Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino hailed an “amazing” performance from his side as they beat Newcastle 4-0 but was “very angry” at their profligacy in the first half.
The Saints hit the side and top of the net four times over the course of the first half and saw Rob Elliot make several saves before Jay Rodriguez, who had missed many previous chances, finally sent them on their way with a goal just before the break.
Rickie Lambert and, sensationally, Adam Lallana added to their lead in the second period before Rodriguez got another to wrap up a comprehensive victory which left the Argentine pleased.
“I had two clear feelings in the first half – I was very happy because we were doing fantastically well but I was also very angry because we were being so wasteful,” he remarked to the press.
“We wasted so many good chances – I think we scored from the 11th chance that we created. We made a hero out of the opposition keeper; that really shows what happened.
“I’m very happy. The performance was amazing and I’m happy for the players and supporters. We had an amazing performance – not just the final result but the way that we played was outstanding.
“We did everything very well. We never let Newcastle into the game. We were quite superior throughout the 90 minutes.
“There’ve been games where we’ve played very well but the result didn’t show how well we played. Overall, we’re still a growing, developing team and this result was a very important one for our development.”
All three of the Saints’ England international attackers got on the scoresheet again at St Mary’s Stadium and Pochettino was pleased to see them boost their World Cup hopes.
“For them, maintaining the high levels that they’ve been showing all season is important,” he continued. “That’s only going to increase their chances of going to Brazil.
“That’s good for them and it’s good for our team as we’re improving and delighting our fans with these amazing home performances.”