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Premier League

  • 29 December 2012
  • • 20:30
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: M. Clattenburg
  • • Attendance: 26391

Live Commentary

  • This result has seen Stoke stay in 8th place, but the Saints sink to the relegation zone in 18th. We've witnessed a cracker here this afternoon, I've been Sion Cleaver, until next time, stay classy.
  • Tony Pulis' Potters are now ten matches unbeaten in the Premier League, but Southampton will feel very hard done by after going 3-1 up at the Britannia Stadium.
  • That's it! Stoke have battled from behind to draw 3-3 against a Southampton side who showed moments of pure brilliance but have struggled hugely with maintaining a level of consistency.
  • 90' + 7'
    WHAT A CHANCE! Stoke should be winning here, Crouch goes up for an effort on goal but Davis narrowly catches the header. The home side have all the momentum here but time may not be on their side. Just seconds left to run.
  • 90' + 6'
    Cork concedes a free-kick in the hosts' favour, the majority of Stoke's squad is going up for this one, Begovic stays in goal.
  • 90' + 5'
    Walters takes a run in the Saints half, he hits a pacey ball in the direction of Crouch, who just can't manage to get on the end of it, the ball rolls out of his reach.
  • 90' + 3'
    A joint effort from Shotton and Huth successfully clears a Schneiderlin cross from the right, Southampton still have some life left in them.
  • 90' + 1'
    We have SEVEN minutes of stoppage time to play, surely there won't be another turn in the game! Stoke are really pushing for that winner now.
  • 90'
    Assist Peter Crouch
  • 90'
    Goal Cameron Jerome
    GOOOAAAALLLL!!!! STOKE HAVE THE EQUALISER! Stoke pushed forward with the majority of their squad up front, the ball is headed back by Crouch, into Jerome, who unleashes a monumental volley from out of nowhere to ripple the back of the net and seal the draw for Tony Pulis' men! Unbelievable stuff, the Britannia has gone absolutely crazy.
  • 88'
    DISALLOWED GOAL FOR STOKE! This game is electric now, Stoke are really pushing for it. Jerome runs into a well-placed pass before hitting the target impressively, the linesman's flag is up however.
  • 86'
    Yellow Card Cameron Jerome
    Jerome sees yellow for protesting too aggressively after he claimed Yoshida has touched the ball with his hand.
  • 85'
    SubstitutionJason Puncheon Frazer Richardson
    Frazer Richardson replaces Jason Puncheon for the visitors, he has played brilliantly up front today has Puncheon, but he has been lacking in pace the last 10 minutes or so.
  • 83'
    Stoke may be down to 10-men here, but they are really pushing for that equaliser at the moment. Southampton do not look like they're ahead at all, we could have a dramatic late finish on our hands here.
  • 82'
    SubstitutionLuke Shaw Daniel Fox
    Danny Fox replaces Luke Shaw for Southampton.
  • 80'
    Lambert brings the ball out of the Southampton area and into Stoke's half as the rest of the Saints squad follow him behind, his low cross from the right proves to be too heavy for Rodriguez however as the visitors squander their chance.
  • 78'
    Yellow Card Jay Rodriguez
    Clatternburg books Jay Rodriguez for timewasting after he hoofed the ball up field after the whistle.
  • 78'
    Jones latches onto a Shotton throw before flicking an effort towards the near post only to find that Crouch can't get there in time, Southampton clear.
  • 77'
    Things have gone absolutely crazy here at the Britannia Stadium, the crowd are getting right behind Stoke and I wouldn't be surprised if Crouch equalized for the hosts. A little over ten minutes to go now.
  • 75'
    SubstitutionMichael Kightly Peter Crouch
    Another substitution for Stoke, Michael Kightly comes off for Peter Crouch.
  • 71'
    Red Card Steven N'Zonzi
    N'Zonzi crashes into Cork with a hugely aggressive boot to the leg, very over the top from the Frenchman as he rightly receives a red card for his troubles. Shocking tackle.
  • 71'
    HUGE PENALTY SHOUTS! Jones climbs for a header in the area, Fonte goes up to clear and is thought to have handled the ball in the box by the home support, Clatternburg disagrees.
  • 70'
    SubstitutionAndy Wilkinson Dean Whitehead
    Another change for Stoke as Tony Pulis aims to pull out all the stops. The man with the own goal Andy Wilkinson is replaced by Dean Whitehead in the Potters' defensive formation.
  • 67'
    Goal Matthew Upson
    GOAL! STOKE ARE BACK IN IT! Southampton are really paying for that missed Do Prado effort now. Fonte charges down a Jones shot from a corner, the ball flies out into the box just in time for Matthew Upson to convert and score his first goal of this top-flight campaign. It's game on for Stoke.
