A thoroughly impressive performance from Southampton saw them run out convincing 4-0 winners against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League on Saturday.
- Sunderland 0-4 Southampton
- Gabbiadini opens scoring
- Adds a second before HT
- Denayer scores own goal
- Long makes it four
Manager David Moyes will be desperately disappointed with his charges after they managed just a single shot on target at their home ground, while Southampton were 2-0 up by half time through a brace from Manolo Gabbiadini in the 30th and 45th minutes.
The hosts afternoon was summed up in the 88th minute when Jason Denayer suffered the indignity of putting the ball in his own net.
Shane Long then completed the scoring with a skillful first-time shot two minutes into second-half injury time.
Sunderland mini-revival in form came to an abrupt end and their performance will have left their fans very concerned about their chances of surviving relegation this season.
Currently bottom of the Premier League table, they had reason for hope over the last couple of weeks after a credible draw with Spurs and a thrashing of Crystal Palace.
However, they came crashing down to reality on Saturday and the action began on the half hour mark when Ryan Bertrand curled in a superb cross to Gabbiadini, who planted his header into the back of the net to put the visitors ahead.
He then doubled his tally and the Saints' advantage with a real poachers effort on the stroke of half time, receiving the ball in the box before turning quickly and poking the ball past the keeper.
While Sunderland only managed one shot on goal all game, Southampton continued to push for goals. They were eventually able to add a third in the 88th minute when Denayer steered the ball past his own goalkeeper.
Then, three minutes later, Long added the cherry on the cake with a powerful low drive to make it 4-0 and cap a very impressive performance from the visitors.
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