Southampton piled further misery on Sunderland as they battled to a 1-0 win over the Black Cats at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon.
- Sunderland 0 Southampton 1
- Tadic runs the show in first half
- Pantilimon keeps Black Cats in it
- Tadic nets from the spot
- Saints extend unbeaten run
Southampton looked in fine form in the opening half and were perhaps unlucky not to go into the break with a lead, in no small part due to Costel Pantilimon's display in the Sunderland goal.
The Saints, though, really found their stride in the second half as they crafted several good scoring opportunities shortly after the restart.
They did eventually find a way past Pantilimon as the impressive Dusan Tadic fired home from the spot after Ryan Bertrand had been brought down in the area.
It took just eight minutes for Southampton to craft their first chance of the afternoon when Dusan Tadic picked out Sadio Mane at the far post, though he could only misfire with his volley from 10 yards out.
Tadic threatened again eight minutes later, playing a lovely one-two with Graziano Pelle to find himself one-on-one with Pantilimon, but opted to fire low and the Sunderland stopper did well to make the block with his legs.
Pantilimon was called upon again on 21 minutes, getting down very quickly to parry Mane's quick snap shot wide of the post.
However, the game settled down towards the latter stages of the first half as neither side really threatened the opposition goal going into the interval.
The Saints flew out of the traps at the start of the second half and had a host of chances to go ahead.
First, Mane fired a tame shot wide having forced a save with a fierce effort from range just seconds earlier, before again shooting wide after Younes Kaboul had failed to clear the danger.
Jose Fonte then had a goalbound header cleared off the line by DeAndre Yedil just moments later, before Duncan Whatmore had an effort from 12 yards saved at the other end.
Southampton did find a breakthrough in the 68th minute after Yann M'Vila brought Bertrand crashing down in the penalty area.
Tadic stepped up for the spot kick and did brilliantly to curl the penalty just beyond Pontilimon's reach to open the scoring.
Sunderland responded well to going behind and were nearly back in it just four minutes later as Martin Stekelenburg was forced to parry an Adam Johnson effort wide of the far post.
The Black Cats had a late penalty appeal turned down after the ball appeared to hit Maya Yoshida on the arm and failed to muster any meaningful chances for the equaliser.