SAINTS have only won two of their last eight home games against Fulham, but there have been some memorable victories against the Cottagers over the years.

Here is a look back at Saints' last five home wins against Fulham ahead of tomorrow's big match at St Mary's.

October 26th, 2013

SAINTS moved to third in the Premier League with this win. The recalled Rickie Lambert opened the scoring on 20 minutes
Jay Rodriguez flicked on a superb James Ward-Prowse corner and Lambert powered in a header at the far post.
Lambert also hit the post in a blistering first-half display, before Jay Rodriguez made it 2-0 in the 43rd minute. It was another well-worked goal with Lambert at the heart of it. Adam Lallana found him at the far post with a searching cross-field chip into the area. It was nodded back across goal and Rodriguez held off Phillippe Senderos to head in from close range.
At the final whistle, only Arsenal and Liverpool were above Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Lovren, Fonte, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Wanyama (Cork 89), Ward-Prowse, Lallana, Lambert (Do Prado 78), Rodriguez.    

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James Beattie celebrates one of his goals against Fulham in 2002

October 27th 2002

James Beattie’s first Premiership hat-trick ensured Saints came back from 2-0 down to win a match played in gale-force winds.
Lee Clark gave Fulham a 15th-minute lead with a run and a shot that took a wicked deflection off the back of Michael Svensson, leaving Antti Niemi helpless. 
They doubled it on 24 minutes thanks to some slack defending. Steed Malbranque sidefooted in after Saints allowed Steve Finnan’s cut back from the by-line to roll across the penalty area. 
Beattie pulled one back with a 26th-minute penalty into the top corner after a Zak Knight handball.  
He headed the 42nd-minute equaliser across Edwin Van Der Sar and into the far corner following a beautiful ball from former Fulham star Fabrice Fernandes. 
Beattie headed his third from Anders Svensson’s 53rd-minute free-kick, before Brett Ormerod stroked in the fourth.
SAINTS: Niemi, Dodd, Bridge, Oakley, Lundekvam, M Svensson, Fernandes, Ormerod, Beattie, A Svensson, Marsden.

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James Beattie with the match ball after his hat-trick against Fulham in 2002
November 26th 1977

Steve Neville scored his only goal in six Saints appearances, a close-range header, to give Saints the lead midway through the second half of this division two fixture. 
Nick Holmes cut in from the left before beating Gerry Peyton from 12 yards to double the advantage.
Saints manager Lawrie McMenemy described the performance as Saints’ worst of the season but  they were promoted back to the first division as runners-up behind Bolton Wanderers six months later, when Neville was released. 
SAINTS: Wells, Waldron, Andruszewski, Baker, Nicholl, Pickering Ball, Boyer, MacDougall, Holmes, Neville.

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George Best is sent off at The Dell in 1976

October 2nd 1976

Ted MacDougall and Mel Blyth scored two goals apiece in this comfortable win against Fulham.
MacDougall glanced in a second-minute header from a David Peach cross and Blyth headed in two Jim McCalliog free-kicks. 
In between, Fulham pulled a goal back through striker John Mitchell, a few minutes after the great George Best was sent off for foul and abusive language, midway through the second half.
Saints boss Lawrie McMenemy defended Best afterwards, saying: “Technically the referee was right but George Best has been criticised often enough for not caring about football. Today he was sent off because he cares.” 
MacDougall completed the scoring in the 80th minute, after racing on to a Mick Channon pass. Malcolm Waldron was named man of the match. 
SAINTS: Boulton, Rodrigues, Peach, Steele (Stokes 22), Waldron, Blyth, MacDougall,  Channon, Osgood, McCalliog, Fisher.

February 24th 1976

Saints went behind to a sixth-minute goal by John Lacy but Mel Blyth soon equalised by heading in a David Peach corner. Ted MacDougall missed a 51st-minute penalty but on the hour Mick Channon raced on to  a Hughie Fisher pass  and smashed an angled 20-yarder past Peter Mellor.
Fulham boss Alec Stock said: “It takes a special type of player to score a goal like that.” 
This win contributed to Saints’ best-ever season at home – it was one of 18 league wins at The Dell. 
Saints’ poor away form meant they finished sixth but the season is best remembered for the club’s FA Cup success. 
SAINTS: Turner, Rodrigues, Peach, Holmes, Blyth, Steele, Fisher, Channon, Gilchrist, McCalliog, Stokes.