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Corner taken right-footed by Merouane Zemmama, Richard Lambert makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Merouane Zemmama, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
Daniel Fox decides to take the corner short.
The ball is sent over by Steve De Ridder, clearance by Matthew Bates.
Morgan Schneiderlin takes a shot. Save by Jason Steele.
Joe Bennett concedes a free kick for a foul on David Connolly. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Barry Robson played to the near post, clearance by Jack Cork.
Nicky Bailey takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
The ball is crossed by Justin Hoyte, blocked by Daniel Fox.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Connolly on Joe Bennett. Indirect free kick taken by Nicky Bailey.
Short corner taken by Morgan Schneiderlin from the left by-line.
Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
The ball is sent over by Barry Robson.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steve De Ridder on Marvin Emnes. Merouane Zemmama takes the free kick.
Barry Robson takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
Dean Hammond leaves the field to be replaced by Steve De Ridder.
Faris Haroun takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.
David Connolly fires in a goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Southampton 3-0 Middlesbrough.Assist by Richard Lambert.
David Connolly is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Marvin Emnes. Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
Unfair challenge on Barry Robson by Daniel Fox results in a free kick. Barry Robson restarts play with the free kick.
Merouane Zemmama is brought on as a substitute for Tony McMahon. Morgan Schneiderlin is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.
Centre by Richard Chaplow, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
Short corner worked by Tony McMahon.
Justin Hoyte sends in a cross, clearance made by Jose Fonte.
A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, Header on goal by Alex Nimely from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Inswinging corner taken by Tony McMahon from the left by-line.
A cross is delivered by Alex Nimely, Jos Hooiveld gets a block in.
Unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Richard Chaplow results in a free kick. Faris Haroun joins the action as a substitute, replacing Julio Arca. (Middlesbrough) makes a substitution, with Alex Nimely coming on for Scott McDonald. Rhys Williams takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Barry Robson.
Scott McDonald crosses the ball, blocked by Jos Hooiveld.
Short corner taken by Daniel Fox.
Jack Cork takes a shot. Save made by Jason Steele.
Foul by Julio Arca on Dean Hammond, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Richard Lambert. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Foul by Nicky Bailey on David Connolly, free kick awarded. Danny Butterfield takes the free kick.
Scott McDonald is caught offside. David Connolly is brought on as a substitute for Guly Do Prado. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.
Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marvin Emnes. Justin Hoyte takes the free kick.
Richard Chaplow challenges Joe Bennett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Barry Robson fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, clearance made by Daniel Fox. Nicky Bailey sends in a cross, blocked by Daniel Fox. Tony McMahon takes a inswinging corner.
Foul by Guly Do Prado on Rhys Williams, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Julio Arca.
The official flags Richard Lambert offside. Jason Steele restarts play with the free kick.
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Tony McMahon gets a block in.
Close range effort by Scott McDonald goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Jos Hooiveld concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott McDonald. Barry Robson goes into the book. Strike comes in from Tony McMahon from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Julio Arca by Dean Hammond results in a free kick. Julio Arca restarts play with the free kick.
Tony McMahon concedes a free kick for a foul on Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Daniel Fox.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Daniel Fox, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Barry Robson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Daniel Fox.
The ball is sent over by Richard Chaplow, clearance made by Justin Hoyte.
The official flags Scott McDonald offside. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.
Guly Do Prado has an effort at goal from inside the penalty box hitting the post.
Guly Do Prado is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Matthew Bates takes the free kick.
Danny Butterfield crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Richard Lambert misses to the left of the goal.
Nicky Bailey gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Richard Chaplow. Jose Fonte takes the indirect free kick.
Guly Do Prado grabs a headed goal from close range. Southampton 2-0 Middlesbrough.Assist on the goal came from Richard Lambert.
Corner taken by Barry Robson, Jos Hooiveld makes a clearance.
Inswinging corner taken by Barry Robson from the left by-line played to the near post, Richard Lambert manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Marvin Emnes, Dean Hammond manages to make a clearance.
Scott McDonald fouled by Richard Chaplow, the ref awards a free kick. Justin Hoyte restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Tony McMahon results in a free kick. Daniel Fox restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Danny Butterfield, save made by Jason Steele.
The referee blows for offside against Scott McDonald. Kelvin Davis takes the indirect free kick.
Daniel Fox delivers the ball, blocked by Tony McMahon.
A cross is delivered by Tony McMahon, clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.
Marvin Emnes sends in a cross, Richard Chaplow makes a clearance. Joe Bennett takes a short corner.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Bailey by Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Julio Arca.
