The summer signing from Feyenoord hit two goals before half-time, while Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin rounded off the scoring in the second period to put the seal on the winGraziano Pelle hit a superb brace as Southampton recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon.
The summer signing from Feyenoord scored twice before the 20th minute, with Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin rounding off the scoring in the second-half, thus increasing the pressure on under-fire Magpies boss Alan Pardew.
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|By Gary Maiden
That was all too easy for Ronald Koeman’s Southampton side. They didn’t really need to get out of second gear to brush aside a poor Newcastle outfit and, in reality, the game was already won by half time.
Back to back wins has propelled Southampton to the dizzy heights of third at this early stage and their fans must be delighted with the way in which their team has adapted following this summer’s mass exodus. Such performances will also surely serve to keep Morgan Schneiderlin happy on the South Coast; his late goal wrapping up a brilliant home display.
On the other hand, these are truly worrying times for Newcastle and the travelling Toon army made their feelings towards Alan Pardew very clear throughout this toothless display, they want rid. The major concern will be their inability to score goals with Emmanuel Riviere really struggling this afternoon. Pardew is the early favourite with the bookies to be the next manager out of a job and it is difficult to argue with that after another poor display.
The club he managed from 2009 to 2010 duly inflicted that setback, with Ronald Koeman's men easing to a victory which again defied critics that touted the south-coast club as relegation candidates following the sale of several key players during the close-season.
It was Pelle that did the majority of the damage for Southampton as he found the net twice in the first half to take his tally for the season to four goals in all competitions.
By contrast Newcastle are still waiting for the first top-flight win of the campaign and now sit bottom of the table, having won just one Premier League game in their last 12, perhaps giving controversial owner Mike Ashley a tough decision to make.
Newcastle made a jittery start to proceedings as captain Fabricio Coloccini sent an ill-advised backpass to Tim Krul inside the first minute, whose attempted clearance cannoned off Southampton striker Shane Long and narrowly wide, the Irishman also seeing appeals for a penalty waved away as he caused the visitors early problems.
And Southampton's early pressure finally told as Pelle stole in to head home from Ryan Bertrand's left-wing cross after six minutes.
Pelle was a nuisance throughout and was gifted a second by Mike Williamson in the 19th minute.
The Newcastle centre-back headed a seemingly aimless long ball into the path of Pelle, who saw his mishit first-time shot serve as a perfect pass for Dusan Tadic to race through and square for the former Feyenoord man to tap into an empty net.
For all their failings at the back Pardew's men did show some signs of getting back into the game, Moussa Sissoko brilliantly denied by former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster after the France international had latched on to Massadio Haidara's deflected low cross as the away side began to make some headway into the contest.
Long, who received treatment for a cut midway through the first half, was replaced by Victor Wanyama after the interval, but that did not prevent Southampton from adding a third nine minutes into the second half when Cork nipped ahead of Williamson to stroll around Krul and roll the ball home.
With the contest all but over, Newcastle fans took the opportunity to voice their frustration at Pardew and displayed banners calling for his dismissal.
The visitors' afternoon was then encapsulated in the final minute of injury time with Schneiderlin curling into the top corner with a superb finish.