Winger-forward Jay Rodriguez bagged a six-minute brace before the 20-minute mark as Cardiff’s defence remained decisively absent without the influence of injured holding midfielder Gary Medel, while Three Lions compatriot Rickie Lambert found the net with a headed effort from a corner seven minutes later to make it 3-0.
The Bluebirds upped the tempo after the interval, with youngster Andreas Cornelius coming on for a lacklustre Peter Odemwinge, but 60% possession in Southampton’s favour at the final whistle proved to be a very telling statistic. They also failed to record a single shot on target, whilst Southampton finished up with eleven efforts at goal.
The poor result leaves Cardiff just one point above the relegation zone in 16th place, and will also have Malky Mackay fearing for his job. Mauricio Pochettino on the other hand will be glad his side are back to winning ways, and even more pleased with their high-octane first half performance, followed by a professional showing in the last 45 minutes to see out the 3-0 scoreline.