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Fulham 0 Saints 3
Updated 4:57pm Saturday 1st February 2014 in Football
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- Saints extend their unbeaten league run to four matches
- All three goals came in the second half
- Lallana, Lambert and Rodriguez with the strikes for Saints
- Lallana was making his 250th appearance for the club
- Lambert's goal was his 100th league strike for Saints
It's a comfortable win for Saints in the end, as they destroy Fulham in the second half. Mauricio Pochettino's side remain ninth in the Premier League, but are now just two points behind eighth-placed Newcastle. We will have a full report and reaction for you on the website soon. Thanks for joining us today.
FULHAM 0 SAINTS 3
Rickie Lambert's goal - the second for Saints today.
Jay Rodriguez off, Sam Gallagher on (87 mins).
FULHAM 0 SAINTS 3 (Jay Rodriguez 75)
Rodriguez chases a long clearance down the right, wins the ball, cuts inside and curls a stunning shot into the far top corner. With Roy Hodgson in attendance, Saints' England boys are picking a good day to shine.
Adam Lallana scores and celebrates.
FULHAM 0 SAINTS 2 (Rickie Lambert 70)
A lovely goal. Nathaniel Clyne exchanges passes with Steven Davis down the right, before delivering a low ball into the path of Rickie Lambert, who calmly slots a right-footed effort past Maarten Stekelenburg.
FULHAM 0 SAINTS 1 (Adam Lallana 64)
Adam Lallana marks his 250th Saints appearance with a goal. Rickie Lambert plays a ball into his path down the inside left channel, and the midfielder makes no mistake with an angled drive into the far corner.
CHANCE (58 mins): Adam Lallana turns and shoots from 25 yards out, but Maarten Stekelenburg dives and holds on to his slicing left-foot shot.
Calum Chambers off, Nathaniel Clyne on (58 mins).
Yoshida gets his head to the ball.
CHANCE (51 mins): Adam Lallana fizzes a ball into the box, which Morgan Schneiderlin controls brilliantly, before attempting a spectacular overhead kick from 12 yards. He makes a good connection, but the ball clears the bar.
CHANCE (49 mins): Jay Rodirguez fires a low shot across goal from 18 yards, but the ball skids just wide of the far post.
Fulham's Scott Parker and Southampton's Victor Wanyama.
Fulham's Sascha Riether (left) and Southampton's Luke Shaw battles for possession of the ball.
The second half is underway. One change for Saints at half-time, with Jack Cork replacing Victor Wanyama.
FULHAM 0 SAINTS 0
CHANCE (43 mins): Jose Fonte swings in a cross from a deep position. Jay Rodriguez makes a run that isn't tracked, but he can't quite rise high enough to direct the ball as he would like, with his header drifting wide.
Morgan Schneiderlin booked for a late tackle on Lewis Holtby (36 mins).
CHANCE (35 mins): Artur Boruc again comes to the rescue for Saints. First, he makes an excellent diving save from a Darren Bent volley. He then denies the striker's angled shot seconds later with his legs.
Victor Wanyama booked for wiping out Scott Parker (26 mins).
CHANCE (24 mins): A flying save from Artur Boruc keeps the scores level. The Saints keeper dives to his right and sticks out an arm to brilliantly palm away Brede Hangeland's header from a Lewis Holtby corner.
CHANCE (20 mins): Calum Chambers wins the ball 25 yards out and tries his luck with a right-foot shot, but he hooks his effort well wide of the far post.
CHANCE (17 mins): Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida get in a bit of a muddle trying to deal with a long ball forward. Yoshida ends up clearing it straight to the feet of Scott Parker 40 yards out. The Fulham midfielder drives forward and takes a right-footed shot, but sends the ball skidding a yard or two wide of the far post.
Jay Rodriguez cautioned after a late tackle on Steve Sidwell (16 mins).
Saints fans before the match.
CHANCE (9 mins): Jay Rodriguez sends in a cross from the left, which deflects off Steve Sidwell and nearly catches out Maarten Stekelenburg in goal. The ball hits the keeper in the chin and rebounds out, with Kieran Richardson clearing.
CHANCE (8 mins): Saints have dominated possession in the early stages, but it's the hosts who have the first effort of the game. After Calum Chambers does well to turn a dangerous cross behind for a corner, centre back Dan Burn rises highest to meet Lewis Holtby's delivery, but his header goes a yard over the bar.
Referee Mike Jones gets the match underway. Fulham in white, Saints in red.
The teams are out here at Craven Cottage. Kick-off just a few moments away. Stick with us for updates throughout the game.
The transfer deadline passed without any hint of highly-sought-after defender Luke Shaw leaving the club. There certainly haven't been any signs of the teenager being unhappy at St Mary's, although he was probably a bit disappointed to lose to his manager in this game of two-touch football tennis. Mauricio Pochettino looked delighted, though! (Via Southampton FC's YouTube channel)...
While Dani Osvaldo departed Saints on transfer deadline day, the club were unable to bring anyone in to replace him. Mauricio Pochettino had considered making a signing, but was unable to find anyone available who fit the right profile. Despite the absence of any incomings, the Daily Echo's chief sports writer, Adam Leitch, believes the club can reflect on the January window with a great deal of satisfaction.
Saints striker Dani Osvaldo departed the club yesterday, joining Juventus on loan until the end of the season. You can read the full story about his exit by clicking here, with the deal potentially set to net Saints a tidy profit on the Italian international.
Fulham head coach Rene Meulensteen has written in his programme notes about what he expects from Saints today...
Southampton are having a fantastic season. They sit comfortably in the top half of the table and are unbeaten since the beginning of January. Coming from behind to draw with Arsenal on Tuesday evening will give them more confidence; they have talented young players and play good passing football, so we know exactly what to expect.Rene Meulensteen
Two changes for Saints this afternoon. Sam Gallagher and Jack Cork drops to the bench. Rickie Lambert and Victor Wanyama come back into the team after injury. Fulham hand debuts to new signings William Kvist and Lewis Holtby.
FULHAM: Stekelenburg; Riether, Hangeland, Burn, Richardson; Duff, Sidwell, Kvist, Parker, Holtby; Bent.
Subs: Stockdale, Kasami, Kačaniklić, Rodallega, Dempsey, Tankovic, Passley.
SAINTS: Boruc; Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin; S Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Clyne, Hooiveld, Cork, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Gallagher.
Referee: Mike Jones.
It has been a difficult season so far for Saints' opponents, Fulham. The Cottagers are second-from-bottom in the Premier League, with the worst goal difference in the division. They dispensed with manager Martin Jol earlier in the campaign and replaced him with current boss, Rene Meulensteen. After being one of the most active clubs in the January window, they are hoping to turn their fortunes around starting today. Fulham's form at home has been poor, though, with three wins, one draw and seven defeats from their 11 league matches here. With Saints expected to be nearly at full strength this afternoon, Mauricio Pochettino's side will be hopeful of taking advantage. Team news is expected in the next ten minutes.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog, covering this afternoon's Premier League match between Fulham and Saints, at Craven Cottage. After the close of the transfer window last night, the focus is very much back on the pitch for the remaining months of the season. Saints were unable to bring a player in before the deadline, but they did deal with the main issue, which was moving Dani Osvaldo on. Kick-off is at 3pm, so stay with us for build-up, team news and match updates.
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