The weather forecast warned that heavy snow was heading towards Tyneside but nine-man Newcastle weathered a storm of their own to somehow secure a rare win which did nothing to repair Southampton’s battered self-esteem.

The second-half sending off of Jeff Hendrick and Fabian Schär’s removal on a stretcher at a time when Steve Bruce had used all his substitutes offered Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side a chance to mitigate the misery of last Tuesday’s 9-0 defeat to Manchester United.

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