Graziano Pelle scored a double for Southampton as they beat Newcastle United 4-0 on Saturday.
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.
The home side's triumph was capped off by second-half strikes from midfielders Jack Cork and Morgan Schneiderlin to make it seven points from four Barclays Premier League games for Ronald Koeman since he took over from Mauricio Pochettino in June.
By contrast the away side are still waiting for the first top-flight win of the campaign and now sit bottom of the table, having won just one Barclays Premier League game in their last 12.
Alan Pardew’s side 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.
And the Saint's early pressure finally told as Pelle stole in to head home from Ryan Bertrand's left-wing cross after six minutes.
Pelle was caused problems throughout and was gifted a second by Mike Williamson in the 19th minute.
The Magpies’ 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 him to tap into an empty net.
Pardew's men did show some signs of getting back into the game, Moussa Sissoko brilliantly denied by former Newcastle goalkeeper Fraser Forster after he 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 Koeman’s side 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.
The visitors' afternoon was then encapsulated in the final minute of injury time with Schneiderlin curling into the top corner with a superb finish.
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It wasn't perfect because we made some mistakes in the first half. We had a fantastic first goal. We controlled it totally.
After 30 minutes, we didn't press like we did before. Our goalkeeper Fraser Forster did a great job on two occasions.
After the third goal, Newcastle went down in a mental way. It was a good performance. Everything is going well."
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew: "We made individual mistakes that we couldn't absorb. We have to take that as a team. We had a great chance at 2-0 and half a chance after that. We have played OK at the start of the season and really got caught out today.
"We didn't have long to prepare after the internationals but there's no excuse really. The players tried everything at 2-0. We just caught at the start.
"The criticisms from the fans are fair. You can't get beat 4-0 - I've had a few of those at the club. We have to be strong and tough it out. We have to put ourselves on the line and be brave. We have more quality than we showed today."
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