Marvin Emnes is penalised for a handball. Indirect free kick taken by Jose Fonte.
Guly Do Prado finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Southampton 1-0 Middlesbrough.Danny Butterfield provided the assist for the goal.
Scott McDonald challenges Dean Hammond unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jos Hooiveld takes the indirect free kick.
Richard Lambert is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Tony McMahon crosses the ball, Danny Butterfield manages to make a clearance.
Adam Lallana crosses the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jose Fonte misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken by Daniel Fox from the left by-line, Jose Fonte takes a shot. Blocked by Justin Hoyte.
The ball is sent over by Adam Lallana, blocked by Tony McMahon.
The offside flag is raised against Jose Fonte. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Steele.
Barry Robson challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick. Richard Lambert takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Barry Robson. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.
Lallana boost for Saints
Adam Lallana could be back in the Southampton squad for the visit of Middlesbrough.
Saints' star midfielder has missed the last four matches with a foot injury but has been training this week and boss Nigel Adkins says he is close to returning.
Skipper Dean Hammond is available after a one-match ban kept him out of Tuesday night's 2-0 Carling Cup defeat at Crystal Palace and defender Jose Fonte should return after a slight hamstring problem.
Adkins made 10 changes to his line-up in midweek and will recall his big-hitters against third-placed Boro.
Goalkeeper Kelvin Davies, defenders Frazer Richardson, Jos Hooiveld and Danny Fox, midfielder Guly do Prado and striker Rickie Lambert are all expected to be recalled.
Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray is expected to bring midfielder Barry Robson back into his starting line-up.
Scotland international Robson missed last Saturday's 2-0 win over Derby due to a one-game ban.
Mowbray could hand Matthew Bates a late fitness test as the central defender struggles to overcome a foot injury.
Fellow centre-half Rhys Williams recovered from a groin strain to play the full 90 minutes against Derby and is expected to continue.
Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme remains doubtful with a hand injury, so Jason Steele is on stand-by again, and both Kevin Thomson (hamstring) and Jonathan Franks (shoulder) remain sidelined.
Boro bounced back from their first league defeat of the campaign at Nottingham Forest with victory over Derby and could go level on points with leaders Southampton if they can become the first side to win at the St Mary's Stadium this season.
Guly seals it for Saints
Guly Do Prado bagged a brace to help npower Championship leaders Southampton maintain their 100% home record with a magnificent 3-0 win against fellow high-flyers Middlesbrough.
The Saints were indebted to errors from Boro's backline for their first two goals, but they were worthy of all three points after dominating from start to finish.
After Jose Fonte had gone close, Guly opened the scoring when he was allowed a free header from Danny Butterfield's cross.
Boro had not learned their lesson, though, as Rickie Lambert peeled off his marker to head back across goal before Guly tapped in.
Substitute David Connolly then ensured the win in the 80th minute by striking high into the net after good work from Lambert.
It was a sobering afternoon for the visitors and they are now six points behind Southampton following their first ever loss at St Mary's.
Boro could have moved level on points with the league leaders with a win but it was the hosts who made a lively start, and a drive from Jose Fonte was deflected over the bar.
They continued to dominate proceedings and it came as no surprise when Guly gave them the lead after 15 minutes with a powerful header from Butterfield's superb right-wing cross.
The visitors had only conceded three goals in six away matches before facing the Saints, but they only had themselves to blame after allowing Guly a free header.
And more poor defending allowed the midfielder to double his and Southampton's tally in the 29th minute.
Adam Lallana's left-wing cross to the back post found Lambert in acres of space and the striker's header back across goal gave Guly a simple tap-in.
It was all one-way traffic and Lambert nearly got in on the act but he narrowly headed wide from Butterfield's centre, while Guly was denied a first-half hat-trick when his shot came back off the post after he had latched on to Lallana's delightful through ball.
Despite being firmly on the back foot, Scott McDonald had a golden opportunity to halve the deficit just before the interval but, after he had rounded Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, the striker could only find the side netting.
That failed to inspire Mowbray's men as Southampton continued to control the tempo in the second half and Jack Cork's 25-yard effort forced a fine save from Boro goalkeeper Jason Steele.
The game settled into a lull thereafter, with neither side forcing the initiative.
That was until Connolly, who had replaced Guly in the 55th minute, made sure of the victory 10 minutes from time when he fired into the top corner following Lambert's lay-off.
Lambert himself nearly added gloss to the victory but his fiery volley was well saved by Steele, while Nicky Bailey's 25-yard drive was parried by Davis to ensure Saints kept a clean sheet.
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