Southampton powered into play-off contention after thumping high-flying Huddersfield 4-1 in an entertaining tie at St Mary's Stadium.
The match began at frenetic pace, Adam Lallana going close inside five minutes for the Saints as his volley was cleared off the line by Peter Clarke, while Alan Lee struck a post for the visitors with a point-blank header on ten minutes.
The breakthrough came on 16 minutes when Terriers midfielder Gary Roberts' fizzing left-foot cross was met powerfully by Lee Novak, who headed clinically past a sprawling Kelvin Davis.
Saints were level just 12 minutes later, Rickie Lambert latching onto a Dan Harding throw-in to lash home from 18 yards.
And three minutes later the home side were ahead, livewire winger Alex Chamberlain jinking into space inside the Huddersfield box before cooly slotting into the bottom left corner.
Southampton continued to dominate into the second period and deservedly added a third in the simplest of fashions, Radhi Jaidi rising like a salmon out of water to head home a pinpoint Lallana free-kick on 51 minutes.
And the rout was complete twenty minutes from time when on-loan midfielder Richard Chaplow fired a left-foot drive home to hand the dominant Saints all three points.
Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms