A Guly Do Prado brace helped leaders Southampton maintain their 100% home record with a superb win over fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough.

The Saints fully deserved their victory after dominating the match but were helped by defensive errors from Boro.

Guly opened the scoring when he headed home unchallenged before he added a second from Rickie Lambert's nod down.

David Connolly ensured the win with a late superb drive to keep Saints top, three points ahead of West Ham.

The result will have been a sobering one for Middlesbrough, who have started the season strongly and would have gone level with Nigel Adkins' side had they won.

But from the off that never looked likely as the hosts made a lively start, with Jose Fonte seeing an effort deflected over the bar.

It came as no surprise when Guly gave the home side the lead on 15 minutes after being allowed plenty of space to head home Danny Butterfield's superb right-wing cross.

More poor defending allowed the Brazilian to double Southampton's advantage soon after when Adam Lallana's left-wing cross to the back post found Lambert in acres of space and the striker's header back across goal gave Guly a simple tap-in.

Guly was denied a first-half hat-trick when his shot came back off the post as Boro failed to look anything like the side that had only conceded three goals in six previous away matches.

However, Scott McDonald had a glorious chance to give them a foothold in the match just before the break but, after he had rounded Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, the striker could only find the side netting.

The second half was a more sedate affair, with Connolly's late strike, into the top corner following Lambert's lay-off, the stand-out moment.

Lambert himself nearly added gloss to the victory but his volley was well saved by Jason Steele, while Nicky Bailey's 25-yard drive was parried by Davis to ensure Saints kept a clean sheet.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 01 Davis
  • 06 Fonte
  • 12 Butterfield
  • 13 Fox
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 08 Cork
  • 10 Guly (Connolly - 55' )
  • 14 Hammond (De Ridder - 82' )
  • 18 Chaplow
  • 20 Lallana (Schneiderlin - 73' )
  • 07 Lambert

Substitutes

  • 21 Bialkowski
  • 16 Martin
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 33 De Ridder
  • 22 Connolly

Middlesbrough

  • 01 Steele
  • 02 Hoyte
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Bates
  • 14 Williams
  • 29 McMahon (Zemmama - 73' )
  • 10 Bailey
  • 17 Robson Booked
  • 18 Arca (Haroun - 63' )
  • 07 McDonald (Nimely - 63' )
  • 09 Emnes

Substitutes

  • 06 McManus
  • 05 Zemmama
  • 38 Haroun
  • 16 Ogbeche
  • 26 Nimely
Ref: East
Att: 26,630

Match Stats

Shots

13 7

On target

7 3

Corners

7 9

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +4:01

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Merouane Zemmama from the left by-line, clearance made by Richard Lambert.

90:00 +3:53

The ball is crossed by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by Jose Fonte.

90:00 +2:23

Daniel Fox decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +2:05

The ball is crossed by Steve De Ridder, clearance by Matthew Bates.

90:00 +1:11

Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

87:46

Foul by Joe Bennett on David Connolly, free kick awarded. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

87:24

Corner taken by Barry Robson from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Jack Cork.

87:06

Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Save made by Kelvin Davis.

86:42

Centre by Justin Hoyte, Daniel Fox gets a block in.

86:26

Unfair challenge on Joe Bennett by David Connolly results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.

85:52

Morgan Schneiderlin decides to take the corner short.

85:39

Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.

84:43

The ball is delivered by Barry Robson.

84:22

Steve De Ridder challenges Marvin Emnes unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Merouane Zemmama.

82:39

Barry Robson takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.

81:57 Substitution

Substitution Dean Hammond goes off and Steve De Ridder comes on.

80:22

Faris Haroun takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.

79:01

Assist on the goal came from Richard Lambert.

79:01 Goal scored

Goal! - David Connolly - Southamp'n 3 - 0 Middlesbro David Connolly grabs a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Southampton 3-0 Middlesbrough.

77:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against David Connolly. Jason Steele takes the indirect free kick.

75:33

The referee blows for offside against Marvin Emnes. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

74:50

Barry Robson fouled by Daniel Fox, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Robson takes the free kick.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Adam Lallana goes off and Morgan Schneiderlin comes on.

72:31 Substitution

Substitution Merouane Zemmama joins the action as a substitute, replacing Tony McMahon.

69:53

Richard Chaplow crosses the ball, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Jason Steele makes a save.

69:25

Corner taken short by Tony McMahon.

