Newcastle United put in one of their performances of the season as they pulled off an impressive 3-0 win over Southampton at St James’ Park on Saturday
The Magpies, who began the day just one point and one place above the Saints, made a blistering start to proceedings on Tyneside, with winger Kenedy chesting a lofted ball down and hitting a volley into the goal with just one minute on the clock.
With the clash a potentially huge decider in terms of the relegation battle, with both teams threatened by the drop zone, fans may have expected a cagey encounter, but it was Rafael Benitez’s men who were on the front foot once again, Kenedy netting once against after a lightning fast counter attack.
Despite two substitutions at the half time break, the second 45 minutes continued in the same manner of the first, Matt Ritchie getting in on the goalscoring action with a drilled shot from outside the box, while goalkeeper Martin Dubravka had little to do at the other end of the pitch.
So who shone for the Magpies on Tyneside and did anyone let the Toon Army down?
Here, Football Insider rates each of the Magpies’ stars out of 10, including one man who was a cut above everyone on the St James’ Park pitch.
Click below to reveal the first of our Newcastle United ratings…