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December 26, 2013
• Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 27929
J. Rodriguez 14', 20'
R. Lambert 27'
Well ladies and gentlemen, Vincent Tan couldn't stick around and unfortunately neither can I. Thanks for joining me for the action from the Cardiff City Stadium. Be sure to come back on Saturday as the Premier League returns once more. Until next time though, bye for now!
FULL-TIME: CARDIFF 0-3 SOUTHAMPTON. The perfect recovery tonic for Southampton as they end their run of six games without a win in some fashion. Lallana, Rodriguez and Lambert ran the show for the Saints and leave Malky Mackay and his men in even more turmoil.
90' + 3'
90' + 3'
Caulker gets up from a late corner but can't head his effort on target. Rickie Lambert is off for Southampton. Young Sam Gallacher is on for the final moments.
90' + 2'
Theophile-Catherine finds himself up the wrong end of the field and it shows, as his effort on goal is sent soaring over the bar. This has been a really difficult afternoon for Cardiff.
The 90 minutes are up, we are into three minutes of added time.
Poor tackle from Fonte leaves Campbell in heap and Whittingham with the chance to deliver another dangerous set piece. Still nothing doing for the Bluebirds though as Southampton clear.
Vincent Tan was there in the executive box, but he isn't anymore. He has seen enough, like a lot of Cardiff fans. Gaston Ramirez is on for Jay Rodriguez for the final few minutes.
You have to feel this effort sums up Cardiff's afternoon. Craig Noone jinks in from the right wing and looks to shoot with his unfavoured left foot. He gets his effort all wrong though and it ends up sailing over and wide of Gazzaniga's goal.
Lambert finds Shaw with a fantastic return pass but the fullback's centre is forced behind by Turner for a corner.
Aron Einar Gunnarsson
Standing ovation from the away end as Adam Lallana is off and James Ward-Prowse is on in his place. Another sterling performance from the England international, who seems to make a stronger claim for a place in the England squad with every performance.
A bit of time-wasting now as well from Pochettino's men, although I'm not sure it's entirely necessary. By my reckoning there has been one shot on Gazzaniga's goal in this second half, and that was sent flying over the bar by Campbell. The Saints are in complete control here.
Just 15 minutes left and the Saints feel they have this one sewn up now. Lallana indulges in a spot of showboating to get away from two Cardiff players in the middle of the park, much to the delight of the visiting fans.
Southampton are breaking forward in numbers at any given opportunity now but it's causing a nuisance for themselves more than anything else. Lallana gets his head up to see a number of different opportunities but can't make up his mind in good time and chance goes begging.
Campbell latches on to a ball in the final third of the field and he is sent flying by Yoshida. There was definitely contact but I can only think Andre Marriner felt the striker was already on his way down as he waves play on.
Pochettino's side are looking the much more relaxed out there and they almost add a fourth. Lallana dinks a delicious ball to the back post and only a brave clearance from Theophile-Catherine prevents Schneiderlin from bundling home.
It's been a much more controlled display from Cardiff in the second half but they haven't managed to make any inroads into that huge Southampton lead. They'll need to do so soon if they want to make a game of this.
Luke Shaw and Craig Noone really are getting up each other's noses. They clash on the edge of the Cardiff area accidentally, both receiving a bit of treatment as a result.
A first sight of goal for Campbell but he gets it all wrong. He takes a rather fortuitous touch that sets him up perfectly on the edge of the 'D', but he's leaning back as he pulls the trigger and the ball flies over the bar.
Taylor's miserable afternoon is cut short as he comes off. Eighteen-year-old Declan John is on in his place. That means three of the four full-backs on the pitch are 18. Testament to the youth systems of both clubs.
A rare sight at the Cardiff City Stadium - a poor delivery from Peter Whittingham! The midfielder overcooks a corner and sends it straight out for a goal kick.
Luke Shaw races down the left wing, ball at feet, and skips past a number of Cardiff players before letting fly with a pretty tame right footed effort. Marshall gathers easily and it's still just three for now.
