Southampton stayed five points clear at the top of the Championship after winning a thrilling game at Coventry.

Richard Chaplow opened the scoring when he swept home from 12 yards before Adam Lallana added a second from six yards.

Goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz and Clive Platt levelled things for the home side, but Saints were not to be denied.

Guly do Prado headed home to restore the lead before Steve de Ridder added a fourth to make it 11 wins out of 16 league games for the visitors.

The win keeps Nigel Adkins' side five points clear of West Ham at the top of the table and ensured their best start to a season for 90 years.

Chaplow and Morgan Schneiderlin both went close before the deadlock was broken by Chaplow and Lallana had an excellent chance just before he did find the target on 39 minutes.

The visitors dominated proceedings at the Ricoh Arena but Andy Thorn's half-time team talk clearly did the trick as the home side got back on level terms.

Jutkiewicz fired past Kelvin Davis before Platt took advantage of a deflected shot and rolled home.

Parity lasted just seven minutes before Southampton were back in front through Do Prado.

De Ridder made sure of the points with five minutes to go, converting from the middle of the penalty area.

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90:00 +5:15 Full time

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

90:00 +3:50

David Connolly takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron. Steve De Ridder takes a short corner.

90:00 +1:16

Centre by Jordan Willis.

90:00 +0:44

Cyrus Christie takes a shot. Dean Hammond gets a block in.

88:42 Substitution

Substitution David Connolly on for Guly Do Prado.

88:28

A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox.

86:55

Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Blocked by Richard Keogh.

86:05

Lukas Jutkiewicz is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

84:22

Assist on the goal came from Richard Lambert.

84:22 Goal scored

Goal! - Steve De Ridder - Coventry 2 - 4 Southamp'n Steve De Ridder gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Coventry 2-4 Southampton.

84:16

A cross is delivered by Richard Lambert,

83:56

The ball is sent over by Cyrus Christie, blocked by Frazer Richardson.

83:28

The ball is crossed by Frazer Richardson, clearance made by Richard Keogh.

80:21

Frazer Richardson sends in a cross.

79:14 Substitution

Substitution Steve De Ridder is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.

78:33

Effort on goal by Adam Lallana from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

77:13

Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by David Bell results in a free kick. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

76:11

Daniel Fox provided the assist for the goal.

76:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Guly Do Prado - Coventry 2 - 3 Southamp'n Guly Do Prado scores a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Coventry 2-3 Southampton.

76:08

The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox,

76:01

Frazer Richardson delivers the ball, clearance by Jordan Willis.

75:43

Daniel Fox crosses the ball, clearance made by Cyrus Christie.

75:16

Centre by Frazer Richardson, clearance by Cyrus Christie.

74:38

The ball is delivered by Jordan Willis.

74:27

Centre by Gary McSheffrey, clearance by Jose Fonte.

73:23

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan.

73:23 Substitution

Substitution Dean Hammond on for Richard Chaplow.

73:02

Gary McSheffrey produces a cross, save made by Kelvin Davis.

70:39

David Bell crosses the ball, Kelvin Davis makes a comfortable save.

70:22

The ball is delivered by David Bell, Daniel Fox gets a block in.

69:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Clive Platt - Coventry 2 - 2 Southamp'n Clive Platt grabs a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 2-2 Southampton.

68:01

Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

67:29

Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the left by-line, Kelvin Davis makes a comfortable save.

66:34

Unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Jos Hooiveld results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Sammy Clingan, clearance by Richard Lambert.

66:34 Substitution

Substitution Clive Platt on for Cody McDonald.

65:03

A cross is delivered by Richard Lambert, Jos Hooiveld has a header from close in and clears the crossbar.

65:03 Booking

Booking Cyrus Christie booked.

64:33

Foul by Cyrus Christie on Jack Cork, free kick awarded.

63:02 Substitution

Substitution Jordan Willis comes on in place of James McPake.

62:48

The ball is delivered by Richard Keogh.

62:24

The ball is delivered by Adam Lallana, clearance by James McPake.

61:32

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, Header from close range by Jos Hooiveld clears the bar.

61:08

Jose Fonte takes a shot. James McPake gets a block in.

60:30

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox, Cody McDonald makes a clearance.

58:42

Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Richard Keogh. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

58:31

Frazer Richardson delivers the ball, Joe Murphy makes a comfortable save.

58:01

Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Blocked by Nathan Cameron.

56:55

Sammy Clingan has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.

56:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Jose Fonte. Sammy Clingan restarts play with the free kick.

53:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin by Lukas Jutkiewicz. Jose Fonte takes the direct free kick.

