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Fulham 0-3 Southampton

By Brendan McLoughlinBBC Sport
Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana

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.

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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."

Line-ups

Fulham

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 27Riether
  • 15Richardson
  • 6KvistSubstituted forTankovicat 83'minutes
  • 5Hangeland
  • 33Burn
  • 28ParkerSubstituted forKasamiat 74'minutes
  • 7Sidwell
  • 39Bent
  • 10Holtby
  • 16DuffSubstituted forDempseyat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Kasami
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 20Rodallega
  • 32Dempsey
  • 43Tankovic
  • 46Passley

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 22ChambersSubstituted forClyneat 58'minutes
  • 23Shaw
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 36mins
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 20Lallana
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 26minsSubstituted forCorkat 45'minutes
  • 7Lambert
  • 8Davis
  • 9RodriguezBooked at 16minsSubstituted forGallagherat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 2Clyne
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 18Cork
  • 21Do Prado
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 40Gallagher
Referee:
Michael Jones
Attendance:
25,700

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home8
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away5
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home10
Away9

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fulham 0, Southampton 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Clint Dempsey (Fulham).

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Hand ball by Muamer Tankovic (Fulham).

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Jay Rodriguez.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

    Hand ball by Clint Dempsey (Fulham).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic replaces William Kvist.

  17. Post update

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

  18. 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.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami replaces Scott Parker.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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1Man City23172468264253
2Arsenal23164345212452
3Chelsea23155343202350
4Liverpool23144557282946
5Everton24129337251245
6Tottenham2413563132-144
7Man Utd24124839291040
8Newcastle2411493231137
9Southampton249873427735
10Aston Villa2476112734-727
11Stoke2467112438-1425
12Swansea2466122935-624
13Hull2466122330-724
14Sunderland2466122536-1124
15Norwich2466121937-1824
16Crystal Palace2372141531-1623
17West Brom2341092733-622
18West Ham2457122433-922
19Cardiff2456131941-2221
20Fulham2461172253-3119
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