Player ratings as Magpies secure EFL Cup semi-final first-leg win

Newcastle United will take a one-goal lead into the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final with Southampton following a 1-0 victory at St Mary’s.

Eddie Howe’s side largely dominated on the south coast but will return to St James’ Park with a minor deficit after beating Nathan Jones’ 10-man Saints.

The visitors looked to make a fast start and had a decent chance just two minutes in, with Miguel Almiron teeing up Joe Willock to fire from the edge of the penalty area, but his effort sailed over.

Sean Longstaff then flashed a cross through the six yard box as Newcastle’s aggressive opening…


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