Newcastle United put in another stinging display in their 4-1 win over struggling Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday, with Miguel Almiron scoring his seventh goal in the same number of games.
Second-half Quickfire goals from Chris Wood and Joe Willock sealed Newcastle’s fourth straight win, with Bruno Guimarães adding a late brilliance after Romain Perrault’s goal consoled the hosts.
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The result temporarily lifted Newcastle to third place with 27 points from 14 games, before the Tottenham Hotspur match against Liverpool later on Sunday, while Southampton remained in 18th place with 12 points.
“I’m very happy with the result, the performance wasn’t our best but I’m not going to smash it,” Newcastle coach Eddie Howe said. “We weren’t at our best but we scored four amazing goals.
“It was a tough game for us, Southampton fell third yesterday so we knew they were going to show a reaction. We felt a little bit firm because we didn’t hit the heights we have in the other weeks, but we were quick when we should have.”
After a frantic and fast-paced opening half hour, a quick break for Newcastle put Almiron in goal. The Paraguayan international dribbled past Ainsley Maitland-Niles before calmly rolling the ball past Gavin Pazono with 35 minutes on the clock.
Newcastle got off to a quiet start in the second half but doubled their lead with their first attack after the break when Jacob Murphy found Wood in the penalty area and the substitute fired a superb shot into the bottom corner in the 58th minute.
Kieran Trippier passed a superb through ball to Willock to catch it and Pazono caught it after four minutes before Perrod netted the goal in the 89th minute in a stunning fashion, cutting inside a slippery Dan Byrne and curling his shot into the net.
However, the visitors were ruthless, regaining a three-goal advantage in the first minute of stoppage time when Alain Saint-Maximin sent Bruno out of the box and the midfielder fired a superb effort past Pazono.