Southampton beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon, courtesy of a goal from Jay Rodriguez.
A poor back-pass from Jason Puncheon led to an easy chance for the England striker, leaving the Eagles looking over their shoulders once more.
Palace had been resurgent under Tony Pulis, but they have now suffered consecutive home defeats following the 2-0 reverse against Manchester United.
Rickie Lambert could have made it worse for the home side but he saw his effort rebound off the post.
The result means Palace are just two points outside the relegation zone while the Saints remain ninth but have closed the gap on Newcastle United top a single point.