Lallana lifts Saints in FA Cup

Lallana took only eight minutes to give the League One side the

lead at St Mary’s on Saturday, sweeping home from eight yards from

Ryan Dickson’s low cross. The highly-rated England under-21

midfielder turned provider five minutes into the second half by

firing in the centre from which Brazilian Guly Do Prado headed

Saints’ second. Teenager Oscar Gobern completed the rout in the

dying minutes with a looping far post header after Lallana’s corner

had been flicked on by captain Dean Hammond. League Two Cheltenham

rarely looked capable of causing an upset and David Bird’s scuffed

shot wide from home goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski’s misplaced

clearance was as close as they came to scoring. Saints – cup

winners in 1976 – would have made the victory even more emphatic

but for Do Prado’s first half header from point blank range

rebounding off a post.