- Southampton vs Norwich

Saturday 15 March 2014 | St. Mary's Stadium | Referee: Kevin Friend | Attendance 29,828

Southampton
  • Morgan Schneiderlin (5)
  • Rickie Lambert (57)
  • Jay Rodriguez (72)
  • Sam Gallagher (90+7)
Southampton
4 - 2
Norwich
  • Johan Elmander (85)
  • Robert Snodgrass (86)
Norwich

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Southampton held off a late Norwich City fightback to win 4-2 against Chris Hughton's relegation-threatened side.

The hosts looked set for a straightforward win when they led 3-0 with 15 minutes remaining but Norwich scored twice in a minute to set up a nervy finish.

But Sam Gallagher's first Barclays Premier League goal settled Southampton's nerves, and the result, leaving Norwich winless in seven away matches in the top flight.

Morgan Schneiderlin fired Southampton ahead after just five minutes, with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez netting after the interval to put Mauricio Pochettino's men well in control.

But Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass scored in quick succession to give the visitors hope late on, only to see it dashed by injury-time substitute Gallagher.

After just one home win from their previous eight in the league, Southampton manager Pochettino highlighted the importance of improving their form at St Mary's Stadium and his players responded well by taking an early lead.

Gaston Ramirez found space just inside from the right wing and slipped an inch-perfect pass into the area for Schneiderlin, who coolly slotted past the approaching John Ruddy.

Norwich started to look more settled as the game wore on and created their first chance in the 33rd minute, but Gary Hooper blasted off target after Snodgrass played him into the area.

Southampton began the second half with renewed focus and within five minutes Ruddy was forced into action as he tipped James Ward-Prowse's 20-yard effort around the post.

Pochettino's charges increased their advantage just before the hour mark as Lambert expertly cut inside Joseph Yobo before confidently finding the bottom-right corner.

Then Rodriguez strengthened his chances of a spot in England's squad for the FIFA World Cup by grabbing his 12th league goal of the season, tapping home from close-range in the 72nd minute to seemingly wrap up victory, but Norwich were resurgent in the final five minutes.

First, Elmander pounced on Dejan Lovren's back-pass and prodded under Artur Boruc, before Snodgrass smashed in a rebound following a Ricky van Wolfswinkel effort.

Southampton re-opened a two-goal lead in stoppage time, though, as Gallagher collected Steven Davis' pass to score a personal landmark goal, moving the hosts up to eighth.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We were leading the game 3-0 and had it in control but we suffered a bit at the end.

"In football nothing is finished until the final whistle. We lacked focus at the back and you can't take anything for granted in the Premier League. We were far superior to Norwich throughout the game and we were playing against a very good team."

Norwich City manager Chris Hughton said: "We rallied in the end and made a game of it but we didn't deserve to be in that position as we had conceded poor goals.

"We had periods where we weathered the storm and got into good areas, but it was not consistent enough. They have really good movement and pace and you have to match that, but for too long we were not able to do so.

"At 3-0 down it was tough and it was nothing less than what we deserved, but we dug in and showed character. Our intention was to give a very good Southampton side a decent game and for large parts of the game we were unable to do that."

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Line-up All Fans BFR
31. Artur Boruc 7.17 6.09
2. Nathaniel Clyne 7.8 5.49
23. Luke Shaw 8.67 5.98
5. Dejan Lovren 9.0 6.25
6. Jose Fonte 8.17 5.75
16. James Ward-Prowse 8.6 5.63
8. Steven Davis 8.33 5.34
4. Morgan Schneiderlin 7.5 5.67
10. Gastón Ramírez 9.0 5.34
20. Adam Lallana 8.86 6.76
9. Jay Rodriguez 8.14 6.49
Substitutes All Fans BFR
3. Maya Yoshida 10.0 4.34
22. Calum Chambers 10.0 4.66
25. Paulo Gazzaniga 10.0 4.69
7. Rickie Lambert 8.4 6.81
26. Jos Hooiveld 9.0 3.58
40. Sam Gallagher 8.67 3.77
21. Guly 8.5 4.61
Line-up All Fans BFR
1. John Ruddy 9.0 4.89
23. Martin Olsson 6.0 4.55
3. Steven Whittaker 7.0 4.8
24. Ryan Bennett 5.0 4.1
26. Joseph Yobo 4.0 4.29
27. Alexander Tettey 4.0 4.7
8. Jonny Howson 2.0 4.88
12. Anthony Pilkington 7.0 5.18
4. Bradley Johnson 6.0 4.24
7. Robert Snodgrass 6.0 5.58
11. Gary Hooper 4.0 4.8
Substitutes All Fans BFR
13. Mark Bunn 0.0 2.41
9. Ricky van Wolfswinkel 0.0 5.89
16. Johan Elmander 0.0 4.64
14. Wes Hoolahan 0.0 4.19
2. Russell Martin 0.0 4.28
5. Sebastien Bassong 0.0 4.3
22. Nathan Redmond 0.0 5.02

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