Newcastle 3 Southampton 0 – Saturday 10 March 3pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Goals from Kenedy (two) and Matt Ritchie giving Newcastle a deserved victory.
A goal around 90 seconds after kick-off settled nerves and it could have been more than 3-0 as United picked up a very valuable three points.
“Fantastic result in what turned out to be our most comfortable game of the season.
“Great to see some other results going our way too.
“You’d always back Rafa to get at least a draw in these 6-pointers due to his inherent pragmatism and relatively cautious approach – what we see as ‘must win’ games he sees as ‘must not lose’ but getting the 3 points today was massive.
“Draws alone are not enough to survive – that’s exactly why Southampton find themselves in big trouble now.
“Today’s win now gives us a bit of breathing space going into the FA Cup/ International break.
“Points are there to be won at Leicester, Everton and Watford after Easter, while we should beat at least one of Huddersfield and WBA at home.
“The win over Man Utd has shown that we’re capable of pulling off a big result at home if we’re fighting for our lives, so I wouldn’t see the Arsenal and Chelsea games as write-offs by any means.
“Basically, without being overly confident, I now think that we’re more likely to stay up than to go down, which is something I haven’t thought all season.
“So, well done to Rafa and all the lads and keep up the good work! Howay the lads!”
“We have finally got the perfect Saturday of results.
“Big chance now to stay up, win against Huddersfield and it will take a monumental collapse.
“What more to say other than everyone enjoy your Saturday night!”
“Oh but we needed that eh?
“Comfortable win against a disjointed mess of a Southampton team as every other result went our way (by 5 o clock!)
“Couldn’t have asked for much more really, although if I felt like being pedantic the last half hour after Ritchie’s goal could have seen us really put the boot in on a relegation rival, but instead the game petered out a bit.
“Good solid showing by United, the kind of which should be enough to see us comfortably safe as I think we’ll be equally as strong against more wobbling relegation candidates.
“West Brom seemed to go over the edge today and judging from what I saw of Southampton today, something drastic needs to change for them to avoid the Championship.
“I’m confident now that we will, although what happens after that is the big question.”
“WHAT A WIN!!!!
“Thoroughly deserved 3 points and +3 on the goal difference – forget how poor Southampton were!
“A great day, just got to wait 21 more days for the next one…”
“If our next game is as comfortable as this one, I might start to wonder what all the worry was about.
“Southampton offered nothing, our defence was comfortable and played well.
“Shelvey and Zinedine Diame dominated the midfield and our wingers scored goals, a couple of very nice goals too.
“Southampton look certain to go down on that performance and now our survival looks much more achievable.
“My only small moan is that once again we had very little up front with Perez and Gayle probably our worst two players today.
“They combined well once for the second goal, a bit more of that and they will be much more use.”
“A win in a relegation six pointer.
“Pulls us clear of the danger zone.
“What. A. Relief.”
“GET RIGHT IN!!!
“Great performance, 7s & 8s out of 10 all over the park, fantastic!
“The timing of our goals rendered Southampton into submission, there was only ever gonna be one winner today.
“Results elsewhere pretty decent too .
“Howay the Lads!!!”
“Shelvey is an absolute Maestro.
“ If there’s a better English central midfielder…well there isn’t.
“Dummett is Maldini these days. A changed man under Rafa.
“We beat Saints 3-0.
“Brighton lose. Huddersfield and Swansea draw. West Ham are humiliated at home to Burnley. West Brom and Pardew lose again. Sunderland lose. Mitro scores twice!
“If Carlsberg did Saturday afternoons…!!!”
“Get the eff in!
“Massive game today man and successfully hurdled.
“Three points were VITAL and the lads delivered. THANK CHRIST!!
“There is some garbage down the bottom of the league and I really think that we are better than most down there.
“Still not putting money on anything yet, but we’ve crept up and the goal difference is very healthy compared to some.
“Hate the plastic Blues of Chelsea but hope they paste Palace tonight.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 3 Southampton 0
Newcastle: Kenedy 2, 29, Ritchie 57
Possession was Southampton 63% Newcastle 37%
Total shots were Southampton 6 Newcastle 7
Shots on target were Southampton 2 Newcastle 5
Corners were Southampton 6 Newcastle 2
Referee: Andre Marriner
Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie, Diame, Shelvey (Merino 83), Kenedy (Atsu 78), Gayle (Joselu 69)
Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Murphy
Crowd: 52,246 (Southampton 1,600)
(Alan Shearer raves about loan signing and Newcastle’s win but admits to mixed emotions. Read HERE)