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August 24, 2013 7:30 PM IST
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ L. Mason‎
Attendance:‬ 29596‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 1-1 Sunderland

Jose Fonte's late header cancelled out Emanuele Giaccherini's debut goal in the Premier League as the Saints snatched a draw from a match they should have won comfortably

By Liam Twomey at St Mary's

  • Artur Boruc
    0
    0
    2.50

    Artur Boruc

    Rarely tested, but could do little about Gaccherini's firm 3rd-minute header. Corners in general seemed a problem for him, and only some sharp improvisation prevented Larsson curling directly in.

  • Dejan Lovren
    1
    1
    3.00

    Dejan Lovren

    Reasonably assured, though he will face much tougher tests than the one posed by Altidore.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    2
    0
    3.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Did what little he had to do to stifle Sunderland's uninspired attackers with a minimum of fuss. Popped up late on with the crucial equaliser, showing his attacking team-mates how to find the net.

  • Luke Shaw
    1
    0
    3.00

    Luke Shaw

    Looked good in the first half without having a decisive attacking influence. Replaced by Clyne at the break.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    0
    0
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    His passing and positional play were as reliable as ever, but Pochettino withdrew him at the halfway point as he re-jigged his team to a more attacking setting.

  • Victor Wanyama
    3
    0
    3.50

    Victor Wanyama

    Controlled the midfield with strength, technique and intelligence. Not as much of a threat from attacking set-pieces as he might have been though.

  • James Ward-Prowse
    1
    0
    4.00

    James Ward-Prowse Top of the Match

    His deliveries from open play and set-pieces were consistently dangerous and, if his team-mates had made the most of them, Southampton would have won comfortably. In the end, one of his late free-kicks was enough to earn a draw.

  • Adam Lallana
    1
    0
    3.00

    Adam Lallana

    Drifted in and out of proceedings but almost lit up a dreary afternoon with a fierce volley which flew just past the far post with Westwood at full stretch.

  • Calum Chambers
    1
    0
    3.00

    Calum Chambers

    Defended very calmly on the rare occasions he was tested and was reliable in possession, if not much of a threat.

  • Rickie Lambert
    2
    0
    3.00

    Rickie Lambert

    Troubled O'Shea and Diakite all afternoon with his aerial prowess but, one first-half header aside, did not test Westwood anywhere near as often as you would expect him to.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jay Rodriguez

    Thought he had levelled the scores moments after Giaccherini's opener, only to be denied by a debatable offside call. Lively throughout, but his finishing touch let him down.

Substitutions

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    0
    0
    3.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Replaced Shaw at half time and gave Celustka problems without supplying a killer ball.

  • G. Ramírez
    1
    0
    2.50

    G. Ramírez

    His direct running caused moments of panic in the Sunderland defence, but he didn't make the crucial difference.

  • Pablo Daniel Osvaldo
    1
    0
    3.00

    Pablo Daniel Osvaldo

    Took his Premier League bow at half time and almost set up a couple of goals with a hanging cross and clever knockdown. The early signs are he is unselfish enough to work with Lambert as well as instead of him.

  • Keiren Westwood
    2
    0
    4.00

    Keiren Westwood

    Apart from Rodriguez's early disallowed strike he stopped everything. His saves ranged from the simple to the superb, but he was always reliable. His team's star performer, even if his cause was helped by some poor finishing.

  • Ondřej Čelůstka
    0
    0
    3.00

    Ondřej Čelůstka

    Looked uncomfortable with the pace and skill of Lallana and Clyne at times but made no major rickets.

  • John O'Shea
    0
    0
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    Always calm in the face of the Southampton onslaught and marshalled his battered defence well, making a number of crucial last-ditch interventions.

  • Modibo Diakite
    0
    0
    3.00

    Modibo Diakite

    Solid enough positionally, even if he was beaten a little too often by Lambert in the air.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    1
    0
    4.00

    Sebastian Larsson

    His set-piece delivery once again made the difference, but he was an asset to his team in open play too, working tirelessly to fight fires in front of his defence.

  • Craig Gardner
    0
    0
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    Typically comfortable on the ball, he filled in at right-back towards the end with no difficulty.

  • Jack Colback
    1
    0
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    Acquitted himself well out of position at left-back. Vaughan replaced him on 54 minutes.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    1
    2.00

    Adam Johnson

    Showed a willingness to work and run for the cause but had little impact on this game, as Sunderland's attack still fails to click.

  • Emanuele Giaccherini
    2
    1
    3.50

    Emanuele Giaccherini

    Took his goal superbly and pressed intelligently in the first half. Replaced by Wickham with eight minutes left as he tired.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    1
    1
    1.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon Flop of the Match

    Utterly anonymous for the duration of his time on the pitch - so much so that this reporter was only reminded he had started when his withdrawal was announced at half time.

  • Jozy Altidore
    1
    1
    2.00

    Jozy Altidore

    Still fails to convince he is worthy of such a hefty pricetag. Worked hard - the minimum you would expect - but with no discernible quality.

Substitutions

  • David Vaughan
    0
    1
    3.00

    David Vaughan

    Came on for Colback on 54 minutes. One wayward long-ranger aside, he provided fresh legs.

  • Connor Wickham
    1
    1

    Connor Wickham

    Came on for Giaccherini in the last 10 minutes but wasn't really involved.

  • Dong-Won Ji
    1
    1
    2.50

    Dong-Won Ji

    Replaced the ineffective Sessegnon at half time, and offered only a little more than the Benin international.

Results
 
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Tournament
Position
Ranking
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Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
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20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
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18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
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15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
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15 0