Southampton appear to want to erase Alan Pardew from their club history and the Saints team he used to manage treated his Newcastle side just as dismissively on the pitch yesterday, as Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez scored the goals that took Saints out of the bottom three.
Pardew was sacked as Southampton manager in August 2010 after laying the foundations of the team that Nigel Adkins led to back-to-back promotions. But apart from a solitary mention in Adkins' manager's notes, Pardew did not feature in the official programme.
His team hardly featured in the match. Tired after Thursday's Europa League tie with Maritimo and weakened by injuries to Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye and the suspension of Fabrizio Coloccini, the captain, they were no match for a Southampton side buoyed by last weekend's 3-1 victory away to QPR.
Pardew said. "I thought it was all good until the game kicked off. The intensity and energy that Southampton put on the pitch was a problem for us."
Lallana, who matured into a regular first-team player under Pardew, cruelly repaid his old manager with a man-of-the-match display. He was behind most of Saints' moves, ably supported by Jason Puncheon and Ramirez, and all three were involved in the first goal. Tim Krul rushed out after 34 minutes to kick clear from Puncheon only to be stranded as Nathaniel Clyne returned the ball into the penalty area. Mike Williamson could only respond by heading the ball to Ramirez, who squared for Lallana to score from close range.
Krul was much the busier of the goalkeepers, and on the hour Lallana's cute flick set up Puncheon to cross low from the left. Krul could only parry the ball to Ramirez who scored from four yards.
"We were punished at the start of the season and this shows how much we've learned," Adkins said.Reuse content