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December 29, 2012 8:30 PM IST
Britannia Stadium — Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Referee:‬ M. Clattenburg‎
Attendance:‬ 26391‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stoke City 3-3 Southampton

Rickie Lambert was the pick of the players, while Steven N'Zonzi struggled and was eventually sent-off in a pulsating encounter at the Britannia Stadium

By Nicholas McGee

  • Asmir Begovic
    3
    3
    1.50

    Asmir Begovic

    A disappointing afternoon for the Stoke keeper, who will have felt that he could have done better for all of Southampton's goals.

  • Robert Huth
    1
    3
    1.50

    Robert Huth

    Struggled throughout and will have been annoyed at his role in the visitors' second goal, as he shanked a clearance onto the crossbar, before Rodriguez swept home.

  • Matthew Upson
    2
    2
    2.50

    Matthew Upson

    The former England international came in to the side in place of Ryan Shawcross, and played a vital role, scoring Stoke's second goal which got them back into the game.

  • Andy Wilkinson
    1
    3
    1.50

    Andy Wilkinson

    Endured a poor afternoon which was punctuated by his own-goal, as he bundled Lambert's cut-back past Begovic and into his own net.

  • Ryan Shotton
    1
    2
    2.50

    Ryan Shotton

    Shotton was no better than any of his defensive colleagues, but did look good from an attacking sense and created Stoke's equaliser.

  • Glenn Whelan
    1
    2
    2.00

    Glenn Whelan

    Found himself overrun in midfield for much of the encounter, as Southampton attacked incisively and with pace.

  • Steven N'Zonzi
    1
    5
    1.00

    Steven N'Zonzi Flop of the Match

    A disastrous day for the former Blackburn man, who was rightly shown a straight red card for a stamp on Jack Cork to cap a hugely disappointing performance.

  • Michael Kightly
    2
    3
    2.00

    Michael Kightly

    Created very little from the right before eventually being substituted, and also failed to help out significantly in defence.

  • Matthew Etherington
    2
    2
    2.00

    Matthew Etherington

    An ineffective performance from the winger, who was replaced early in the second half.

  • Kenwyne Jones
    2
    2
    3.00

    Kenwyne Jones

    Took his goal excellently and always looked like netting again whenever he got into a dangerous area.

  • Jonathan Walters
    2
    2
    2.50

    Jonathan Walters

    Stoke's main creative outlet, another lively performance from the Republic of Ireland international.

Substitutions

  • Dean Whitehead
    2
    2
    2.50

    Dean Whitehead

    Helped Stoke gain control of the midfield after coming on in the second half.

  • Peter Crouch
    1
    3
    2.00

    Peter Crouch

    Had little opportunity to get his name on the score sheet but it was his header that allowed Jerome to produce a spectacular late equaliser.

  • Cameron Jerome
    4
    2
    3.50

    Cameron Jerome

    His direct physical approach caused Southampton all sorts of problems and it was his unbelievable volley that earned a point for the home side.

  • Kelvin Davis
    1
    1
    2.00

    Kelvin Davis

    Conceded three but could do little about any of them, and made a couple of saves in an attempt to keep his side in the lead.

  • Maya Yoshida
    10
    2
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Southampton's best defender, the Japanese international, who usually operates from the centre, delivered a commanding performance from right-back.

  • Jos Hooiveld
    2
    1
    2.00

    Jos Hooiveld

    Struggled with the physical threat provided by the hosts, and saw Jones' effort bobble through his legs and into the back of the net.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    2
    1
    2.00

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    The Portuguese endured a hard afternoon's work, and was fortunate not to give away a penalty for handball midway through the second half.

  • Luke Shaw
    2
    1
    2.00

    Luke Shaw

    Struggled in the early stages but eventually settled and performed well, breaking forward often and creating a couple of chances.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    1
    1
    2.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Dominated the midfield for much of the game but faded as Stoke grew stronger in the second half.

  • Jack Cork
    1
    1
    2.50

    Jack Cork

    An energetic performance from the midfielder, who did his best to get Southampton on the break when possible, tangled with Nzonzi which ultimately saw the French midfielder dismissed.

  • Jason Puncheon
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jason Puncheon

    Always a threat down the right flank and delivered the cross for the Saints' third goal, scored by Stoke defender Wilkinson.

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    2
    1
    3.00

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Handed a start in attack and looked lively throughout, running at defenders and playing some tricky passes around. Picked out Lambert for the opening goal with a fine cross.

  • Rickie Lambert
    6
    1
    4.00

    Rickie Lambert Top of the Match

    An excellent display from the striker, took his goal with aplomb and was integral in the build-up play for Southampton's second.

  • Jay Rodriguez
    2
    1
    3.00

    Jay Rodriguez

    Could not have an easier goal in his career, scoring from roughly two yards out, but it was well deserved for a lively performance.

Substitutions

  • Daniel Fox
    1
    1
    2.00

    Daniel Fox

    Brought on to help stem the tide of Stoke attacks but was unsuccessful.

  • Frazer Richardson
    1
    1
    2.00

    Frazer Richardson

    Could do nothing to stop Stoke from snatching a draw despite being introduced to help shore of the defence.

Results
 
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