Ralph Hasenhuttl not focused on league standings as Southampton go top

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The Saints are at the top of English football for the first time since 1988.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl soft-pedaled the significance of their league position after they moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history following a 2-0 win over Newcastle.

Che Adams provided Southampton an early lead and Stuart Armstrong finished up all 3 points in the 82nd minute to put Hasenhuttl’s men top of the table ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.

When asked how far Southampton can go this season, Hasenhuttl stated: “I do not understand. 3 wins in a row is what is essential for us and let’s have a break from time to time come back ideally the exact same.

“Then we have a tough game against Wolves, they’re always a very strong side, so it will be tough.”

The Saints last stood at the top of English football 32 years ago under the management of Chris Nicholl and it marks an impressive 12 months for the Austrian manager since their 9-0 knocking by Leicester last October.

“Maybe it’s surprising, also for us,” added Hasenhuttl “However no, when you look just how much we have actually invested, the time and how good the game is at the minute– any part of the game– I do not think it’s so unexpected at the minute.

“We have definitely shown again today that we have every part of our game developing and this is I think the reason why the performances now (are as good as they are).”

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Southampton moved level on 16 points with safeguarding champions Liverpool however might be surpassed by the Reds, Leicester, Tottenham, Everton or Wolves this weekend.

Newcastle headed into the game on the south coast in good form, having actually beaten Everton 2-1 in their previous component, however they did not have control and handled just 4 shots during the game.

Magpies boss Steve Bruce regreted his side’s efficiency after the match, stating: “I think we provided the ball away in a good area for the first goal, which at this level is something you can’t do, and we did it two times. To be sincere with you, we were captured too numerous

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“I think that’s the biggest frustration that I have,” Everton.added he

“You ask yourself why. I think consistency is the big thing which upsets me the most because we didn’t look anything near tonight where we were five days ago.”

“We weren’t anywhere near.(*)

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