Foul on Lallana from Theophile-Catherine but no booking despite the aggressive nature of the tackle. The delivery comes in from the set piece but it's well cleared by a red shirt on this occasion.
Southampton's time to attack now. Shaw is highest up the park for the Saints and only some bold keeping from Marshall prevents a fourth, as he blocks the ball behind for a corner. From the resulting corner Lallana has all sorts of space to place a low ball across the face of goal. Caulker makes an important stop though before the ball can reach Lambert.
From the resulting corner substitute Cornelius rises highest but can't get enough on it to put his header on target.
Another set piece form Whittingham and another chance for Cardiff! Gazzaniga doesn't look to convincing with these deliveries as he punches the ball straight into the air. He's up again quickly enough though to tip it behind for a corner at the second time of asking.
Yellow Card Morgan Schneiderlin
A yellow card for Schneiderlin now as he trips Campbell on the right. He looks apoplectic as he is shown the caution but it looks the right call to me and the Frenchman can't have many complaints.
In comes the set piece but Fonte leaves the ball and lets it sail out for a goal kick.
Back underway at the Cardiff City Stadium and the hosts have an early free kick here after Campbell is felled.
Cardiff are already back out, and have been for some time after being sent back out early by Mackay. Southampton finally join them on the field. We are about to get back underway at the Cardiff City Stadium.
It has been a miserable festive period for Cardiff fans and it doesn't look like getting any better for them. No away side has won in this fixture since 1965 but that long standing record looks certain to be broken today.
HALF-TIME: CARDIFF 0-3 SOUTHAMPTON. Southampton have blown away their Welsh opponents with a breathtaking display of decisive finishing from Rodriguez and Lambert. Cardiff could, and probably should, still be in this one. They aren't though and it will be a huge turnaround if the hosts are able to get anything from this fixture now.
Into two minutes of stoppage time we go then.
Yoshida may not have been a regular this season at the back for Southampton but he is certainly stating his case this afternoon for more playing time with another fantastic piece of defending. Peter Odemwingie is through and looks like he should be getting a shot away. The Japanese centre-back is across though to block the effort and nullify the danger.
The first whistles and jeers from the home fans as the ball finds its way back to Marshall. They've been behind their team all afternoon up until now but being three goals behind at home is starting to irk even the most ardent of Cardiff fans.
Fantastic defending from Yoshida as he slides in to clear the ball away at the front post after Theophile-Catherine's dangerous low cross threatens to find its way to Campbell.
More lovely build up down the left from Southampton but when Shaw collects the ball he can't find the right delivery as it's cleared by the first man.
Great determination from Lambert to get to the ball inside the Cardiff area. He's able to keep it in with a fine backheel but there is no black shirt to take advantage of it.
From the sublime to the ridiculous Gazzaniga almost undoes all the good work from his fine save with one fell swoop as his dodgy clearance falls straight to Campbell. The keeper is lucky as the striker can't quite make the most of the opportunity. It's not the first time the Italian has done that in a Saints shirt and won't do much for the confidence of the defenders in front of him.
Great save from Gazzaniga! The Southampton goalkeeper is called into action as Whittingham's shot is deflected of the boot of Jose Fonte. The Italian keeper does well to adjust his footing and palm the diverted effort away.
Whittingham swings in another set piece as Cardiff look to respond but again it's cleared. The hosts already look out of ideas here.
Assist Jay Rodriguez
Goal Rickie Lambert
GOOAAALL!!! LAMBERT MAKES IT THREE!!! Already, it looks fairly clear where the points are headed this afternoon. Rickie Lambert slides home from just outside the six-yard-box as Cardiff fail to deal with Southampton's short corner routine. You fear this could get embarrassing.
Yellow Card Luke Shaw
Shaw and Noone have traded yellow cards now as the Cardiff midfielder is brought down on the right flank in full flight by the fullback. Whittingham's free kick isn't as dangerous this time around though, and Gazzaniga collects.
The set piece is swung in by Peter Whittingham but a host of Cardiff players are offside and the chance is wasted.
