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December 8, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 29331‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 1-0 Reading

Stand-out performances from Jason Puncheon and Jay Rodriguez proved the difference for the hosts as they consign Reading to a fourth-straight Premier League defeat

By Tom McKeown at St Mary's Stadium

  • Kelvin Davis
    2
    0
    3.00

    Kelvin Davis

    The club captain made a return to the side at the expense of young Paulo Gazzaniga, and had very little to do in the first half as his defenders stood firm. Produced a strong punch from Shorey's free kick late on.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    6
    0
    3.50

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Got forward well early on, nearly setting up Schneiderlin with a good run and cross, and regularly pushed up throughout the second half, setting up Puncheon's goal with a pinpoint pass.

  • Maya Yoshida
    8
    0
    3.00

    Maya Yoshida

    The centre-back looks like he is forming a fine partnership with Jose Fonte, and dealt with the double Reading threat of Roberts and Le Fondre very well.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    4
    0
    3.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Has come on leaps and bounds in recent games, and today was no different. Was a constant presence in the air and made a superb challenge to snuff out a chance for Le Fondre early on.

  • Luke Shaw
    4
    0
    3.00

    Luke Shaw

    The Saints full-back has been on impressive form recently and looked solid once again, keeping Robson-Kanu at bay and getting forward well.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    2
    0
    3.50

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    The Frenchman was chasing everything down as he tried to shut the Reading midfield out. Couldn't divert Clyne's early cross into the net but cropped up everywhere and took a lot of pressure of the Saints defence.

  • Jack Cork
    2
    0
    2.50

    Jack Cork

    Played the supporting role, tidying up in midfield and spreading the play with confidence, but was nowhere near as involved as his midfield partner.

  • Adam Lallana
    4
    0
    3.00

    Adam Lallana

    Had a quiet opening spell, but the winger came into the game more as time went on. Saw one effort saved by Federici before having to be withdrawn with a knee injury.

  • Jason Puncheon
    9
    0
    4.00

    Jason Puncheon Top of the Match

    Switched wings comfortably, causing the Reading defence some real problems. Almost got on the scoresheet with a header which was disallowed before bagging a fine goal on the hour mark with a cool finish, and nearly doubled his tally with a rocket of a strike towards Federici's near post.

  • Rickie Lambert
    3
    0
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Southampton's talismanic striker was in the mood once again, with an early volley wide and a curling effort which forced a fine save from Federici. Showed good strength and patience to release Clyne on the right in the build-up to Puncheon's goal.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    3
    0
    4.00

    Jay Rodriguez

    The 23-year-old really looked in the mood to take his chance in the starting line-up, and was full of running. Saw an early effort crash into the side netting. Came off to a standing ovation late on as he was replaced by Guly Do Prado.

Substitutions

  • G. Ramírez
    11
    0
    3.50

    G. Ramírez

    Introduced for the injured Lallana shortly before half-time, and was an ever-present threat once again. Saints' big summer signing has been a revelation in the Premier League and Nigel Adkins will be glad he returend from compassionate leave in time.

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    2
    0

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Replaced Rodriguez late on and showed some good touches, firing a long-range curling effort just over the bar before wasting a golden opportunity from 10 yards out.

  • Adam Federici
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adam Federici

    The Royals shot-stopper made an excellent save early on to deny Lambert, and produced more heroics to shut out Puncheon early in the second half.

  • Nicky Shorey
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nicky Shorey

    Had an uncomfortable afternoon dealing with Puncheon, and was lucky not to be booked for hauling down Lambert after giving the Saints striker the ball. A threat from set-pieces but the visitors couldn't make the most of his crosses.

  • Adrian Mariappa
    0
    2
    2.00

    Adrian Mariappa Flop of the Match

    Southampton's forwards were causing problems, and Mariappa regularly committed fouls. The hosts' movement was proving tricky to handle and the defender looked out of his depth.

  • Sean Morrison
    0
    1
    3.00

    Sean Morrison

    Like Mariappa, struggled with Southampton's dangerous crosses but made an excellent clearance from Yoshida's header, before nearly grabbing an assist at the other end as he set up Robson-Kanu's woodwork-hitting effort.

  • Shaun Cummings
    0
    0
    2.50

    Shaun Cummings

    Struggled with the threat of Rodriguez and Puncheon, with Luke Shaw often doubling up in support. When he could venture forward, he delivered a fine cross in the build-up to Robson-Kanu's headed effort against the post.

  • Mikele Leigertwood
    0
    0
    2.50

    Mikele Leigertwood

    Quiet afternoon for the midfielder as the hosts chased and harried, giving Reading very little time on the ball.

  • Jobi McAnuff
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jobi McAnuff

    Didn't get forward as much as he would have hoped and drifted out of the game for long periods. Had a glorious chance to equalise but blasted over.

  • Jay Tabb
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jay Tabb

    Has been on good form for the Royals, and produced another solid display, spreading the ball around well and testing Kelvin Davis with a palm-stinger, but had little support from the rest of his team and was withdrawn with 20 minutes left.

  • Hal Robson-Kanu
    0
    0
    2.50

    Hal Robson-Kanu

    So nearly gave the visitors the lead with a header against the post, but generally was little threat to Southampton's defence. Hauled off by McDermott with just under 15 minutes left.

  • Adam Le Fondre
    0
    0
    2.00

    Adam Le Fondre

    Clearly wanted to add to his strike against Manchester United last weekend, but endured a tough afternoon as Yoshida and Fonte imposed themselved on the striker.

  • Jason Roberts
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jason Roberts

    Like his strike partner he was given a tough afternoon but you couldn't fault the veteran front man for effort. He chased as best he could but it wasn't the most fruitful of afternoons.

Substitutions

  • Alex Pearce
    0
    1
    2.50

    Alex Pearce

    Replaced Morrison on 65 minutes and had the same trouble trying to deal with the threat of Rodriguez.

  • Garath McCleary
    0
    1

    Garath McCleary

    Replaced Robson-Kanu late on but was barely involved as the hosts saw out the win.

  • Noel Hunt
    0
    0
    2.50

    Noel Hunt

    Came on for Tabb on 70 minutes and nearly gave the ball away in his own area straight away. Not able to make an impact as the Royals slipped to defeat.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
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20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
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18 6
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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16 0
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Manchester United
15 2