Good run continues
Dagenham & Redbridge 1, Saints 3
The illness that caused Hammond to miss out against Exeter turned out to be Man-Flu rather than the H1N1 virus – either that, or he made a miraculous recovery to turn out at Dagenham two days later.
Conventional wisdom suggests that this sort of fixture requires the combative nature of Hammond and Chaplow at the heart of the midfield, and they had no problem in securing an impressive level of possession for the team. What was missing was a vital spark to create goalscoring opportunities, and they were in short supply for both teams before the interval.
Things changed very early in the second period – too early for some of us, but thanks to the telly, we all now know that an acrobatic (but not quite sweetly hit) volley from Lallana made the breakthrough. With Dagenham introducing more progressive players off the bench, Saints also found more opportunities, and on 75 minutes Do Prado doubled the lead with a very good finish. Game effectively over, surely? Certainly not when Scott headed the Daggers back into the game, and as there was little Saints could have done about it, this was a worrying development. Very worrying indeed as Tomlin shaped up for a free kick, and Saints were grateful that not only did his effort came back off the bar, but it landed safely in the arms of Davis as 20 outfield tried to get to the loose ball.
Four minutes of added time were announced, and Mr. Adkins immediately prepared Seaborne to come on for Lambert. Fortunately he waited for one more Saints flourish, and Lambert was able to run on to Richardson’s clearance and loft the ball over Roberts to secure maximum points in Southampton’s first away game since November 13!
LSSC Man of the Match: Adam Lallana, just holding off Guly’s challenge in a democratic decision.
11 Guly (Richardson 81)
26 Oxlade-Chamberlain (Barnard 67)
07 Lambert (Seaborne 90+2)