Southampton secured their biggest ever away win by beating Newport County 8-0 in the League Cup second round.
A hat-trick from Mohamed Elyounoussi, a brace from Chelsea loanee Armando Broja and single strikes from Nathan Tella, Kyle Walker-Peters and Nathan Redmond meant a record-breaking night for Saints after a thoroughly one-sided affair in South Wales.
They now head into a third-round clash against Sheffield United, with their tie at Bramall Lane set to be played during the week beginning 20th September.
Saints had previously won 6-0 away from home on four occasions – against Carlisle in 1977, Wolves in 2007, Oldham in 2011 and MK Dons in 2015. 8-0 equals their biggest post-war win, with the other coming against Sunderland back in 2014/15.
Southampton turn on the style to book their place in the next round
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Saints made nine changes ahead of this game but you would not know it by looking at the scoreline.
Young Chelsea striker Armando Broja got the ball rolling in just the ninth minute when he fired home after Nathan Redmond’s effort that had cannoned off the bar. Nathan Tella made it two when he latched onto a Moi Elyounoussi pass to finish smartly.
Further first-half chances came and went and could have seen an even bigger margin of victory, but Saints soon bagged their third when Kyle Walker-Peters cut in from the left and snuck his shot inside the near post.
Elyounoussi got his first of the evening shortly after half-time when he followed up a Broja saved effort and then his second just seven minutes later after James Ward-Prowse’s through ball.
Armando Broja then got his second by clipping in nicely from just outside the area before the lively Nathan Redmond got in on the act with a half-volley from similar range.
There was still time for Moi Elyounoussi to complete his hat-trick though with another good finish as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men rounded off a thoroughly satisfying night.