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December 22, 2012 11:00 PM SGT
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 31275‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Southampton 0-1 Sunderland

After Steven Fletcher opened the scoring in the final stages of the first 45, Saints failed to find anything in return in a dull encounter at the foot of the Premier League table

By John Stammers at St Mary's Stadium

  • Kelvin Davis
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kelvin Davis

    Made a fine early save from Sessegnon, and an easier one from Larsson late on. Had no chance with the opening goal. Nearly let a long-range free kick slip through his hands, though.

  • Nathaniel Clyne
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nathaniel Clyne

    Was good against McClean for the most part and assured on ball. However, some slack marking allowed the cross before Fletcher's goal.

  • Maya Yoshida
    0
    0
    2.50

    Maya Yoshida

    Played the ball out of the back well and made a brilliant tackle to deny Fletcher getting on the end of cross - which hurt him in the process. Again, hard luck with goal but might have been tighter.

  • Jose Rocha Fonte
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jose Rocha Fonte

    Captained his side on his 29th birthday and dealt well with Fletcher mostly. Unfortunate slice gave them little chance with goal. Nearly netted an equaliser when heading just wide from De Ridder's corner.

  • Luke Shaw
    0
    0
    2.50

    Luke Shaw

    Was a little nervy on the ball and displayed some poor passing going forward. Solid at the back for the most part. Bit better on the front foot in the second half, though.

  • Morgan Schneiderlin
    0
    0
    3.00

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    Broke up numerous Sunderland attacks with plenty of fine tackles. Some searching balls as Saints attacked, too. Was replaced just before the hour mark.

  • G. Ramírez
    0
    0
    3.50

    G. Ramírez

    Saw a few decent strikes saved or fly just wide and offered creativity. Was dangerous on the ball but didn't get it enough. Late chance blocked by Campbell. Showed intermittent quality but certainly lacked the fight and desire that absent-captain Lallana gives the side.

  • Jack Cork
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Cork

    Gave good cover to his defence when they went forward and broke up play consistently. Bit sloppy at the other end.

  • Jason Puncheon
    1
    0
    1.50

    Jason Puncheon Flop of the Match

    Wasted a good early chance and was generally quite sloppy. Not as sharp as normal and could have covered better for Fletcher's goal. Replaced by Do Prado late on.

  • Rickie Lambert
    0
    0
    2.50

    Rickie Lambert

    Went close with a free kick and a strike just after the break. Held up the ball well at times but met his match in O'Shea and Cuellar.

  • Emmanuel Mayuka
    3
    0
    2.50

    Emmanuel Mayuka

    Lively and won a few free kicks. His pace worried Sunderland's back-line but he looked a bit hesitant when in good positions. Maybe short of confidence that comes with game time. Brought off just after the break.

Substitutions

  • Steven Davis
    0
    0
    2.50

    Steven Davis

    Replaced Schneiderlin just before the hour.

  • Guilherme Do Prado
    0
    0
    2.50

    Guilherme Do Prado

    Thrown on for Puncheon late on, and could have scored an equaliser.

  • Steve de Ridder
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steve de Ridder

    Came on for Mayuka early in the second period. His corner was nearly turned in by Fonte. Offered a few other dangerous deliveries and was generally lively.

  • Simon Mignolet
    0
    0
    3.00

    Simon Mignolet

    Good under the high ball and made a decent save from Ramirez. Little else to do throughout the game.

  • John O'Shea
    1
    0
    3.50

    John O'Shea

    Did well ageist the aerial threat of Lambert and managed to deal with the pace of Mayuka too. Will be happy with an important clean sheet away from home.

  • Carlos Javier Cuéllar
    0
    0
    3.50

    Carlos Javier Cuéllar

    Was physical when up against Lambert, and made one fantastic tackle in particular to stop him strolling through. Solid clean sheet.

  • Danny Rose
    0
    0
    3.50

    Danny Rose

    Good going forward and found Sessegnon with neat ball for opening chance. Defended well too.

  • Sebastian Larsson
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sebastian Larsson

    Tested Davis with decent effort after a quick corner. Received a stupid booking for arguing with the referee, though. Replaced with about 20 minutes left.

  • Craig Gardner
    1
    0
    3.00

    Craig Gardner

    A good ball in nearly gave Fletcher a goal, but he was denied by Yoshida. Didn't get forward all that much, though. Good defensively.

  • Jack Colback
    0
    0
    3.00

    Jack Colback

    Had space in the middle, with Saints' central midfielders sitting deep, however didn't really utilise it. Sat well though and broke up attacks.

  • Adam Johnson
    0
    0
    3.50

    Adam Johnson

    Gave away some clumsy fouls, but with the ball looked dangerous when he wanted to. Fierce cross led to Fletcher's goal and created a good chance for himself with some neat work just after the break. Forced off with 15 minutes left.

  • James McClean
    1
    0
    2.50

    James McClean

    Made some poor touches and was quite wasteful when Sunderland needed to hold on to the ball in the first half.

  • Stéphane Sessegnon
    0
    0
    3.50

    Stéphane Sessegnon Top of the Match

    Nearly opened the scoring with a fine strike very early on. Set-up Fletcher's goal somewhat fortunately with a sliced effort of his own. Lively all round performance. Brought off very late on.

  • Steven Fletcher
    0
    0
    3.00

    Steven Fletcher

    Flicked one chance just wide as he had little impact in the first half, until his clinical, instinctive finish for the goal.

Substitutions

  • Phil Bardsley
    0
    0
    2.50

    Phil Bardsley

    Came on for Larsson in the second-half to sure up the defence. Booked for a rash tackle on De Ridder.

  • David Vaughan
    0
    0

    David Vaughan

    On for Sessegnon very late on.

  • Fraizer Campbell
    0
    0
    3.00

    Fraizer Campbell

    Replaced Johnson with 15 minutes remaining. Heroic late block to deny Ramirez.

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