FT - Southampton 3-1 Fulham. Southampton win a back to back Premier League game for the first time this year. Fulham showed real fight in the second half, but Southampton proved too clinical in front of goal, arguably something that Fulham have lacked all season.
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Southampton sitting comfortably on this now, the south coast side are enjoying a wealth of possession as the game comes to an end.
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GOAL! A clever backheel from Tella sets Walcott up just outside the box and he fires home a cool finish into the bottom right corner.
SUBSTITUTION: Armstrong makes way for Diallo.
SUBSTITUTION: Onomah is replaced by Maja
GOAL! Carvalho is picked out beautifully by De Cordova-Reid. The youngster fires home a venomous strike that rattles the bar and hits the back of the net.
Carvalho trying to make things happen for Fulham. He sets Lookman who's shot is bounded away by Vestergaard.
Just wide from Bryan! His long range shot sweeps past McCarthy but fizzes wide and into the stands.
SUBSTITUTION: Aina makes way for Bryan.
SUBSTITUTION: Anguissa is replaced by Lookman.
GOAL! Instant impact from Tella. A well worked goal from Southampton as Walker-Peters whips in an inch perfect cross. Tella fired home the ball from close range to glide it beyond Areola.
SUBSTITUTION: Danny Ings makes way for Nathan Tella.
De Cordova-Reid has looked impressive for Fulham on the ball.
The balls finds the head of Ings, but the striker fails to guide his header goal ward.
Corner to Saints. Ward-Prowse whips in a tenacious free kick into the heart of the box but the ball is cleared by Aina.
Second half is underway! Can Fulham turn it around?
Where would Southampton be without Ward-Prowse this season..
Will Che Adams' goal be enough to see Southampton win back to back Premier League games for the first time this year?
HT: Southampton 1 - 0 Fulham. Che Adams' goal separates the two sides at St Mary's. Fulham enjoyed some spells of possession but have failed to produce any clear cut chances. Southampton have looked marginally more dangerous on the attack, but shouldn't be sitting comfortably at half time. The next goal could prove crucial for either teams.
Chance for Ings! A clinical ball from Armstrong set Ings in front of goal. The striker pulls the ball wide past the keeper but his cut back is cleared.
Fumbled by McCarthy! Tete delivered a teasing ball into the box and McCarthy fails to gather on the first chance.
Fulham looking dangerous on the counter, but again, struggling to find any joy in front of goal as Andersen's long range shot is blocked by the Southampton back line.
Close! Prowse whips it beyond the wall but Areola palms the shot wide.
Freekick to Southampton! Very dangerous position just outside the box. Can Ward-Prowse convert...
Still looking like a relatively even game despite the goal. Both teams have enjoyed spells of possession but Southampton have looked more dangerous in the final third.
Carvalho finds himself with a chance in front of goal but fails to test McCarthy after his shot lands straight at the keeper.
GOAL! Ward-Prowse whips in a curling freekick and Adams hits home a close range shot that fizzes past Areola.
Freekick given to Southampton in a favourable position near the corner flag. Prowse is getting primed to take
A teasing corner was whipped in by Carvalho but Anderson's header glanced wide of the goal.
Fulham playing some really intricate football in front of the Southampton goal. Corner given after a Saints clearance.
Both sides looking hungry on the ball but failing to convert possession into any promising chances. Heavy rain has started pour at St Mary's.
Another chance for Saints! Ball was given away cheaply by Fulham, but Minamino was unable to pounce on the opportunity, as his scuffled shot was cleared away from goal by Anderson.
Saints finding some rhythm as we approach the 15 minute marker. Armstrong looking particularly dangerous on the ball.
Huge chance missed! Minamino sets Redmond with a clinical assist, but Redmond fires a venomous shot wide.
A nicely positioned freekick saw Reed sweep a ball into the Southampton box which was cleared by Ward-Prowse. Corner given to Fulham.
Onomah fires a shot wide after Southampton struggle to clear the ball from their box.
Fulham are falling victim to a very high press from Saints in the early stages of the game
Chance for Minamino after a beautiful long ball was looped over the top by Ward-Prowse but the forward failed to connect with the ball.
Another freekick is gifted to Saints following a challenge on Adams
Ward-Prowse wins Southampton a freekick after he's taken down in his own half.
And we're underway...Carvalho kicks things off for Fulham
Five minutes until things kick off at St Mary's! The rain has cleared and the sun is shining down on the south coast stadium. Saints will be looking to finish the season off strong, whilst Scott Parker has said the remaining games are all about "passion and pride" for the players.
Will Fulham be the first to break the deadlock at St Mary's today?
Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley marked a sad day for Fulham fans as relegation to the Championship was confirmed. Scott Parker said his main focus now is bouncing back next season and learning from this campaign’s mistakes. With the pressure undoubtedly off Fulham, we could see a completely different display from Parker’s side who have struggled in front of goal for most of the season.
Southampton will be looking to put a smile on the face of the fans that are watching from home today. The return of top goal scorer Ings on Monday saw Saints secure their first win in five games against Crystal Palace.
Saints haven't conceded in 6 of 7 meetings with Fulham...can Alex McCarthy keep a clean sheet on home turf today?
Scott Parker makes four changes to his Fulham side, with youngster Cavaleiro making his premiere league debut, and former Saints starlet Harrison Reed coming into the starting line up.
Ralph Hasenhuttl makes two changes to his side today: McCarthy replaces Forster in goal and Salisu takes the place of Bednarek, who failed his fitness test following a recent ankle injury.
CONFIRMED TEAMS - SOUTHAMPTON: McCarthy, Walker-Peters, Salisu, Vestergaard, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Redmond, Minamino, Ings, Adams...Subs: Forster, Ramsay, Diallo, Ferry, Tella, Djenepo, Walcott, Obafemi, Nlundulu. /// FULHAM: Areola, Tete, Andersen, De-Cordova-Reid, Adarabioyo, Cavaleiro, Reed, Onomah, Anguissa, Aina, Carvalho...Subs: Rodak, Odoi, Hector, Ream, Bryan, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Maja, Mitrovic.
Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of Southampton v Fulham. Hoping to carry forward the momentum from Monday’s 3-1 win against Palace, Southampton welcome Scott Parker’s side to St Mary’s following Fulham’s relegation earlier this week. Kick off 15:00 BST.