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Southampton and Cardiff fans goad each other; Russell Martin taunts away end at full time

Southampton and Cardiff fans goad each other in the stands and Russell Martin taunts Bluebirds fans in the away end at full time.

Twitter user Connor Collins (@ccollins97) uploaded one clip, captioning it ‘Whose bird is this then’, and watched as thousands of likes and retweet racked up.

Swansea fans meanwhile discovered videos of their club’s former boss applauding the Southampton fans, before taking to do the ‘swim away’ and ‘four in a row’ hand gestures towards the Cardiff supporters nearby.

The game itself saw Southampton extended their unbeaten run in the Championship to 11 games with thanks to Adam Armstrong who scored a brace at St Mary’s.

The hosts found themselves 2-0 up by the 15th minute, the first goal a beautiful finish from Armstrong, with his second coming through a close-range header, and he also missed with another huge opportunity to complete his hat-trick.

Che Adams also had a goal disallowed for offside while substitute Joe Aribo struck the ball against the post with Cardiff comfortably beaten.

Southampton stay fourth in the Championship table, keeping up the pressure on those above them, Leicester City, Ipswich Town and Leeds United.

Cardiff, meanwhile, go down to 11th place, but are still only three points from the play-off places.

Southampton: Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Harwood-Bellis, Bednarek, Manning, Downes, Charles, S Armstrong (Aribo 62), Alcaraz (Fraser 62), A Armstrong (captain), Adams (Mara 81).

Unused substitutes: Lumley, Bree, Holgate, Amo-Ameyaw, Edozie, Dibling.

Goals: A Armstrong (11’, 15’).

Yellow cards: Downes.

Cardiff City: Rúnarsson, Ng, McGuinness, Goutas, Collins, Siopis (Ralls 75), Wintle (captain), Robinson (Colwill 54), Bowler (Tanner 63), Grant (Etete 75), Meite (Ugbo 63).

Unused substitutes: Alnwick, Romeo, Panzo, Adams.

Yellow cards: Colwill.

Referee: James Bell.

Southampton boss Russell Martin said: “I really enjoyed it. I’m really proud of them. We asked for certain things after Wednesday, that’s the process we embark on is to try and learn from every game and try to improve and there was some amazing stuff in there.

“I really enjoyed watching our team play today and I really enjoyed the energy in the whole stadium, the fans and the team and how they played.

“First half we really started the game so, so well and then for 15, 20 minutes in the latter part of the first half we just let the tempo drop a little bit. We were still good I thought and we were still well in control, but we gave Cardiff a moment and a chance and you could see they felt maybe there was a chance in the game for them, so at half time that’s what we spoke about – it’s a choice really, you get on the front foot, you be more aggressive, you be relentless with your energy and willingness to take the ball and play and run, and second half some of the football we played was incredible.

“If a couple of those chances go in – Ryan Fraser with one or two, Ché Adams, they start from Gavin all the way through. I was just watching it with so much pride and gratitude for the players and what they’re doing. We should have scored a few more goals, we created a lot, but in the second half I don’t think Cardiff had a chance really, and they’re a really well organised side who are difficult to play against, so I’m delighted with the players.”

Cardiff manager Erol Bulut said to BBC Radio Wales: “In the first 20 minutes we conceded two goals and we should have been more sharp and aggressive.

“After that, we were more aggressive. OK, they had chances but, for an opponent with that quality, it is normal. We had to take risks.

“We created some chances but generally the first 20 minutes I did not like. The rest was better but we need quality against opponents of this level.

“Generally against teams like that with high quality – Leeds, Leicester, West Brom – you need quality to finalise your actions when you create chances. This is a small problem we have up front.”

Twitter users reacted after seeing Southampton and Cardiff fans goad each other…

@thfcem28: Get the badge in

@R3DLFC: She on Only Firms?

@lanaway_sfc: That thin tiny black sheet is doing wonders keeping them back

@JC_WFC: Yer bird watches Legia Warsaw

@CBL18851: Good job the impenetrable netting is there keeping the warring, arm wavers from getting within touching distance. Imagine the carnage if it wasn’t there. Stone Thailand badges flying all over the place!

@RockabillyChuck: Watch out, she’s got a Stoney on!!

@tom_coulston: What have I just watched 😂

@saintbannerman: Got the badge in 🤣🤣🤣🤣 @stoneisland

@Senior_Dicky78; Modern football fans are an embarrassment

@1rhysparsons: Can only imagine the state of her fellas groupchat right now

@LewMitchell1: Yer bird climbs the netting

@SFCMart: Those stewards are being well helpful to be fair! What is their purpose stood at the back there!!?

@filthyjohnnyval: “I could have stayed in a mining community, been a PE teacher and had a nice life, married a nice Welsh girl — beautiful.” #SaintsFC

@nickthorpe888: I love how they’re pretending that bit of cloth is stopping them from getting to each other

@QPR_Leviathan: It’s embarrassing enough when kids or blokes behave like this but when a woman or girl does, it seems quite tragic… 🥴🥲

@StephenCocky: Looks impossible to get past that black sheet otherwise it woulda been carnage.

@ell_spencex: Makes me actually die that I probably used to be this gobby at games at 16 minus the snide stoney 🤣🤣 why

@spuderz92: Hope we lose tomorrow just so we can’t draw Cardiff in the 3rd round. Scary

@Charlieleahyy: Yer bird wears a Burberry scarf

@DylanMartinSW19: These videos are always jokes. It’s like that paper thin black cloth will insta kill you if you cross it

@JField97: People are so embarrassing. It’s a game of football ffs why act like a bunch of thugs 🤣

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