.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We had an amazing performance and not just the final result but the way that we played was outstanding.

"It is very true that there have been games in the past where we have played very well but the final result has not showed that. That did not happen this time.

"It's clear that for the three English players that we have here at Southampton it is very good to maintain those high standards they have shown over the season.

"It's only going to increase their chances of going to Brazil so it's very good for them."

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "The performance was lacklustre from us. The difference in energy levels between the two teams was marked, I thought.

"We've got to threaten the game more than we did today. If you don't threaten the opposition then they're going to keep coming and that's what Southampton did.

"That's a performance that we need to make sure never happens again. It was our lack of energy, wherever you were sitting in the stadium, that looked a problem."

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Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 22 Chambers
  • 23 Shaw
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren
  • 08 Davis (Schneiderlin - 73' )
  • 18 Cork
  • 07 Lambert (Ramírez - 83' )
  • 20 Lallana (Gallagher - 90' )
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 38 Reed
  • 40 Gallagher

Newcastle United

  • 21 Elliot
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa (Santon - 45' )
  • 19 Haidara Booked
  • 24 Tioté
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 10 Ben Arfa (de Jong - 45' )
  • 08 Anita
  • 09 Cissé
  • 07 Sissoko (Dummett - 78' )
  • 11 Gouffran

Substitutes

  • 03 Santon
  • 15 Gosling
  • 18 de Jong
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 27 Taylor
  • 36 Dummett
  • 42 Alnwick
Ref: Andre Marriner
Att: 31,360

Match Stats

Shots

23 5

On target

11 2

Corners

7 5

Fouls

5 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +4:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +2:08

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

90:00 +2:08

Davide Santon (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

89:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Adam Lallana.

88:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez with a through ball.

87:44

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:52

Delay in match Calum Chambers (Southampton) because of an injury.

85:06

Attempt blocked. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

84:30

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

84:30

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:31

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

83:29

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

82:55 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Rickie Lambert.

81:20

Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

79:50

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Davide Santon.

79:47

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

78:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett replaces Moussa Sissoko.

77:00

Delay in match Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

76:08

Offside, Southampton. Jose Fonte tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

75:40 Booking

Booking Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

75:27

Calum Chambers (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:27

Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

74:29

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

74:27

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

74:27

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a cross.

74:17

Attempt saved. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

73:02

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:02

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

72:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin replaces Steven Davis.

71:52

Attempt missed. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Vurnon Anita following a corner.

71:33

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

71:28

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

69:48 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 3, Newcastle United 0. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Jack Cork.

67:54

Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

66:45

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

66:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

66:00

Delay in match Luke Shaw (Southampton) because of an injury.

65:25

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by James Ward-Prowse.

64:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

63:20

Delay in match Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

62:21

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Steven Davis.

62:00

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

60:50

Delay in match Calum Chambers (Southampton) because of an injury.

56:50

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:50

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

51:10

Attempt saved. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Vurnon Anita with a cross.

50:44

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Rickie Lambert.

49:51

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

49:51

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

48:34 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Newcastle United 0. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Davide Santon replaces Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Luuk de Jong replaces Hatem Ben Arfa.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +0:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Newcastle United 0. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a cross.

42:58

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.

38:20

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:20

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

34:31

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Artur Boruc.

28:25

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

27:50

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

27:42

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

26:39

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

25:06

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

25:06

Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:23

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

21:39

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Robert Elliot.

21:38

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

20:14

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

20:14

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

19:26

Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) header from very close range is too high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

18:51

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

17:05

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a headed pass.

15:17

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

15:17

Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:05

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Davis.

12:47

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

12:38

Attempt saved. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a cross.

10:41

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Chambers with a cross.

8:41

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:41

Foul by Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United).

7:15

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jose Fonte.

1:59

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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