Southampton were comfortable winners against Newcastle | Robin Jones/Getty ImagesSouthampton moved to the top of the Premier League table for the first time ever by storming to a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle on Friday evening.The Saints needed just seven minutes to open the scoring through Che Adams, who fired home an impressive volley from a Theo Walcott cross. The south coast side remained on top for the remainder of the first half and probably should have doubled their lead shortly before the break, only for Walcott to drag his effort wide of the post.Walcott impressed throughout | MICHAEL STEELE/Getty ImagesThe one-way traffic continued in the second half as Southampton pushed for a second goal. Jan Bednarek had an effort cleared off the line and Oriol Romeu saw a long-range effort crash over via the bar, and they finally got their second in the 81st minute as Stuart Armstrong fired home after some shocking defending from Newcastle.The Magpies almost grabbed a goal back late on through Joelinton, but the Brazilian’s header was expertly kept out by Alex McCarthy, ensuring Southampton’s victory was about as perfect as could be.1. Goalkeeper & DefendersVestergaard was dominant | MICHAEL STEELE/Getty ImagesWard-Prowse put in another outstanding performance | ADAM DAVY/Getty Images3. ForwardsWalcott looked comfortable in a central role | Michael Steele/Getty ImagesRedmond came on for Djenepo | NAOMI BAKER/Getty ImagesNEWCASTLE UNITEDIt wasn’t Lewis’ best showing | Pool/Getty Images6. MidfieldersLongstaff had a night to forget | ADAM DAVY/Getty ImagesWilson struggled to get involved | Robin Jones/Getty Images8. SubstitutesCarroll replaced Wilson | Pool/Getty ImagesFor more from Tom Gott, follow him on Twitter!
Player ratings from Southampton’s 2-0 win over Newcastle, as goals from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong fired the Saints to the top of the Premier League.