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Southampton 2-1 Lincoln: Che Adams’ double sends the Saints into the EFL Cup quarter-finals

Southampton 2-1 Lincoln: Che Adams’ double sends the Saints into the EFL Cup quarter-finals

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Che Adams (centre) scores Southampton's second goal against Lincoln City in the EFL CupChe Adams has scored eight goals this season, including four in the EFL Cup

The Che Adams double helped Southampton come from behind and avoid a shock against League One Lincoln City in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

The victory gives Nathan Jones his first victory as Saints manager after losing his only game in charge at Liverpool on November 12.

His side fell behind early on when Gavin Bazunu failed to deal with Ainsley Maitland-Niles’ clipped clearance.

But Adams scored both sides of the break to put Southampton through.

The two goals mark the first time Southampton have scored more than one goal in a game since beating Chelsea on August 30.

It is the first time they reach the quarter-finals of the competition since losing to Manchester United in the 2017 final.

After waiting more than six weeks for his home bow following his move from Luton, Jones wanted a better start but Bazunu, under pressure from Paudie O’Connor, couldn’t deal with the faulty release and the ball rebounded .

It took Southampton a while to settle down but they found an equalizer when Mohamed Elyounoussi found space on the right side of the box and Adams – who might have been offside – dunked into the box to head home.

Lincoln, playing in the fourth round for the first time since 1967/68, was the better side early in the second half, but Jones made a triple substitution, going from 5-3-2 to 4-3-3.

It brought immediate improvement and the second goal came when Elyounoussi’s acrobatic effort was blocked and then bundled over the line by Adams for his second brace of the season.

Lincoln pushed for an equalizer late after leaving gaps for Southampton to exploit, with Samuel Edozie and Adams both missing good chances to help Saints score.

lineups

southampton

Formation 3-5-2

31Bazunu

37Bella-Kotchap4Lyanco22Salisu

2Walker-Peters 8Ward-Prowse 3Maitland-Niles 24Elyounoussi 15Perraud

9A Armstrong10Adams

31Bazunu37Bella-KotchapSubstituted forCaleta-Carat 45’minutes4Lyanco22SalisuSubstituted forS Armstrongat 63’minutes2Walker-PetersSubstituted forEdozieat 63’minutes8Ward-Prowse3Maitland-Niles24Elyounoussi15Perraud9A ArmstrongSubstituted forWalcottat 62’minutesSubstituted forDjenepoat 77’minutes10AdamsSubstitutes1McCarthy6Caleta-Car7Aribo17S Armstrong18Mara19Djenepo23Edozie27Diallo32Walcott

Lincoln City

Formation 3-4-3

1Rushworth

15O’Connor5Jackson16Walsh

2Poole26Virtue6Sanders24Roughan

7Vernam18House19Mândroiu

1Rushworth15O’ConnorBusy at 90 minutes5Jackson16WalshSubstituted forGarrickin 86’minutes2Poole26Virtue6Sanders24Roughan7Vernam18HouseReplaced forHopperin 72’minutes19MândroiuReplaced forBishopin 76’minutesSpare8Oakley-Boothe9Hopper10Bishop14Garrick29WErenson17.Royrenson17

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Game ends, Southampton 2, Lincoln City 1.

Second half ends, Southampton 2, Lincoln City 1.

Corner of Southampton. Against Carl Rushworth.

attempt saved. Che Adams (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the center of the goal. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Paudie O’Connor (Lincoln City) is shown a yellow card.

attempt failed. Samuel Edozie (Southampton) left footed shot from the center of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Mohamed Elyounoussi after a counterattack.

Foul by Che Adams (Southampton).

Paudie O’Connor (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Che Adams (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Paudie O’Connor (Lincoln City).

attempt saved. Max Sanders (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Substitution, Lincoln City. Jordon Garrick replaces Joe Walsh.

attempt failed. Teddy Bishop (Lincoln City) right footed shot from outside the box is a bit too high. Assisted by Matty Virtue.

Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Southampton).

Matty Virtue (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Jackson (Lincoln City).

Corner, Lincoln City. Against Ainsley Maitland Niles.

Substitution, Southampton. Moussa Djenepo replaces Theo Walcott due to injury.

Substitution, Lincoln City. Teddy Bishop replaces Daniel Mandroiu.

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