Half-Time Report: Graziano Pelle brace gives Southampton 2-0 lead over Newcastle United

Southampton's summer signing Graziano Pelle scores twice to give his side a 2-0 lead over visiting side Newcastle United at half time in their Premier League clash.

A first-half brace from summer signing Graziano Pelle has given Southampton a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead over visiting Newcastle United in the Premier League this afternoon.

Graziano Pelle of Southampton celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on September 13, 2014© Getty Images

The hosts made the brightest of starts and they soon took the lead after only six minutes when Ryan Bertrand broke forward to deliver a pin-point cross for striker Pelle, who made no mistake with a classy header past a helpless Tim Krul.

Saints might have found themselves two goals to the good only a few minutes later, with Pelle in the thick of the action again, but Krul did well to get down low to deny his long-range effort.

Newcastle looked shaky at the back and a confident Southampton side soon made them pay again, this time as Pelle combined with Dusan Tadic to get the ball back from a one-two and slot low past Krul.

Graziano Pelle of Southampton scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium on September 13, 2014© Getty Images

Southampton keeper Fraser Forster made some way towards paying back his large transfer fee for the hosts when he pulled off two saves to deny Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback, leaving the score at 2-0 going into the interval.

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