Southampton have temporarily soared to the top of the Premier League ladder with a 2-0 win over Newcastle.
It is the first time in 32 years that they have led England’s top division.
The current ladder leaders did not take long to get on the score sheet as Miguel Almiron took far too long to release the ball and was made to pay.
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Theo Walcott stole possession and set up Che Adams for a slick volleyed finish.
Karl Darlow had saved a shot from Adams only moments earlier and continued to impress with a number of crucial saves in the defeat.
It was far too easy for Southampton in almost every other aspect of the game and Walcott looked set to ice his 350th Premier League appearance with a goal but his shot curled just wide of the post in a chance gone begging.
A Darlow special with a finger tip to tip Oriol Romeu’s strike onto the bar denied the hosts another goal in the second half.
Southampton continued to threaten to score and broke through eventually as Stuart Armstrong capitalised on a lack of urgency from Sean Longstaff to smack the ball past Darlow.
“It’s amazing what my team does in this moment. Congratulations to everybody. Our fans will love it and they’ll make a picture of the table,” Ralph Hasenhuttl said.
“Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest, but not surprising when I see what we are working on.
“I just told the guys that we invested so much in this time together. We made so many big steps forward. We are now a strong side.
“We should stay hungry and we should feel anything is possible with this team.”
BURNLEY’S HORROR START CONTINUES
Burnley remain without a Premier League win this season after they were forced to settle for a 0-0 draw at fellow strugglers Brighton on Friday.
Sean Dyche’s side have made their worst ever start to a season and are without a victory in eight games dating back to last term.
The Clarets moved off the bottom of the table after their second point from seven games.
Brighton have won just one of their eight league matches this term and sit three points above the relegation zone.
Graham Potter’s team have won only one of their past 13 league home matches dating back to June.
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Neal Maupay was back in the Brighton team after being left out against Tottenham amid reports Potter was unhappy with his attitude.
Potter said the incident wasn’t the 24-year-old striker’s “finest hour”, admitting his player had been “emotional” and “frustrated”.
But the French striker, Brighton’s leading scorer this season with four goals, couldn’t inspire his side to a much-needed win.
Ben Mee was making his first Burnley start since June after a thigh injury, but the centre-back showed an early sign of rust when his slip let in Danny Welbeck.
Welbeck’s pass found the unmarked Tariq Lamptey, but the defender fired high over the bar when he should have given Brighton a first minute lead.
Burnley defender Matt Lowton swung in a cross that hit Mat Ryan’s bar as the Albion keeper scrambled to avert the danger.
Welbeck should have scored when he was played in by Adam Lallana, but with only Nick Pope to beat, his shot wasn’t powerful or accurate enough to beat the Burnley keeper.
Mee’s last-ditch tackle denied Pascal Gross when the Brighton midfielder threatened from Lamptey’s cross, while Pope saved from Welbeck on the stroke of half-time.
Brighton had a penalty appeal rejected by VAR after the break when Lallana’s shot hit Mee’s arm.
Maupay’s shot was blocked by James Tarkowski as the match petered out without late drama.