69:13

Justin Hoyte sends in a cross, clearance by Jose Fonte.

65:18

The ball is delivered by Tony McMahon, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Alex Nimely goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

64:12

Corner taken right-footed by Tony McMahon.

64:03

A cross is delivered by Alex Nimely, blocked by Jos Hooiveld.

62:06

Free kick taken by Rhys Williams.

62:06 Substitution

Substitution Alex Nimely replaces Scott McDonald.

62:06 Substitution

Substitution Faris Haroun joins the action as a substitute, replacing Julio Arca.

62:06

Foul by Richard Chaplow on Nicky Bailey, free kick awarded.

61:01

Corner from right by-line taken by Barry Robson.

60:51

The ball is delivered by Scott McDonald, blocked by Jos Hooiveld.

58:28

Short corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line.

58:15

Jack Cork takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.

57:26

Unfair challenge on Dean Hammond by Julio Arca results in a free kick. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

56:51

Richard Lambert is caught offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

56:09

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on David Connolly. Danny Butterfield takes the free kick.

54:31

Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

54:31 Substitution

Substitution David Connolly replaces Guly Do Prado.

54:31

Scott McDonald is ruled offside.

54:13

Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. Justin Hoyte takes the free kick.

50:12

Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joe Bennett. Strike on goal comes in from Barry Robson from the free kick, clearance made by Daniel Fox. A cross is delivered by Nicky Bailey, blocked by Daniel Fox. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Tony McMahon.

46:47

Guly Do Prado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Rhys Williams. Julio Arca restarts play with the free kick.

46:31

The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Lambert. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

46:01

Adam Lallana takes a shot. Tony McMahon gets a block in.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:04 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +0:10

Scott McDonald produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

42:15

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Tony McMahon.

42:15 Booking

Booking Barry Robson is cautioned.

41:41

Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Jos Hooiveld results in a free kick.

40:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Hammond on Julio Arca. Julio Arca takes the free kick.

40:30

Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Daniel Fox takes the indirect free kick.

37:44

Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Blocked by Barry Robson. Corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line.

37:38

Centre by Richard Chaplow, Justin Hoyte makes a clearance.

36:54

The referee blows for offside. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.

35:22

Guly Do Prado produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area and strikes the post.

34:35

Guly Do Prado handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Matthew Bates takes the indirect free kick.

34:00

Danny Butterfield produces a cross, Richard Lambert has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

32:48

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nicky Bailey on Richard Chaplow. Jose Fonte takes the indirect free kick.

28:59

Assist by Richard Lambert.

28:59 Goal scored

Goal! - Guly Do Prado - Southamp'n 2 - 0 Middlesbro Guly Do Prado finds the net with a headed goal from close in. Southampton 2-0 Middlesbrough.

24:47

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Robson, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.

24:18

Barry Robson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Richard Lambert manages to make a clearance.

24:09

Marvin Emnes delivers the ball, Dean Hammond makes a clearance.

23:31

Unfair challenge on Scott McDonald by Richard Chaplow results in a free kick. Justin Hoyte takes the free kick.

22:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony McMahon on Adam Lallana. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

21:33

Danny Butterfield delivers the ball, save by Jason Steele.

20:18

Scott McDonald is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

20:00

Centre by Daniel Fox, Tony McMahon gets a block in.

19:23

The ball is sent over by Tony McMahon, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.

17:52

Marvin Emnes delivers the ball, Richard Chaplow manages to make a clearance. Corner taken short by Joe Bennett.

16:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Jack Cork. Julio Arca restarts play with the free kick.

15:57

Handball decision goes against Marvin Emnes. Jose Fonte takes the indirect free kick.

14:43

Danny Butterfield provided the assist for the goal.

14:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Guly Do Prado - Southamp'n 1 - 0 Middlesbro Guly Do Prado finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough.

10:32

Scott McDonald gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dean Hammond. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.

8:26

The offside flag is raised against Richard Lambert. Jason Steele takes the free kick.

6:22

Tony McMahon crosses the ball, clearance by Danny Butterfield.

4:42

A cross is delivered by Adam Lallana, Headed effort from inside the area by Jose Fonte misses to the left of the target.

4:15

Daniel Fox takes the outswinging corner, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Blocked by Justin Hoyte.

4:00

Centre by Adam Lallana, blocked by Tony McMahon.

2:52

Jose Fonte is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.

1:38

Barry Robson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Richard Lambert.

0:24

Barry Robson concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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