Full-time: Saints 2-0 Fulham

By SFC Media time Sat 26 Oct First team

Goals from Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez secured a deserved three points at home to Fulham. Full report to follow.

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1: Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert get us underway!

4: So close! Morgan Schneiderlin sees his side-footed effort cleared off the line.

6: Lambert chests down Nathaniel Clyne's cross before hitting a fairly tame shot straight at Maarten Stekelenburg.

10: Saints have dominated possession in the early stages here as they search for an opener. 

17: Victor Wanyama drills a 25-yard drive narrowly wide. 

20: GOAL! Saints take the lead as a corner is flicked on to Lambert who nods in at the back post. 1-0! 

21: Saints nearly get another! Jay Rodriguez skips away from multiple challenges before his effort is palmed wide by Stekelenburg.

26: In Fulham's first threatening attack of the game, Kieran Richardson charges forward before whipping in a cross that Artur Boruc comfortably catches as Dimitar Berbatov lurks. 

32: Rodriguez meets Luke Shaw's cross with a wayward header that fails to trouble the Fulham goal as it bounces wide. 

35: Lambert skips inside from the left flank before firing a low shot from 20 yards that cannons off the post! 

38: Lamert nearly scores again! The striker meets Schneiderlin's cross at the back post with a header that Stekelenburg palms away. 

42: GOAL! Lambert nods Lallana's cross past the face of goal for Rodriguez to head in at the back post. 2-0! 

HALF-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAM


46: Fulham get the second half started! Aaron Hughes has replaced Sascha Riether for the visitors. 

46: An attack inside the first minute of the second period from Saints sees Shaw's cross directed well wide by Lambert, who failed to make the desired contact.

49: James Ward-Prowse curls a cross in for Wanyama to head off-target.

59: A powerful corner is flicked into the path of Dejan Lovren who is taken by surprise and can't direct a header towards goal. 

62: Cheers ring from Saints fans all around the stadium every time a successful pass is made by the home side. Southampton playing with confidence here!

68: Rodriguez charges into the box from the right wing but his attempted lay-off to Lallana is intercepted. 

69: So close to a stunning goal! Rodriguez meets Ward-Prowse's cross with a sweetly-struck acrobatic volley that flies inches wide. What a goal that would have been! 

74: Hugo Rodallega replaces Darren Bent for Fulham.

78: do Prado replaces Rodriguez, who comes off to a well-deserved standing ovation! 

80: Bryan Ruiz is replaced by Alex Kacaniklic.

85: Southampton are looking increasingly comfortable here as they close in on three points. 

88: Steve Sidwell booked for hauling down Wanyama.

89: Lallana bursts into the 18-yard box and hits a shot with the outside of his foot that ricochets off Hughes and soars just over the crossbar. 

90: There will be a minimum of two minutes added time. 

90: Hughes is booked for bringing down Shaw as the full-back races down the wing.

90+1: Ward-Prowse is also treated to a deafening reception as he makes way for Jack Cork.

FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 2-0 FULHAM


Southampton team: Artur Boruc, Nathaniel Clyne, José Fonte, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Victor Wanyama, Morgan Schneiderlin, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana (c), Jay Rodriguez, Rickie Lambert. Substitutes: Kelvin Davis (GK), Gastón Ramírez, Jack Cork, Tadanari Lee, Guly do Prado, Calum Chambers, Jos Hooiveld.

Goals: Lambert (20), Rodriguez (42).

Fulham team: Maarten Stekelenburg, Sascha Riether, Philippe Senderos, Fernando Amorebieta, Kieran Richardson, Bryan Ruiz, Steve Sidwell, Scott Parker, Pajtim Kasami, Dimitar Berbatov (c), Darren Bent. Substitutes: David Stockdale (GK), Alex Kacaniklic, Giorgos Karagounis, Damien Duff, Aaron Hughes, Hugo Rodallega, Elsad Zverotic.

Bookings: Sidwell (88), Hughes (90).

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 28,631 (Away: 1433)

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