KENEDY assassinated Southampton as Newcastle took a large stride to security.
The sensible Brazilian struck twice within the first half, with Matt Ritchie including a 3rd after the break, because the Toon cruised previous the sorry Saints.
Kenedy was the hero for Newcastle as he scored twice towards Southampton
It means Rafa Benitez’s boys at the moment are as much as 13th, 5 factors away from the drop zone.
Whereas Mauricio Pellegrino’s stay in actual hassle – sitting fourth backside, with only one win from their final 17 league video games.
On-loan Chelsea winger Kenedy’s solely earlier Premier League purpose got here after 39 seconds towards Norwich in March 2016 – and his first for the Toon at the moment was simply 24 seconds slower.
From Jonjo Shelvey’s intelligent chip into the field, Kenedy chested it up within the air and span Cedric Soares.
And whereas his shot was not the cleanest of contacts, his putting was excellent, as his half-volley into the bottom went previous Alex McCarthy and nestled inside his far publish.
Dwight Gayle twice got here near extending the hosts’ lead however McCarthy smothered his first effort from Shelvey’s throughball, then the Southampton stopper stored out his left-footed strike.
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Nonetheless, his misses had been to not matter as Kenedy struck once more within the 29th minute.
The purpose stemmed from a Southampton nook as after Florian Lejeune headed away James Ward-Prowse’s cross, the hapless Lemina air-kicked a 20-yard brief, permitting Ayoze Perez to race away.
The Spaniard carried the ball nearly 75 yards after which slipped in Gayle, who, after a busting a intestine to stand up there, handed throughout to Kenedy to slip into the empty internet.
Newcastle followers had been in dreamland at half-time and the nice instances continued after the break.
Shelvey once more was the architect, given time to select to his move on the sting of the Southampton field, with Ritchie rolling in left-footed from 20 yards.
It was not till a minute earlier than the hour that the sorry Saints lastly had a shot heading in the right direction, Guido Carrillo forcing a cushty save out of Martin Dubravka from sub Josh Sims’ cross.
That effort was greeted with ironic chants of “We’ve had a shot” from the visiting devoted.
And although Sims examined Dubravka late on, Southampton had been unable to get a comfort and it’s set to be an extended finish to the season for the South Coast aspect.