Southampton came onto the first place in England’s top flight after defeating Newcastle United in the Premier League by 2-0. On Friday, Southampton got the victory for the first time since 1988.
Che Adams began the scoring before Stuart Armstrong performed sure of the points eight minutes from time, as they brushed by a desperately poor Newcastle to gain a third successive league win.
Despite losing their initial 2 games, Southampton has 16 points from eight matches.
This time last year, Southampton was working in the relegation zone with a goal difference of -17.
The Austrian coach said, “Amazing what my team does at the time.” In the last 12 months after a 9-0 home defeat by Leicester City, he has transformed the Southampton team.
Theo James Walcott said to Sky Sports, “It’s a great achievement, and a pride moment, this is where all started for me.”
“Our team has worked hard, and we are there because of our great performances. It was a concern at 1-0 because we had dominated very much. But Stuart getting the goal was much deserved.” said Walcott
He continued, “I’ve received some fabulous memories here, but I want to get some new ones.”
Theo Walcott played his first home game after returning to his boyhood club on loan from Everton, Adams, and Armstrong, Southampton looked potent in attack.
Ralph Hasenhuttl, Southampton manager, said, “Anything is possible.”
“Our supporters will love it, and they’ll make a picture of the table,” said Hasenhuttl.
He continued, “For us, it’s fine, but it shouldn’t halt the hunger for more. We must stay hungry, and we should feel anything is possible with our team.”
The big question for Southampton was how their team would fare without Danny Ings, their talisman. He is set to drop about six weeks of action after having knee surgery on Thursday.
Ralph Hasenhuttl said, “Che is amazing in the game, and Theo Walcott’s workload was amazing too. I think it was necessary to prove that in the absence of Danny, we have the quality to score.”