THEO WALCOTT scored one and made one to see off Saints.
The 29-year-old fired in from close range after a neat set-piece with 15 minutes gone, before teeing up Richarlison to head in a second.
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Danny Ings reduced the deficit after the break and looked a threat throughout but Southampton could not find a leveller.
Mark Hughes lost £18million new-boy Jannik Vestergaard to illness just before the game but did hand Ings, on loan from Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool, his first start.
While Marco Silva was still without his shiny new centre-back Yerry Mina due to a foot injury so Mason Holgate came in for the suspended Phil Jagielka.
The hosts dominated the first half – though Saints striker Charile Austin had the game’s first real chance as he headed James Ward-Prowse’s free-kick wide.
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Walcott was not so wasteful as he clinically opened the a scoring on 15 minutes after a well-worked free-kick.
The clever routine saw Leighton Baines square to Morgan Schneiderlin whose ingenious reverse ball played through Walcott to tuck past Alex McCarthy.
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It should have been 1-1 shortly after when Jordan Pickford spilled a Cedric’s potshot into the path of Ings just six yards out.
But England’s No1 went from zero to hero as he pulled off a stunning, instinctive stop to turn Ings’ shot onto the bar.