Southampton had another day to forget as they were held off by nine-man Newcastle, who secured an entertaining 3-2 victory at St James’ Park.
Days after losing by a Premier League record-equalling 9-0 margin at Manchester United – in a game the Saints ended with nine men – Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side could not make the most of a numerical advantage through much of the second half.
Debutant Joe Willock gave the hosts the lead and Miguel Almiron bagged a brace either side of Saints’ Takumi Minamino scoring on his debut.
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James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free-kick reduced the gap to one early in the second half and Jeff Hendrick was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 50th minute.
But Southampton could not find an equaliser, even after Fabian Schar’s injury left Steve Bruce’s side playing with nine men for the last 12 minutes plus stoppage time.
Ollie Watkins’ early goal proved decisive in a 1-0 victory at Villa Park as Aston Villa condemned Arsenal to a second defeat in the West Midlands in five days.
Watkins put Villa ahead in the second minute with a deflected shot past Arsenal debutant Mat Ryan.
Former Gunners keeper Emiliano Martinez made good saves to keep out a Granit Xhaka free-kick in the first half and a Nicolas Pepe effort after the break.
Ryan also pulled off some decent stops, including denying Jack Grealish as Villa pushed for a second goal late in the game.
At the other end, substitute Martin Odegaard fired a good chance over the bar as Arsenal slipped to another loss, four days on from the 2-1 reverse at Wolves.
Johann Berg Gudmundsson made amends for an earlier mistake by bagging the leveller in Burnley’s 1-1 draw against Brighton, as both sides inched further away from the Premier League relegation zone.
Lewis Dunk’s towering header from a corner sailed into the net, despite the presence of Gudmundsson at the back post, with the Iceland winger seeming to lose his footing in the pouring rain at the crucial moment.
However, Gudmundsson’s strike eight minutes after half-time ensured an eighth draw in the most recent 11 meetings between the teams, with ex-Brighton striker Ashley Barnes denied by an offside flag shortly after the equaliser.