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WATCH: Jay Rodriguez’s stunning goal puts Saints ahead, Sunderland fight back

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Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez celebrates after scoring their first goal during the English Premier League match at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke On Trent Saturday Nov 2 2013.(AP Photo/ Clint Hughes/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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Southampton dominated the early knockings against Sunderland and were duly rewarded with an absolute howitzer from England international Jay Rodriguez.

The Saints made all of that impressive early play count, as after just three minutes Rodriguez brought the ball down on the edge of the box, took one touch to tee himself up and then smashed a low pile driver into the bottom corner to send the traveling fans wild and put Southampton 1-0 up.

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The sublime effort was Rodriguez’ ninth PL goal of the season, as Saints’ leading goalscorer put all the teams off-field worries to bed within the first five minutes.

Soon after Southampton went 2-0 up as Dejan Lovren’s acrobatic finish extended their lead, but Sunderland hit back soon after through Fabio Borini’s as his strike made it 2-1 at the break. This pulsating clash has it all.

Can the Saints extend their lead? Or will Sunderland and Jozy Altdiore fight back?

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