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Southampton capped a superb week with their third win on the road at Newcastle on Saturday evening.

Eljero Elia scored his first goal for the club to open the scoring after good work from Graziano Pelle and James Ward-Prowse.

A defensive error saw the ball ricochet off Yoann Gouffran into the empty net before Elia notched his second of the afternoon with a similar goal to his first to claim the points.

Repaying the faith

Newcastle started the brighter of the sides with Southampton missing the injured trio of Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld.

It was the visitors who took the lead though against the run of play. Jose Fonte's long ball found Graziano Pelle who held off Fabricio Collocini and chested the ball to Ward-Prowse.

The youngster took a touch before sending a through ball into the path of Elia who beat Daryl Janmaat to the ball before sliding it Tim Krul who should have done better.

The Dutch winger ran straight to embrace his new manager in celebration as thanks for giving him a chance in the Premier League.

Defensive error

The equaliser came from an uncharacteristic piece of defending from the tightest back line in the Premier League.

A through ball saw Fraser Forster rush from his line, however a lack of communication saw Florin Gardos slide in to clear ahead of his goalkeeper. Unfortunately the ball smashed into Gouffran and into the unguarded net.

The goal came when the Saints were on top after Elia's goal had settled them down and the sides went in level at half time.

Elia at the double

Elia's second came at the perfect time for the visitors who were just starting to come under some pressure from the fired up Geordies.

Shane Long beat Coloccini in the air and his flick found Elia whose first touch was good and took him across the edge of the 18-yard box.

His next touch brought about the shot, which deflected off countryman Janmaat and in off the post.

Onslaught contained 

Graziano Pelle saw a header from Nathaniel Clyne's cross his the bar before the home side launched a concerted spell of pressure for the last fifteen minutes.

A multitude of corners were well defended by the Saints and although the home side were convinced of a penalty for a handball by Jose Fonte, referee Bobby Maddeley said no.

The visitors held on well and snatched their third away victory in a week following wins at Manchester United and Ipswich.

Ronald Koeman's side go back above Manchester United into third after another dogged display that saw them cement their claim for a Champions League spot this season.

Southampton player ratings

Forster - 6
Clyne - 7
Fonte - 8
Gardos - 7
Bertrand - 7
Davis - 7
Reed - 7
Ward-Prowse - 7
Tadic - 6
Elia - 9
Pelle - 7


Cork - 7
Long - 7
Targett - NA

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