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Cardiff City 0-3 Southampton

By Nabil HassanBBC Sport
Saints celebrate

Southampton ended a six-game winless run with a comprehensive victory over troubled Cardiff City.

City's fans protested before kick-off against controversial owner Vincent Tan but that same fight and passion was not matched by the Cardiff players - who were easily beaten by the Saints.

Jay Rodriguez slid in at the back post to open the scoring, before his close-range volley doubled their lead.

Lambert made it 3-0 from close range inside 27 minutes to seal victory.

The result sees Southampton remain in ninth while Cardiff slide down to 16th in the Premier League table, a point off the bottom three, as pressure continues to mount on manager Malky Mackay - who was recently asked to quit or be sacked by Tan.

Cardiff fans protest
Cardiff fans protest against the ownership of Vincent Tan pre match

Mackay's departure looked inevitable before Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman released a statement on Sunday that indicated he would remain in charge for the "foreseeable future".

Dalman is trying to repair the fractured relationship between manager and owner but those efforts could be severely tested after an inept first-half performance from the Scot's side.

However, his afternoon could have been a lot different had Peter Whittingham not spurned an early chance for the Bluebirds.

The unmarked striker found space in the Saints box but side-footed Craig Noone's cross high and wide of Paulo Gazzaniga's goal.

He was soon made to pay for that miss with Rodriguez giving Saints the lead after sliding the ball home at David Marshall's back post after a wonderful cross by England colleague Adam Lallana.

Rodriguez soon doubled their lead, again finding himself unmarked at the back post as he volleyed home Lambert's cross to punish yet more slack defending from the hosts.

Lambert then got in on the act, firing home a half-volley from close range following a Rodriguez knock-down to further compound Cardiff's misery.

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To their credit Mackay's side did not give up and Andrew Taylor's shot, which deflected off Jose Fonte, forced Gazzaniga into a sprawling save.

Cardiff introduced Andreas Cornelius at half time and he almost made an immediate impact, heading a corner wide from close range, while at the other end Jack Cork fired a fierce drive from range straight at Marshall.

Rodriguez went in search of his hat-trick and was denied by a wonderful headed clearance under his own post by Cardiff's Kevin Theophile-Catherine.

It was the last real action of a lacklustre second half, but Saints' early efforts ensured the outcome had long been decided.

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"The victory today was fully deserved. We were amazing today, we were excellent.

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"It was important to regain our confidence and not concede a goal. It had been nine games without a clean sheet so today was important for our confidence.

"We controlled the match but we were superior to them. We were precise and my players were very brave.

"The entire team put in an amazing performance today but of course one player will get the credit but the whole team deserves credit.

"There is a long time left until the World Cup so let us enjoy today and take it each game at a time.

"There are many games coming so it was important for our confidence especially after six games with no win. It was important to get that winning feeling back."

Line-ups

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 3TaylorSubstituted forJohnat 61'minutes
  • 18Mutch
  • 4Caulker
  • 6Turner
  • 16NooneBooked at 22mins
  • 17GunnarssonSubstituted forKimat 80'minutes
  • 11OdemwingieSubstituted forCorneliusat 45'minutes
  • 10Campbell
  • 7Whittingham

Substitutes

  • 5Hudson
  • 9Cornelius
  • 13Kim
  • 19Cowie
  • 23Maynard
  • 32Lewis
  • 42John

Southampton

  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 22Chambers
  • 23ShawBooked at 25mins
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 48mins
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forRamírezat 86'minutes
  • 18Cork
  • 7LambertSubstituted forGallagherat 90+3'minutes
  • 8Davis
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 80'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 10Ramírez
  • 13Fox
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 38Reed
  • 40Gallagher
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
27,929

Match Stats

Home TeamCardiffAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home9
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cardiff City 0, Southampton 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cardiff City 0, Southampton 3.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Rickie Lambert.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a corner.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Calum Chambers.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Kévin Théophile-Catherine (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Noone.

  7. Post update

    James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

  9. Post update

    Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

  10. Post update

    Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Jay Rodriguez.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Fraizer Campbell.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ben Turner.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Cardiff City. Kim Bo-Kyung replaces Aron Gunnarsson.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Adam Lallana.

  16. Post update

    Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City).

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

  19. Post update

    Craig Noone (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Cardiff City. David Marshall tries a through ball, but Fraizer Campbell is caught offside.