Southampton stormed up to third in the English Premier League after a convincing 3-0 win over last-place side Sheffield United on Sunday (December 13).
It was a perfect Sunday for the Saints, who played at the St Mary’s Stadium to a welcoming and rowdy 2,000 fans.
While Southampton controlled the game from start to finish, the hosts had to wait until the 34th minute to make the breakthrough, as Ché Adams stayed alert in the box to turn the ball home from close range.
The second half started more explosively with the Saints’ lead doubling in the 62nd as Stuart Armstrong made it 2-0 just after the hour.
The Armstrong shot from the edge of the box deflected off of Sheffield defender Phil Jagielka, nestling in the bottom corner.
With a fresh pair of legs, Nathan Redmond arrived off the bench to curl in a precise finish seven minutes from time.
A quick one-two with Oriol Romeu saw Redmond brilliantly picking out the far corner in the 82nd minute, and a sluggish Sheffield United’s woes worsened.
Southampton sits comfortably below Tottenham and Liverpool with 23 points but enjoys third place after Chelsea’s embarrassing 1-0 defeat to Everton.
With a single draw and a single point to their EPL showing this season, Sunday’s defeat leaves Sheffield United as the only top-flight team still without a win.