Southampton's Steve Davis and Reading's Danny Guthrie

Reading 0 - 2 Southampton

Nigel Adkins' new side Reading FC played host to his former team Southampton FC at the Madejski Stadium. The Saints beat the Royals 2 - 0.

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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.


Bags and kit stolen from Saints car

Three black bags have been stolen from the boot of a Smart car which was covered in the distinctive Saints logo.

A member of the Saints staff picked up his girlfriend, who had just been discharged from hospital, and parked his car opposite Pilgrim House restaurant.

The car was parked at 9.20pm on Tuesday 10th September and the couple returned to the car at around 9.50pm where the bags were missing.

Stolen property includes a handbag containing make-up and hospital letters, an iPad, blackberry and mixed football equipment.

It also includes a Saints football strip which is only available to players and staff of Saints football club and cannot be purchased.

Police want to hear from anyone who witnessed the theft or who has seen someone wearing the distinctive football strip.

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

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.

Saints break club record with Pablo Osvaldo - their new Italian signing

The Italian footballer, Pablo Daniel Osvaldo who is joining Southampton FC Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

After Southampton revealed the Italy international had put pen to paper on a four-year deal, his former employers in the Italian capital released the details on a deal initially worth £12.9m. That figure could rise by another £1.7m dependent on Osvaldo's performances at St Mary's.

The fee for the 27-year-old, who is due to be presented to the media tomorrow, exceeds the £12.5million they forked out last month to bring midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic.

Osvaldo worked with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino when the pair were at Espanyol, although getting him to the south coast took some persuasion.

"Southampton football club is delighted to announce the signing of Italy striker Pablo Daniel Osvaldo," a statement on the club's official website,, said.

Osvaldo, who has nine Italy caps, becomes Southampton's third signing of the summer, following an £8.5m move for Lyon defender Dejan Lovren and the signing of Kenya midfielder Wanyama.

Southampton won their opening match of the season at West Brom on Saturday, with a late Rickie Lambert penalty securing a 1-0 victory.

St Mary's homes see premiership push

House prices in the postal districts of the 20 clubs kicking off the 2013/14 season have risen by £353 a week on average over the last 10 years, according to research by Halifax.

Prices in these areas have increased by around 135% over the decade, meaning they have risen at twice the 68% rate of increase typically seen nationwide over the period.

The average house price in the 20 Premier League stadium postal districts is £319,800, which is one third higher than the average house price across England and Wales of £240,300.

  • Manchester City, Etihad, £89,489, 259%
  • Hull City, KC Stadium, £75,517 162%
  • Chelsea, Stamford Bridge, £851,812, 102%
  • Fulham, Craven Cottage, £851,812, 102%
  • Arsenal, Emirates, £641,665, 101%
  • Sunderland, Stadium of Light, £91,611, 97%
  • Liverpool, Anfield, £63,974, 97%
  • Everton, Goodison Park, £63,974, 97%
  • Stoke City, Britannia Stadium, £110,779, 85%
  • Spurs, White Hart Lane, £284,713, 77%
  • Swansea City, The Liberty Stadium, £105,995, 75%
  • Man United, Old Trafford, £178,545, 69%
  • Aston Villa, Villa Park, £98,919, 69%
  • West Brom, The Hawthorns, £120,841, 55%
  • Cardiff City, Cardiff City Stadium, £171,270, 46%
  • Crystal Palace, Selhurst Park, £198,463, 42%
  • West Ham Utd, Upton Park, £193,734, 36%
  • Norwich City, Carrow Road, £164,332, 35%
  • Southampton, St Mary's, £170,074, 18%
  • Newcastle United, Sports Direct Arena, £135,251, minus 11%

Rickie Lambert celebrates England call-up

Rickie Lambert (left) celebrates after scoring against Chelsea Credit: Daniel Hambury/PA Wire

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has been included in the England squad to face Scotland at Wembley next week. Lambert, 31, is called up for the first time. Manager Roy Hodgson has also included Wayne Rooney despite his shoulder injury.

Lambert began his professional career with Blackpool in 1998 at the age of 16. He played in the lower divisions before joining Saints from Bristol Rovers.

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