Given almost nothing to do by the Newcastle forward line but totally calm when brought into play.
Some muscular defending made it a frustrating afternoon for the likes of Cisse; the most solid of the centre-back pair.
One of the guiltier parties in the sometimes-lax passing at the back but was never really made to work hard.
Another display of huge promise from the young right-back. On one or two occasions, sloppy in passing around the back but his positioning and attacking input were superb. At this rate, will follow his team-mates into the England reckoning before too long.
Southampton pressed more down the right than the left but, when given the opportunity to run at Yanga-Mbiwa, the youngster was threatening. Stood strong in defence.
Put under pressure by his defenders one or two times but covered for them well with a clear head and played a quiet but important role in his side’s patient build-up play.
On the right of the central midfield three, the Northern Irishman was cool and hard-working, putting in a good shift before making way for Schneiderlin.
Should have scored with a first-half header but his off-the-ball movement was as good as ever and his technical skills were a delight. Dinked an astute assist for Lambert before thumping home a quite brilliant third. Superb.
A little unlucky not to score in the second half but the youngster delivered another assured performance in a fluid midfield role.
Missed a host of first-half chances – some admittedly more difficult than others – but finally got on the scoresheet just before the break when Lambert put it on a plate, reward for not letting his head drop. Energetic and testing in his movement throughout and clinical in taking his second and the team's fourth. His England case gets stronger and stronger.
Excellent in build-up play and deserved one or two assists before finally setting up Rodriguez with an unselfish ball when through on Elliot. His savvy movement then bought him the second goal just after the break. Another very good attacking performance before being taken off late in the game.
The stand-in made some important saves in both halves but looked shaky at crosses and downright awful in his kicking.
Showed some purpose when he was able to break forward but Chambers proved a tough opponent in both attack and defence.
Got no purchase out of Shaw going forward but Southampton focused most on the other flank when attacking. Taken off at half-time for a more natural full-back in Santon.
Often bested in physical duels with Lambert and struggled to deal with the movement of Southampton’s attacking trio.
Some important blocks for the former Saints man but he never quite kept a lid on the likes of Rodriguez.
Disappeared for long stretches of the game and, on a promising break forward when it was still 0-0, failed to get on the same wavelength as Cisse to put him through. Made only one or two demonstrations of his pace before being taken off with a knock in the second half.
Ran with intent at the defence but, on the rare occasions when he got the ball at his feet, the French forward was ineffectual.
The midfield battles that he won were scattered and few. Failed to impose himself even on the smaller physical specimens of Ward-Prowse and Davis.
H. Ben Arfa
Barely registered his presence on his return to the first team and it was no surprise to see him hauled off at the break. A total absence of contribution.
Offered very little control in the middle of the park in a fairly anonymous performance.
Not provided with much support but did his best to press the Saints’ defence, although he was an irritant rather than a threat.