Southampton's Jose Fonte shares what he witnessed from Newcastle’s players on Saturday

Southampton defeated Newcastle United 3-1 at the weekend.

Southampton defender Jose Fonte says Newcastle United’s players lacked the confidence and belief to trouble his side as the Saints ran out comfortable 3-1 winners on Saturday, the Mirror treport.

Newcastle headed in to their clash with Southampton knowing they are in dire need of victories in order to catch relegation rivals Sunderland and Norwich City and climb out of the drop zone.

Yet, at St. Mary’s on Saturday, the Magpies simply looked devoid of belief, fighting spirit and above all Premier League quality as they limped to an ultimately disappointing 3-1 defeat.

When asked if he was surprised by Newcastle’s poor display, Southampton skipper Fonte agreed as he shared how from the very early stages of the contest the visitors had already looked beaten.

“As soon as the first goal went in, you could see the nervousness and their confidence was going. That was a game where we could easily have scored another two or three, but it’s a tough situation to be in and they need to keep going and believe in each other,” he told the Mirror.

Newcastle’s defeat leaves in 19th position in the Premier League table, six points behind Norwich City and safety after the Canaries were edged out 1-0 by Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

With Norwich facing Sunderland next week, the Magpies could find themselves in an even bigger mess as they have now just six games remaining to preserve their Premier League status.

Home games against Palace and Swansea City will be key, while a trip to bottom club Aston Villa will also provide another huge opportunity for Rafa Benitez’s side to claim all three points.

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