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Headed effort from inside the area by Lee Barnard misses to the left of the target.
Lee Holmes produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.
Lee Barnard takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
Richard Chaplow produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Lee Holmes on for Adam Lallana.
Unfair challenge on Ryan Fraughan by Danny Butterfield results in a free kick. Aaron Cresswell takes the indirect free kick.
The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana, Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Lambert on Nick Wood. Nick Wood takes the free kick.
Foul by Nick Wood on Lee Barnard, free kick awarded. Shot comes in from Richard Lambert from the free kick.
Alec Chamberlain replaces Jason Puncheon.
Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Brilliant save by Peter Gulacsi.
Sammy Morrow is brought on as a substitute for Dale Jennings.
Adam Lallana takes the inswinging corner, Peter Gulacsi fouled by Jose Fonte, the ref awards a free kick. Peter Gulacsi takes the indirect free kick.
Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana, Aaron Cresswell makes a clearance.
Richard Chaplow is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Richard Lambert from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
Richard Chaplow gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Wood. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
Ryan Fraughan replaces Arnaud Mendy.
Lee Barnard replaces Guly Do Prado. Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line to the near post, Paul McLaren manages to make a clearance.
Adam Lallana decides to take a short corner.
Lucas Akins leaves the field to be replaced by Ian Thomas-Moore. Jason Puncheon has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana, save made by Peter Gulacsi.
Short corner worked by Dan Harding.
Adam Lallana fires in a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Southampton 2-0 Tranmere.Assist by Guly Do Prado.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Foul by Guly Do Prado on Peter Gulacsi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
Adam Lallana is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
Centre by Adam Lallana, Aaron Cresswell manages to make a clearance.
Jason Puncheon challenges Enoch Showunmi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Richard Chaplow.
Richard Lambert grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Southampton 1-0 Tranmere.Danny Butterfield provided the assist for the goal.
Effort from outside the box by John Welsh goes wide right of the target.
Dean Hammond sends in a cross, clearance made by Nick Wood.
Aaron Cresswell takes a corner.
Lucas Akins has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the goal.
Arnaud Mendy concedes a free kick for a foul on Jose Fonte. Danny Butterfield takes the free kick.
Corner taken by Jason Puncheon, Jose Fonte gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Enoch Showunmi. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken by Jason Puncheon.
Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Puncheon.
Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save made by Peter Gulacsi.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell, Header by Nick Wood from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Nick Wood misses to the left of the goal.
Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the left by-line played to the near post, Richard Chaplow makes a clearance.
Dan Harding challenges Lucas Akins unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from right channel, Richard Chaplow makes a clearance.
Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Comfortable save by Peter Gulacsi.
Effort on goal by Dale Jennings from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.
Dale Jennings produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Shot by Jason Puncheon from just outside the area goes over the net.
Lucas Akins takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.
Outswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana, save made by Peter Gulacsi.
Foul by Lucas Akins on Dan Harding, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.
Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Peter Gulacsi makes a comfortable save.
The ball is delivered by Adam Lallana, clearance by Maximo Blanchard.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Arnaud Mendy on Dan Harding. Dan Harding takes the free kick.
Aaron Cresswell challenges Jason Puncheon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Jason Puncheon.
Danny Butterfield sends in a cross.
Jason Puncheon gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on John Welsh. Indirect free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.
Guly Do Prado delivers the ball, Header on goal by Richard Lambert from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Adam Lallana crosses the ball, Nick Wood manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken by Adam Lallana, Arnaud Mendy makes a clearance.
The referee gets the game started.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
The match restarts for the second half.
The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
Duo out for Saints
Southampton will be without Lee Barnard and Morgan Schneiderlin when they host Tranmere.
Striker Barnard is sidelined with a hand injury suffered in an off-field incident and midfielder Schneiderlin is on international duty with the France Under-21 squad.
David Connolly is not expected to return from a stomach injury in time so Rickie Lambert is the only available senior striker.
Lambert may therefore play up front on his own, or midfielders Adam Lallana or Jason Puncheon could be pushed further forward to join him.
Schneiderlin's absence means a first start for Richard Chaplow, who recently arrived at St Mary's on loan from Preston.
Midfielder Paul Wotton (back) and full-back Frazer Richardson (shoulder) are still on the sidelines.
Tranmere striker Ian Thomas-Moore could return to action when his injury-hit side make the trip south.
Thomas-Moore has missed the last two games with a thigh injury picked up late in the game at Colchester but he returned to training on Thursday.
Veteran defender Ian Goodison is unavailable while he serves a one-match ban for collecting five yellow cards, so Nick Wood will come into the side for his fifth start of the season.
However, boss Les Parry could again be without the likes of Gunnar Nielsen, Marlon Broomes, Ash Taylor, Liam Darville and Alan Mahon, who are all nursing injuries.
Parry - whose side currently lie in the relegation zone - said: "The only player who has a chance of coming back into the squad is Ian."
Saints stroll past Rovers
Rickie Lambert scored his fifth goal of the season as Southampton made easy work of Tranmere at St Mary's, clinching a 2-0 victory.
Adam Lallana added Southampton's second and there might have been several more as Tranmere wilted after a promising start.
Rovers held out for 43 minutes, that was until Danny Butterfield crossed from the right and Lambert headed in from six yards.
Southampton added a second in the 57th minute when Brazilian midfielder Guly Do Prado set up an easy chance for Lallana to score with a left-footed shot.
Lambert was denied another late on by a superb save from Peter Gulasci while Richard Chaplow shot wide when clean through.
Lambert also hit the bar in the first half as Tranmere struggled to make any impression.
The visitors failed to muster a single shot on target apart from an effort by Lucas Akins in the 18th minute, his shot held by Kelvin Davis.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins took off Guly, who received a standing ovation for his contribution, and sent on Lee Barnard who should have scored at the end but shot straight at Gulasci when played clear by Dan Harding.
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