Southampton vs. Fulham: Premier League Live Score, Highlights & Recap
The first half was the difference as the Saints outshot the Cottagers 14-0, and goals from Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez enabled Southampton to cruise through the second half.
With the victory, Southampton leap into an automatic Champions League place, sitting in third place with 18 points.
Read below to catch up on all the action as it happened.
Barclays Premier League - Matchweek 9
St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton, England - Final
Southampton 2, Fulham 0
Goals: R. Lambert (SOU) 20', J. Rodriguez (SOU) 43'
Yellow Cards: S. Sidwell (FUL) 88', A. Hughes (FUL) 90+1'
31 A. Boruc, 2 N. Clyne, 5 D. Lovren, 6 J. Fonte, 23 L. Shaw, 4 M. Schneiderlin, 12 V. Wanyama, 9 J. Rodriguez, 16 J. Ward-Prowse, 20 A. Lallana, 7 R. Lambert
Bench: 1 K. Davis, 22 C. Chambers, 26 J. Hooiveld, 18 J. Cork, 10. G. Ramirez, 21 G. do Prado, 19 T. Lee
G. do Prado for J. Rodriguez - 78'
J. Cork for J. Ward-Prowse - 90+1'
1 M. Stekelenburg, 4 P. Senderos, 15 K. Richardson, 27 S. Riether, 35 F. Amorebieta, 7 S. Sidwell, 8 P. Kasami, 10 B. Ruiz, 28 S. Parker, 9 D. Berbatov, 39 D. Bent
Bench: 13 D. Stockdale, 18 A. Hughes, 22 E. Zverotic, 11 A. Kacaniklic, 14 G. Karagounis, 16 D. Duff, 20 H. Rodallega
A. Hughes for S. Riether - 46'
H. Rodallega for D. Bent - 75'
A. Kacaniklic for B. Ruiz - 81'
Final stats courtesy of WhoScored.com
Total Shots - SOU 20, FUL 2
On Target - SOU 6, FUL 0
Possession - SOU 67%, FUL 33%
Pass Success - SOU 86%, FUL 75%
Fouls - SOU 12, FUL 8
Corners - SOU 10, FUL 3
Dribbles - SOU 11, FUL 8
Tackles - SOU 23, FUL 12
90+2' - Andre Marriner does everyone a favor and brings the match to a close. A drab second half, but Southampton did well enough to close out a 2-0 victory, a scoreline that might flatter Fulham a bit.
Southampton still have only conceded three times this season, and now are third in the Premier League table.
Fulham drop back down to 14th and now only sit two points outside of the bottom three.
90+1' - YELLOW CARD - Hughes does into the book for taking down Luke Shaw as he streaks down the left wing.
Southampton take the opportunity to give Jack Cork a cameo appearance, as he replaces James-Ward Prowse.
89' - Lallana tries to hit a shot with the outside of his foot that was going well wide, but it bounces of a Fulham defender and almost bounces over Steckelenburg.
88' - YELLOW CARD - Sidwell goes in the referee's book for grabbing Wanyama as he tried to dribble away. First booking of the match.
86' - A little bit of a worry for Southampton fans, as Schneiderlin takes a knock to the head, looked like a accidental elbow by Sidwell. The Frenchman is back on and looks OK to finish the match.
82' - Sidwell produces the best Fulham chance of the night, putting an overhead kick from about 15 yards wide of goal. Shots are now 19-2 in favor of Southampton.
81' - Final sub for Fulham, as Kacaniklic replaces Ruiz in another like for like substitution.
78' - Southampton make their first sub, bringing Guly do Prado on for the excellent Jay Rodriguez.
75' - Substitution for Fulham, a like for like as Rodallega comes on for Bent.
A strange bit of frustration from Amorebieta. After losing a challenge to Lovren, Amorebieta pounds his fist, but doesn't hit the ground, hitting Lovren in the hindquarters instead.
74' - Southampton get a little complacent and give the ball away, which creates a half-chance for Fulham. Bent gets a cross in that is scrambled away by Fonte before Sidwell can get on the end of it. The resulting corner is claimed easily by Boruc.
72' Kasami's dribbling run kind of typifies the night for Fulham. Tries to make a run down the right wing, attempts a stepover and loses possession on his own when the ball comes off his heel.
69' - Well, that woke everyone up. After a dull spell of play, Jay Rodriguez takes a Ward-Prowse cross and attempts a scissors kick from just inside the box that goes just a yard wide. What a goal that would have been.
63' - Lallana, Ward-Prowse and Clyne putting on a dribbling exhibition in the right side of the Fulham defensive third. Fulham not too interested in putting a challenge in. The Southampton fans are enjoying the display and breaking out the "Oles."
59' - Good fluidity of movement from Southampton, as players are interchanging all over the place. Meanwhile, it looks like Fulham may have pushed Richardson forward and switched to a 3-5-2.
End-to-end action, but not many chances being created at the moment.
53' Not a lot on energy from Fulham coming out of the locker room. Berbatov lazy getting back and caught offside and the back four have been slow to close down Southampton attacks.
46' - One sub at halftime, Aaron Hughes comes on for Riether. Perhaps an injury for the Fulham right back.
If you are a Fulham fan, the halftime stats aren't pretty.
Total Shots - SOU 14, FUL 0
On Target - SOU 6, FUL 0
Possession - SOU 67%, FUL 33%
Pass Success - SOU 88%, FUL 77%
Fouls - SOU 7, FUL 2
Corners - SOU 6, FUL 1
Dribbles - SOU 5, FUL 6
Tackles - SOU 10, FUL 6
45+1' After one minute of stoppage time, Mr. Marriner brings the first half to a close. The home side leads 2-0, a result that would catapult the Saints into third if the result holds.
45' - Southampton fans wonder aloud if their South Coast arch-rivals Portsmouth are watching the game on the tele.
"Are you watching Pompey scum?"
43' - GOAL SOUTHAMPTON! - It's somewhat of a reverse of the first goal. Lallana's cross finds Lambert on the back post, who then heads across goal to Jay Rodriguez, who directs the ball in with his head (and runs into the post in the process) to give Southampton a deserved 2-0 advantage.
38' - Another great chance for Southampton. Ward-Prowse does well to pick out a wide-open Lambert, who beat an offside trap. Lambert gets a header on goal, but not far enough away from Steckelenburg, who saves fairly comfortably.
36' - LAMBERT OFF THE POST! Lambert strikes from 20 yards on the left wing, and the ball takes a minor deflection off of Riether and beats Steckelenburg, only for the ball to hit off the far post and bounce clear.
32' - Most of the traffic still is in the Southampton offensive end. Lallana dribbles around in the area for at least 30 seconds before dropping the ball to Luke Shaw. Shaw's header finds Rodriguez, but he heads wide.
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