Southampton impress in front of new owners

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  • Jan Bednarek
    Jan Bednarek
    Polish association football player
  • Armando Broja
    Association football player

Southampton's new owners have watched from the stands as the Saints registered their biggest Premier League win of the season by thrashing Brentford 4-1.

Goals from Jan Bednarek, Armando Broja and Che Adams, plus an own-goal from Bees goalkeeper Alvaro Fernandez, secured a resounding victory in Southampton's first top-flight outing since last week's takeover.

Brentford midfielder Vitaly Janelt briefly levelled proceedings with a fine first-half volley but the evening belonged to Ralph Hasenhuttl's rampant hosts.

Victory for Southampton -- secured in front of lead investor Dragan Solak -- lifted them to 11th, a point and two places above Brentford.

The emphatic result was the first time Saints had managed more than three league goals in a game under Hasenhuttl.

This was their first outing on home soil since investment firm Sport Republic acquired an 80 per cent stake and proved to be a far more fitting occasion.

Southampton made a perfect start inside five minutes.

Captain James Ward-Prowse delivered an inviting, in-swinging corner from the left and in-form defender Bednarek found space to glance home his third goal in five league games.

Thomas Frank's visitors restored parity as Bryan Mbeumo and Janelt combined to devastating effect, with the unmarked German stylishly volleying home from 10 yards.

That was to be the high point for the west London club and they fell behind for a second time in the 37th minute, this time in slightly unfortunate fashion.

After a Ward-Prowse corner was only partially cleared, midfielder Ibrahima Diallo hit a fizzing shot from the edge of the box which struck the left post before rebounding into the net off the diving Fernandez.

Spaniard Fernandez then partially redeemed himself by clawing out Broja's goal-bound header but was unable to deny the same player just four minutes after the restart as Saints broke away to stretch their advantage.

After Brentford carelessly conceded possession deep in Saints territory, Chelsea loanee Broja raced clear from halfway to latch on to Oriol Romeu's through-ball before calmly slotting into the bottom right corner.

Substitute Adams -- back in action following coronavirus -- added further gloss to the scoreline by lifting the ball beyond Fernandez 20 minutes from time from Diallo's hopeful punt forward.

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