Apr 6, 2013 at 12.45pm UK at ​Madejski Stadium
FT(HT: 0-1)
Rodriguez (34'), Lallana (72')

Result: Two goals give Southampton victory

Goals from Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana help Southampton to victory over Reading in the Premier League.

Southampton have taken a 2-0 win against Reading at the Madejski Stadium in the Premier League this afternoon.

Reading's Adam Federici reacts after conceding a goal to Southampton during the Premier League match on April 6, 2013© Daniel Hambury / PA Photos

The home side had a series of chances in the first half, with Adam Le Fondre missing a chance before Adrian Mariappa saw his header saved by Artur Boruc.

Despite the Royals' dominance, it was Southampton who broke the deadlock, as Jay Rodriguez burst into the penalty area, beating Adam Federici to the ball and sliding it into the net.

The 23-year-old could have added a further two goals before the half-time whistle, striking the bar just two minutes after his goal, before firing wide just before the break.

The Saints looked the stronger of the two sides after the break, but had few changes to increase their lead in the opening 15 minutes of the second half.

Rodriguez crossed the ball in for Rickie Lambert in the 60th minute, but the striker could not stretch far enough to connect with the pass.

Adam Lallana doubled the visitors' advantage, calmly knocking the ball past Federici in the 72nd minute, after Rodriguez picked out the substitute with a high pass.

Reading thought they had got one back four minutes later, as Boruc caught a Le Fondre strike, but his momentum carried him backwards into the net, although replays did not show whether all of the ball crossed the line.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had several chances to score a third in the final minutes of the match, but they were unable to find the target again.

The result moves Southampton up to 11th in the Premier League table, while Reading remain bottom.

Reading's manager Nigel Adkins during the Premier League match against Southampton on April 6, 2013
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