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Centre by Liam Ridgewell.
Shot from close in by Jean Beausejour misses to the left of the goal.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Morgan Schneiderlin goes wide left of the goal.
David Connolly fouled by Curtis Davies, the ref awards a free kick. David Connolly takes the free kick.
The offside flag is raised against Richard Lambert. Steven Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell produces a cross.
Foul by Steve De Ridder on Chris Burke, free kick awarded. Wade Elliott takes the direct free kick.
Chris Wood takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steve De Ridder by Stephen Carr. Direct free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
Steve De Ridder challenges Stephen Carr unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Chris Wood. Steve De Ridder comes on in place of Adam Lallana. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Foul by Richard Lambert on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Connolly by Stephen Carr. Stephen Carr booked. Morgan Schneiderlin is brought on as a substitute for Jack Cork. Daniel Fox takes the free kick.
Steven Caldwell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Connolly. Daniel Fox crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Wade Elliott.
Richard Chaplow scores a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 4-1 Birmingham.Assist by Adam Lallana.
Wade Elliott on for Jonathan Spector. Adam Rooney replaces Marlon King.
Adam Lallana takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Steven Caldwell.
Guly Do Prado takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net. Richard Chaplow on for Guly Do Prado.
Inswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour from the right by-line, Liam Ridgewell has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Dean Hammond concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonathan Spector. Steven Caldwell takes the free kick.
Marlon King takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.
Jonathan Spector challenges Guly Do Prado unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Fox crosses the ball in from the free kick.
Frazer Richardson fouled by Jean Beausejour, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Daniel Fox.
Centre by Chris Burke, brilliant save by Kelvin Davis.
Adam Lallana takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
Jack Cork fouled by Morgaro Gomis, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Stephen Carr produces a drilled right-footed shot from outside the area and strikes the post. Shot from deep inside the area by Marlon King goes over the bar.
Outswinging corner taken by Jean Beausejour, clearance by Jose Fonte.
Curtis Davies fouled by Guly Do Prado, the ref awards a free kick. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
Foul by Curtis Davies on David Connolly, free kick awarded. Richard Lambert takes the direct free kick.
Guly Do Prado concedes a free kick for a foul on Jean Beausejour. Centre by Jean Beausejour, Header on goal by Curtis Davies from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Guly Do Prado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Boaz Myhill takes the direct free kick.
Jos Hooiveld challenges Chris Burke unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick scored by Chris Wood. Southampton 3-1 Birmingham.
David Connolly is caught offside. Boaz Myhill takes the indirect free kick.
Frazer Richardson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Chris Wood has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, brilliant save by Kelvin Davis.
The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Free kick taken by Jos Hooiveld.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jean Beausejour by David Connolly. Jean Beausejour restarts play with the free kick.
Jean Beausejour takes the inswinging corner, Frazer Richardson makes a clearance.
Adam Lallana gets on the score sheet with a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Southampton 3-0 Birmingham.Assist by Frazer Richardson.
Frazer Richardson sends in a cross, clearance by Steven Caldwell.
Marlon King is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Guly Do Prado for handball. Free kick taken by Steven Caldwell.
The referee penalises David Connolly for handball. Steven Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
Dean Hammond has an effort at goal from long range that misses to the right of the goal.
Guly Do Prado finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Southampton 2-0 Birmingham.The assist for the goal came from Frazer Richardson.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Header by Richard Lambert from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
David Connolly fouled by Liam Ridgewell, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Fox fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
Jonathan Spector concedes a free kick for a foul on Dean Hammond. Jonathan Spector receives a caution for unsporting behaviour. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Daniel Fox, Foul by Steven Caldwell on Richard Lambert, Penalty awarded. Steven Caldwell is cautioned. Penalty taken right-footed by Richard Lambert and scored. Southampton 1-0 Birmingham.
The referee blows for offside against Marlon King. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Wood. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Chris Wood, save by Kelvin Davis.
Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by David Connolly results in a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.
