Dusan Tadic led his side's creative efforts against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.
Graziano Pelle met Cedric Soares' cross to head the Saints into an early lead, before Papiss Cisse equalised for the hosts.
Newcastle summer signing Georginio Wijnaldum then scored a powerful header on his domestic debut to give the Magpies the lead early in the second half, before Shane Long struck 10 minutes from time, heading in Tadic's perfectly weighted cross.
|Total Shots||Shot Accuracy (%)||Chances Created||Successful Passes||Pass Completion (%)||Successful Dribbles||Free-kicks Won||Headers Won||Minutes Played|
The Serbian playmaker enjoyed a brilliant afternoon in terms of creativity for the Saints, supplying his attacking team-mates with plenty of service from the right side of midfield. While fashioning three attempts at goal himself, he also crafted six chances, including the fantastic cross from deep for Long's second-half equaliser.
The aforementioned statistics were rather more impressive than his pass completion rate - 72% success - but the high-risk nature of his playing style means this comes as little surprise.
Overall it was an impressive display from Tadic, who, despite the Saints# flurry of summer signings, remains the key creative force in Ronald Koeman's side. With the South Coast club targeting a solid run in the Europa League and each domestic competition this season, the Serbian's involvement should once again prove instrumental.