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Southampton 2-0 Fulham

Rickie Lambert heads Southampton in front against Fulham

Southampton climbed to third in the Premier League table with a comprehensive victory over Fulham.

Saints dominated from the start and took the lead when Jay Rodriguez flicked on a James Ward-Prowse corner for Rickie Lambert to head home.

More chances followed and Lambert hit the post from 25 yards before setting up Rodriguez to make it 2-0, turning an Adam Lallana cross into his path.

Fulham's only shot saw Steve Sidwell flash a volley wide late on.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino

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Southampton's high-tempo pressing game hardly allowed the visitors so much as a sniff in front of goal as Mauricio Pochettino's side secured their sixth clean sheet in nine games.

Sadly for Cottagers' manager Martin Jol, his players were far more charitable - particularly for Lambert's opener, after 20 minutes.

That came after Fulham midfielder Scott Parker told Dimitar Berbatov to mark the England striker from James Ward-Prowse's corner, only for the Bulgarian to stand and watch the ball fly over his head for Lambert to nod in unopposed at the far post.

Southampton, who were constantly sending their full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and Luke Shaw on raids up either flank, had already gone close when Morgan Schneiderlin's shot was cleared off the line after Sascha Riether was caught in possession.

Fulham, meanwhile, were struggling to even get out of their own half and, with Southampton pouring forward, more chances followed for the home side.

Rodriguez was denied by Maarten Stekelenburg after surging clear, Victor Wanyama sent a low shot skidding wide and Lambert fizzed another effort against the post.

Lambert should have done better with his header after escaping Philippe Senderos to get on the end of another ball into the box, bringing a routine low save, but another Southampton goal was not far away.

Two minutes before half-time, Lallana lifted the ball to the back post, where Lambert deftly nodded it back across goal for Rodriguez to head home from close range.

Fulham had arrived on the south coast on the back of a mini-revival that had seen them win their last two games, with Pajtim Kasami scoring a potential goal of the season against Crystal Palace in the process.

Fulham manager Martin Jol

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Kasami did not even get within shooting distance this time, however, as his side continued to be outplayed after the break.

Southampton kept pressing, and also kept passing as they picked Fulham apart. The only thing missing was a third goal, although Rodriguez almost obliged with an acrobatic effort which flashed wide from Ward-Prowse's cross.

The destination of the three points was still never in doubt, and the only question left was whether Fulham would even manage a shot on goal.

Saints keeper Artur Boruc was finally called into action after 75 minutes, but only to deal with Dejan Lovren's attempted clearance from Fernando Amorebieta's cross.

The Cottagers finally managed an effort themselves with eight minutes left, when a corner was not properly cleared and Sidwell hooked the dropping ball wide.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "It's all about the players in the dressing room, they fully deserve the plaudits. I just want to congratulate them for the amazing effort.

"I don't know how far we can go, it's more about the satisfaction about the getting the win and playing well. There are things we need to improve and we want to continue working hard."

Fulham boss Martin Jol: "Southampton are very strong, athletic, aggressive and you have to match them and if you don't you will lose these games.

"The most disappointing thing for me was that we couldn't create anything ourselves.

"You have to be tough, pick yourself up. We couldn't get a break, we couldn't score a goal, they were the better team and that's not what you want."

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Clyne
  • 23Shaw
  • 12Wanyama
  • 6Fonte
  • 5Lovren
  • 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forCorkat 90+2'minutes
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 7Lambert
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forDo Pradoat 78'minutes
  • 20Lallana

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 10Ramírez
  • 18Cork
  • 19Lee
  • 21Do Prado
  • 22Chambers
  • 26Hooiveld

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 27RietherSubstituted forHughesat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 15Richardson
  • 7SidwellBooked at 88mins
  • 4Senderos
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 10RuizSubstituted forKacaniklicat 81'minutes
  • 28Parker
  • 39BentSubstituted forRodallegaat 75'minutes
  • 9Berbatov
  • 8Kasami

Substitutes

  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 14Karagounis
  • 16Duff
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Rodallega
  • 22Zverotic
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
28,631

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home66%
Away34%
Shots
Home20
Away1
Shots on Target
Home6
Away0
Corners
Home10
Away3
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces James Ward-Prowse.

Booking

Aaron Hughes (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Hughes.
Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

Booking

Steve Sidwell (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) because of an injury.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Parker (Fulham).
Attempt missed. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Bryan Ruiz.
Offside, Southampton. Artur Boruc tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Jay Rodriguez.
Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).
Steve Sidwell (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Hugo Rodallega replaces Darren Bent.
Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).
Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Jose Fonte.
Offside, Southampton. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
Bryan Ruiz (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.
Offside, Fulham. Maarten Stekelenburg tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.
Offside, Fulham. Philippe Senderos tries a through ball, but Dimitar Berbatov is caught offside.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Scott Parker.
Attempt missed. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a set piece situation.
Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).
Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

Second Half

Second Half begins Southampton 2, Fulham 0.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Aaron Hughes replaces Sascha Riether.

Half Time

First Half ends, Southampton 2, Fulham 0.
Hand ball by Adam Lallana (Southampton).
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 2, Fulham 0. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Sascha Riether.
goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal97111122
2Liverpool9621920
3Southampton9531718
4Everton9531418
5Chelsea8521917
6Man City85121116
7Tottenham8512316
8Man Utd9423214
9Hull8323-211
10Newcastle8323-311
11Swansea8314110
12West Brom9243-210
13Aston Villa9315-310
14Fulham9315-310
15Cardiff9234-59
16West Ham822408
17Stoke9225-48
18Norwich9225-78
19Crystal Palace9108-133
20Sunderland8017-151
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