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Southampton player ratings v Sunderland

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Ronald Koeman's Southampton side were the big winners in Saturday's Barclay's Premier League matches, win an 8-0 win over Gus Poyet's Sunderland at St. Mary's.

The previous three league matches between the two had all ended in score draws, but Koeman's side continued their breath taking start to the season as they tormented the Sunderland defence time and again.

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Leading 3-0 at half-time, the Saints could have been forgiven if they had taken their foot off the pace and coasted out the second period, instead they did the opposite and continued to press in search of more goals, accumulating eight in total in an emphatic home win with another clean sheet to go with it.

3-0 at the break

It took just 12 minutes for Southampton to take the lead as Sunderland centre back Santiago Vergini put the ball past his own goalkeeper, before Barclay's Premier League player of the month Graziano Pelle made it two after Steven Davis' pass.

The third came eight minutes before the break when Dusan Tadic's deep cross found Jack Cork at the far post and he converted his third goal of the season.

Despite the scoreline Sunderland had threatened and apart from some sloppy defending the visitors might have felt disappointed to go in behind by three at the break.

Second-half rout

The second period though was not one Gus Poyet and his team will want to remember in a hurry, especially after another own goal made it four. Pelle's shot was well saved by Mannone but the ball bounced off Liam Bridcutt who couldn't sort his feet out in time to stop the ball from crossing the line.

Pelle then got his second of the afternoon and his sides fifth after more good work from Tadic, and the Serbian soon got in on the action himself with his first goal of the season after he capitalised on a poor kick from Mannone.

Tadic then turned provider-in-chief again as he set up substitute Victor Wanyama to make it seven and the afternoon was wrapped up superbly with Sadio Mane's first goal in England, that man Tadic again with the assist, his fourth of the afternoon.

Ronald Koeman's side strengthened their grip on third place in the Premier League with another victory and clean sheet which also makes them the tightest defence in the English league.

Southampton player ratings

Forster - 6
Clyne - 7
Bertrand - 7
Fonte - 7
Alderweireld - 7
Schneiderlin - 7
Cork - 8
Davis - 7
Long - 7
Tadic - 9
Pelle - 8

Subs
Wanyama - 8
Mane - 8
Mayuka - 6

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