Southampton hardly broke sweat as they swept aside a well below-par Tranmere, who registered a solitary shot on goal.
Rickie Lambert netted his fifth goal of the season when he nodded in Danny Butterfield's cross from six yards.
The excellent Guly Do Prado did all the hard work to leave Adam Lallana with a simple left-footed finish for 2-0.
Visiting keeper Peter Gulasci saved brilliantly from Lambert, who had already hit the bar, before Richard Chaplow and Lee Barnard went close.
Southampton manager Nigel Adkins told BBC Radio Solent: "We've not been ruthless enough but we've passed the ball about. It was entertaining. Well done to the players. We've kept a valuable clean sheet.
"I've had to make sure that I've prepared the team professionally for this game. I was happy to play Guly [do Prado], and of course Lee [Barnard] came on.
"I'm making sure we win games of football. Because he's not trained properly, I've decided it's not right for [Barnard] to start the game."
Tranmere manager Les Parry told BBC Radio Merseyside: "From our point of view they were two poor goals but that doesn't take away the fact that it could have been more.
"They are the best side we've played this season.
"We've played all the top sides in the league at the moment and they are well up there and they shouldn't be in this division."
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Saturday, 9 October 2010
Npower League One
10 Puncheon (Chamberlain 79)
11 Guly (Barnard 63)
20 Lallana (Holmes 86)
30 Mendy (Fraughan 65)
21 Jennings (Morrow 75)
27 Akins (Moore 59)
Ref: WardAtt: 19,293
Attempts on target
Attempts off target
90:00+4:02 The referee brings the game to a close.
90:00+3:34 Header by Lee Barnard from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.
90:00+1:56 Lee Holmes produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
89:03 Lee Barnard takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
87:17 Effort from deep inside the area by Richard Chaplow misses to the left of the goal.
85:35 Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Lee Holmes coming on for Adam Lallana.
83:57 Ryan Fraughan fouled by Danny Butterfield, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.
82:17 Adam Lallana produces a cross, Richard Lambert takes a shot. Save made by Peter Gulacsi.
81:05 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nick Wood by Richard Lambert. Free kick taken by Nick Wood.
79:41 Unfair challenge on Lee Barnard by Nick Wood results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Richard
78:11 Substitution Alec Chamberlain joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jason Puncheon.
76:41 Effort on goal by Jason Puncheon from 12 yards. Save made by Peter Gulacsi.
74:01 Substitution Dale Jennings leaves the field to be replaced by Sammy Morrow.
73:28 Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana, Jose Fonte challenges Peter Gulacsi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Gulacsi
takes the free kick.
72:55 Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana, clearance by Aaron Cresswell.
71:34 The assistant referee signals for offside against Richard Chaplow. Indirect free kick taken by Peter Gulacsi.
68:27 Effort on goal by Richard Lambert from just inside the penalty area goes over the target.
66:45 Free kick awarded for a foul by Richard Chaplow on Nick Wood. Peter Gulacsi takes the indirect free kick.
64:09 Substitution Ryan Fraughan joins the action as a substitute, replacing Arnaud Mendy.
62:47 Inswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Paul McLaren.
62:47 Substitution Lee Barnard is brought on as a substitute for Guly Do Prado.
59:37 Corner taken short by Adam Lallana.
58:52 Jason Puncheon has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
58:52 Substitution Ian Thomas-Moore is brought on as a substitute for Lucas Akins.
57:58 Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana, save by Peter Gulacsi.
57:42 Short corner taken by Dan Harding.
56:00 Assist on the goal came from Guly Do Prado.
56:00 GOAL - Adam Lallana:Southampton 2 - 0 Tranmere Adam Lallana gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area low into the middle of the goal. Southampton 2-0
54:18 Corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Peter Gulacsi by Guly Do Prado results
in a free kick. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
53:13 The assistant referee flags for offside against Adam Lallana. Peter Gulacsi takes the indirect free kick.
50:48 Adam Lallana sends in a cross, Aaron Cresswell manages to make a clearance.
45:46 Jason Puncheon concedes a free kick for a foul on Enoch Showunmi. Peter Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
45:00+1:03 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
43:36 Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell played to the near post, Richard Chaplow makes a clearance.
42:00 The assist for the goal came from Danny Butterfield.
42:00 GOAL - Richard Lambert:Southampton 1 - 0 Tranmere Richard Lambert finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Southampton 1-0 Tranmere.
40:40 John Welsh has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
39:27 The ball is delivered by Dean Hammond, clearance by Nick Wood.
36:41 Inswinging corner taken by Aaron Cresswell.
34:41 Shot from outside the box by Lucas Akins misses to the left of the goal.
33:56 Arnaud Mendy challenges Jose Fonte unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Danny Butterfield.
31:43 Corner from the left by-line taken by Jason Puncheon, free kick awarded for a foul by Jose Fonte on Enoch Showunmi. Peter
Gulacsi restarts play with the free kick.
30:15 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jason Puncheon.
29:53 Outswinging corner taken by Jason Puncheon from the left by-line.
29:03 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
25:34 Dean Hammond takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
Correction - 23:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell, Header by Nick Wood from deep inside the penalty area misses to the
left of the target.
23:56 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Aaron Cresswell from the right by-line, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty
area by Nick Wood misses to the left of the goal.
23:09 Corner taken by Aaron Cresswell from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Richard Chaplow.
22:30 Dan Harding concedes a free kick for a foul on Lucas Akins. Free kick crossed by Aaron Cresswell, clearance made by Richard
22:08 Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Comfortable save by Peter Gulacsi.
Correction - 19:41 Dale Jennings takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.
19:41 Shot from just outside the box by Dale Jennings goes over the bar.
19:01 Jason Puncheon produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
17:29 Lucas Akins takes a shot. Kelvin Davis makes a save.
16:14 Outswinging corner taken by Adam Lallana from the right by-line, Peter Gulacsi makes a save.
15:35 Unfair challenge on Dan Harding by Lucas Akins results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Dan Harding.
15:08 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save by Peter Gulacsi.
14:40 Adam Lallana produces a cross, Maximo Blanchard makes a clearance.
14:02 Arnaud Mendy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dan Harding. Dan Harding restarts play with the free kick.
10:41 Aaron Cresswell challenges Jason Puncheon unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jason Puncheon takes the indirect free kick.
9:02 The ball is delivered by Danny Butterfield.
7:45 Jason Puncheon concedes a free kick for a foul on John Welsh. Free kick taken by Aaron Cresswell.
4:50 The ball is delivered by Guly Do Prado, Richard Lambert produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
4:43 Adam Lallana crosses the ball, clearance made by Nick Wood.
2:36 Adam Lallana takes the outswinging corner, Arnaud Mendy makes a clearance.
0:00 The match begins.
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