Newcastle boss Howe demands better after victory at Southampton

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe admits he expected more from his players after their 4-1 win at Southampton.

Howe wasn’t overly impressed by the performance on the day.

He said “I’m very pleased with the scoreline and the goal, they were the highlights.

“The overall performance was below where it has been, recently we’ve played at a really high level consistently and today dropped below it. But we didn’t concede and we hung in there. We were clinical in front of goal.

“I don’t think we were particularly good with the ball, I’m not being over dramatic or critical, the players have done brilliantly and it’s not easy to win in the Premier League at home or away.

“We’ve won comfortably but I think the lads know they weren’t quite there today.”

On goalscorer Miguel’s Almiron form, Howe added: “Its always been more than the goals for Miggy.

“Even when he was not scoring he was still pivotal to the team, he brings energy and a relentless pursuit of pressing.

“It dovetails perfectly with our philosophy.”