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Southampton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

By Aimee LewisBBC Sport
Graziano Pelle
Southampton have now won six successive games in all competitions
  • Bertrand scores his first goal for Saints
  • QPR score first away league goal of the season
  • Pelle winner ensures Saints remain second

Second-placed Southampton made it six wins in a row in all competitions to beat struggling QPR.

The hosts, enjoying their best start to a Premier League season despite a summer of upheaval, were the better side with Dusan Tadic hitting a post.

Ryan Bertrand gave Southampton the lead, drilling low beneath Robert Green, before Charlie Austin levelled with a superb volley on the turn.

But Graziano Pelle's stunning scissor-kick clinched the win.

The Italian striker's fifth goal of the season ensured Saints recorded a fourth successive victory in the Premier League, and kept them three points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

QPR can take heart from the fact they were defensively more secure than of late, Harry Redknapp's side having conceded eight goals in their last two games on the road. The visitors also scored away from home for the first time this season.

But a third successive away defeat leaves the newly promoted west Londoners in the bottom three and compounds a miserable afternoon for Redknapp, who received a far from welcome reception on his return to a club that he guided to relegation in 2005.

Match facts
Since August 2012, Graziano Pelle has scored 54 goals in 63 league appearances for Feyenoord and SouthamptonQPR have scored their first Premier League away goal in nine hours and 15 minutes
Southampton's total of 13 points from six games is their best in the top-flight since claiming 14 in 1983-84 Harry Redknapp has overseen just 12 goals in 14 Premier League away games as QPR boss

St Mary's is a much happier place these days, with Southampton enjoying their best start to a season in the top division since the 1983-84 season, when they finished second.

Their haul of 13 points in six matches has helped make the summer's mass exodus of players a distant memory.

Koeman delighted with Saints form

The speed with which their new recruits have settled has helped, with £11.8m midfielder Sadio Mane impressing on his Premier League debut, and Tadic causing problems for QPR.

It was Mane, 22, who put Morgan Schneiderlin through just before the break for the best chance of the half, with the Frenchman's low effort a fraction wide.

As momentum continued with Southampton after the break, Senegal's Mane was instrumental in a deserved opening goal for the hosts.

The winger, making his second appearance after being granted his work permit last week, found Bertrand with a delightful back-heel and the on-loan defender struck for his first goal for the Saints.

World class goal cost QPR - Redknapp

It was a second half which will be remembered for exquisite strikes. For the equaliser, QPR's Austin controlled the ball with his left foot before swivelling and beating Fraser Forster with a sublime right-footed effort.

Moments later, though, Pelle restored Southampton's lead when he flicked the ball up with his back to goal and lashed a volley past the helpless Robert Green.

Plenty of chances followed - with Steven Davis going close for Saints and a Niko Kranjcar free-kick hitting the crossbar for QPR - but Southampton held firm to continue their winning streak after Tuesday's 2-1 victory at Arsenal in the League Cup.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It was very tough. We expected that. We told the boys that after last Tuesday (Capital One Cup win over Arsenal) it'd be more difficult.

"All the credit to QPR about the second half. We know we have offensive qualities but in a difficult second half, to keep the spirit and the belief to win the game, it was a good compliment to the boys.

"The most important is that we believe in our way of playing and the second half was a fantastic second half from both sides."

QPR manager Harry Redknapp: "We came back strongly after their goal and I felt we had every opportunity at that stage of the game, but their centre-forward produced a world-class goal. Niko Kranjcar hit a fantastic free-kick but it hit the woodwork and we couldn't get the break.

"We didn't give up and it was a much better performance. Charlie Austin took his goal well and that's encouraging.

"He's proven that he can score goals in the Premier League. Southampton are a good side but I felt we stuck at it and we got a bit more belief in ourselves and we've got to continue to believe."

Robert Green
Robert Green helped ensure the score remained goalless at the break
Ryan Bertrand
On-loan Chelsea defender Ryan Bertrand scores his first Southampton goal with his only shot on target
Charlie Austin celebrates scoring QPR's first goal away from home
Charlie Austin's stunning equaliser was QPR's first goal away from home in the league this season
Manager Ronald Koeman (R) of Southampton celebrates their victory with assitant manager Erwin Koeman
Ronald Koeman has guided his team to second in the league in his first Premier League season



Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Forster
  • 2ClyneBooked at 26mins
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17Alderweireld
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8Davis
  • 12WanyamaSubstituted forCorkat 69'minutes
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 11TadicSubstituted forTargettat 90+1'minutes
  • 19Pellè
  • 10ManéBooked at 33minsSubstituted forLongat 68'minutes


  • 1Davis
  • 7Long
  • 18Cork
  • 24Mayuka
  • 28Reed
  • 32McCarthy
  • 33Targett


Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Green
  • 14Isla
  • 4Caulker
  • 5Ferdinand
  • 3Traore
  • 7PhillipsSubstituted forHoilettat 58'minutes
  • 30Guimaraes CordeiroSubstituted forHenryat 11'minutesBooked at 30mins
  • 10Fer
  • 24VargasSubstituted forZamoraat 77'minutes
  • 19Kranjcar
  • 9Austin


  • 6Hill
  • 12McCarthy
  • 15Onuoha
  • 20Henry
  • 22Dunne
  • 23Hoilett
  • 25Zamora
Mark Clattenburg

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamQPR
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Queens Park Rangers 1.

  3. Post update

    Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Bobby Zamora (Queens Park Rangers).

  5. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Matt Targett replaces Dusan Tadic.

  7. Post update

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box. Assisted by Jack Cork with a through ball.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Leroy Fer (Queens Park Rangers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Niko Kranjcar.

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

  10. Post update

    Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Queens Park Rangers) header from the centre of the box is too high following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

  16. Post update

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Queens Park Rangers. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Junior Hoilett (Queens Park Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Karl Henry.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

  20. Post update

    Niko Kranjcar (Queens Park Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.