Yellow Card Craig Noone
A foul on Luke Shaw by Crag Noone brings about the first booking of this afternoon. Some cheer for Cardiff though as they gain a free kick for themselves in the Southampton half.
Assist Rickie Lambert
Goal Jay Rodriguez
GOOOAAALLL!!! Cardiff are in all sorts of trouble now. Ricky Lambert exchanges passes with Luke Shaw and when he gets the ball back he delivers a pin-point cross into the path of Rodriguez, who steers home beyond Marshall without breaking stride. Pochettino's men thoroughly in the driving seat.
Cardiff try and rally with a direct approach but both times Campbell is left chasing a lost cause. There hasn't been much desire from the home side to get the ball down and play with it. Maybe a sign of the pressure on the manager's shoulders translating onto the pitch here.
Not the start the under-pressure Mackay would've had in mind for his Cardiff side. They really should have been in front through Whittingham and his miss has proved double as costly as the home side fall behind. Can they produce a response?
Assist Adam Lallana
Goal Jay Rodriguez
GOOAAALLL!!! RODRIGUEZ FOR THE SAINTS!!! Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez threatened to link up moments ago and the warning hasn't been heeded. Lallana springs the offside trap to square to an unmarked Rodriguez and the striker slides home to give the visitors the lead.
WHITTINGHAM!!! What an awful miss from the Cardiff talisman! The midfielder ghosts in to connect with Craig Noone's whipped cross but he gets his touch horribly wrong and it skews off his boot and out for a goal kick. Big opening for City that.
A very quiet opening here as neither side are threatening the early breakthrough just yet. Southampton are playing some neat stuff but haven't managed to create anything beyond the final third yet.
Gazzaniga takes a goal kick long for the Saints after Campbell can't keep the ball in. The third choice keeper hasn't kept a cleansheet since being introduced to the starting line-up by Pochettino. He keeps his place today despite Kelvin Davis being back to fitness.
There wouldn't have been many people in football this time last week that would've have expected to Mackay still on the touchline for Cardiff today. It's a testament to sanity that he still is, but he'll need his team to produce a big performance today if he hopes to stay there much longer.
Jay Rodriguez breaks down the left early as that exciting attacking trio of Southampton look to state their intent early on. No way past Taylor on this occasion though.
Cardiff, in their red home shirts, get us underway here! Game on!
The teams are out at the Cardiff City Stadium. We are about to get underway here!
There were a good number of Cardiff fans protesting against Vincent Tan outside the ground before the game today. Mackay has pleaded with fans to leave their greavances at the gate and get behind the team. With Tan in attendance, will the fans be able to follow their manager's advice?
Malky Mackay is forced into one change as Gary Medel is unavailable due to illness. Fraser Campbell comes in for the Chilean as Cardiff switch to more attacking formation after their loss to Liverpool. Pochettino meanwhile changes three of his back four for the visit to Wales; Luke Shaw, Maya Yoshida and Jose Fonte all coming in for Jos Hooiveld and Danny Fox.
SOUTHAMPTON: (4-3-3) Gazzaniga; Chambers, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw; Davis, Cork, Schneiderlin; Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez.
CARDIFF CITY: (4-4-2) Marshall, Taylor, Caulker, Turner, Theophile-Catherine; Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Mutch, Noone; Odemwingie, Campbell.
The team news is out ahead of kick off here so let's get those starting XIs before we get underway. We'll start with the home side.
I'm Harry Slavin and I'll be here to take you through every incident in the Welsh capital this afternoon. Niether side have had too merry a Christmas period, with the precarious position of boss Malky Mackay stealing the headlines in Cardiff, while Mauricio Pochettino hasn't seen his side win in their last six outings. Both sides will be looking for a change in fortunes today.
Put down the left over turkey and switch off the Doctor Who repeats. It's boxing day and that means only one thing; a full card of Premier League fixtures. All 20 teams are in action today and this is where you'll find all the goings on from Cardiff City Stadium, minute-by-minute, as Cardiff entertain Southampton.
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