Rafael Benitez admits he’s going back to the drawing board to save Newcastle

Saints skipper Jose Fonte warned the Geordie flops they could have been on the end on an almighty tonking if the south coast men had been at the races.

The Portuguese said: “This was a game that we could easily have scored another two or three.

“As soon as the first goal went in you could see the nervousness and the confidence going but it’s a tough situation to be in. They just need to keep going and believing in each other.”

SOUTHAMPTON: (4-2-3-1): Forster 6; Martina 7, van Dijk 7, Fonte 7, Bertrand 7; WANYAMA 9, Clasie 7 (Romeu 77); Mane 8, Long 8 (Ward-Prowse 60, 6), Tadic 7 (Rodriguez 84); Pelle 8
Subs: Stekelenburg, Cedric, Yoshida, Austin
UP NEXT: Everton (a), Premier League, Saturday

NEWCASTLE: (4-2-3-1): Darlow 4; Janmaat 2 (DE JONG 40, 4), Taylor 2 (Lascelles 46, 4), Mbemba 4, Anita 3; Shelvey 3, Wijnaldum 4; Townsend 4, Sissoko 4, Perez 3 (Cisse 70, 4); Mitrovic 2
Subs: Woodman, Dummett, Tiote, Obertan
UP NEXT: Swansea (h), Premier League, Saturday

Referee: Robert Madley 7
Star Player: VICTOR WANYAMA – Action man in midfield
Star Shocker: STEVEN TAYLOR – Woeful performance

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