Southampton 2-1 QPR - Pelle snatches spectacular winner for Saints

Southampton 2 - 1 Queens Park Rangers

  • 54" Ryan Bertrand
  • 66" Charlie Austin
  • 68" Graziano Pellè

Ref: Mark Clattenburg
Attendance: 30,504

Southampton Fans

Southampton continued their fine start to the season with another win, this time seeing off QPR at St. Mary's Stadium.

Despite losing Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham this summer, new manager Ronald Koeman has continued the Argentine's great work so far this campaign. The Dutchman had to deal with the departures of Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, but has so far made a mockery of their exits by guiding the Saints to second in the Premier League table - just three points behind leaders Chelsea.

With just one defeat so far - the opening day loss to Liverpool on the opening day of the season - Koeman's men have since racked up four wins and a draw from the last five games, including today's victory over Queens Park Rangers at St. Mary's Stadium.

The game threatened to be a potential banana skin as Harry Redknapp returned to the South Coast, especially after the high of Southampton's midweek win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium - and that's how it looked in the first half, as QPR kept Southampton at bay despite a number of attempts on goal.

Yet just nine minutes into the second half, Southampton had the breakthrough drove the ball home past Robert Green, but Rangers threatened to spoil the party as Charlie Austin volleyed QPR level just after the hour mark.

However, they couldn't hold on for long as Graziano Pelle continued his great run of form with a spectacular overhead kick, leaving Green with absolutely no chance. The Southampton bandwagon continues, and their next game sees them take on former Saints boss Pochettino at Tottenham next weekend.

Statistics

Southampton

Queens Park Rangers

Possession

55.4%
44.6%

Shots on target

Total shots

Team Lineups

Southampton

  • Fraser Forster
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Jose Fonte
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Morgan Schneiderlin
  • Victor Wanyama
  • Steven Davis
  • Dusan Tadic
  • Sadio Mané
  • Graziano Pellè

Substitutes

  • Emmanuel Mayuka
  • Harrison Reed
  • Jason McCarthy
  • Kelvin Davis
  • Matt Targett
  • Shane Long
  • Jack Cork

Queens Park Rangers

  • Robert Green
  • Steven Caulker
  • Rio Ferdinand
  • Mauricio Isla
  • Armand Traore
  • Matthew Phillips
  • Sandro
  • Leroy Fer
  • Eduardo Vargas
  • Charlie Austin
  • Niko Kranjcar

Substitutes

  • Clint Hill
  • Richard Dunne
  • Karl Henry
  • Alex McCarthy
  • Nedum Onuoha
  • Bobby Zamora
  • Junior Hoilett

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