Premier League

Southampton 4-0 Newcastle United

Graziano Pelle of Southampton (19) scores their first goal
Graziano Pelle scored 55 goals in 66 matches for Feyenoord
  • Saints move into top four with win
  • Graziano Pelle takes season tally to four
  • Fans call for sacking of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew

Striker Graziano Pelle scored twice as Southampton overwhelmed a poor Newcastle side at St Mary's Stadium.

The Italian grabbed his first in the sixth minute when he headed in Ryan Bertrand's cross from the left.

And he slotted his fourth of the season after a terrible misjudgement by Mike Williamson in the Newcastle defence.

Jack Cork then took advantage of another lapse in concentration by Williamson before Morgan Schneiderlin curled in a superb late fourth.

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Southampton 4-0 Newcastle: Defeat is not going to help me - Alan Pardew

Cork and his team-mates were on top of Newcastle from the first whistle, but as good as they were, they helped in large part by shambolic defending.

The visiting backline looked jittery from the very first minute, when keeper Tim Krul's clearance almost went in off Saints striker Shane Long, and they were a wreck by the time of the third goal.

Chants calling for the sacking of manager Alan Pardew echoed around the stadium from Newcastle fans, while supporters of his former club - he managed Saints in 2009-10 - also joined in the mocking.

Match facts
Newcastle have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last 25 away league games against Southampton.The last time Newcastle failed to win any of their first four games in the league was in 2005 under Graeme Souness.
Southampton are unbeaten in four matches in all competitions under Ronald Koeman.Alan Pardew's side have failed to find the net in eight of their past 10 league matches.

Watched by Magpies owner Mike Ashley, the result and performance will not have done his cause any good. Newcastle have yet to win this season and have now only picked up one victory in their last 12 Premier League outings.

In stark contrast, new Saints manager Ronald Koeman will not only be delighted with how the squad have responded to his management style, but also by how quickly his new recruits have settled in, among them Pelle.

Aside from the two goals he scored, the workrate of the Italian was admirable - helping out his team-mates in midfield in addition to his primary role as a target-man.

At 6ft 4in, he is quite an easy target to spot, and in the sixth minute he barely needed to leap as he powered in full-back Bertrand's cross.

The ex-Feyenoord player then took his season's tally to four when he slotted in from Dusan Tadic's square pass after Magpies centre-back Williamson failed to clear a long punt downfield.

It was day to forget for the former Portsmouth defender. Soon after the restart he reacted slowly to Steven Davis's through-ball, allowing Cork to nip in, round Krul and score the hosts' third.

Newcastle, who were denied a goal in the first half when Fraser Forster made a great stop to keep out Moussa Sissoko's shot, should have reduced the deficit but Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere fired wide from eight yards.

Instead, it was Saints who had the final say when France international Schneiderlin - one of the few Southampton jewels left unsold following the sale of four for almost £90m this summer - placed a brilliant 18-yard shot past the reach of Krul.

The one negative for Koeman was the head injury sustained by Republic of Ireland forward Long, who was injured in a collision with Krul and came off at half-time.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It wasn't perfect because we made some mistakes in the first half. We had a fantastic first goal but after 30 minutes, we didn't press like we did before.

"Our goalkeeper Fraser Forster did a great job on two occasions. After the third goal, Newcastle went down in a mental way. It was a good performance. Everything is going well."

Southampton's younger fans
Southampton's younger fans prepared for the game with a spot of Punch and Judy
Graziano Pelle of Southampton (19) scores their first goal
Graziano Pelle was an excellent target-man for the Saints on Saturday
Graziano Pelle of Southampton (19) scores their second goal
The Italian scores his second and doubles his side's lead after dreadful Newcastle defending
Southampton's Jack Cork
Southampton's Jack Cork celebrates scoring his first league goal for the club
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman enjoys a great finish from Morgan Schneiderlin

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  • 23Forster
  • 2Clyne
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8Davis
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 18CorkSubstituted forGardosat 89'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forWanyamaat 45'minutes
  • 19Pellè
  • 11TadicSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 67'minutes


  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 5Gardos
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 24Mayuka
  • 38McQueen


  • 1Krul
  • 22Janmaat
  • 6Williamson
  • 2Coloccini
  • 19Haidara
  • 8AnitaSubstituted forTiotéat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 14ColbackBooked at 45mins
  • 20CabellaSubstituted forPérezat 69'minutes
  • 7SissokoSubstituted forAmeobiat 89'minutes
  • 11Gouffran
  • 29Riviere


  • 17Pérez
  • 21Elliot
  • 24Tioté
  • 25Obertan
  • 27Taylor
  • 28Ameobi
  • 32Armstrong
Chris Foy

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamNewcastle
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Southampton 4, Newcastle United 0. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Sammy Ameobi replaces Moussa Sissoko.

  5. Post update

    Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

  7. Post update

    Foul by Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United).

  8. Post update

    Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

  11. Post update

    Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Victor Wanyama.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Massadio Haidara (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fraser Forster.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Colback (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Emmanuel Rivière.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Daryl Janmaat.

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