Southampton deliver brutal warning to Steve Bruce and Newcastle United
Newcastle United host Southampton at St James’s Park on Saturday – and the Saints warmed up with an eight-goal thrashing of Newport County in the Carabao Cup.
Ralph Hasenhuttl felt Southampton’s serious approach was the reason behind the win and new club-record away win.
Saints boss Hasenhuttl had entered the second-round Carabao Cup tie wary of Newport’s giant-killing reputation, with several Premier League clubs having fallen at Rodney Parade in recent years.
But Southampton – who have suffered high-profile 9-0 Premier League defeats to Leicester and Manchester United in the last two seasons – enjoyed a goal-fest of their own in south Wales.
Mohamed Elyounoussi grabbed a hat-trick and Armando Broja scored twice, while Nathan Tella, Kyle Walker-Peters and Nathan Redmond also netted as Southampton matched their biggest victory since World War I.
“I think this was a very deserved win,” Hasenhuttl said.
“It was a serious performance from the first minute, this is what you need against a lower-league club.
“To get so early three goals up allowed us to push and keep the tempo high, then we could score a lot of goals.
“It’s not easy. You have to take it seriously and have a clear plan.
“We managed it quite well but do not hang it too high, it’s a lower-league team. A lot of teams have struggled here in the past.”
Chelsea loanee Broja was on the scoresheet nine minutes into his Saints debut and again showed his finishing instincts with a classy second-half strike.
Southampton were 3-0 up at the break and Elyounoussi, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Celtic, grabbed a second-half hat-trick.
It was the Norway international’s first goals for Southampton since his £16million move from Basel in 2018.
“Armando did a good job,” Hasenhuttl said.
“Moi scored three goals. It was not a surprise because I know him.
“We had a lot of different scorers. This is what we need, more players scoring more goals.”
Newcastle United were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Burnley on penalties at St James’s Park.
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