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Southampton's best start to the season for 30 years

Southampton's Rickie Lambert (left) scores the opening goal against Fulham Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire

First-half headers from Jay Rodriguez and Rickie Lambert proved the difference at St Mary's where Fulham were fortunate to escape on the end of just a 2-0 defeat.

The three points propelled Saints to third in the Barclays Premier League and made this a better start than they managed when finishing runners-up in 1983/84.

When asked if a similar finish was possible, Pochettino said "I don't know" in English and with a smile but believes there are no barriers stopping his side.

"I want to congratulate my players because they put in an extraordinary performance today," the former Argentina defender said.

While unlikely to match the second-place finish of 19 years ago, there is growing talk that European qualification is a possibility.

Saints boasted 67 per cent of possession in this evening's clash and completed 549 passes in contrast to Fulham's 234 - not that Pochettino is bothered.

Pochettino praises Southampton as they win again

Southampton manger Mauricio Pochettino during the Barclays Premier League match at St Marys, Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

"I'm very happy for Adam," he said of Lallana, who was called up for England's World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in September 2012 but did not play.

Southampton's Adam Lallana (centre) celebrates with his team mates after scoring the opening goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wore

"He's a great bloke and a great professional and he's very passionate about this club, about Southampton, so I'm happy for him.

Southampton's Jay Rodriguez (right) is congratulated by Southampton's Danny Fox (left) after scoring his sides second goal of the game Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

Pochettino also heaped praise on goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who pulled off a string of fine saves as Southampton recorded a fifth clean sheet of the season.

Swansea's Angel Rangel (left) and Southampton's Steven Davis battle for the ball Credit: Clive Gee/PA Wire

"He was incredible," Southampton boss Pochettino said of the Poland international. "He did ever so well, but it just shows we have full trust in his performances and his skill, and also in our other keepers.

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Three wins in a row for Southampton

Having risen up the leagues to lead the line for his country, Lambert's heroics for the Three Lions have captured the nation's heart.

The 31-year-old has not yet managed to produce the same form for Saints, who are flying high after claiming three wins on the trot. The latest came against Swansea on Sunday, with captain Lallana opening the scoring in a hard-fought, and somewhat fortuitous, 2-0 win at St Mary's.

It was the latest of several impressive performances from the Saints skipper, who manager Pochettino believes could well be next in line to represent England.

Saints go fourth in Premier League

Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring his side's second goal with team mates Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Pochettino spoke before the season about challenging for Champions League qualification in the next couple of years and he believes that the start to the season can be maintained.

Southampton's Adam Lallana and Crystal Palace's Dean Moxey Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

"We are not setting ourselves any limits," he said.

"We just have to keep on believing and the players believe fully in how we want them to play. We are now going to have to work harder because teams know more about us and will respect us a little more now."

With Osvaldo and Lambert netting their first goals since being partnered in attack and his defence again proving impenetrable Pochettino hailed the perfect day for his side.

Southampton's Dani Osvaldo and Crystal Palace's Joel Ward battle it out at St Mary's Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

"I think it is complete happiness for every manager is what happened today, a clean sheet and your two strikers getting on the scoresheet," he said.

"In the second half we were much better than the first half and over the 90 minutes we were the better team.

Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring his side's second goal with manager Mauricio Pochettino Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

"We struggled a bit in the first half to understand the set-up of the game but after the break we corrected certain things and that allowed us to play much better in the second half."

The result leaves Palace with three points from their first six games since returning to the top flight. Full coverage of today's fixtures on the ITV Sport website here

Southampton ease past Crystal Palace

Two goals early in the second half from Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert secured the three points for Saints, who moved in to the top four of the Barclays Premier League with the win.

After a first half of very few opportunities it was Osvaldo who grabbed his first goal for the club moments after the restart with a Lambert free-kick two minutes later proving enough to kill off Palace.

Saints thwarted in Norfolk

Norwich City's Ricky van Wolfswinkel (left) and Southampton's Victor Wanyama battle for the ball Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Norwich City's Michael Turner (right) and Southampton's Pablo Osvaldo Credit: Chris Radburn/PA wire
Norwich City's Leroy Fer (back) and Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

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Southampton unlucky in first defeat of the season

Southampton were pushing at the other end but were being too easily caught out down the flanks when the ball came back their way.

It was a vulnerability exposed by Norwich in the 68th minute, when Redmond cut inside and lashed home low from the edge of the box, out of Boruc's reach.

The goal led Pochettino to ring the changes, with substitute Jay Rodriguez causing the City backline problems before fellow replacement Steven Davis lashed over.

There was to be no comeback, though, as Norwich stuck to their task to secure victory - with Redmond again going close and Webb waving away another penalty appeal as Snodgrass went down under pressure from Jose Fonte in stoppage time.

Saints deprived of clear penalty

Southampton captain Lallana also saw a volley smash against the post and record signing Dani Osvaldo had a close-range effort saved by John Ruddy - missed opportunities the visitors were made to pay for.

Despite Robert Snodgrass being refused a stoppage-time penalty, Redmond's solo effort proved enough to secure Norwich a first league win of the season, ending the visitors' unbeaten start to the campaign.

Ward-Prowse's floated free-kick was only cleared as far as Lallana and the Southampton captain's venomous left-footed volley struck the post.

Mauricio Pochettino's side returned for the second half strongly and Ruddy had to be at his best to deny Osvaldo.

Saints lose to the Canaries

In a frenetic, end-to-end clash at a sold-out Carrow Road, the hosts' 19-year-old winger proved the difference as he capped a fine performance with the winner.

Redmond's pace often had Southampton on the back foot and saw him score the decisive goal in the second half, cutting in from the left to unleash a fierce drive from the edge of the box.

The match could have ended quite differently had it not been for the earlier contentious call from referee Howard Webb.

Bradley Johnson clearly handled an Adam Lallana strike in front of Webb, but the referee waved away those claims.

Lambert is the winning ingredient - again!

Southampton's Rickie Lambert celebrates scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Lambert converted from the spot in the 90th minute of the Barclays Premier League opening-day clash, three days on from heading the winner for England in their 3-2 triumph over Scotland with his first touch in international football.

At the age of 31, the former Bristol Rovers, Rochdale, Stockport and Macclesfield player is the man of the moment, and Pochettino could not be more delighted for him.

One for his club, one for his country - a great week for Rickie Lambert Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Southampton deserved their three points having been the better side for much of the contest.

They had the ball in the net in the first half through Adam Lallana's close-range finish from a Lambert header, but it was ruled out for offside.

Baggies beaten by Rickie's boot Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Southampton deserved their three points having been the better side for much of the contest.

They had the ball in the net in the first half through Adam Lallana's close-range finish from a Lambert header, but it was ruled out for offside.

Regarding Lambert, scorer of 15 goals for Saints last term in what was his debut Premier League season, the Argentinian said: "He is having a dream week.

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