Premier League: Southampton ensure Reading plunges closer to relegation

Southampton took a giant stride toward safety with the win, which lifted Mauricio Pochettino's team seven points clear of the relegation zone.

updated: April 06, 2013 20:32 IST
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Reading, England: Last-place Reading plunged closer to relegation from the Premier League after losing 2-0 to Southampton on Saturday for a club-record eighth straight defeat.

Jay Rodriguez put Southampton ahead in the 35th minute, exchanging passes with strike partner Rickie Lambert before bundling a scruffy finish home as he challenged for the ball with Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici.

Rodriguez, who also struck a shot against the crossbar, then provided a deft pass for substitute Adam Lallana to score the second in the 72nd minute.

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