Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl played down the significance of their league position after they moved top of the Premier League for the first time in their history following a 2-0 win over Newcastle, although he added that their marked improvement was "not so surprising".

Che Adams gave Southampton an early lead and Stuart Armstrong wrapped up all three points in the 82nd minute to put Hasenhuttl's men top of the table ahead of this weekend's fixtures.

When asked how far Southampton can go this season, Hasenhuttl said: "I don't know. Three wins in a row is what is important for us and let's have a break now and then come back hopefully the same.

"Then we have a tough game against Wolves, they're always a very strong side, so it will be tough."

The Saints last stood at the summit of English football 32 years ago under the management of Chris Nicholl and it marks a remarkable 12 months for the Austrian manager since their 9-0 thrashing by Leicester last October.

"Maybe it's surprising, also for us," added Hasenhuttl. "But no, when you look how much we've invested, the time and how good the game is at the moment - any part of the game - I don't think it's so surprising at the moment.

"We have definitely shown again today that we have every part of our game developing and this is I think the reason why the performances now (are as good as they are)."

Southampton moved level on 16 points with defending champions Liverpool but could be overtaken by the Reds, Leicester, Tottenham, Everton or Wolves this weekend.