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FA Cup fourth round: Southampton 2, Yeovil Town 0
12:49pm Monday 27th January 2014 in Yeovil Town FC
YEOVIL Town’s FA Cup dream came to end on Saturday after defeat at Premiership side Southampton.
Goals in each half – a Guly Da Prado penalty and a first senior goal from 18-year-old Sam Gallagher – put the Saints into the fifth round draw.
Yeovil, roared on by 3,403 travelling fans, threatened and looked dangerous in the first half as Shane Duffy had a header saved by Kelvin Davis, while at the other end Jay Rodriguez headed against the post for Southampton.
The Saints made the breakthrough in the 23rd minute as Guly Da Prado sent Marek Stech the wrong way from the penalty spot, after Jamie McAllister was adjudged to have handled in the area.
England international Adam Lallana fired a shot wide and then clipped the top of the cross-bar with what seemed to be an over-hit cross.
Yeovil’s best chance came shortly afterwards as great play down the left between Joel Grant and Joe Ralls saw the ball drilled across for James Hayter, whose effort was denied by a point-blank stop from Southampton goalkeeper Davis.
Just after the break, Yeovil full back Luke Ayling was inches away from the equaliser when Davis saved well from his low shot.
James Ward-Prowse saw an ambitious dipping effort go just over, with Nathaniel Clyne and substitute Gallagher then forcing Stech into some impressive saves.
Southampton doubled their lead on 70 minutes with Gallagher showing good balance to get in front of Duffy before drilling past Stech from a few yards out.
The Saints failed to add to their lead late on, as Stech again stood firm to deny substitute Steven Davis, but Yeovil were unable to find a way back into the game.
Glovers boss Gary Johnson said: “They probably needed the second goal because until that point we were certainly in the game. We were part of a good football match. We played our game and tactics, and kept them down to only a few chances and created a few ourselves, so I was very proud of our team in the first half.”