Fulham fell to the foot of the Premier League table after Southampton struck three goals in 11 second-half minutes.

Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez were all on target as they boosted their World Cup chances in front of England boss Roy Hodgson.

Lallana, making his 250th Saints appearance, was set up by Lambert, who scored himself before his long pass set up Rodriguez to curl in.

Fulham 0-3 Southampton: We will turn things around - Rene Meulensteen

Fulham have now lost five of their past six league matches, conceding 18 goals.

Saints, meanwhile, are four games unbeaten in the league and strengthened their grip on ninth place.

But the problems continue to pile up for Cottagers head coach Rene Meulensteen after a busy deadline day failed to have the desired impact.

The Dutchman made four changes from the midweek defeat at Swansea, with January arrivals William Kvist and Lewis Holtby both handed debuts. Their fellow new recruits Konstantinos Mitroglou, Ryan Tunnicliffe, Larnell Cole and Johnny Heitinga were not in the 18-man squad.

Victor Wanyama and Lambert both returned for the Saints, who found themselves on the back foot in the opening exchanges.

Scott Parker's attempted chip was comfortably saved by Artur Boruc before Holtby, signed on loan from Tottenham, made his first contribution with a deep corner which Dan Burn headed just over the crossbar.

Pochettino 'proud' of players

Yet Southampton grew in confidence and Cottagers goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was tested for the first time when Rodriguez's cross was inadvertently deflected goalwards by Steve Sidwell's outstretched boot.

At the other end, Boruc showed fine reflexes with a one-handed save to turn Brede Hangeland's header away for a corner midway through the first half.

Saints had their goalkeeper to thank once again when he twice foiled Darren Bent in a matter of moments - first reacting swiftly to repel the forward's sweeping strike following a slick move involving Holtby and Parker, and seconds later blocking a low shot.

Jack Cork was introduced for Wanyama at the break, and the attack-minded switch paid dividends.

Larnell Cole, Kostas Mitroglou and John Heitinga

New Fulham signings Larnell Cole, Konstantinos Mitroglou and John Heitinga were introduced to the Craven Cottage crowd before kick-off

The deadlock was broken midway through the second period when Lambert fed Lallana down the left channel and, despite the angle being tight, the midfielder drilled a low strike inside the right post.

It meant the Cottagers' wait for a Premier League clean sheet goes on - leaving them nine games without one, dating back to early December.

Saints continued to surge forward and they soon had a second when Nathaniel Clyne's cross from the right was intelligently left by Rodriguez, who had spotted the unmarked Lambert behind him, the striker driving an emphatic low shot into the corner.

Mauricio Pochettino's team looked back to their fluent early-season form - and they put the match beyond doubt with a ruthless counter-attack.

Lambert, midway in his own half, picked out Rodriguez down the left and he cut inside and bent a fantastic finish over the head of Stekelenburg.

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino:

"In the first half Fulham played quite deep and made it difficult for us to open up spaces. Once we scored the first it became a lot more simple.

"I'm very happy with the three goals - I liked them all and each was different in its own way. It's a performance I was proud of."

On his England trio's World Cup chances: " There is still time until Brazil but it was very important that the three played well in order to have a chance of making the plane."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 27 Riether
  • 15 Richardson
  • 06 Kvist (Tankovic - 83' )
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 33 Burn
  • 28 Parker (Kasami - 74' )
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 39 Bent
  • 10 Holtby
  • 16 Duff (Dempsey - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Kasami
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 13 Stockdale
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 32 Dempsey
  • 43 Tankovic
  • 46 Passley

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 22 Chambers (Clyne - 58' )
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin Booked
  • 06 Fonte
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 20 Lallana
  • 12 Wanyama Booked (Cork - 45' )
  • 07 Lambert
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Rodriguez Booked (Gallagher - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 02 Clyne
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 18 Cork
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 40 Gallagher
Ref: Michael Jones
Att: 25,700

Match Stats

Shots

8 17

On target

4 5

Corners

4 5

Fouls

10 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 3.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 3.

90:00 +2:50

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

90:00 +2:50

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +1:56

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

90:00 +0:13

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:13

Foul by Clint Dempsey (Fulham).

88:57

Offside, Fulham. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Clint Dempsey is caught offside.

88:39

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Sam Gallagher is caught offside.

87:44

Hand ball by Muamer Tankovic (Fulham).

86:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Jay Rodriguez.

86:15

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

86:15

Muamer Tankovic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:39

Hand ball by Clint Dempsey (Fulham).

83:14

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) left footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

82:29 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic replaces William Kvist.

78:40

Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Kieran Richardson is caught offside.

74:43 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 0, Southampton 3. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

73:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Scott Parker.

70:20

Offside, Fulham. Scott Parker tries a through ball, but Clint Dempsey is caught offside.

69:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 0, Southampton 2. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

65:34

Attempt blocked. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

65:08

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

65:06

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

64:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Clint Dempsey replaces Damien Duff.

63:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 0, Southampton 1. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

61:42

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.

61:12

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:12

Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).

58:41

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

57:57

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Nathaniel Clyne replaces Calum Chambers.

56:56

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:56

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

56:32

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jack Cork.

52:42

Dangerous play by Jack Cork (Southampton).

52:42

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:31

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

50:25

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross.

49:53

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

49:53

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

48:31

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces Victor Wanyama.

45:00 +2:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +0:52

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

45:00 +0:52

Darren Bent (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00 +0:13

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

42:42

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jose Fonte with a cross.

40:33

Foul by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

40:33

Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:15

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

39:15

Foul by Damien Duff (Fulham).

38:47

Offside, Fulham. Maarten Stekelenburg tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

38:19

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a cross following a fast break.

36:02

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:02

Foul by Dan Burn (Fulham).

35:11 Booking

Booking Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

35:05

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

35:05

Lewis Holtby (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:46

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell.

34:28

Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Fulham) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Scott Parker.

33:43

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

33:15

Delay in match Maya Yoshida (Southampton) because of an injury.

32:09

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dan Burn.

30:23

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jose Fonte with a cross.

29:44

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.

29:43

Attempt saved. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

29:14

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Damien Duff.

25:24 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

25:16

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

25:16

Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:30

Attempt saved. Brede Hangeland (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross.

22:56

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

20:07

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:07

Foul by Lewis Holtby (Fulham).

19:16

Attempt missed. Calum Chambers (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

17:41

Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

16:32

Attempt missed. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

15:26 Booking

Booking Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

15:20

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

15:20

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

13:51

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:51

Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).

12:57

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

12:34

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dan Burn.

7:41

Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby with a cross following a corner.

6:49

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

5:56

Attempt saved. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

2:26

Offside, Fulham. Brede Hangeland tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.

0:44

Hand ball by Calum Chambers (Southampton).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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