Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

A dominant second half showing from Southampton completed what was a convincing 4-1 win against Crystal Palace at St Mary’s Stadium.

Match Reports: Southampton 4-1 Crystal PalaceMatch Reports: Southampton 4-1 Crystal Palace

Following a tightly contested first half Sadio Mane made sure the hosts went into the break with the lead on 43 minutes when he fired in after Julian Speroni flapped at the initial cross into the area down to his feet.

Graziano Pelle doubled the lead just after the hour mark when he headed in at the far post converting a Cuco Martina cross in.

Crystal Palace then halved the deficit just two minutes later through Jason Puncheon who rifled the ball home into the corner of the net after Fraser Forster was unable to properly clear with his initial punch out.

Southampton calmed the nerves inside the ground by regaining their two-goal advantage with a penalty on 76 minutes which Ryan Bertrand smashed home, giving Speroni no chance.

The result was confirmed with four minutes to go when Steven Davis found the net after Pelle had done well to chest a cross in to find his team mate.

Palace end the season knowing they’ll be back again for Premier League football in August but before that do have the matter of an FA Cup Final to attend to next Saturday.

Southampton remain unsure of their final position as they await a resolution on the rearranged game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Bournemouth, but they have done enough to seal Europa League qualification.

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