Match ends, Southampton 1, Stoke City 0.
Southampton 1-0 Stoke City
- Southampton continue their unbeaten home run
- Koeman's side climb above Man City in the table
- Sadio Mane scores his first goal in English football
- Stoke remain with only one away victory all season
Southampton climbed to second in the Premier League as they continued their superb start by claiming a fourth consecutive home win.
Stoke proved tougher opposition than Sunderland, who the Saints hammered 8-0 last week.
But a first goal for Senegal forward Sadio Mane since his £11.8m deadline-day move from Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg secured victory.
Stoke remain without a win at Southampton since 1980.
The Potters were always second best against a Saints side clearly high on confidence following their flying start to the campaign.
Mane, 22, struck from 10 yards just past the half-hour mark, thumping the ball in after Graziano Pelle's low drive had rebounded off the post.
He had a goal against Sunderland taken off him by the Premier League's dubious goals panel but there could be no doubt about this strike.
Mane, who scored 45 goals in 87 games in Austria, is one of several new players bought in by Ronald Koeman after a summer where the club lost so many of its star talents.
And fellow recent recruits Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic also caught the eye.
Pelle, who went into the game on a run of seven goals in eight matches, hit the woodwork again when a second-half header came back off the post.
Tadic was a thorn in Stoke's side throughout, twisting and turning his way past defenders on regular occasions.
Morgan Schneiderlin, one of the few big-name players not to leave Saints in the close season after being denied a move to Tottenham, clipped the crossbar with a powerful effort from a well-worked corner as the home side controlled proceedings.
Once the early running of Victor Moses petered out, Stoke looked blunt in attack and the closest they came was a Peter Crouch header which flew high and wide. It was a frustrating afternoon for Crouch, who had a spell at St Mary's 10 years ago.
Saints face successive games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in November and December, which will test manager Koeman's claim that they can finish in the top four this season, but, for now, their season is going from strength to strength.
Five years ago they had just hosted MK Dons in League One. Now they are above reigning champions Manchester City in the table and have more clean sheets than any other Premier League side - five.
Stoke, meanwhile, will need to improve an away record which has yielded just one win all season, albeit at the Etihad Stadium,
The sides do not have long until they meet again - Southampton travel to Stoke in the League Cup on Wednesday.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman:
"I think we played a very good first half. It was more difficult second half. Stoke changed their system and we didn't control like we had before. But we still had eight opportunities to score.
"We will enjoy being second because it isn't normal, because there are other teams with maybe more qualities. But the team deserves this position because they work hard every day.
"We'd like to stay second. Nothing is impossible."
Stoke boss Mark Hughes:
"We are disappointed because in the first half we were a little bit apprehensive in our play, maybe a consequence of Southampton's great result last time out. We showed them too much respect.
"We were better in the second half, got a little bit of control of the game, and you saw by the reaction of the Southampton crowd at the end that they knew we were pushing to get back on level terms.
"Credit to Southampton, they are on a great run and it was always going to be a difficult game for us."
- 6José Fonte
- 8DavisSubstituted forGardosat 90'minutes
- 18CorkSubstituted forWanyamaat 62'minutes
- 17ShawcrossBooked at 39mins
- 12WilsonBooked at 81mins
- 16AdamSubstituted forDioufat 53'minutes
- 19WaltersSubstituted forArnautovicat 69'minutes
- 13MosesSubstituted forAssaidiat 79'minutes
- Jonathan Moss
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Stoke City 0.
Attempt missed. Sadio Mané (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Fraser Forster.
Attempt missed. Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters.
Substitution, Southampton. Florin Gardos replaces Steven Davis.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).
Attempt blocked. Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.
Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).
Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).
Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.
Marc Wilson (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Marc Wilson (Stoke City).
Substitution, Stoke City. Oussama Assaidi replaces Victor Moses.
Attempt missed. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) right footed shot from very close range misses to the left. Assisted by Phil Bardsley with a cross.
Hand ball by Victor Moses (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Phil Bardsley.
Offside, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi tries a through ball, but Mame Biram Diouf is caught offside.
Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).
Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Stoke City. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but Peter Crouch is caught offside.
Substitution, Stoke City. Marko Arnautovic replaces Jonathan Walters.
Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).
Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin tries a through ball, but Steven Davis is caught offside.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).
Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Sadio Mané.
Delay in match Dusan Tadic (Southampton) because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Southampton. Victor Wanyama replaces Jack Cork.