Saints beaten on final day

St Mary's Stadium | Sun 21 May 3.00PM | Attendance: 31,286
Match Report Highlights

Saints v STK Match Centre

Saints v STK As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Sofiane Boufal, Manolo Gabbiadini and Jérémy Pied are introduced
  • Peter Crouch heads Stoke ahead on the hour mark
  • Nathan Redmond's long-distance chip struck the Stoke crossbar just before half time
  • Charlie Austin makes his first start since December

That's it...

Peter Crouch's header is the difference at St Mary's, as the visitors take all three points on the closing day of the season. 

16.52
90’

Stoke City substitution: Marc Muniesa replaces Xherdan Shaqiri

Stoke City make their second change of the afternoon. 

90’

Four minutes added on!

Come on, Saints 😇

85’

Southampton substitution: Jérémy Pied replaces James Ward-Prowse

Claude Puel makes his final change of the afternoon, as Jérémy Pied is introduced. 

82’

Boufal...

Sofiane Boufal works space in the penalty area and sends Jack Butland the wrong way, but the Stoke stopper denies him with his trailing foot!

80’

Gabbiadini denied!

Manolo Gabbiadini breaks free after a fine ball over the top from Steven Davis, but the Italian is denied by Jack Butland from close range. 

74’

How has that not gone in?

Steven Davis is denied from close range by Jack Butland and the Stoke stopper is then quick to his feet to deny James Ward-Prowse on the rebound. Some double save. 

70’

Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

Sofiane Boufal picks up a booking for pulling back Erik Pieters.

69’

Stoke City substitution: Jonathan Walters replaces Mame Biram Diouf

The visitors make their first change of the afternoon. 

67’

Yellow Card for Ramadan Sobhy (Stoke City)

Ramadan Sobhy hauls down Sofiane Boufal and finds his way into Lee Probert's book.

65’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Charlie Austin

Manolo Gabbiadini is introduced as Charlie Austin makes way. 

64’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

Dušan Tadič is replaced by Sofiane Boufal.

Crouch heads in

Geoff Cameron crosses in from the right and Peter Crouch out-jumps Cédric at the back post to power a header low into the opposite corner. 

59’

GOAL

Peter Crouch (59’) | Southampton 0 1 Stoke City

58’

Yoshida clears!

Joe Allen chips a left-footed cross into the Saints penalty area and towards the lurking Peter Crouch, but Maya Yoshida intercepts and heads over the crossbar. 

53’

Yellow Card for Joe Allen (Stoke City)

Joe Allen bundles over Steven Davis and then boots away the ball in frustration - an obvious yellow card for the midfielder. 

51’

Denied by the offside flag!

Dušan Tadić slips in Charlie Austin who rifles in at the near post, only to be denied by the offside flag! 😠

46’

We are back under way

The visitors have got us restarted for the final half of the season!

HT

Level at the break...

Saints have created the much better chances here and almost took the lead right at the end when Nathan Redmond's cheeky lob bounced clear off the crossbar! 

+3’

Off the bar!

Nathan Redmond pounces on a mistake from Jack Butland and fires a 35-yard strike towards goal with the Stoke 'keeper in no man's land, but it bounces clear off the crossbar! 

+2’

Off the line!

Stoke City's original corner goes long but it is flung back into the penalty where Mame Biram Diouf heads goalwards, though Cédric is on hand to clear his effort off the line. 

45’

Austin's up!

Charlie Austin is inches away from connecting with Dušan Tadić's cross at the back post and putting Saints ahead!

A chance for the visitors

The ball pops inside to Xherdan Shaqiri and the Swiss winger strikes from the edge of the area, but it flies well over Fraser Forster's crossbar. 

15.43
40’

Cédric...

Cédric skips towards the right byline and delivers a terrific cross towards the back post, but there is nobody there to provide the final touch! 

36’

The near post again! 😮

Ryan Bertrand once against bursts down the left and tees up Charlie Austin at the near post, but he is unable to divert his effort goalwards!

29’

Corner to defend

Both are back to their feet and Saints have a corner to defend, which Charlie Austin nods clear at the near post. 

28’

Break in play

Maya Yoshida has put in an absolutely superb last-ditch tackle to deny Peter Crouch, who was through on goal, and both are now down receiving treatment. 

25’

So close!

James Ward-Prowse's free-kick finds Jack Stephens at the far post who slices his effort before Ryan Bertrand then rifles wide from the edge of the area.

14’

Promising stuff...

Saints are looking the better of the two sides here. Charlie Austin has had another early sniff at the near post and Ryan Bertrand has seen a second dangerous cross cleared by the Stoke defence.

2’

Early signs ✅

Ryan Bertrand gets down the left flank and crosses low towards the front post, but it is just too far in front of the lurking Charlie Austin.

0’

We're off!

Come on, Saints! 👏

One last time...

We are almost ready to go here at St Mary's 😇

14.55

What kind of game are we expecting, boss? 🤔

We spoke to Claude Puel earlier this week to get his thoughts ahead of the final Premier League game of the season. 

14.47

And the visitors...

Butland, Cameron, Shawcross, Martins Indi, Diouf, Whelan, Allen, Pieters, Shaqiri, Crouch, Ramadan.

14.03
Photo by Matt Watson

Here's how we line up...

Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadić, Austin.

14.00
Photo by Matt Watson

😯

The final pitch design of the season at St Mary's! 

13.02

🚶🚶🚶🏃

Watch as the players arrive at St Mary's ahead of this afternoon's game against Stoke City.

12.39

Stoke have a strong defensive unit and they defend very well, with a good counter-attacking threat. we have to have a good answer for this.

Claude puel
southampton manager
12.24

🎥

We spoke to Steven Davis earlier in the week to get his thoughts ahead of today's game.

12.09

The lads are here! 😀

It is all smiles as the players arrive ahead of this afternoon's clash with Stoke City.

11.51
Photo by Matt Watson

All set and ready to go ✅

The dressing room at St Mary's is ready and waiting for the players ahead of the final game of the season. 

11.42

Saints v STK Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (65′)
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Jérémy Pied (86′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
10
Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini (65′)
26
Jérémy Pied
12
Martín Cáceres
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
4
Jordy Clasie
19
Sofiane Boufal
28
Stuart Taylor
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Stoke City

1
Jack Butland (GK)
17
Ryan Shawcross (C)
15
Bruno Martins Indi
20
Geoff Cameron
6
Glenn Whelan
3
Erik Pieters
4
Joe Allen
18
Mame Biram Diouf
Jonathan Walters (70′)
22
Xherdan Shaqiri
Marc Muniesa (92′)
32
Ramadan Sobhi
25
Peter Crouch
2
Phil Bardsley
5
Marc Muniesa
33
Lee Grant
9
Saido Berahino
16
Charlie Adam
72
Thomas Edwards
19
Jonathan Walters

Saints v STK Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Stoke City
  • Possession (%)
    61
    39
  • Shots
    15
    14
  • Shots on target
    6
    3
  • Corners
    4
    10
  • Passes Complete
    431
    239

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
2
Manolo Gabbiadini
Manolo Gabbiadini
Chances Created
3
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Passes Completed
72
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
3
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
5
Jack Stephens
Jack Stephens
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster