Adam Lallana's brace gave Championship leaders Southampton a comfortable victory over Barnsley at St Mary's.
The Saints took the lead when Lallana was quickest to react to a Rickie Lambert knockdown, drilling home from 18 yards out.
His second came after good work from Tadanari Lee, who pulled the ball back for Lallana to tap in.
Danny Rose had Barnsley's best chance of the game, but his header came back off the crossbar.
Following their midweek draw against Ipswich, Nigel Adkins's men went three points clear at the top of the table.
Lallana could have had a hat-trick, but for Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele who kept him out with a wonderful save.
Lambert, the division's top scorer with 21 goals this season, missed an opportunity to add to his tally, striking straight at Steele when in a good position.
But the home supporters would have been pleased to see Lallana hit a clean shot for the first goal.
And he was in the right place to double their advantage after Lee's impressive ball control.
Rose could have pulled a goal back but could only direct his header onto the bar as Keith Hill's team were condemned to their fifth straight away defeat.
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Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.90:00 +2:51
Corner taken by Chris Dagnall, clearance by Jack Cork.90:00 +2:15
Handball decision goes against Frank Nouble. Strike comes in from Morgan Schneiderlin from the free kick, comfortable save by Luke Steele.88:12
Jack Cork gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Dagnall. Strike on goal comes in from Craig Davies from the free kick.86:54
Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Danny Rose. Free kick taken by Stephen Foster.85:30
The assistant referee signals for offside against Billy Sharp. Jimmy McNulty restarts play with the free kick.84:07
Frank Nouble produces a right-footed effort from long distance that goes harmlessly over the bar.83:46
Jack Cork challenges Danny Rose unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jay McEveley restarts play with the free kick.82:45
Jos Hooiveld takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.82:00
Nathan Doyle challenges Guly Do Prado unfairly and gives away a free kick. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the direct free kick.81:49
Jay McEveley challenges David Connolly unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by David Connolly.79:55 Substitution
Substitution Billy Sharp is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.79:41
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jack Cork goes wide right of the goal.78:06
Daniel Fox takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Frank Nouble makes a clearance.77:06
Luke Steele restarts play with the free kick.77:06 Substitution
Substitution Chris Dagnall is brought on as a substitute for Matty Done.77:06
Free kick awarded for a foul by Adam Lallana on Stephen Foster.74:10
Corner taken by Daniel Fox, clearance made by Jay McEveley.73:49
Frazer Richardson sends in a cross, David Connolly takes a shot. Luke Steele makes a save.72:01
Foul by Jose Fonte on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. Centre by Matty Done, Danny Rose takes a shot.
Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.69:30 Booking
Booking Stephen Foster is cautioned.69:17
Foul by Stephen Foster on Guly Do Prado, free kick awarded.68:35
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Matty Done, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.67:59
Corner taken by Adam Lallana, Luke Steele makes a save.67:13
Inswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the right by-line, clearance made by Craig Davies.64:23 Substitution
Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with David Connolly coming on for Tadanari Lee.64:12
Daniel Fox produces a cross.63:57
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save made by Luke Steele.60:23 Substitution
Substitution Richard Lambert leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Cork.58:56
Stephen Foster concedes a free kick for a foul on Adam Lallana. Richard Lambert produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.57:15 Substitution
Substitution Danny Rose replaces David Cotterill.56:56 Substitution
Substitution Stephen Dawson goes off and Paul Digby comes on.55:37
Free kick awarded for a foul by Guly Do Prado on Stephen Dawson. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.53:39
Assist by Tadanari Lee.53:39 Goal scored
Goal! - Adam Lallana - Southamp'n 2 - 0 Barnsley A goal is scored by Adam Lallana from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Southampton 2-0 Barnsley.51:58
Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.50:24
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Adam Lallana.46:15
Guly Do Prado fouled by David Cotterill, the ref awards a free kick. Kelvin Davis takes the direct free kick.45:01
The second half has started.45:00 +1:07 Half time
Half Time The first half comes to an end.45:00 +0:29
Adam Lallana has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.41:02
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Davies by Adam Lallana. Direct free kick taken by Nathan Doyle.38:58
The ball is sent over by Scott Wiseman.38:39
The referee penalises Frazer Richardson for handball. Jay McEveley restarts play with the free kick.37:31
The offside flag is raised against Tadanari Lee. Free kick taken by Luke Steele.35:22
Richard Lambert provided the assist for the goal.35:22 Goal scored
Goal! - Adam Lallana - Southamp'n 1 - 0 Barnsley Adam Lallana finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Barnsley.34:30
Adam Lallana takes the inswinging corner, Stephen Foster manages to make a clearance.34:10
Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, clearance by Scott Wiseman.33:31
Scott Wiseman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Lambert. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.33:03
David Cotterill produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide right of the goal.27:50
Jay McEveley challenges Richard Lambert unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Daniel Fox, Header from deep inside the area by Jose Fonte goes harmlessly over the crossbar.25:10
Adam Lallana fouled by Scott Wiseman, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Dean Hammond.24:48
Inswinging corner taken by David Cotterill from the left by-line played to the near post, Guly Do Prado makes a clearance.18:34
David Cotterill takes the outswinging corner, Stephen Foster takes a shot.18:19
Free kick awarded for a foul by Dean Hammond on David Cotterill. Free kick taken by David Cotterill.15:44
Headed effort from close range by Tadanari Lee goes wide left of the target.12:08
The ball is swung over by Tadanari Lee.10:43
The offside flag is raised against Tadanari Lee. Free kick taken by Jimmy McNulty.9:22
Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Luke Steele.5:19
David Cotterill takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Guly Do Prado.0:00
The referee gets the game underway.
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