Charlie Nicholas reaction after watching Newcastle’s feeble showing at Southampton, was to state that they haven’t ‘got a prayer’ of surviving this season.

Despite Rafa Benitez selecting a ‘fairly attack minded team’ against the Saints, he still described Southampton’s 3-1 win as a ‘stroll in the park’.

Ahead after only four minutes, the home side never looked in trouble.

It took Southampton to be three goals up before Andros Townsend produced a wonder goal.

It didn’t convince anybody that a fightback was on the cards but it did at least tell the travelling fans that somebody was trying to drag the situation back…

Newcastle United’s remaining matches:

Swansea (H)

Manchester City (H)

Liverpool (A)

Crystal Palace (H)

Aston Villa (A)

Tottenham (H)

Charlie Nicholas talking to Sky Sports:

“I don’t think Newcastle have got a prayer.

“If they could hang in, there is a possibility they could beat Swansea, Manchester City I’d be surprised…

“Don’t fancy anything at Liverpool, Palace could pick them off.

“If you are hoping and you got to Villa, you are hoping that the last two games – you are still in the fight with two games to come – that is as good as you can hope for right now.

“I don’t see a lot of points. I know sometimes you can say…Swansea are safe now – but that makes them more dangerous for Newcastle because the Newcastle faithful will be demanding they are more attack minded.

“A draw is no use to Newcastle, they have to win – and Newcastle are not the best when it comes to that.

“Although he (Rafa Benitez) picked a fairly attack minded team today – this was a stroll in the park for the Saints.”

Here are the stats from BBC Sport:

Southampton  3 Newcastle 1

Goals – 

Southampton: Long 4, Pelle 38, Wanyama 55

Newcastle: Townsend 65

Possession was Newcastle 49% Southampton 51%

Total shots were Newcastle 5 and Southampton 20

Shots on target were Newcastle 3 and Southampton 6

Corners were Newcastle 2 and Southampton 11

Team: Darlow, Janmaat (de Jong 40), Taylor (Lascelles 46), Mbemba, Anita, Townsend, Shelvey, Sissoko,Wijnaldum, Perez (Cisse 70), Mitrovic

Unused Subs: Woodman, Dummett, Obertan, Tiote

Ref: Robert Madley

Crowd: 31,542