Saints edge ever nearer: Match Review

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Southampton edged closer to automatic promotion with a comfortable 3-0 win at Brentford.

Adam Lallana broke the deadlock after 17 minutes when he picked up the ball in space to fire home inside the near post.

The visitors could easily have been four-up by then as they overpowered Brentford's makeshift defence, Guly Do Prado heading over at the back post and David Connolly firing over from close range.

But Connolly only had to wait until midway through the first half to extend the Saints' lead when he outfought Brentford defender Robbie Neilson to run on and send a delicate lob over the advancing goalkeeper.

The closest the hosts came in a one-sided first half was when Lewis Grabban fired in a long-range effort saved at the second attempt by Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.

His opposite number Moore did well to parry Dan Harding's blistering free-kick after the break before Brentford started to get a late foothold in the game.

Grabban fired into the side-netting and lively substitute Myles Weston gave his side hope when he was brought down in the penalty area by Jose Fonte.

But Sam Saunders crashed his spot kick against the upright to sum up the last Griffin Park game of the season and it got worse for the Bees in injury time when Lallana teed us Oscar Gobern to side-foot home the Saints' third.

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Jose Fonte
Myles Weston
League One
Robbie Neilson
Adam Lallana
Sam Saunders
Kelvin Davis
David Connolly
Lewis Grabban
Dan Harding
Oscar Gobern

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