Southampton survived an extraordinary late Norwich fightback to edge the Canaries 4-2 at St Mary’s.
Saints opened the scoring inside five minutes when the impressive Morgan Schneiderlin finished a slick move with an assured finished.
Mauricio Pochettino made an inspired substitution just before the hour, bringing on Rickie Lambert, who scored with his first touch.
Lambert turned provider soon after as Jay Rodriguez put the icing on what was looking like a fine and very comfortable win for the home side.
But Southampton almost pressed the self-destruct button with two careless errors that opened the door for a Norwich side that had failed to register a shot on target for 85 minutes.
No sooner had that goal gone in then Norwich found themselves celebrating a second. This time Guly was guilty of surrendering possession and Robert Snodgrass stroked in after Boric had parried Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s effort.
As Norwich threw everything at Saints in search of an unlikely equaliser Southampton broke away and scored a fourth, with Gallagher tapping in his first Premier League goal.
5’ EARLY GOAL! Saints have the opener through Schneiderlin, who finishes a slick Saints move with a crisp finish beyond the on-rushing Ruddy.
33’ SIDE NETTING: Hooper plays a one-two with Snodgrass but slices his shot into the side netting.
57’ LAMBERT COMES ON AND SCORES: Lambert scores with his first touch! The striker comes off the bench and turns inside Joseph Yobo and finishes well.
72’ IT'S THREE: Lambert turns provider as he calmly finds Rodriguez, who strokes in from close range.
81' OFF THE BAR! What an effort by Rodriguez! The in-form striker has a go from 25 yards and the ball flies beyond Ruddy but crashes back off the bar.
85' NORWICH PULL ONE BACK: Mistake by Fonte allows Elmander in, who finishes under Boruc.
86' TWO IN TWO MINUTES: Remarkable. Another mistake, this time by Guly, opens the door for Van Wolfswinkel to draw a save out of Boruc, and Snodgrass strokes in the rebound.
90'+7 FIRST PREM GOAL TO CLINCH IT: Gallagher scores his first Premier League goal to put the result beyond doubt, scoring at the end of a counter-attack.
Norwich City have now lost nine of their last 12 Premier League away games (W1 D2 L9) including the last five in a row.
In 2009-10 this fixture was being played in League One and current players Adam Lallana and Wes Hoolahan opened the scoring for their respective teams.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Rickie Lambert (Southampton) - Scored with his first touch moments after coming off the bench and then set up the third for Rodriguez.
SOUTHAMPTON: Boruc 6, Clyne 7, Fonte 5, Lovren 6, Shaw 6, Schneiderlin 8, S. Davis 7, Ward-Prowse 7, Lallana 6, Ramírez 6, Rodriguez 7. Subs: Lambert 8, Do Prado 6, Gallagher 7.
NORWICH: Ruddy 6, Whittaker 5, Yobo 5, R Bennett 6, Olsson 5; Tettey 6, Johnson 5, Howson 5; Snodgrass 6, Pilkington 5, Hooper 5. Subs: Van Wolfswinkel 6, Elmander 7, Redmond 6.
MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Rickie Lambert
- Jay Rodriguez
- Morgan Schneiderlin
- Premier League
- Johan Elmander
- Robert Snodgrass
- Artur Boruc