Southampton 2 - 1 Chelsea

Rafael Benitez saw his hopes of steering Chelsea back into the Champions League suffer a serious blow as Southampton claimed another prize Barclays Premier League scalp.

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Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benitez during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Chelsea peppered the Southampton goal throughout the second half but were unable to find a way past substitute goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, leading to a defeat that drops Rafael Benitez's side to fourth.

Southampton victory thanks to Lambert scorcher

Southampton's Rickie Lambert scores his side's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at St Mary's Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Rickie Lambert celebrated his new Southampton contract in some style today, smashing home an exquisite free-kick to secure all three points from a hard-fought encounter with Chelsea.

Making his 500th career league appearance, the Liverpudlian curled home a spectacular 25-yard free-kick to rack up his 14th league goal of the campaign - more than any other English player in the Premier League.

Southampton's Rickie Lambert (left) celebrates scoring his side's second goal Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Saints had gone ahead through another in-form striker Jay Rodriguez, who collected a neat one-two from Steven Davis before slotting home in the 23rd minute.

John Terry was allowed to level unmarked from a corner 10 minutes later, only for Saints to hit back immediately through Lambert's fine strike.

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