Saints comeback seals win

Southampton came from behind to beat Besiktas as they concluded their trip to Austria with a 3-1 friendly victory.

Last Updated: 27/07/13 at 21:48 Post Comment

Rickie Lambert: On target for Southampton in friendly win over Besiktas

Rickie Lambert: On target for Southampton in friendly win over Besiktas

The first half was goalless before the match exploded into life after the interval, with Muhammed Demirci breaking the deadlock for the Turkish club with a spectacular long-range strike into the top corner.

Stung into action, Saints drew level as Rickie Lambert controlled a Jack Cork free-kick with his chest and was given time to bring the ball down and drive his shot home.

Emmanuel Mayuka put Southampton ahead with a dipping left-foot volley from the edge of the box which beat the keeper at his near post.

Lloyd Isgrove then sealed an impressive win just before the final whistle as he supplied the finishing touch to a Luke Shaw pass from six yards.

Southampton will now head home for a few days before taking on Celta Vigo in Spain next weekend.

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lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

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