51:19

Lukas Jutkiewicz challenges Morgan Schneiderlin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jos Hooiveld takes the direct free kick.

49:12

Guly Do Prado concedes a free kick for a foul on James McPake. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

48:16

Corner taken right-footed by Sammy Clingan, Header by James McPake from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

48:02

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, save by Kelvin Davis.

46:47

Assist on the goal came from Sammy Clingan.

46:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Lukas Jutkiewicz - Coventry 1 - 2 Southamp'n Goal scored by Lukas Jutkiewicz from close in low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 1-2 Southampton.

45:14

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lukas Jutkiewicz by Jos Hooiveld. Sammy Clingan has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Kelvin Davis. Corner taken by Sammy Clingan from the right by-line,

45:01

The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution David Bell is brought on as a substitute for Gary Deegan.

45:00 +1:12 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

44:43

Jos Hooiveld challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Sammy Clingan, save made by Kelvin Davis.

44:07

The ball is delivered by Frazer Richardson, Richard Lambert challenges Richard Keogh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

43:18

Centre by Richard Keogh, blocked by Jos Hooiveld.

42:54

Cody McDonald takes a shot. Blocked by Jos Hooiveld.

42:04

The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Guly Do Prado misses to the right of the target.

38:33

Assist by Guly Do Prado.

38:33 Goal scored

Goal! - Adam Lallana - Coventry 0 - 2 Southamp'n Adam Lallana gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 0-2 Southampton.

37:42

Cyrus Christie sends in a cross, clearance by Jos Hooiveld.

37:32

Centre by Conor Thomas, Jos Hooiveld manages to make a clearance.

34:43

The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox, Adam Lallana takes a shot. Comfortable save by Joe Murphy.

34:35

The ball is swung over by Richard Chaplow.

33:10

The assist for the goal came from Guly Do Prado.

33:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Richard Chaplow - Coventry 0 - 1 Southamp'n Richard Chaplow gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the area low into the middle of the goal. Coventry 0-1 Southampton.

32:37

Lukas Jutkiewicz is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.

31:56

The official flags Guly Do Prado offside. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

31:22

Richard Keogh sends in a cross.

30:35

Close range header by Guly Do Prado goes wide of the left-hand post.

30:23

The ball is delivered by Adam Lallana.

29:19

The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Chaplow. Joe Murphy takes the free kick.

28:28

Lukas Jutkiewicz has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

27:56

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Cameron by Guly Do Prado. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

25:13

Nathan Cameron concedes a free kick for a foul on Guly Do Prado. Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.

24:48

Richard Lambert is caught offside. Free kick taken by Joe Murphy.

24:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lukas Jutkiewicz on Jos Hooiveld. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.

23:38

Foul by Gary McSheffrey on Richard Lambert, free kick awarded. Frazer Richardson takes the free kick.

22:18

Jos Hooiveld challenges Lukas Jutkiewicz unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Sammy Clingan, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

21:43

Centre by Sammy Clingan, Headed effort from inside the area by Lukas Jutkiewicz misses to the right of the target.

19:28

The ball is sent over by Frazer Richardson, James McPake manages to make a clearance.

19:01

The ball is sent over by Richard Chaplow, blocked by Cyrus Christie.

17:44

Gary McSheffrey has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

16:33

Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Richard Keogh results in a free kick. Adam Lallana restarts play with the free kick.

15:50

Corner taken left-footed by Daniel Fox.

15:40

A cross is delivered by Frazer Richardson, clearance made by Conor Thomas.

15:07

The referee blows for offside. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

14:35

Morgan Schneiderlin fouled by Lukas Jutkiewicz, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.

14:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Chaplow. Joe Murphy takes the indirect free kick.

13:55

The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson.

11:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Sammy Clingan takes the direct free kick.

10:39

Lukas Jutkiewicz produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

10:05

Foul by Guly Do Prado on Nathan Cameron, free kick awarded. Nathan Cameron restarts play with the free kick.

9:28

Jack Cork has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.

8:21

Morgan Schneiderlin has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.

7:46

The ball is crossed by Daniel Fox, clearance by Nathan Cameron.

5:53

A cross is delivered by Gary McSheffrey, blocked by Adam Lallana.

5:35

Daniel Fox concedes a free kick for a foul on Lukas Jutkiewicz. Direct free kick taken by Sammy Clingan.

5:13

The ball is sent over by Richard Keogh, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

2:45

Unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado by Gary Deegan results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.

2:26

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

1:18

The ball is delivered by Richard Chaplow.

0:00

The match begins.

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