Result: Southampton 4-0 Coventry City

Southampton
© PA Photos
Southampton book their places in the Premier League with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Coventry City at St Mary's.

Southampton won promotion to the Premier League this afternoon with an emphatic 4-0 victory over relegated Coventry City at St Mary's.

Nigel Adkins's side looked shaky in the early stages, failing to stamp their authority on the game, but those nerves didn't last for long.

Southampton broke the deadlock on the 15-minute mark, when striker Billy Sharp picked up the ball on the edge of the area and powered into the bottom corner.

The home side doubled their advantage just three minutes later when defender Jose Fonte headed home Daniel Fox's cross.

Southampton's grit and determination continued after the break with Adkins's men dominating possession as they sought to put the game beyond doubt.

Sharp turned provider for their third goal, lining up Dutch defender Jos Hooiveld to bundle home from close range.

Another four minutes on the clock and it was 4-0. Ricky Lambert found Adam Lallana in space, and the midfielder fired high into the net.

Coventry had a handful of chances to cut the deficit, but Kelvin Davis was a rock in the Southampton goal. Carl Barker's 20 yard strike on 72 minutes found the shotstopper in fine form.

The result sees Southampton claim second place in the Championship, booking them a place in the top flight for the first time in seven years.

Related Video
Major League Soccer
12am
DC United
vs
Toronto
12.30am
New England
vs
Colorado
1.30am
Chicago Fire
vs
Vancouver
2am
Salt Lake
vs
NY Red Bulls
Champions League
Pre-Season Friendlies
6.30pm
Vitesse
vs
Chelsea
7.30pm
Hartlepool
vs
Middlesbrough
7.30pm
Peterborough
vs
Charlton
7.30pm
Walsall
vs
Leicester
7.30pm
Watford
vs
Coventry
7.30pm
York City
vs
Nott'm Forest
7.45pm
Brentford
vs
Espanyol
7.45pm
Bury
vs
Blackburn
7.45pm
Chesterfield
vs
Aston Villa
7.45pm
Port Vale
vs
Bolton
7.45pm
Sheff Weds
vs
Newcastle
7.45pm
Southend
vs
QPR
8pm
Nacional
vs
Sunderland
12am
Man City
vs
Liverpool
CountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 England flagEngland34342997
2 AustraliaAustralia343136101
3 CanadaCanada1851841
4 Scotland flagScotland13121540
10 Wales flagWales4101327
17 Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland0112
Tables