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Saints beat Newcastle to go level with leaders

14 Dec 2018
Jonathan Afolabi, Southampton

Smallbone and Afolabi strike as Southampton move level on points with PL2 Division 2 frontrunners Wolves

Goals from Will Smallbone and Jonathan Afolabi earned a 2-1 win against Newcastle United that put Southampton level on points with Premier League 2 Division 2 leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers.

First-team manager Ralph Hasenhuttl watched the Development squad's second victory in four days, after a 3-0 Premier League International Cup triumph over West Ham United on Tuesday.

Smallbone broke the deadlock on 54 minutes, when he found the net from close range after a scramble in the penalty area.

Afolabi (pictured above, left) made it 2-0 following good work by Nathan Tella eight minutes later, before Callum Roberts scored a 75th-minute penalty for the visitors at Staplewood.

But Saints held on to move up to third on 24 points, behind Wolves and second-placed Reading on goal difference.

Newcastle are five points behind Southampton in sixth position.

See: Southampton report | Newcastle report

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