Thursday 21 September 2017

Saints rise to fourth

SOUTHAMPTON 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 0

Mark Bryans

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes there is no limit to what his side can achieve this season after they eased to victory against Crystal Palace.

Two goals early in the second half from Dani Osvaldo and Rickie Lambert secured the three points for Saints, who moved in to the top four of the Premier League with the win.

After a first half of very few opportunities, it was Osvaldo who grabbed his first goal for the club moments after the restart with a Lambert free-kick two minutes later proving enough to kill off Palace. Pochettino spoke before the season about challenging for Champions League qualification in the next couple of years and he believes that the start to the season can be maintained.

"We are not setting ourselves any limits," he said. "We just have to keep on believing and the players believe fully in how we want them to play. We are now going to have to work harder because teams know more about us.

"I think it is complete happiness for every manager is what happened today, a clean sheet and your two strikers getting on the scoresheet," he said. "In the second half we were much better than the first."

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