Saints go goal crazy in chase for the play-offs

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Southampton boss Alan Pardew was ecstatic as his side racked up 10 goals in four days with a resounding 5-0 thrashing of promotion rivals Huddersfield.

Rickie Lambert, Lee Barnard, Jason Puncheon, Dean Hammond and Papa Waigo fired Saints to their second five-goal haul of the week and continue their unbeaten league start to 2010.

Pardew said: "It was an outstanding team display and there was some great football played. We were hurt by the defeat at Huddersfield earlier in the season so there was a bit of that in there as well."

He added: "They are a very lively side but we got them on the back foot quickly and had so much quality going forward.

"From now on it is about keeping players focused and fit because that was a new level from what we have played this season.

"There is still a long way to go. We are trying to catch teams who are winning and we are going to need a lot of luck but if we keep playing like that not many teams will be able to live with us."

Stockport County

Stockport boss Gary Ablett felt the injury-time dismissal of midfielder David Poole summed up his side's season as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Bristol Rovers.

Poole was dismissed by replacement referee Andy Bennett for a foul on Rovers full-back Daniel Jones, having already been booked.

Original referee Dean Whitestone had been forced off at half-time by a calf problem and Ablett did not consider his assistant up to the task. Jeff Hughes netted the winning goal on the half hour, drilling home a left-footed shot after a dreadful pass across his own box by County full-back Adam Griffin had set up the chance.

Ablett said: "It's not a place to learn your trade as a referee, which he was clearly doing. We need people out there who know the job. It was a very poor decision to send off David Poole and you only had to look at the reaction of the Rovers player involved to see that.

"I thought we were the better team from start to finish. But Rovers defended very well and we made a very bad mistake for their goal."

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Ndiaye Papa Waigo
Dean Hammond
League One
Rickie Lambert
Huddersfield Town
Lee Barnard
Jason Puncheon

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