- Saints go up 2-0
- Long misses penalty
- Bamford breaks through
Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond helped Southampton to a two-goal lead, and Saints held on to top Middlesbrough 2-1 on Saturday at the Riverside Stadium.
Saints rise ninth, level on points with West Brom and Bournemouth.
Patrick Bamford scored for already-relegated Middlesbrough, which will finish the season in 19th place.
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Rodriguez put the visitors up in the 42nd minute, as Long met his mark this time around. The Irish striker raced onto a Jordy Clasie ball down the right to send a ball toward the penalty spot, and Rodriguez had little trouble beating Guzan. 1-0.
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Saints added to their advantage when Redmond left Fabio in the dust before dribbling to the center of the box and rifling a shot high past Guzan.
The American keeper gave away a penalty on an unnecessary charge toward an onrushing Shane Long, but the Irish striker blasted the ball over the bar.
Bamford pulled one back for Boro off a 73rd minute corner kick, nodding a corner kick inside the near post.