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Pardew delighted with flying Saints

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Southampton manager Alan Pardew was delighted to see his side keep to their winning ways after beating Charlton 2-1 at Saint Mary's.

Goals from Wayne Thomas and Rickie Lambert were enough to ensure the Saints reached the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern area semi-finals. Substitute Leon McKenzie pulled a goal back for Charlton, but it was not enough to stop Pardew from reflecting on a run of only one defeat in 14 league and cup matches.

``Our performance level was high. We played some good stuff and the only blemish was conceding a late goal," he said. ``It is good to keep our run going. We are on a bit of a roll at the moment even if we were sloppy at times."

He added: ``This is another good result but the truth of the matter is that after what has happened in recent years we need a winning season where we win more games that we lose. If that takes us to Wembley and a final all the better.''

Charlton had few chances apart from their late consolation, but manager Phil Parkinson had few complaints of his players.

``The lads worked hard and that is all I could ask. We gave an honest performance stuck with the job in hand and competed all over the pitch," he said. ``We have had two poor results in the last few days but there is nothing to be despondent about and all we can do is to get back on the training ground and get back to the standards we have set.''

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Wayne Thomas
Sunderland
Football
League One
Rickie Lambert
Southampton
Leon McKenzie
Charlton Athletic

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