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Saints smash Palamós for eight

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Do Prado (left) bagged a nine-minute hat-trick (©GettyImages)
Do Prado (left) bagged a nine-minute hat-trick (©GettyImages).

Southampton enjoyed a crushing victory over Spanish fourth-tier side Palamós CF, in the second of two games during their pre-season training camp in Catalunya. 

Brazilian forward Guly Do Prado was the star performer, with a second-half display that included a nine-minute hat-trick.

The Saints applied pressure early in the first period at the Nou Estadi Municipal, with Palamós fighting strongly to cope with the onrush of attacking moves.

Southampton did not waste too much time to find the back of the net though, as skipper Adam Lallana opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Academy graduate Lloyd Isgrove broke clear of the Palamós defence before enabling Lallana to convert from his assist.

Just three minutes later Mauricio Pochettino's men had their second, this time through Jason Puncheon. The former MK Dons winger receiving Danny Fox's cross-field pass before slamming home past Bayona in the Palamós goal.

The early lead gave the small band of travelling fans behind Artur Boruc's goal something to sing about, but they'd soon be singing the praises of their goalkeeper. Twice Fernandez broke through, but twice he saw his attempts denied by the onrushing Boruc.

The ball was in the net for the third time during the evening after just twenty-three minutes. Young winger Isgrove bundled home, only to see his attempt chalked off for a foul against a Palamós defender.

The Palamós keeper was to deny Southampton once more, turning Morgan Schneiderlin's rasping drive away. Schneiderlin was not to be denied for much longer, as just after the half-hour mark he notched up the Saints' third goal of the night after good work from Puncheon and Jack Cork.

The Saints went in three-nil up at the break. As Pochettino prepared a raft of changes. The interval saw nine changes, with only Fonte and Schneiderlin returning for the second half.

Whilst Southampton remained in control, little of note occurred up until just before the hour mark.

Rodriguez raced clear of the defence and was fouled when attempting to round 'keeper Fedir, drawing a penalty. Rodriguez took responsibility and converted the spot-kick.

What happened next was nothing short of remarkable.

Guly Do Prado provided the smattering of Saints fans with a nine-minute hat-trick. His first came from all of twentry-five yards, a real belter from range taken first time. His second came courtesy of a Clyne assist. The right-back raced towards the byline before lifting a cross for Do Prado, who headed home at the back post. The third goal had shades of the second. Clyne once again raced forwards before crossing for Do Prado to slam home at the far post.

The hat-trick signalled an end to a goaldrought that had dogged the Brazilian maverick since January 2012.

Rodriguez was next to try his luck, but his shot had just too much backlift as it fizzed over the bar, whilst Wanyama and Ward-Prowse also tried their luck.

Saints continued to attack with the same vigour against a disheartened Palamós side, controlling much of the play and dictating the tempo of the game.

The scoreline reached eight for the south coast side on eighty-five minutes as youngster Luke Shaw, who recently signed a new five-year deal, scored his first goal for the senior team. Shaw advanced from a deep position, before lining up a shot that was deflected past Palamós' second substitute keeper, Bartrina, and into the back of the net.

Rodriguez headed home from a Jordan Turnbull's cross late on, but the offside flag denied Southampton a ninth goal.

The final whistle drew a close to the evening's events, with Southampton claiming an emphatic and morale-boosting win.

Victories over UE Llagostera and Palamos CF complete the first leg of the Saints' pre-season preparations. The squad now prepare to head to Austria for a second training camp, featuring games against Turkish SuperLiga side Besiktas and Bundesliga outfir Schalke 04.

 

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Topics:
Premier League
Southampton
Jay Rodriguez
Nathanial Clyne
Morgan Schneiderlin
Football
Maxi Rodriguez
Jason Puncheon
Adam Lallana
Jack Cork
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