Austin and Hesketh goals seal cup progress

St Mary's Stadium | Wed 21 Sep 7.45PM
Match Report Highlights

Saints v Palace Match Centre

Saints v Palace As It Happened

the key moments...

  • Austin opens the scoring for Saints
  • Fourth goal in three games for the striker
  • Hesketh doubles the lead for Saints
  • Attendance: 14,080

DELIGHTED TO GET ANOTHER GOAL AND HELP THE TEAM GET THROUGH, BUT TONIGHT WAS ALL ABOUT JAKE HESKETH.

CHARLIE AUSTIN
STRIKER

FULL TIME: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Goals from Charlie Austin and Jake Hesketh send Southampton into the fourth round of the EFL Cup.

+48’

Good effort!

Substitute Nathan Redmond creates space for a curling right-footed effort, but Wayne Hennessey tips it around the post.

+44’

Southampton substitution: Dušan Tadić replaces Shane Long

A final change for Southampton, as Shane Long makes way for Dušan Tadić. The striker hasn't stopped all night for the hosts.

+40’

Yellow Card for Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace)

Yohan Cabaye is booked for giving the referee a bit too much stick.

+40’

"We had a shot."

As this song from the Crystal Palace fans suggests: Southampton have been pretty dominant tonight!

+35’

Yellow Card for Matt Targett (Southampton)

Matt Targett brings down Wilfried Zaha and goes into the book.

+33’

Substitution: Højbjerg replaces Hesketh

A change for Southampton as Pierre-Emile Højbjerg replaces Jake Hesketh, the scorer of the second goal.

What a moment!

Jake Hesketh wheels away after scoring his first goal for Southampton.

+31’

Crystal Palace substitution: Christian Benteke replaces Bakary Sako

Christian Benteke has also been introduced for the visitors as they look for a route back into the game.

+27’

McCarthy does well

Excellent work from Alex McCarthy as he spreads himself well to stop Connor Wickham from latching onto a slightly short backpass from José Fonte.

+25’

Crystal Palace substitution: Jason Puncheon replaces Jordon Mutch

There's another chance for Crystal Palace, as former Southampton man Jason Puncheon comes on.

+20’

GOAL: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Jake Hesketh doubles the lead for Claude Puel's side! After Shane Long is denied, Hesketh is on hand to hammer the ball home from 12 yards.

+17’

Close from Targett!

James Ward-Prowse's corner comes out as far as Matt Targett, who volleys it towards goal, but it's cleared away by a defender.

+13’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Charlie Austin

The goalscorer makes way for Southampton. He's replaced by Nathan Redmond.

Martina's looked lively

Cuco Martina has once again impressed at right-back tonight, with some excellent crosses into the box.

+10’

Delaney goes for goal

Defender Damien Delaney goes for goal from a long way out, but it drifts harmlessly wide of the target.

+6’

Jake Hesketh's confidence is clearly high. He picks the ball up 30 yards from goal, advances slightly, and shoots, but his effort is blocked well by a Crystal Palace defender.

+3’

We're back under way

Crystal Palace get the second half started at St Mary's. Southampton currently lead 1-0 thanks to Charlie Austin's penalty.

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Charlie Austin can't stop scoring!

HALF TIME: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Charlie Austin's penalty in the 33rd minute is the difference between the two sides at the break.

+3’

Long almost makes it two!

A terrific run from Shane Long to get clear of the defence and round Wayne Hennessey, but his effort doesn't have enough power and Damien Delaney clears.

42’

Austin and Martina go close!

Two chances in quick succession and Jake Hesketh is at the heart of them both, first teeing up Charlie Austin, who is denied by a good save, then Cuco Martin,a who flashes a shot just wide.

40’

Cabaye curls wide

Crystal Palace look to respond before half time, but Yohan Cabaye's curling effort is wide of the target.

36’

Hesketh's header saves

Jake Hesketh is by no means the tallest player on the pitch, but he rises highest to meet Matt Targett's cross. His header though is held by Wayne Hennessey.

GOALSCORER 10 Charlie Austin

GOAL: Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Charlie Austin's fine form in front of goal continues, as he confidently converts from the penalty spot to give Southampton the lead!

33’

PENALTY TO SOUTHAMPTON!

Shane Long is fouled in the penalty area by Martin Kelly and the hosts have a penalty. Charlie Austin will take it...

32’

McCarthy called into action

Up against his former club, Alex McCarthy is called into action for the first time, but he comfortably saves from Connor Wickham.

