The law of the ex was in action as Brighton star Adam Lallana scored against former club Southampton on Boxing Day in a 3-1 win at St Mary’s.
The midfielder helped the Saints go from League One to Premier League in a 14-year spell before leaving to sign for Liverpool in a £25million deal back in 2014.
And he came back to haunt them on December 26 as he nodded home from a Solly March cross.
The goal, though, scored after 14 minutes was not soley down to he precision flick-on from Lallana.
His goal-bound effort was pretty weak but made it over the line and into the back of the net as Southampton shot-stopper Gavin Bazunu let the ball slip between his gloves.
“It’s a horrible error by Bazunu,” cried talkSPORT commentator Toby Gilles.
He added: “It was really straight at Bazunu and he’s tried to parry it. I think he could have caught it.”
The young Irishman will know the goal was down to his poor handling, but it was quickly apparent his home supporters are on his side.
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Gilles later commented on the Southampton fans who quickly rallied behind the goalkeeper, showing support rather than lamenting his mistake.
Lallana, though, refused to celebrate goal motioning his arms to get his teammates to quieten down after the effort.
And they embraced in quiet joy.
It was party time 11 minutes before the break though as a Pervis Estupinan cross saw March force an own goal from Romain Perraud to make it 2-0.
“He looked all at sea and simply bundled the ball over his own goal-line,” Gilles said.
And when the half-time whistle blew, Nathan Jones’ side were booed into the changing rooms.
But, despite two half-time alteration, March then added a third with a wonderful left-foot strike from long range with Bazunu standing no chance of saving it.
James Ward-Prowse did get a goal back for the Saints.
He saw a penalty saved – but the ball bounced back for him to nod home easily.
Meanwhile, the hosts did show some fight, almost literally, with Che Adams clashing with Robert Sanchez but they still just couldn’t get going with Brighton barely getting out of third gear.
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