Hot property Shaw believes best still to come from Saints

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0

Hot property Shaw believes best still to come from Saints

A tumultuous start to 2014 has not been able to derail what has been a fine second season back in the Barclays Premier League.

Saints have impressed fans and pundits alike with their swashbuckling style and focus on home-grown talent, epitomised by Saturday’s 4-0 mauling of Newcastle.

Seven English players started for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, for whom Jay Rodriguez netted either side of efforts from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana.

Those goals will only boost the trio’s World Cup ambitions and fellow England international Shaw believes this is a special time at St Mary’s.

“They are superb every week,” the left-back said of the goalscorers. “To have all four of the goals to be from Englishmen is superb.

“It is great to play for a team like this and especially with the way the gaffer likes his full-backs to play high and wide.

“I think that is one of my qualities as an attacking full-back and I think Calum Chambers today was superb.

“We’re only going to get better. We’ve got a lot of young players in the team that will get older, get more experienced and improve as players.”

As impressive as Southampton were, Newcastle’s performance at St Mary’s was insipid and the 2,187 travelling fans made their feelings known at the final whistle.

The performance of goalkeeper Rob Elliot, making his first league appearance of the season in place of the injured Tim Krul, was arguably the only positive, but the manner of defeat overshadowed that.

“It was very disappointing to lose in that manner,” Elliot said.

“I think you have to give Southampton credit because they turned up and played very well.

“We did not get after them and the goal at half-time was unhelpful.

“Of course you want to play well and to make saves as a keeper, but at the end of the day, the result is most disappointing.”

SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Steven Davis (Schneiderlin 73), Lallana (Gallagher 90), Rodriguez, Lambert (Ramirez 83).

NEWCASTLE: Elliot, Yanga-Mbiwa (Santon 46), Williamson, Coloccini, Haidara, Anita, Tiote, Ben Arfa (De Jong 46), Sissoko (Dummett 79), Gouffran, Cisse.

Referee: Andre Marriner.

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