Southampton went into today's game coming off the back of a 3-1 win over West Ham United at Upton Park, whilst Newcastle suffered a late equaliser against Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw - and the respective confidence of the two sets of players was clear to see at St. Mary's Stadium today.
In March, Newcastle left the South Coast after a 4-0 thumping and the calls for Alan Pardew to leave the club were growing ever louder. Almost six months on, not much has changed.
New Saints boss Ronald Koeman brought Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle with him from the Netherlands, with the burly Italian striker charged with the task of replacing Rickie Lambert. So far, so good as the Italian followed up his goal against West Ham with two today, opening the scoring on six minutes before bagging his second inside 20 minutes.
With not even an hour on the clock, midfielder Jack Cork - who had been picked in the team ahead of Victor Wanyama - proved his worth by making it 3-0, and his midfield partner Morgan Schneiderlin wrapped up a comfortable win in the 90th minute with his third goal in his last two games.
For Southampton, life under Koeman has started well but Newcastle fans could only dream of that right now, as the pressure mounts on manager Pardew.