Date: 18th September 2011 at 7:04pm
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Birmingham City felt the sting of the Southampton attack as they went down 4-1 at St Marys on Sunday.

The win puts the Saints at the top of the championship table and Birmingham wondering how they stop the goals leaking in after conceding seven in just a few days.

Southampton moved to the top of the Championship as manager Nigel Adkins celebrated a year in charge in style with a 4-1 win against Birmingham.

Goals from Rickie Lambert, Guly do Prado, Adam Lallana and Richard Chaplow, made it Saints’ best start to a season in 103 years.

But it was Blues who made a good start to the game and they looked like taking the lead when Beausejour`s cross reached Woods but he could only poke the ball wide, soon after that Woods had another chance, but this time his effort was well saved by Southampton keeper Davis.

But on ten minutes, Saints took the lead when Caldwell and Lambert came together in the box and the ref pointed to the spot. Lambert took it and scored.

Ten minutes later and Saints were well in command when they got their second when Richardson went off down the right and crossed for Guly who beat Myhill with no problem.

They doubled their lead 10 minutes later with a slick move, putting full-back Frazer Richardson through down the right to cross for Brazilian forward Guly to sweep the ball first time past Boaz Myhill.

The third goal came on 35 minutes and it was Richardson again who reached the by-line, but this time cut the ball back and Lallana did the rest giving Myhill no chance.

Wood pulled a goal back for Blues when he let fly from the edge of the area, beating Davis hands down.

Stephen Carr almost made it two for Birmingham but his effort hit the upright.
But the scoring was wrapped up when Lallana fed substitute Chaplow and he fired home number four to take Saints to the top of the table and leave Blues well beaten.

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Frazer Richardson, Jose Fonte, Daniel Fox, Jos Hooiveld, Guly Do Prado (Richard Chaplow 72), Dean Hammond (C), Jack Cork, (Morgan Schneiderlin 82), Adam Lallana (Steve De Ridder 83), David Connolly, Rickie Lambert.

Subs not used: Bartosz Bialkowski, Aaron Martin.

Blues: Boaz Myhill, Liam Ridgewell, Steven Caldwell, Curtis Davies, Stephen Carr, Jean Beausejour, Morgaro Gomis, Jonathan Spector (Wade Elliott 74), Chris Burke, Marlon King (Adam Rooney 74), Chris Wood.

Subs not used: Colin Doyle, David Murphy, Nathan Redmond.

Attendance: 22,155 (821)

Referee: Dean Whitestone