  • 66'
    CHANCE FROM DO PRADO! Lambert makes a run towards Begovic in the Stoke goal, his effort is saved by the goalkeeper's feet and Do Prado steps up to finish off the job but misses!
  • 65'
    A Cork pass find the run of Rodriguez down the centre, who skips through the Stoke defence and fires past Begovic, who came out for a stop and misses in spectacular fashion. Huth gets onto the line to clear however, danger averted for Stoke.
  • 62'
    Upson goes to make a standard clearance for the hosts, but he makes a right hash of it right in front of the visiting Saints fans. The ball flies out of play, and Upson is subjected to a number of wolf-whistles and even a sarcastic applause, how nice.
  • 60'
    Southampton have a very mild handball shout turned down by Clattenburg, he waves play on.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionMatthew Etherington Cameron Jerome
    Change for Stoke City, Cameron Jerome comes on for Matthew Etherington, Jerome has scored four goals in five games against Southampton, he takes his place down the centre.
  • 57'
    Both players go off to change into clean shirts. Huth comes back with a bandage on his head, he's alright ladies and gents.
  • 56'
    Huth and Wilkinson clash heads, both defenders have blood on their shirts. Looks like Huth's the one with the cut to his forehead.
  • 54'
    Huth does well to hold off a barrage of Lambert tackles down the right, but Huth's reverse pass is inaccurate as Stoke lose possession.
  • 53'
    Yoshida wins possession shows back for the visitors, the Japanese defender does well to fend off pressure from Walters and dispatch the ball into Stoke's half. The hosts' defence deals with it well however, and danger is cleared.
  • 50'
    Wilkinson concedes a corner but the hosts clear Puncheon's set-piece with minimal effort.
  • 48'
    Puncheon heads away the resultant free-kick, with the ball landing with Fonte, who heads the ball out of danger following a Do Prado mistake.
  • 47'
    Yellow Card José Fonte
    Jose Fonte slides in on Walters with quite a lot of force, referee Mark Clattenburg stops play and Fonte receives a yellow for his efforts.
  • 45'
    There are no changes to be made from either side at the break, Stoke restart the game playing left to right.
  • 45'
    We're back underway after the break, the Britannia is eerily quiet compared to the atmosphere at the start of this clash.
  • After hammering Liverpool just a few days ago, many would have expected Stoke to have decimated Southampton in the same way as their Merseyside counterparts. Things are looking very comfortable for Southampton at the break however, but Pulis will surely want to change that come the second half. Part two's coming up, don't go anywhere...
  • Half-time at the Britannia, Stoke find themselves 3-1 after starting the half as the better side. Tony Pulis is not a happy bunny as he marches down the tunnel towards the home dressing room.
  • 45' + 1'
    Kightly wins the ball down the left and attempts to break an attacking movement on the Southampton area but he miscontrols his pass to Walters horribly and the visitors regain possession.
  • 45'
    Stoke, who started this game brightly, have really sat back since conceding that second goal. Southampton have found themselves on the upper foot here as Lambert gains possession inside the box before traipsing just outside the area and trying his luck on the Stoke goal. Easy save from Begovic.
  • 42'
    Cork attempts to find the run of Rodriguez down the right flank, but Begovic does well to run out and clear any danger.
  • 41'
    Southampton are only the second side to have scored two goals or more at the Britannia Stadium this season, Manchester United being the only other team to achieved such a feat.
  • 39'
    CHANCE! Southampton are looking for a fourth now. Puncheon makes a nice run before dispatching to Jack Cork, who composes himself well before dragging over the ball and going for a cracking shot from 25 yards out. His effort is on target, but so is Begovic, who saves Stoke from going another goal down.
  • 36'
    Own Goal Andy Wilkinson
    OWN GOAL FROM WILKINSON! A Puncheon cross from the right finds Lambert in the center of the Stoke area, Wilkinson aims for a clearance but comes under pressure from Rodriquez and as a result launches the ball into his own net!
  • 33'
    Wlikinson steps out to clear a Puncheon effort on goal before dispatching up field to Walters, who overhits his to pass to Etherington and Stoke's sudden break comes to nothing.
  • 30'
    Shotton threatens the Southampton defence with a long throw-in from the right, the wind assists the ball's travels somewhat but the ball is eventually cleared by Cork.
  • 28'
    Jones clears a corner for the hosts but goes down with a blow to his head, presumably picked up when going up for the header. The Trinidadian recovers however, and play resumes.
