• Norwich were reduced to 10 men shortly after 30 minutes as Steven Whittaker received his second yellow
  • Southampton striker Graziano Pelle gave them the lead just before half-time with a close-range finish
  • Dusan Tadic’s brace completed the scoreline after the hour mark to give Saints their first league win of the season
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Sam Cunningham for the Daily Mail

The contrast in attitudes to Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama were laid bare in Southampton’s comprehensive victory against Norwich.

Wanyama was deemed not ‘mentally or physically good enough to play’ by Ronald Koeman as he agitates for a move to Tottenham. Meanwhile, Manchester United transfer target Mane set up all three goals in a desperately needed first Premier League win of the season.

Wanyama’s absence was barely even noticed by his team-mates as Graziano Pelle’s strike just before the break and Dusan Tadic’s second-half double made Southampton a better place than it has been for a while. They were helped no end by Steven Whittaker’s dismissal after half-an-hour. 

Dusan Tadic celebrates after scoring the first of his double in Southampton's 3-0 win at home to Norwich on Sunday afternoon

Dusan Tadic celebrates after scoring the first of his double in Southampton’s 3-0 win at home to Norwich on Sunday afternoon

The Southampton playmaker doubled their lead just after the hour mark with a curling right-footed effort

The Southampton playmaker doubled their lead just after the hour mark with a curling right-footed effort

Tadic runs over to the corner in celebration where he is congratulated by his fellow Southampton team-mates

Tadic runs over to the corner in celebration where he is congratulated by his fellow Southampton team-mates

The 26-year-old runs over to Southampton boss Ronald Koeman to celebrate his opening strike against Norwich

The 26-year-old runs over to Southampton boss Ronald Koeman to celebrate his opening strike against Norwich

MATCH FACTS, PLAYERS RATINGS BY SAM CUNNINGHAM WITH PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE INCLUDED TOO

 

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg 6; Cedric 6.5 (Martina 72 6), Fonte 7, Yoshida 6.5, Targett 6; Romeu 6.5, S Davis 6 (Rodriguez 46 7); Ward-Prowse 7, Tadić 8, Mané 8 (Juanmi 80); Pellè 7.5.

Subs not used: K Davis, Long, Reed, Caulker.

Manager: Ronald Koeman 8

Goals: Pelle 45, Tadic 64 and 67  

Norwich (4-4-1-1): Ruddy 7; Whittaker 4, Martin 5, Bassong 5, Brady 5.5; Redmond 6, Tettey 5, Dorrans 6 (Johnson 70 6), Howson 6; Hoolahan 6 (Wisdom 32 5); Jerome 5.5 (Hooper 89).

Subs not used: R Bennett, O’Neil, van Wolfswinkel.

Manager: Alex Neil 5 

Sent off: Whittaker (Two yellows)

Referee: Jonathan Moss 7

Stadium: St Mary’s Stadium

MOTM: Mane

Attendance: 29,573 

It is understood Wanyama trained with the team ahead of the match, yet without him Southampton played their best football of the season.

Only two minutes in and James Ward-Prowse sent a right-foot free kick, from 25 yards out, heading into the top left corner, but John Ruddy made what at first looked an impossible save to get across goal and push it wide. Not long after, Sadio Mane – back in the side after a hip injury ruled him out of their Europa League midweek exit – used a run outside on the right flank as a decoy and cut inside. It created a window through which to shoot and his effort had accuracy but lacked the power needed to beat Ruddy.

Tadic was making the difference for Southampton. He has been suffering from a fatigue problem, but was back in the starting line-up and they were far better for it. On 26 minutes, the Serbian dug out a cross from the left and Pelle brushed off pressure from Sebastien Bassong to glance a header across goal, but it went just wide. Four minutes later, Mane played a hopeful ball across the box from the right, Pelle cushioned a clever header to Tadic who hit a left-foot shot across goal, but again narrowly the wrong side the post.

Cameron Jerome had the only real chance of the match for Norwich in the 20th minute, when Robbie Brady crossed from the left, Graham Dorrans hooked the ball back and the striker headed wide from six yards out. Any more on the ball and it would have gone in.

