London - Dusan Tadic scored a quick-fire brace as Southampton beat 10-man
Norwich City 3-0 at St Mary's on Sunday to record a first win of the
Premier League campaign.
Seventh last season, Ronald Koeman's
Southampton had drawn two and lost one of their first three games, but
victory lifted them into the top half of the table, one point above
After Norwich right-back Steven Whittaker had
been sent off for two bookable offences, Graziano Pelle opened the
scoring in first-half stoppage time and Serbia winger Tadic struck twice
in the second half.
It was the first time that 34-year-old
Norwich manager Alex Neil had tasted defeat in an away league game since
his appointment in January.
Showing three changes to the team
eliminated from the Europa League by Danish champions FC Midtjylland on
Thursday, Southampton were quick to put their opponents on the back
James Ward-Prowse extended Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy
with a dangerous free-kick in the second minute, while Pelle headed wide
at a corner, Sadio Mane saw a shot held by Ruddy and Tadic drilled a
Cameron Jerome squandered a chance to put Norwich ahead
when he could not make telling contact with Graham Dorrans's volleyed
cross and in the 31st minute, the visitors' chances took a hit with
Having just been booked for preventing Matt
Targett from taking a quick throw-in, the Scotland international was
shown a second yellow card for holding Tadic back on halfway.
adjusted by sending on defender Andre Wisdom for schemer Wes Hoolahan,
but his side's hopes of holding out until half-time were dashed in
first-half stoppage time.
After Ward-Prowse had done well to
recover possession wide on the right, Mane crossed and Pelle swept the
ball home at the near post.
Norwich survived a flurry of chances
around the hour mark, with Ruddy parrying well from Mane and half-time
substitute Jay Rodriguez before Pelle curled a shot into the
side-netting from the edge of the box.
But Tadic scored twice in
three minutes to break Norwich's spirit, applying an assured first-time
finish to Mane's right-wing cross in the 64th minute and then following
in to tap home when Pelle's powerful header was parried by Ruddy.
goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg denied Bradley Johnson an injury-time
consolation for Norwich, with Johnson's fellow substitute Gary Hooper
wastefully dragging the rebound wide.