Mohamed El Younosi’s hat-trick decides Southampton’s victory over Newport | Carabao Cup

By the time Nathan Redmond was involved, adding Southampton’s seventh goal, Newport County He must have wondered when the judgment would have brought them out of their misery, or perhaps the count could have been stopped. The bad news was that there were still 21 minutes left on the clock, it was time for Mohamed El Younoussi to complete a hat-trick, his first goals for the club. The good news? His third kick was almost the last kick of the match.

Ralph Hessenhuttl has warned his players to expect nothing but an afternoon outing in the backyard of a second-league team in good shape to kill a giant – Brighton and Newcastle were squashed in penalty shootouts in cup competitions here last season – but it turned out to be an evening. Waltz, a rather quiet experience like Southampton They scored their biggest win away from home and secured a third-round trip to the Carabao Cup to Sheffield United.

“It was a serious performance from the first minute,” Hasenhüttl said. “Getting three goals so early allowed us to go ahead and keep a high pace, then we can score a lot of goals. You have to take it seriously and have a clear plan. We’ve run it well but we shouldn’t get too attached – we’ve It was against a team from the lower league. We know a lot of teams have struggled here in the past.”

That hasn’t happened since the moment Armando Bruga, who scored twice on his debut, opened his Southampton account in nine minutes. Al-Wonousi concluded a superb display with three goals in the second half, in addition to goals from Nathan Tella, Kyle Walker Peters and Redmond. The second Southampton series proved to be a predator and how they taught Newport. “One became two very quickly and all of a sudden it unloaded us,” said Wayne Hutswil, assistant manager of Newport. “It was a hard lesson. When they get chances, they are clinical in what they do. We didn’t give up but heads fell a little bit.”

“Welcome back to Rodney Parade,” came the heartfelt phrase about the public address system before kickoff, as Newport supporters returned here in numbers for the first time in more than 17 months. It was said enthusiastically, as if in anticipation of adding another scalpel to the roster, but any hopes of upset didn’t take off this time around, with Southampton, superior in all divisions, out of sight at half the time. In truth, the margin should have been greater in the intervening period, with Redmond and Alyonosi, who spent last season on loan at Celtic, guilty of turning down the openers’ invitation.

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The first goal came when Brugge reacted faster in the penalty area after Redmond’s powerful shot was fired by goalkeeper Nick Townsend, on loan from Chelsea, to hit the rebounding balls. Southampton’s second ball came from a fine volley sprayed by Redmond, who fired half into a diagonal pass for Leonusi to pounce in the way of Tella, who fired a ferocious shot. Southampton created a host of chances and Walker Peters hit a shot outside Townsend in his close position to score his first goal for the club.

The second half was two minutes old when Southampton scored the fourth goal through Al Younoussi. Michael Flynn is bound to be a tough Newport-watcher, watching from home after he tested positive for the coronavirus, as Southampton captain James Ward-Prowse – one of only two players to be kept from the squad that held Manchester United into Sunday’s draw. – He performed a beautiful symphony from the midfield. Southampton’s quick-thinking irked Newport, and the superb rivalry between Tila and Al Younosi sparked gasps from both teams.

Alwanusi in the fifth, tower VI, Redmond VII. Then came the eighth goal, where Al-Younoussi added his third goal in stoppage time. Hasenhüttl even took the unusual step of pulling off Ward-Prowse, who hasn’t missed a minute of competitive action since February last year, with 20 minutes left. It’s already been done – and Southampton’s done.

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