  • 27'
    CHANCE! Puncheon takes a strong run down the wing, beating Wilkinson with a step over before forcing a mammoth save from Begovic in the Stoke goal!
  • 24'
    Goal Jay Rodriguez
    GOAL FOR SOUTHAMPTON! Lambert crosses in a speedy volley from the right wing, Huth gathers to clear but the ball crashes into the woodwork to see Rodriguez tap in from close range.
  • 22'
    Stoke break, Shotton back heels it to Shaw, who miscontrols the ball after fending off a Walters tackle, who hits the ball out for a Stoke corner. The resultant kick is taken and the visitors' defence clears comfortably.
  • 21'
    Southampton take their free-kick from 35 yards out, Begovic easily catches the floating cross and distributes it to the Stoke midfield.
  • 20'
    It's all Stoke at the moment, Begovic hoofs a long ball up field but possession is lost. Southampton reply with pace on the attack, Rodriquez goes down from a foul by Huth. Free-kick from 35 yards out.
  • 18'
    Stoke find themselves back in Southampton's half looking to take the lead for the first time this match, an attacking movement from Jones comes to nothing but a corner is won on the right. Shotton steps up to take but Davis catches it with ease on the Saints line.
  • 16'
    Assist Ryan Shotton
  • 16'
    Goal Kenwyne Jones
    GOAL! EQUALISER FOR STOKE! The hosts win back possession deep in their own half before launching the ball upfield and breaking with pace. Shotton takes the ball down the right, beating a number of defensive tackles before crossing into Jones at the far post, who taps it in from close range!
  • 15'
    Jones and Walters team up to attempt an attack on the Southampton defence, but the visitors snatch back possession and the danger is cleared.
  • 14'
    Stoke will probably be feeling very hard done by here, they've enjoyed the majority of possession but a Southampton goal against the run of play separates them at the moment.
  • 11'
    WHAT A CHANCE! Stoke come extremely close to replying with a goal up the other end. A deflected shot from Nzonzi ends up at the feet of Kenwynne Jones, who misses from just two yards out!
  • 10'
    Assist Do Prado
  • 10'
    Goal Rickie Lambert
    GOAL! A lovely Do Prado run down the left win sees him crack a swinging volley into the box before meeting a well-hit Ricky Lambert volley and flying into the net.
  • 9'
    Shotton's long throw from the right comes off Jones but is just flies past Waters and the visitors clear asily. Shaw concedes a throw-in as Kightly goes towards the corner flag but nothing comes of it.
  • 6'
    Shotton is well beaten by a flurry of footwork courtesy of Puncheon, who leaves him for dust and crosses into the box only for it to be cleared at the far post.
  • 4'
    Lambert latches onto a Luke Shaw throw-in and attempts a run into the middle from the wing but his effort fizzles out.
  • 2'
    Nice display of strength from Walters, he battles up field but the visitors clear the ball from any danger.
  • 1'
    We're underway here, Stoke immediately push it up into Southampton's half.
  • The teams have emerged from the tunnel, and the Britannia has erupted. The home faithful clearly believe they can grab all three points from this one, but Southampton aren't to be dismissed completely. Just a minute or so before kick off now.
  • Stoke have also conceded the least goals this season, with 9 clean sheets from the 19 they've played so far.
  • Here's a cracking statistic for you folks, Papiss Cisse and Javi Garcia are the only two visiting players to have scored against Stoke at the Britannia so far this campaign.
  • Southampton: Kelvin Davis; Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Guly, Rodriguez; Lambert. Subs: Boruc, Steven Davis, Ramirez, Fox, Richardson, Mayuka, De Ridder.
  • Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Etherington; Walters, Jones. Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome.
  • We're just fifteen minutes away from kick off at the Britannia, so let's take a look at the team line-ups for both sides shall we...
  • Things aren't look so rosy for Nigel Adkins' Southampton however, they're sitting just a point above safety in 17th place with just 16 points gathered so far this campaign.
  • If you take a peek at the league standings, Stoke undoubtedly seem to have the upper-hand over their southern counterparts, with the Potters currently sitting three points above Swansea City in 8th place.
  • That's it! Stoke have battled from behind to draw 3-3 against a Southampton side who showed moments of pure brilliance but have struggled hugely with maintaining a level of consistency.
  • Looks like you've successfully stumbled across today's LIVE! play-by-play commentary of Southampton's trip to Stoke City, well done you. My name is Sion Cleaver and I'll be guiding you through all the action from the Britannia Stadium this afternoon, so go grab yourself a hot beverage of your choice and come join me, it'll be fun.