Southampton moved to the highest of the Premier League desk for the primary time of their historical past with a 2-Zero win over Newcastle on Friday.
Targets from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong ensured Ralph Hasenhuttl’s didn’t miss prime scorer Danny Ings, who will miss between 4 to 6 weeks with a knee damage, as they leapfrogged Liverpool into first.
And the Saints couldn’t resist mocking US President Donald Trump afterwards.
The membership’s official Twitter account tweeted an image of the Premier League desk with the caption ‘Cease the rely!’
It was clearly referencing Trump’s plea to cease counting mail-in ballots after Election Day with Joe Biden on target to interchange him in The White Home.
With the Reds, Leicester, Tottenham and Everton enjoying this weekend, Southampton’s keep on the prime is more likely to be temporary.
Theo Walcott, who was making his second residence debut for Southampton since rejoining on mortgage from Everton, nearly doubled his facet’s lead earlier than half-time, however shot huge from close-range.
The hosts might have gained 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, fantastically tipped Oriol Romeu’s shot on to the crossbar, earlier than thwarting Jan Bednarek from a nook.
With Southampton failing to discover a second purpose, there was at all times fears that Newcastle might 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 exterior the Newcastle field and fired previous Darlow with eight minutes remaining.
Newcastle managed to register simply two photographs on track, with substitute Joelinton forcing Alex McCarthy right into a prime save late on.