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse thought he had given them an early lead but saw his free-kick brilliantly saved by John Ruddy

Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse thought he had given them an early lead but saw his free-kick brilliantly saved by John Ruddy

Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan (left) and Oriol Romeu battle for an aerial ball during the opening exchanges of their league encounter

Norwich playmaker Wes Hoolahan (left) and Oriol Romeu battle for an aerial ball during the opening exchanges of their league encounter

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome (left) missed their best chance on 20 minutes when he headed wide following Robbie Brady's cross

Norwich striker Cameron Jerome (left) missed their best chance on 20 minutes when he headed wide following Robbie Brady’s cross

Norwich attacker Nathan Redmond (centre) dribbles with the ball as Romeu tries to chase him down in pursuit

Norwich attacker Nathan Redmond (centre) dribbles with the ball as Romeu tries to chase him down in pursuit

Norwich's afternoon took a turn for the worse just after the half-an-hour mark as Steven Whittaker (left) was sent off

Norwich’s afternoon took a turn for the worse just after the half-an-hour mark as Steven Whittaker (left) was sent off

The Scotland international (centre) was shown a second yellow card in the space of minutes for fouling Tadic

The Scotland international (centre) was shown a second yellow card in the space of minutes for fouling Tadic

The Norwich defender heads down towards the tunnel as Norwich are forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match

The Norwich defender heads down towards the tunnel as Norwich are forced to play with 10 men for the remainder of the match

But they lost Steven Whittaker on 30 minutes for two needless yellow cards in a short space of time. He stopped Matt Targett taking a quick throw-in first of all, then brought down Tadic as he ran on to a ball over the top which he was never going to reach.

‘He’s tried to tug him back, which was a silly decision,’ manager Alex Neil said. ‘I didn’t feel he needed to, the ball was running through to John Ruddy. Sometimes they get let go.

‘I was a bit disappointed with the first one. The lad’s tried to take it quickly, Steven’s trying to recover his position and stop him taking a quick throw. In some games no-one bothers with them. Up until then we hadn’t played well anyway.’

Sighs were building around St Mary’s as the home side failed to put the finishing touches to chances, until Pelle finally broke the deadlock in first-half stoppage time. Mane passed inside from the right and the striker held off Russell Martin and swept the ball in at the near post.

They almost had a second before the break, that pair combining again. Mane crossed and it just evaded Pelle’s head. The ball squirmed out of Ruddy’s grasp, but he held at the second attempt.

The visitors were soon made to pay as Graziano Pelle (left) put Southampton in front just before the half-time whistle

The visitors were soon made to pay as Graziano Pelle (left) put Southampton in front just before the half-time whistle

Pelle gave the south coast the club lead in first-half injury time with an emphatic finish inside the Norwich six-yard box

Pelle gave the south coast the club lead in first-half injury time with an emphatic finish inside the Norwich six-yard box

Pelle wheels away in celebration after giving the hosts a vital breakthrough going into the interval at St Mary's

Pelle wheels away in celebration after giving the hosts a vital breakthrough going into the interval at St Mary’s

The Italy international's (right) goal was greeted with great delight from his team-mates who ran over to congratulate him

The Italy international’s (right) goal was greeted with great delight from his team-mates who ran over to congratulate him

Unlike Wanyama, Mane was not letting interest from Manchester United effect his appetite, and on 56 minutes he burst down the right and into the box before going for the near post with a fierce shot, but Ruddy beat it out. A minute later, Jay Rodriguez, on at half-time, tried another powerful effort but Ruddy was equal to it.

They finally beat the Norwich goalkeeper on 64 minutes for the second and Tadic got the goal his performance warranted. Mane found him with a low ball from the right, straight through Norwich’s defence, and Tadic converted at the back post. His second came three minutes later. Ruddy somehow tipped Pelle’s powered header to the side, but Tadic tapped in from two yards out.

Mane was given a standing ovation as he left the field with 10 minutes to play. Wanyama had already been forgotten about.

Southampton forward Sadio Mane (left) shrugs off the challenge of Alexander Tettey during Sunday's Premier League clash

Southampton forward Sadio Mane (left) shrugs off the challenge of Alexander Tettey during Sunday’s Premier League clash

Tadic (left) completed the scoreline just minutes on 67 minutes as Southampton put 10-man Norwich to the sword

Tadic (left) completed the scoreline just minutes on 67 minutes as Southampton put 10-man Norwich to the sword

Norwich goalkeeper Ruddy was left helpless as Tadic tucked the ball into the net from close range on Sunday afternoon

Norwich goalkeeper Ruddy was left helpless as Tadic tucked the ball into the net from close range on Sunday afternoon

Tadic is hugged by fellow goalscorer Pelle after netting their third goal of the game at St Mary's on Sunday afternoon

Tadic is hugged by fellow goalscorer Pelle after netting their third goal of the game at St Mary’s on Sunday afternoon

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