Southampton 0-2 Brentford
Saturday December 11, St Mary's, (Att: 19,641)Southampton suffered a first home defeat under Nigel Adkins as a fifth away win on the bounce for Brentford saw them move level on points with their opponents.
On a good run on home soil, the home side began strongly and were denied an early goal after Richard Lee produced a fine save to stop Guly Do Prado's header.
However, against the run of the play, it was the visitors who took the lead inside the opening 15 minutes.
Saints keeper Kelvin Davies made a complete mess of Gary Alexander's long range strike and allowed the ball to bounce over him and into the net.
The hosts responded, with Rickie Lambert forcing Lee into a save from a free kick. However, Adkins's side were the architects of their own downfall once again as the Bees doubled their lead with less than half an hour played.
This time their defence failed to deal with a high free kick punted forwards and Charlie McDonald was quickest to latch onto the ball and prod home past Davies.
Southampton battled hard to find a way past their stubborn opponents and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain went close with a shot that flashed past the post.
It was the Londoners who could have further extended their lead late on though, as substitute Nicky Forster spurned a good chance after another error in the Saints back line.
One final chance for the Hampshire outfit ended with a free kick striking the post as Andy Scott's men held on for a hugely impressive victory.