Report: Palace 3-0 Saints

Selhurst Park | Sat 03 Dec 3.00PM
Match Report Highlights

Palace v Saints Match Centre

Palace v Saints As It Happened

the key moments

  • Benteke grabs a second goal to make it 3-0
  • Sims replaces Højbjerg midway through second half
  • Tomkins doubles the lead for Palace shortly after
  • Error from Forster allows Benteke to open scoring

FULL TIME: Crystal Palace 3-0 Southampton

A terrible day at the office for Claude Puel's men. Christian Benteke scores twice and James Tomkins grabs the other as Alan Pardew's side win at Selhurst Park.

88’

Crystal Palace substitution: Martin Kelly replaces James Tomkins

A final change for the hosts.

88’

Crystal Palace substitution: Mathieu Flamini replaces James McArthur

A late substitution for Crystal Palace, as Mathieu Flamini is introduced.

88’

Crystal Palace substitution: Mathieu Flamini replaces James McArthur

A late substitution for Crystal Palace, as Mathieu Flamini is introduced.

Benteke bags another

That will do it for Crystal Palace, as Jason Puncheon cuts the ball back for Christian Benteke to grab his second of the afternoon.

84’

Goal

Christian Benteke (84’) | Crystal Palace 3 0 Southampton

Ten to go

Come on Southampton!

79’

Crystal Palace substitution: Bakary Sako replaces Andros Townsend

A first change for Crystal Palace, as Bakary Sako is introduced in place of Andros Townsend.

78’

Today's attendance: 25,393

That includes 2,772 Southampton fans. Thanks for your fantastic support! 👏

76’

Close... close again!

Virgil van Dijk heads against the bar, before the ball breaks for José Fonte, who slices a shot wide from 12 yards.

75’

Close!

Shane Long almost scores with his first touch, but he's denied by a smart save from Wayne Hennessey.

75’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Charlie Austin

The final substitution sees Charlie Austin make way for Sam McQueen.

74’

Southampton substitution: Shane Long replaces Sofiane Boufal

Shane Long is on in place of Sofiane Boufal, as Southampton continue to press.

74’

Bertrand denied

Ryan Bertrand goes for goal from the edge of the box, but his shot is comfortably saved.

70’

Yellow Card for Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace)

Christian Benteke is booked for hauling back Virgil van Dijk.

65’

Sims has a chance

Southampton break forward and Sofiane Boufal tees up Josh Sims, but the substitute curls over the bar.

The action so far

Southampton have been better so far this half, but they remain two goals down against Crystal Palace.

59’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

A change for Southampton, as Josh Sims comes on in place of Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

50’

Yellow Card for Charlie Austin (Southampton)

A late challenge from Charlie Austin on Joe Ledley sees him go into the referee's notebook.

47’

Chance for Boufal!

Nathan Redmond's cross picks out Sofiane Boufal, but the Moroccan international fires well over the top.

Back under way...

Southampton trail by two goals against Crystal Palace. Can they turn the game around? COYR!

Work to do...

It's not been a good half for Southampton. Can they respond in the second 45 minutes?

HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 2-0 Southampton

It's a disappointing first half for Claude Puel's men, who have a lot of work to do to get anything from today's game.

+2’

Just wide!

Almost a way back into the game for Southampton, but Pierre-Emile Højbjerg volleys narrowly wide of the target.

41’

Boufal bends one goalwards

Southampton need a response, but Sofiane Boufal's effort is comfortably held by Wayne Hennessey.

Tomkins doubles Palace's lead

A terrible couple of minutes for Southampton. James Tomkins taps into the empty net after the visitors fail to deal with a corner from Jason Puncheon.

35’

Goal

James Tomkins (35’) | Crystal Palace 2 0 Southampton

Benteke opens the scoring

It's a disastrous moment for Fraser Forster, as he completely mis-kicks the ball and Benteke is on hand to tap into the empty net.

32’

Goal

Christian Benteke (32’) | Crystal Palace 1 0 Southampton

Pierre picks a pass

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg looks to pick out a teammate as Southampton search for the opening goal.

24’

Benteke heads wide

It's a good move from Palace, as Wilfried Zaha crosses for Christian Benteke, but the big striker heads wide under pressure from José Fonte.

21’

Bertrand goes close!

Sofiane Boufal is at the heart of another attack, showing some quick feet to work a cross, it breaks for Ryan Bertrand, but his shot is deflected just wide.