The ball is swung over by Frazer Richardson.
Jonathan Spector has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
Chris Wood is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Defensive duo face wait for Saints
Southampton will check on defenders Frazer Richardson and Dan Harding for the visit of Birmingham.
Richardson should return after missing last weekend's 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest with a calf strain.
Jack Cork filled in at right-back in Richardson's absence and will revert to his preferred midfield role, meaning Morgan Schneiderlin drops to the bench.
Harding was also sidelined last week after jarring his knee in training, and if passed fit he will challenge recent signing Danny Fox for the left-back spot.
Midfielders Richard Chaplow (tendinitis) and Steve de Ridder (foot) returned as substitutes against Forest and should be involved again.
Centre-half Dan Seaborne is out of hospital but still recovering from injuries sustained in an assault outside a nightclub.
Chris Hughton must decide whether Nikola Zigic is ready to play any part for Birmingham.
The striker, who is yet to feature this season, has returned to full training following his groin injury but has no match practice under his belt, meaning manager Hughton must decide whether to name him in his matchday 16 or first get the Serbian involvement in a behind-closed-doors friendly.
Midfielder Morgaro Gomis will be assessed ahead of the trip to St Mary`s having missed Thursday`s 3-1 defeat to SC Braga with a groin injury sustained in last Sunday`s 3-0 victory over Millwall.
Including Gomis` absence, Hughton made a total of six changes against the Portuguese side from the XI who saw off the Lions and the likes of Steven Caldwell, Chris Burke, Jean Beausejour, Curtis Davies and Chris Wood - all rested to the bench - will look to come back in.
Wood`s hat-trick against Millwall means he is almost certain to start in attack against Saints, with the other strike role to be competed between Adam Rooney and Marlon King, who found the net on his full debut against Braga.
Keith Fahey (groin) remains a couple of weeks away while fellow midfielder Jordon Mutch (ankle) is a long-term absentee.
Saints march to top of the table
Southampton swept to the top of the npower Championship as manager Nigel Adkins celebrated a year in charge in style with a 4-1 win against Birmingham.
A club-record 13th consecutive home win, courtesy of goals from Rickie Lambert, Guly do Prado, Adam Lallana and Richard Chaplow, made it Saints' best start to a season in 103 years.
Chris Wood pulled one back for City but Chris Hughton's side never really looked like breaking their away duck.
These are heady days down at Southampton, who were lying 22nd in League One when Adkins replaced Alan Pardew 12 months ago this week.
With 38 wins from 54 matches in charge the former Scunthorpe boss has turned them into serious contenders for back-to-back promotions and a return to the top flight.
For Blues, however, their Europa League exertions may already be taking their toll.
They have taken just one point from matches following a European outing so far this season, although Hughton was able to make six changes from the side beaten by Braga on Thursday.
Birmingham actually made a bright start in the pouring rain and Wood should have put them ahead within a minute but prodded Jean Beausejour's cross wide.
Moments later Wood's deflected free-kick forced a fine save from Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis.
But Saints were gifted the lead after 10 minutes when Steven Caldwell leant on Lambert in the area and referee Dean Whitestone pointed to the spot.
Lambert, who like Wood hit a hat-trick last weekend, crashed the penalty in off the post for his eighth goal of the season.
They doubled their lead 10 minutes later with a slick move, putting full-back Frazer Richardson through down the right to cross for Brazilian forward Guly to sweep the ball first time past Boaz Myhill.
The third goal, in the 34th minute, was almost a carbon copy with Richardson allowed to reach the by-line before cutting the ball back for Lallana to tuck away.
Wood forced another sharp save from Davis with a free-kick before the break, and the New Zealander made it third time lucky at the start of the second half with a fierce effort from the edge of the area.
Stephen Carr then drove against a post and Davis denied Marlon King as Birmingham briefly threatened an unlikely comeback.
But in the 78th minute Lallana fed substitute Chaplow to tuck away the fourth and keep Adkins' Saints marching on.
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