Ralph Hasenhuttl fired as outstanding Newcastle United condemn Southampton to 4-1 loss

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Newcastle United continued their superb start to the 2022-23 Premier League campaign with a 4-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium last Sunday (6 November).

The victory saw the Magpies move to third in the league table but it proved costly for erstwhile Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl.

The Austrian was fired the next day after four years in charge of the side and has since been replaced with Nathan Jones, who has now left Championship outfit Luton Town for the South Coast outfit.

Newcastle secured the lead 10 minutes to the end of half-time through Miguel Almiron.

The Paraguayan international attacker has been in excellent form so far, bagging his seventh goal in as many games to take his tally to eight goals in 14 league appearances.

Chris Wood doubled Newcastle’s lead 13 minutes into the second-half after spending just about 10 minutes on the pitch to score his second goal of the campaign, and Joseph Willock compounded Southampton’s woes four minutes later, latching on to a through pass which Kieran Trippier played from inside his own half to open his account for the season.

Romain Perraud pulled one back for the Saints in the 89th minute with a well-taken strike, but Bruno Guimaraes restored the Magpies’ three-goal cushion two minutes later with a shot into the bottom corner from outside the box.

The defeat was the Saints’ eighth of the campaign, with three wins and three draws under their belt so far, and that has seen them drop to 18th in the table.

Jones will be in charge when they travel to Anfield to take on struggling Liverpool on Saturday (12 November), and a good result against the Reds will be great for their morale ahead of the World Cup break.

Southampton have already bounced back from weekend’s drubbing by dumping Sheffield Wednesday out of the third round of the League Cup via penalties, and that should put them in the right frame of mind when they take on Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

Newcastle have now made it seven league wins so far this term, with six draws and just a loss recorded, and Eddie Howe and his men could fancy their chances of taking a shot at the title.

A top-four finish will be seen as a huge achievement for the Toons without a doubt, but not many would have tipped them to take the campaign by storm despite their big-money Saudi takeover some months ago.

Impressive draws with Manchester City and Manchester United and a win over Tottenham Hotspur have shown that they mean business this term, but their next game will be another tough test of their credentials.

Newcastle take on Chelsea, who have suffered back-to-back Premier League losses and three defeats on the bounce across all competitions, on Saturday (12 November) at St. James’ Park, and an intriguing clash is anticipated.

They will head into the World Cup break in the top-four regardless of the result of the game, and fans will be hoping their team can continue from where they stopped when they resume.