Friday 20 October 2017

Saints march on

SOUTHAMPTON 2 BLACKPOOL 0

Andy Sims

Ian Holloway sent his reserves on FA Cup duty and watched them tumble out at the hands of Southampton.





In a shock of sorts, League One Saints overcame top-flight opposition thanks to second-half goals from Lee Barnard and Guly Do Prado.

But Holloway had virtually written off his side's chances in the competition beforehand, and made nine changes to his line-up with half the youth team making up the bench. Holloway makes no bones about the fact survival in the Premier League is his sole focus. All he wanted to see was his side give a good account of themselves and they did.

The visitors almost equalised Barnard's opener -- even if a replay was the last thing Holloway wanted -- but Saints 'keeper Bartosz Bialkowski pulled off a fine save to deny Matt Phillips.

Saints made the breakthrough eight minutes into the second half after Rickie Lambert's effort was blocked. The ball fell to Barnard, who crashed his shot to the net.

Brazilian sub Do Prado put the icing on the cake with a sensational 20-yard second two minutes from time.

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