HomePremier LeagueAlmiron on target as ruthless Newcastle thump Southampton 4-1

Almiron on target as ruthless Newcastle thump Southampton 4-1

Soccer Football – Premier League – Southampton v Newcastle United – St Mary’s Stadium, Southampton, Britain – November 6, 2022 Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes scores their fourth goal REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

(Reuters) – Newcastle United produced another ruthlessly impressive display in a 4-1 win over struggling Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday, with Miguel Almiron bagging his seventh goal in as many games.

Quickfire second-half goals from Chris Wood and Joe Willock all but sealed a fourth straight win for Newcastle, with Bruno Guimaraes adding a late flourish after Romain Perraud’s consolation goal for the hosts.

After a frantic and fast-paced opening half-hour, a quick Newcastle break put Almiron through on goal and he dribbled past Ainsley Maitland-Niles before calmly rolling the ball past goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu with 35 minutes on the clock.

Newcastle made a quiet start to the second half but doubled their lead with their first attack after the break when Jacob Murphy found Wood in the box and the substitute fired a brilliant shot into the bottom corner after 58 minutes.

Kieran Trippier slipped a delightful through ball for Willock to latch on to and poke past Bazunu four minutes later before Perraud pulled back a goal in the 89th minute in stunning fashion, cutting inside the sliding Dan Burn and curling his shot into the net.

The visitors were relentless, however, and restored their three-goal advantage in the first minute of stoppage time when Allan Saint-Maximin set up Guimaraes outside the box and the midfielder curled a brilliant effort past the diving Bazunu.

The result lifted Newcastle provisionally into third place on 27 points from 14 games, before Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Liverpool later on Sunday, while Southampton remain 18th on 12 points.

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon)