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Saints 4 Norwich 2
Updated 5:12pm Saturday 15th March 2014 in Sport
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- Saints clinch a second successive win, with goals from Schneiderlin, Lambert, Rodriguez and a first in the Premier League for Sam Gallagher ensuring a result that takes the club into eighth position.
An excellent win, bringing to mind the 4-3 win against the same opponents nine years ago. The difference being this win has come at the start of an exciting new era for Saints under Krueger, Liebherr and Pochettino.
4-2! The points are safe. Substitute Sam Gallagher's first Premier League goal was confirmed by goal-line technology after Steve Davis scampered down the right on the counter-attack and provided the cross from which the teenager beat the despairing dive of the last defender.
3-2! Yikes! A poor back pass from Fonte and then another mislaid pass from Guly Do Prado allowed Elmander and Snodgrass to score two in as many minutes
Wonderful 30-yard strike from Rodriguez cannons off the angle of post and crossbar and Lambert was soon denied by Ruddy. England manager Roy Hodgson is at St Mary's today and will have taken note.
3-0! Rodriguez slams in Saints' third from six yards after Guly Do Prado went past two Norwich defenders, having received Lambert's pass, only to be denied from point-blank range by John Ruddy. That would have been some goal but the ricochet bounced in JRod's favour and Saints' top scorer made no mistake
Lambert sidefoots wide with Guly Do Prado also lurking, having come on for Ramirez
Chants of 'You don't know what you're doing' and 'You'll be sacked in the morning' directed at Chris Hughton following triple Norwich substitution; Elmander, v.Wolfswinkel & Redmond replace Hooper, Pilkington & Johnson
2-0. Soon after coming on for Lallana, Lambert slotted in his first goal in six matches after cutting inside Yobo following Ramirez's attempted flick-on.
1-0. Excellent start from Saints but that was a first half of two halves, with the last 20 minutes providing few incidents.
Pilkington booked for handball as he rises to meet Hooper's cross
Pilkington's volley from Snodgrass's free-kick cannoned off Joseph Yobo and rebounded to safety
Davis goes into the book for a foul on Martin Olsson, who received treatment by the corner flag
Gary Hooper drills a right-footer wide, against the net pole. That's as close as Norwich have come to scoring.
Ramirez continues to impress, curling a nonchalant left-footer wide from 20 yards out
Davis shoots wide with his left foot under pressure on the edge of the box
Glorious 30-yard pass from Ramirez to Rodriguez so nearly created another opening.
Davis header wide from Ramirez free-kick on the left corner of the penalty area
1-0 Quality pass from Ramirez after quick one-two and a move that began with Steven Davis ends with Morgan Schneiderlin slotting past John Ruddy for his second goal of the season
Jose Fonte heads Ward-Prowse's corner over the bar
Ralph Krueger taking up place in directors' box for first time since appointment as chairman. Owner Katharina Liebherr also there. #saintsfc— @gordonsimpson 15 March 2014
Face-off for Southampton in 10 minutes under their new owner, former NHL coach Ralph Krueger— @BarriesView 15 March 2014
STAT: Saints have won only one of their last eight home games in the Premier League while Norwich have lost their last five games away from home...
More Saints fans enjoying the pre-match build-up...
This is the start of a new era under chairman Ralph Krueger, who has given an introductory message in today's programme. Ahead of his fifth matchday at St Mary's, he says:
"In the short term, our remit is just to continue to stabilise, and our focus is going to be on putting in place excellent processes that allow us to grow.
"The long-term visions cannot be defined; it's much too early. It would be superfical to start talking about positions or clear monetary or other defined goals. It's about the emotional journey we want to be on long term and we want people to feel this is an organisation that's working to its potential both on and off the pitch.
"I believe that strictly on-pitch success is not true success. True success for the Saints will be when we can say that both on and off the pitch we are working very close to our potential. That's what my vision as chairman is, let's all pull together to make that happen on a day-to-day basis."
Morning Saints :) 3 points today, nothing else. COYR #saintsfc #dontjokewithus— @DejanLovren05 15 March 2014
The atmosphere has been steadily building outside of St Mary's. Here's a few supporters ont heir way in to this afternoon's match...
Sharon Henley was the lucky winner of the Daily Echo competition to win tickets for today's match. Here she is, celebrating her victory outside the stadium.
Two changes for Saints this afternoon, as James Ward-Prowse and Gaston Ramirez come in for Jack Cork and Rickie Lambert. Cork and Victor Wanyama are out injured, while Lambert drops to the bench.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse; Davis, Lallana, Ramirez; Rodriguez.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Do Prado, Gallagher, Lambert.
NORWICH: Ruddy; Whittaker, Yobo, R Bennett, Olsson; Tettey, Johnson, Howson; Snodgrass, Pilkington, Hooper.
Subs: Bunn, Martin, Bassong, van Wolfswinkel, Hoolahan, Elmander, Redmond.
Referee: Kevin Friend.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog covering this afternoon's Premier League contest between Saints and Norwich. Mauricio Pochettino's side have won just one of their last eight league matches here at St Mary's, but they ended a three-game losing spell with last week's 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace. That is a result they will be looking to build on today, although they are set to be without the services of injured duo Jack Cork and Victor Wanyama. Stay with us for team news, build up and match updates.
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