A brace from Kenedy and second half strike from Matt Ritchie gave Newcastle a deserved 3-0 win against Southampton on Saturday.
The Magpies dominated the game from start to finish and punished a Saints side who lacked the gumption to trouble their hosts all afternoon.
Newcastle made an excellent start to the game, taking the lead with just over a minute on the clock. The ball fell to Jonjo Shelvey in midfield, who picked out Kenedy on the run. The Chelsea loanee did well to control the lofted pass, before his scruffy finish found a way past Alex McCarthy for the early breakthrough.
Shelvey was dictating the play for the hosts in the early proceedings and could've had a second assist of the game, but Dwight Gayle's touch let him down in the vital moment.
It was a swift counter attack starting from a Southampton corner, with Ayoze Perez carrying the ball at pace. The
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Kenedy's first two goals for Newcastle has the hosts in a comfortable lead.
"It's been comfortable for Newcastle. They've not taken too many risks." - Michael O'Neill
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