Saints stride on with Cov win

Southampton continued their remarkable form in the Championship with a thrilling 4-2 win at struggling Coventry on Saturday.

Last Updated: 05/11/11 at 17:33

Guly do Prado: Star man for Saints

Guly do Prado: Star man for Saints

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Guly do Prado was the star performer in a Jekyll and Hyde display from the table-topping Saints, who threw away a two-goal lead before sealing the points late on at the Ricoh Arena.

The Brazilian midfielder provided carefully-crafted assists for Richard Chaplow and Adam Lallana in the first half before netting his side's third goal after the break.

City had bravely fought back before being undone by two late goals but the defeat leaves them fighting for their lives in the bottom three.

There were early warning signs for Andy Thorn's side as Chaplow burst down the right early on but failed to take advantage of a good position as his cross was easily cleared.

Morgan Schneiderlin then fired in a long-range effort which had Joe Murphy scampering across his goal but it went narrowly wide.

In a rare attack for the hosts, Lukas Jutkiewicz fired a left-footed shot over the bar from 12 yards.

Nigel Adkins' men soon reasserted their authority and Chaplow had another chance to break the deadlock when he latched on to Rickie Lambert's knock-down, but the midfielder's shot found the side-netting.

After Gary McSheffrey skewed a shot wide, the visitors finally finally got their deserved opener on 34 minutes. Guly delivered from the left for the industrious Chaplow to sweep home from 12 yards.

It could, and perhaps should, have been two moments later when Lambert brilliantly controlled and laid it off for Daniel Fox, whose delivery found Lallana but his header was straight at Murphy.

Lallana made amends when he notched his sixth of the season six minutes before the interval. Guly was the architect once more, skipping down the left before looking up to find Lallana in space and he made no mistake from six yards.

It could have been Thorn's half-time team-talk or the visitors' failure to switch on at the start of the second half, but it was game on as City pulled a goal back within two minutes of the restart.

Sammy Clingan raced to the by-line and squared the ball for Jutkiewicz, who rattled in his sixth of the campaign.

The resurgent hosts turned the screw on their high-flying opponents as Clingan tried his luck with a swerving long-range drive which went just wide.

Celtic loanee Jos Hooiveld spurned a chance to alleviate the pressure when he tamely headed over from Lambert's pinpoint set-piece delivery.

And they were made to pay in the 70th minute when a deflected shot fell kindly for Coventry substitute Clive Platt, who took it past Kelvin Davis and rolled in the leveller.

Southampton, however, were not done and they regrouped to take control of the game once more with a third goal in the 77th minute. Fox was the provider this time, whipping in a stunning cross for Guly to guide a header into the bottom corner.

The visitors made sure of their 11th win of the season, and first at the Ricoh Arena, when Steve de Ridder converted from the heart of the penalty area with just five minutes remaining.

Saints' points return after 16 games is the best they have achieved for 90 years and Adkins side are looking every inch promotion candidates.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

More Match Results

Monday, 25 May 2015
15:00
M'boro 0-2 Norwich Report
Saturday, 16 May 2015
12:15
Norwich 3-1 Ipswich Report
Friday, 15 May 2015
19:45
M'boro 3-0 Brentford Report
Saturday, 09 May 2015
12:15
Ipswich 1-1 Norwich Report
Friday, 08 May 2015
19:45
Brentford 1-2 M'boro Report
Saturday, 02 May 2015
12:15
Blackburn 3-2 Ipswich Report
Bolton 0-1 Birm'ham Report
Brentford 3-0 Wigan Report
Charlton 0-3 B'mouth Report
Derby 0-3 Reading Report

Footer 365

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke insists he is not guilty

FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke insists he is not guilty of any corrupt practices and sees no reason to stand down.

Benitez emotional at Real unveiling

Rafael Benitez refused to discuss Real Madrid's apparent interest in Raheem Sterling and David de Gea at his Bernabeu unveiling on Wednesday.

Rafa Benitez says he has 'returned home' after being named Real Madrid coach

Rafa Benitez says he has "returned home" after being installed as the new coach of Real Madrid on a three-year contract.

Mail Box

Does Anybody Care About Russia?

Do any of us really care about the decision to give the 2018 World Cup to Russia? We're not sure anybody does. We have mails on Blatter, Rafa and lots more...

Celebrate Good Times, But Hard Work Starts Now

The Mailbox is joyous over the impending departure of Sepp Blatter, but offers a reminder that problems remain. Plus title winners, CL play-offs and Nigel Adkins...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company