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Southampton 3-0 Norwich City

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Graziano Pelle
Graziano Pelle has scored five goals in his last five Premier League appearances at St Mary's

Southampton recorded their first Premier League win of the season as they comfortably beat a Norwich side who played for an hour with 10 men.

Norwich had Steven Whittaker sent off just past the half-hour mark when he received two cautions in three minutes.

Under heavy pressure, their resistance broke just before half-time as Graziano Pelle converted Sadio Mane's pass.

Dusan Tadic rifled another Mane pass into the top corner after the break before then tapping home.

Relive Southampton's victory and reaction here.

Southampton were already well on top before defender Whittaker was dismissed, cautioned first for a tussle with Matt Targett and then for pulling back Tadic, who angered the away fans by waving an imaginary card.

Norwich keeper John Ruddy denied James Ward-Prowse, Mane and Jay Rodriguez as Southampton dominated, while Cameron Jerome's mistimed header was the visitors' best chance.

Can Koeman replicate his debut season heroics?

Saints manager Ronald Koeman enjoyed an impressive first season in England, guiding the club to seventh in the Premier League and into European football.

Things haven't gone so well this campaign, having already been knocked out of the Europa League and without a league win in their first three matches.

However, there was no panic on Sunday as the Saints dominated possession, even before Whittaker's red card. With Mane and Tadic a constant threat and striker Jay Rodriguez returning to fitness, Koeman will believe he has the resources for another good season.

Heat map
Southampton enjoyed more than 60% of possession and, as the heat map of each side's attacking third shows, were far more active going forward (Southampton shown on the left, Norwich on the right)

Will the Saints keep the vultures away?

Koeman says Southampton dominated the game

Koeman worked heroics last season, taking over a club who sold five players for £92m and leading them to European qualification for the first time in 12 seasons.

They will hope they do not have to rebuild again with midfielder Victor Wanyama left out of the squad, due to being unsettled after transfer speculation, and having already rebuffed Manchester United's interest in Mane.

Kenya's Wanyama is a physical force for the Saints and, while they coped without him against 10-man Norwich, his departure would be a big blow to their season hopes - as would the loss of the speedy Mane.

Do Norwich need reinforcements?

The Canaries have made a decent start to the season but were completely outplayed at St Mary's, partly due to their numerical disadvantage.

They looked well organised defensively for an hour but manager Alex Neil's search for a striker - having had bids for Stoke's Jon Walters and Wolves' Benik Afobe turned down - could prove key.

Eight players in Norwich's starting line-up at Southampton featured for them when they went down in 2013-14 and, with just one shot on target, Neil will be keen to add more attacking quality.

Man of the match: Dusan Tadic

Dusan Tadic
Dusan Tadic scored twice in one game for the first time for Southampton

Post-match reaction:

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "It was a very positive result. Last Thursday was a big disappointment and it's always hard to start well, but we played very well at the beginning.

"The goal before half time broke the game open, and I'm very happy about how we played in the second half - there was lots of pressing and we created some great chances.

Norwich didn't deserve anything - Neil

Southampton forward Dusan Tadic: "The defeat in midweek against Midtjylland was maybe a good wake-up call for us and we showed a great reaction today."

Norwich City manager Alex Neil: "The manner in which we relinquished the away record was disappointing. That wasn't like us. We didn't start well, even 11 v 11 we were poor, our use of the ball was poor.

"I think Whittaker's first yellow was a bit soft, he was just trying to get back in position, but they were silly decisions and they cost us. We didn't deserve anything from the game and we need to be better for the next match."

The stats you need to know

  • Twelve of Graziano Pelle's 14 Premier League goals for Southampton have come at St Mary's
  • There were just three minutes and seven seconds between Steven Whittaker's two yellow cards
  • Southampton's victory was Alex Neil's first away defeat as Norwich manager in 15 matches in all competitions
  • It was only the eighth home win of the Premier League season so far
  • This is the first time Mane has provided two assists in a single Premier League game
  • The Saints have kept consecutive Premier League clean sheets for the first time since February

Pundit analysis

Former Leicester striker Steve Claridge on BBC Radio 5 live: "As soon as Norwich went down to 10 men it was game over. Ronald Koeman was nice and positive, he put two up front and went for the jugular. You just wonder if Norwich lack a little bit of Premier League quality."

What next?

After the international break, Southampton will hope to make it back-to-back Premier League wins when they travel to West Brom on 12 September. Norwich entertain fellow Premier League newcomers Bournemouth on the same day.

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 2Cédric SoaresSubstituted forMartinaat 72'minutes
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 33Targett
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 10ManéSubstituted forJuanmiat 81'minutes
  • 8DavisSubstituted forRodriguezat 45'minutes
  • 11Tadic
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 7Long
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 15Martina
  • 18Reed
  • 20Juanmi
  • 26Caulker

Norwich

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2WhittakerBooked at 31mins
  • 5Martin
  • 6Bassong
  • 12Brady
  • 22Redmond
  • 18DorransSubstituted forJohnsonat 70'minutes
  • 27Tettey
  • 8Howson
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forWisdomat 32'minutes
  • 10JeromeSubstituted forHooperat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Wisdom
  • 4Johnson
  • 11Hooper
  • 13Rudd
  • 24Bennett
  • 28O'Neil
  • 29van Wolfswinkel
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
29,573

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home23
Away6
Shots on Target
Home8
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home4
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 3, Norwich City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 3, Norwich City 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Hooper (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

  6. Post update

    Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Cameron Jerome.

  8. Post update

    Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Maya Yoshida.

  9. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jonny Howson.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bradley Johnson.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Juanmi replaces Sadio Mané.

  13. Post update

    Sadio Mané (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Cuco Martina replaces Cédric Soares.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson replaces Graham Dorrans.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Man City44001001012
2Crystal Palace43018539
3Leicester42208538
4Swansea42207438
5Man Utd42113217
6Arsenal42113307
7Liverpool421123-17
8West Ham42029636
9Everton41215415
10Southampton41215505
11Bournemouth411256-14
12Aston Villa411245-14
13Chelsea411269-34
14Norwich411258-34
15West Brom411236-34
16Tottenham403134-13
17Watford403124-23
18Stoke402235-22
19Newcastle402225-32
20Sunderland4022610-42
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