Photos: Relieved Matt Ritchie celebrates Newcastle win

A general view of St James' Park is seen prior to the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Norwich City at St James' Park on October 18, 2015 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Matt Ritchie was the picture of passion for Newcastle United on Saturday as the Magpies took a big step toward Premier League survival.

Newcastle United moved five points clear of the relegation zone on Saturday with a massive 3-0 win over Southampton at St James's Park.

A first-half double from January signing Kenedy helped Newcastle into a 2-0 half-time lead.

Matt Ritchie, a £12 million signing in 2016, then struck a third within 12 minutes of the restart to effectively kill off Southampton's hopes of leaving the North-East with anything.

It has been a worry-filled season for the Magpies, who have been in and around the danger zone for most of it, but that victory would have been a huge relief.

Rafael Benitez's side can't crack open the champagne yet, but they can bask in the knowledge that they took a big step toward safety and the passion - and relief - was evident in their goalscoring celebrations.

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