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Played
August 17, 2013 10:00 PM SGT
The Hawthorns — West Bromwich
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 25927‎
 
 
Rickie Lambert 90′ (PG)
Top of the Match
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Southampton
Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino
Southampton
Flop of the Match
Nicolas Anelka
Nicolas Anelka
West Bromwich Albion
Youssouf Mulumbu
Youssouf Mulumbu
West Bromwich Albion

West Brom 0-1 Southampton: Late Lambert penalty caps stunning week for striker

The Saints hitman followed a goal on his international debut with a late winner on the opening day of the season to give his side a perfect start to the new season at the Hawthorns

EPL: m James Morrison, West Bromwich Albion v Southampton
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A late penalty from Rickie Lambert was enough for Southampton to earn a one-nil win at West Brom.

The 31-year old netted the winner for England against Scotland in his international debut in midweek, and was on hand to claim a win for his club three days later by coolly dispatching his spot-kick after Youssouf Mulumbu had fouled Luke Shaw in the area.

West Brom handed a debut to Nicolas Anelka, appearing for the sixth Premier League club of his career, but Zoltan Gera and George Thorne were ruled out through injury.

There was also no place in Steve Clarke’s squad for Peter Odemwingie, with speculation continuing over the striker’s future.

MATCH VIEW
By Tom Davis
Mauricio Pochettino’s side looked the brighter of the two sides in the first half and might have a case to feel hard done-by when controversy called on the half-hour mark.

Adam Lallana’s effort was ruled out for offside despite the in-active Jay Rodriguez being the only player in an offside position. While decisions from the new Hawk-Eye goal-line technology might be conclusive, fans will be perhaps be wondering whether technology is needed to help officials in offside calls.

But, in predictable fashion, it was left to Rickie Lambert to end the day as hero once again after converting a last minute penalty. Can his week get any better?

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino named new signings Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren in his starting XI, while Shaw shook off a groin problem to take his place in the team.

The visitors failed to score a league goal against West Brom last season, but they set about improving that statistic this time around with a high-tempo start.

The home crowd breathed a sigh of relief after just five minutes as Jonas Olsson was forced to head behind an Adam Lallana cross, before Ben Foster fumbled a fizzing ball in from James Ward-Prowse shortly after.

Southampton continued to press and thought they had taken the lead just after the half-hour mark when Lallana bundled in Lambert’s flick from close range, only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

West Brom then gained a foothold in the game and came close to opening the scoring 10 minutes before half time when Graham Dorrans sent a 25-yard free kick onto the roof of Artur Boruc’s net.

But that was about the best the hosts could muster during the opening period, and Foster was again called upon on the stroke of half time, producing a great save to deny Shaw from 20 yards.

Southampton picked up where they left off after the break, and nearly broke the deadlock early on when Jay Rodriguez latched onto Lallana’s knockdown before clipping the bar with a thunderous strike.

Moments later it was the hosts who went close when Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long sent a cheeky flick inches wide of Boruc’s post from six yards.

But the visitors were rewarded for their good performance in the dying minutes when Shaw was brought down by Mulumbu in the box. Lambert made no mistake from the spot, drilling his penalty into the bottom-left corner. 

Billy Jones threatened to draw the hosts level deep into stoppage time, but his header was well saved by Boruc and Southampton held on to claim the win.



West Bromwich Albion

1
Ben Foster
Goalkeeper
3.00
3
Jonas Olsson
Defender
2.50
6
Liam Ridgewell
Defender
57′
3.00
23
Gareth McAuley
Defender
48′
3.00
28
Billy Jones
Midfielder
76′
3.50
5
Claudio Yacob
Midfielder
3.00
7
James Morrison
Midfielder
3.00
17
Graham Dorrans
Midfielder
2.50
21
Youssouf Mulumbu
Midfielder
82′
3.00
21
Shane Long
Striker
83′
2.50
39
2.50

Southampton

3.00
31
Artur Boruc
Goalkeeper
3.00
5
3.00
6
3.00
23
Luke Shaw
Defender
3.00
4
3.00
12
Victor Wanyama
Midfielder
3.50
16
3.00
20
Adam Lallana
Midfielder
70′
3.00
22
2.50
7
2.50
9

Substitutes

13
B. Myhill
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Goran Popov
Defender
 - 
25
 - 
11
Chris Brunt
Midfielder
 - 
9
 - 
20
 - 
38
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Kelvin Davis
Goalkeeper
 - 
2
 - 
26
 - 
8
Steven Davis
Midfielder
78′
2.50
10
G. Ramírez
Midfielder
70′
 - 
18
Jack Cork
Midfielder
94′
 - 
24

Coach/Manager

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Coach/Manager

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  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
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Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
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29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man. United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0