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Southampton's superb start to the season continued with a 2-1 victory over QPR at St. Mary's.

Graziano Pelle's superb overhead kick stole the points for the home side, as he took down Dusan Tadic's header and in the same movement swung his right leg high to send an effort over the flailing Rob Green.

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The goal came just two minutes after QPR striker Charlie Austin scored what is becoming an a obligatory goal against Southampton, with another wonderful piece of skill to turn and volley past Fraser Forster, after Ryan Bertrand had given the hosts the lead in the 54th minute.

Quiet opening period

In what was a fairly quiet opening 45 minutes, Dusan Tadic struck a post in the 20th minute after being brought in to play by Graziano Pelle, and it was the latter who went close soon after with good build up play from Premier League debutant Sadio Mane.

Just before the break Mane again found Schneiderlin who narrowly missed the inside of the post. QPR had chances of their own with Charlie Austin curling an effort just wide in the last minute of the half.

Southampton were the side that threatened the most, but with only a couple of chances created, it would be a decisive second period that would settle the outcome.

Burst to life

In the space of ten minutes, the game opened up dramatically and in the 54th minute, Ryan Bertand scored his first goal for Southampton. Again it was clever work by Mane down the left and his backheel found his full-back, Bertrand fired an effort that Rob Green could only ricochet off him and into the net.

The goal seemed to awaken both sides and it was the visitors who struck next to silence St. Mary's. Eduardo Vargas' cross found Charlie Austin who chested, span and volleyed in one movement, beating Fraser Forster and levelling the scoreline.

Southampton wasted no time in retaking the lead though, with just two minutes passing before Pelle conjured up a special goal. Bertrand's cross was nodded down by Tadic and Pelle's control and volley flashed past Rob Green and into the far corner.

Steven Davis and Dusan Tadic would both hit the post again late on, whilst Shane Long wasted the perfect opportunity to put the game to bed when faced with beating Green one on one. It nearly became costly after Niko Krancjar rattled Forster's crossbar from a free kick.

The Saints held on in a tight final exchange, and the three points keeps them in second spot in the Premier League table, whilst QPR remain precariously near the bottom of the table on four points from six matches.

Southampton player ratings

Forster - 6
Clyne - 7
Fonte - 8
Alderweireld - 7
Bertrand - 8
Schneiderlin - 7
Wanyama - 7
Tadic - 8
Davis - 7
Mane - 8
Pelle - 8

Long - 6
Cork - 6
Targett - NA

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