NEWCASTLE (4-2-3-1):

8 Dubravka: Commanded his penalty area as he claimed a succession of crosses and made a good second-half save from Sims

8 Yedlin: His defending has improved markedly this season, and he never looked troubled despite Redmond trying to break down his flank

7 Lejeune: Was calm and assured at the heart of the back four and has proved an astute summer acquisition

8 Lascelles: Another hugely impressive display from one of the form players in the country – deserves to be in Thursday’s England squad

8 Dummett: Used to be regarded the weak link of the Newcastle backline, but isn’t any more – the most improved player in the Magpies team

8 Shelvey: Set up two goals with perfectly-weighted passes and went above and beyond in order to ensure he was fit enough to play

8 Diame: Has looked a completely different player in the last month – snapped into tackles throughout and was purposeful in possession

7 Ritchie: Made it two goals in successive home games with a crisp second-half finish and was typically energetic throughout

7 Perez: Displayed superb composure as he helped set up Kenedy’s second goal and was an effective presence all afternoon

8 KENEDY: Opened his Newcastle account in style with his second-minute strike, and doubled his tally before the interval

7 Gayle: Failed to convert a couple of good first-half chances, but deserves huge credit for calmly setting up Kenedy’s second goal


5 Joselu (for Gayle, 69): The game was already done and dusted by the time he came onto the field

Atsu (for Kenedy, 78)

Merino (for Shelvey, 82)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Clark, Manquillo, Murphy.

SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1):

McCarthy 4; Cedric 4, Stephens 3, Hoedt 4, Bertrand 4; Lemina 3 (SIMS 46, 5), Hojbjerg 4; Ward-Prowse 4, Tadic 4 (Long 46, 4), Redmond 5; Carrilo 4 (Gabbiadini 66, 4).

Subs (not used): Forster (gk), Bednarek, Romeu, Boufal.

Man Of The Match: KENEDY – The Brazilian has added something extra to Newcastle’s attacking since moving from Chelsea.