A hat-trick from James Beattie helped Southampton FC to a 4-2 victory over Fulham FC.
A hat-trick from James Beattie helped Southampton FC to a 4-2 English Premiership victory against Fulham FC at the St Mary's stadium on Sunday.
But the home side had to recover from two goals down after Lee Clark and Steed Malbranque had given Fulham the early advantage. After a quarter of an hour, Clark, celebrating his 30th birthday, hit a 25-metre effort which looked comfortable for Southampton's Finnish international goalkeeper Antti Niemi until the ball took a huge deflection off Swedish defender Michael Svensson and dropped into the corner of the net.
Ten minutes later the hosts fell further behind when Malbranque capitalised on lazy defending to rifle in Fulham's second from ten metres out. But within two minutes Southampton pulled a goal back from the penalty spot. Zat Knight's handball gave Beattie the opportunity to score and the 24-year-old gave Edwin van der Sar no chance.
Shortly before the interval partity was restored when Beattie rose to head a cross from former Fulham midfield player Fabrice Fernandes past the Dutch goalkeeper and the striker completed his hat-trick by flicking an Anders Svensson free-kick into the net eight minutes into the second half.
Ormerod on target
Brett Ormerod completed the scoring by sliding a shot underneath Van der Sar 18 minutes from time to wrap up the victory which enabled Southampton - still undefeated at home this season - to climb to ninth in the table.
Joy for Everton
Everton FC followed up their victory against Arsenal FC last week with a 1-0 win at West Ham United FC to move up to eighth place.
Lee Carsley's header 20 minutes from full-time gave Everton victory against a West Ham side whose recent good form had taken them off the bottom of the Premiership.
Wayne Rooney, who has turned 17 since becoming the youngest player ever to score in the Premiership with his winner against Arsenal for Everton, came off the bench five minutes before the Carsley goal.