Southampton - Free-scoring Southampton beat West Brom 3-0 at Saint Mary's for a
third straight Premier League win on Saturday with two goals from
England under-21 captain James Ward-Prowse.
Southampton are now
tenth on 30 points and looking good for a Europa League bid if they can
maintain the kind of form that saw them finish seventh last season to
make the qualifying round.
Ronald Koeman's charges came into the
game having banged four goals past Arsenal and on the back of a 2-0
midweek win over a handy Crystal Palace side in their last two home
But in this mid-table battle West Brom arrived on the South
coast having taken seven points from Chelsea, Stoke and Newcastle in
their last three and pundits were predicting a tight game.
21-year-old Ward-Prowse, a product of the Southampton youth team with
over 100 first team games under his belt, would be largely responsible
for the three points staying at Saint Mary's.
goal was a free-kick, hammered into the top-left hand corner from over
20-yards out on the left and which exposed 'keeper Boaz Myhill's
positioning as he belatedly raced across his goal desperately.
Brom's 33-year-old former Welsh international 'keeper then dived the
wrong way as Ward-Prowse cooly converted his spot-kick after Matt
Targett was fouled in the area by Craig Dawson.
international winger Dusan Tadic's angled shot after a lightening break
down the left made it 3-0 for the hosts, and added to the goal the
substitute had scored in midweek.
Tadic's goal owed a great deal to Steven Davis's surging run and the Northern Irishman was full of pace and passing throughout.
Pulis's side can comfort themselves that they're eight points above the
drop zone in 13th place in the Premier League after 22 games, a place
above champions Chelsea with whom they drew 2-2 at Stamford Bridge in
Southampton's win came after they had signed striker
Charlie Austin from Queen's Park Rangers on Saturday morning to beef up
their attack for the run in.