Hesketh on the move

Jake Hesketh has been trying to get on the ball for Southampton, but Crystal Palace have been quick to close the playmaker down.

20’

Crystal Palace substitution: Martin Kelly replaces Scott Dann

There's an early change for the visitors as Scott Dann has to be replaced by Martin Kelly because of an injury.

Yoshida on the defensive

Here's Maya Yoshida during the early stages of Southampton's clash with Crystal Palace.

18’

Martina's causing problems

It's another delicious ball in from Cuco Martina across the face of goal and it finds Charlie Austin, but the flag goes up for offside just as he looks to strike from close range.

12’

Chance for Austin!

James Ward-Prowse's ball into the box isn't cleared by Palace and the ball finds its way through to Charlie Austin, but the striker's effort is well saved by Wayne Hennessey.

5’

A promising start...

James Ward-Prowse releases Cuco Martina down the right, and his cross looks quite dangerous, but the visitors clear away.

We're under way!

It's a big night for Jake Hesketh, pictured here warming up, and it's he who gets us started at St Mary's... COYR!

Targett gets set!

Matt Targett lines up at left-back for Southampton tonight.

Four Academy graduates start for Saints

Jake Hesketh, Harrison Reed, James Ward-Prowse and Matt Targett, who all progressed through the club's Academy, start for Southampton tonight.

Puel's Palace preview

We spoke to Southampton boss Claude Puel ahead of tonight's EFL Cup clash with Crystal Palace.

Here's a look at the Palace starting line-up...

Hennessey, Ward, Dann (c), Delaney, Fryers, Mutch, Cabaye, Chung-Yong, Sako, Zaha, Wickham. Substitutes: Speroni, Flamini, Campbell, Townsend, Beneteke, Kelly, Puncheon.

The teams are in!

Here's a first look at the Southampton team. Claude Puel has named four Academy graduates in his starting line-up!

A man in form! 🔥

Charlie Austin, pictured arriving at St Mary's, will be hoping to add to his three goals in two games against Crystal Palace tonight.

Saints arrive at St Mary's

Watch as the Southampton squad arrives at St Mary's for tonight's game against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup.

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A new competition means a new football!

They're here!

Claude Puel and his players have arrived at St Mary's ahead of tonight's game against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup.

WE'RE PLAYING GAMES EVERY TWO OR THREE DAYS, AND WE WANT TO BE IN A POSITION TO WIN THEM ALL.

CLAUDE PUEL
COULD THE BOSS MAKE CHANGES TONIGHT?

Saints prepare for Palace

The players were busy preparing for tonight's game at the Staplewood Campus on Tuesday afternoon, and our cameras were there to capture the session.

It's EFL Cup action at St Mary's for Saints!

After a first Premier League win of the season on Sunday, Southampton will be looking to make it three wins in a row when they face Crystal Palace at St Mary's tonight. Kick-off is at 7.45pm BST!

Saints v Palace Line Ups

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
33
Matt Targett
6
José Fonte (C)
15
Cuco Martina
4
Jordy Clasie
16
James Ward-Prowse
18
Harrison Reed
42
Jake Hesketh
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (77′)
10
Charlie Austin
Nathan Redmond (57′)
7
Shane Long
Dusan Tadic (89′)
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
24
Jack Stephens
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
8
Steven Davis
41
Harry Lewis

Crystal Palace

13
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
27
Damien Delaney
2
Joel Ward
6
Scott Dann (C)
Martin Kelly (18′)
19
Ezekiel Fryers
11
Wilfried Zaha
7
Yohan Cabaye
22
Jordon Mutch
Jason Puncheon (70′)
14
Lee Chung-yong
26
Bakary Sako
Christian Benteke (64′)
21
Connor Wickham
10
Andros Townsend
9
Fraizer Campbell
34
Martin Kelly
42
Jason Puncheon
1
Julian Speroni
17
Christian Benteke
4
Mathieu Flamini

Saints v Palace Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Crystal Palace
  • Possession (%)
    45
    55
  • Shots
    15
    9
  • Shots on target
    9
    2
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    340
    416

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Jake Hesketh
Jake Hesketh
Shots On Target
3
Jake Hesketh
Jake Hesketh
Chances Created
3
Matt Targett
Matt Targett
Passes Completed
44
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
Tackles
3
Jake Hesketh
Jake Hesketh
Clearances
24
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
2
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy