Southampton moved up to third in the Premier League table after cruising to a 3-0 win over bottom of the table Sheffield United at St Mary’s.
Che Adams gave Saints a first-half lead before a deflected Stuart Armstrong strike doubled their advantage. Nathan Redmond then sealed the points late on thanks to something of a rarity from Oriol Romeu.
Danny Ings started for the home side, having climbed off the bench to fire the winning penalty in Monday’s 2-1 win at Brighton.
Bottom club United made four changes, with Ethan Ampadu, Phil Jagielka, Billy Sharp and Enda Stevens all stepping into the starting line-up.
Saints claimed a 1-0 lead on 35 minutes when Adams stabbed home neatly following a free-kick.
The Blades failed to clear the danger, Jan Bednarek flicked the ball forward off his shoulder – and Adams did the rest, prodding in from close range.
Saints carried that lead into the break, with the hosts good value for their lead over the battling Blades.
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Sander Berge was left to rue being unable to connect with Enda Stevens’ threatening cross, with the midfielder blowing the Blades’ sole opening of the half.
Driving wind and rain limited Saints to an extent, but the home side continued to impress with work rate and desire.
Armstrong strike gives Saints nice buffer
Armstrong doubled Saints’ lead just past the hour-mark, with a cruel deflection wrong-footing Aaron Ramsdale and leaving the Blades keeper with no chance of a save.
Jagielka’s outstretched foot clipped the shot in the other direction and into the net, leaving the Blades struggling for a foothold on the south coast.
The points were sealed with seven minutes to go when Redmond, who had only been on a few minutes, produced a neat finish after collecting a wayward Ward-Prowse free-kick and exchanging passes with Romeu.
Romeu’s assist for the Redmond goal was his first in the Premier League, in his 193rd appearance.
The victory left the Saints flying high but sees United left at the foot of the table, with just a point from their opening 12 games.