Not surprising: Southampton boss Hasenhuttl chuffed as Saints top Premier League table for 1st time ever

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Premier League: Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said the Saints' rise to the top of the table is not a coincidence but a reward to their brave approach to the game in the ongoing season.

Southampton boss Hasenhuttl not surprised as Saints top Premier League table (Reuters Photo)

Southampton boss Hasenhuttl not surprised as Saints top Premier League table (Reuters Photo)

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Southampton topped the Premier League table for the first time in the history of the leagueSouthampton defeated Newcastle United 2-0 to top the league tableWe have made big steps forward and this is not a coincidence: Southampton boss Hasenhuttl

Southampton topped the Premier League table for the first time in the history of the tournament when they defeated Newcastle United 2-0 on Thursday. It's been a remarkable turnaround for Ralph Hasenhuttl's side who were in danger of facing a relegation battle last season but after 8 matches, the Saints are on top of the table, tied on points with defending champions, Liverpool.

Southampton have missed their lead striker Dany Ings but Theo Walcott is back at his boyhood club, this time on loan from Everton. Walcott provided an assist to Che Adams who put the Saints ahead as early as the 7th minute of their Premier League game on Friday. Stuart Amstrong doubled the lead in the 82nd minute as Hasenhuttl's side completed a historic 2-0 win over the Magpies.

Austrian tactician Hasenhuttl believes his side's rise to the top of the table has not been coincidence but due to the hard yards they have put in as a group over the last year. Southampton finished 11th on the league table last season but they are well-placed to at least seal a European spot this season.

"Amazing what my team does at the moment. We maybe could have scored a few more today but the rest was nearly perfect. Good game management and everyone was on the highest level. It's a bit scary what we're doing at the moment but not so surprising as I see them working," Ralph Hasenhuttl said.

It has been remarkable composure shown by Southampton as they lost their first two matches of the season, which includes a 2-5 defeat to Leicester City. Losing Ings came as a big blow as the striker was involved in at least 50 percent of their goals this season before Thursday.

Southampton will stay on top of the points table at least till Sunday if 5th-placed Everton fail to beat a visiting Manchester United side on Saturday.

"We've invested so much in this time together," Hasenhuttl said.

"We have made big steps forward and this is not a coincidence. With the ball and without the ball, we are very brave. Maybe playing without fans has helped us because there is a lack of stress. Now we are playing a complete game."

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