Two minutes from half-time, the two reversed their roles. Adam Lallana sent in a ball from the right, and Lambert headed at the back post for Rodriguez to double the lead.
For their part, Fulham had several corners, and offered little else.
Southampton completely dominated the second half, and though a Rodriguez scissor kick came close, they couldn’t add to the score. In the end, they settled for keeping the ball almost entirely and secured an easy victory.
Pre-match - Key injuries for both sides - Southampton lose Dani Osvaldo and Fulham miss Brede Haangeland. Fulham would suffer the most as their defence was exploited throughout the first half.
20’ - GOAL - Rickie Lambert heads in at the back post after Jay Rodriguez flicks on a corner.
35 - CHANCE - Schneiderlin finds Lambert on the edge of the penalty area. Lambert cuts onto his right and his fierce shot strikes the post.
43’ GOAL - Deja vu as Rodriguez powers in Lambert’s back post header after Lallana’s cross.
45’-90’ - POSSESSION - Southampton have the ball for almost the entire half
18 points - this is Southampton’s best start to the season since the 1983-4 season
3 goals conceded - Southampton’s defensive record is the best in the league.
0 shots - Fulham had no shots at all in the first half.
TALKING POINT - How long can Southampton maintain this form? Southampton have now reached third in the Premier League. The side have been praised for the style of their play, but they will soon deserve credit for the consistency of their performances after nine games.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Adam Lallana (Southampton) - Both Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert scored in the match, but it was Lallana who was at the centre of almost every attacking play, and made sure Southampton kept possession throughout.
Southampton: Boruc 6, Clyne 6, Fonte 7, Lovren 7, Shaw 7; Wanyama 6, Schneiderlin 6, Ward-Prowse 7, Lallana 8, Rodriguez 8, Lambert 7.Subs: Cork 6, Guly 6.
Fulham: Stekelenburg 6, Riether 6, Senderos 5, Amorebieta 6, Richardson 6, Ruiz 5, Sidwell 6, Parker 6, Kasami 5, Berbatov 6, Bent 6. Subs: Kacaniklic 6, Hughes 6, Rodallega 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
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