15’

Neat from Boufal

Lovely footwork from Sofiane Boufal on the edge of the box to create a shooting opportunity, but it's blocked by a Palace defender.

4’

A bright start

Southampton have started brightly here at Selhurst Park, with Charlie Austin and Nathan Redmond linking up well in the opening moments. Still goalless, though.

0’

We're off!

Nathan Redmond gets us started at Selhurst Park. Come on, Southampton! 😇

Almost time!

The two teams are out at Selhurst Park. Can Southampton see off former manager Alan Pardew and his Crystal Palace side?

14.58

Puel speaks ahead of kick-off

Get the thoughts of Claude Puel, as he speaks to the media in the Selhurst Park tunnel.

14.51

Claude Puel gives his thoughts on Sofiane Boufal

"He had a good first half against Arsenal. Step by step, he comes back with a good physical level. For the second part of this season, I think he will be very important for the team."

14.40

We know we've got a tough game today, but coming off two wins we're happy and we're confident.

charlie austin
southampton striker
14.34

They're here!

A few shots of the players arriving at Selhurst Park.

14.15

Palace team vs Southampton

Starting XI: Hennessey, Tomkins, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Ledley, McArthur, Puncheon, Townsend, Zaha, Benteke.
Substitutes: Speroni (GK), Fryers, Kelly, Flamini, Lee, Sako, Campbell.

14.03

Southampton team vs Crystal Palace

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Romeu, Ward-Prowse, Højbjerg, Boufal, Redmond, Austin.
Substitutes: Taylor (GK), Yoshida, Clasie, Long, Davis, McQueen, Sims.

13.59

Puel's pre-Palace interview

Watch our pre-match interview with Southampton boss Claude Puel, as we wait for team news from Selhurst Park.

13.50

Romeu looks ahead to Palace

We caught up with Oriol Romeu earlier in the week to look ahead to Southampton's clash with Crystal Palace.

12.56

WE'VE GOT TO GET THAT BALANCE RIGHT. I DON'T WANT TO SIT BACK AND LET SOUTHAMPTON ON TO US. THE FANS DON'T DESERVE THAT.

ALAN PARDEW
PALACE MANAGER
12.04

#SaintsXmas

We're back with our Advent Calendar in the build-up to Christmas. Today sees James Ward-Prowse, Oriol Romeu and Cuco Martina take on the Christmas Tree Buzzer challenge!

11.59

IT WILL BE A FANTASTIC WEEK IF WE CAN BEAT CRYSTAL PALACE. SO FAR, IT IS A GOOD WEEK WITH TWO WINS.

CLAUDE PUEL
MANAGER
11.57

Last time out...

Need a reminder of Southampton's last game? What a night it was at Emirates Stadium on Wednesday!

11.42

It's matchday!

We're at Selhurst Park today, as Southampton take on Crystal Palace in the Premier League looking to cap a memorable week for Claude Puel's men.

11.40

Palace v Saints Line Ups

Crystal Palace

13
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
2
Joel Ward
5
James Tomkins
Martin Kelly (89′)
27
Damien Delaney
6
Scott Dann (C)
16
Joe Ledley
10
Andros Townsend
Bakary Sako (80′)
42
Jason Puncheon
18
James McArthur
Mathieu Flamini (89′)
11
Wilfried Zaha
17
Christian Benteke
34
Martin Kelly
9
Fraizer Campbell
1
Julian Speroni
14
Lee Chung-yong
19
Ezekiel Fryers
4
Mathieu Flamini
26
Bakary Sako

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
6
José Fonte (C)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
16
James Ward-Prowse
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Josh Sims (59′)
14
Oriol Romeu
19
Sofiane Boufal
Shane Long (76′)
10
Charlie Austin
Sam McQueen (76′)
22
Nathan Redmond
4
Jordy Clasie
38
Sam McQueen
28
Stuart Taylor
39
Josh Sims
8
Steven Davis
7
Shane Long
3
Maya Yoshida

Palace v Saints Match Stats

Crystal Palace

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    42
    58
  • Shots
    9
    17
  • Shots on target
    4
    3
  • Corners
    4
    9
  • Passes Complete
    246
    360

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Chances Created
4
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Passes Completed
59
José Fonte
José Fonte
Tackles
7
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
11
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster