Ralph Hasenhuttl admitted Southampton’s “amazing” rise to the top of the Premier League was “a little scary” after they earned pole position for the first time since 1988 with a 2-0 win against Newcastle on Friday.

Goals from Che Adams and Stuart Armstrong ensured Southampton finished the day at the summit of the English top-flight table for the first time since Chris Nicholl’s team 32 years ago.

It is Hasenhuttl in charge of the Saints now and the Austrian has masterminded a remarkable revival on the south-coast.

Just over a year after they were humiliated in a 9-0 thrashing by Leicester at St Mary’s, Southampton have been transformed under his leadership.

Sustaining their place at the top is likely to prove a step too far, yet there is no reason why they shouldn’t dream of European qualification and even a surprise bid to finish in the top four.

“It’s amazing what my team does in this moment. Congratulations to everybody. Our fans will love it and they’ll make a picture of the table,” Hasenhuttl said.

“Everybody was on the highest level. It is a little scary what we are doing at the moment to be honest, but not surprising when I see what we are working on.”

Hasenhuttl recently claimed he wanted his team...

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