Saints vs STK Match Centre
Stephens: This is just the start for me
Jack Stephens reflects on his season and looks ahead to the future.
Video: Stephens on breakthrough campaign
Watch our interview with Saints defender Jack Stephens.
Austin thrilled to be back
Charlie Austin on returning to Saints' starting line-up.
Matchday Uncovered: Stoke City
Go behind the scenes of the final game of the season.
Gallery: Lap of appreciation
Check out our images as the players thanked the fans.
Matchday Playlist: Saints vs Stoke
Check out the St Mary's soundtrack from our final game of the season.
Eighth is a good reward, says Puel
Claude Puel reflects on Southampton's 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
Gallery: Saints 0-1 Stoke
View our images from the final game of the season.
Highlights: Saints 0-1 Stoke
Watch the highlights of the final game of the season.
Video: Romeu reflects on Stoke
Watch Oriol Romeu reflect on Saints' loss to Stoke.
Video: Puel on Stoke
Claude Puel reflects on the final-day clash with Stoke.
Romeu: It's been a positive season
Oriol Romeu reflects on the 2016/17 campaign after the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City at St Mary's.
Puel: It’s difficult to take
Claude Puel reflects on Southampton's defeat to Stoke City.
Saints beaten but finish eighth
Read our report from the final game of the season, against Stoke.
Club ethos is clear, says Davis
Steven Davis reflects on Southampton's season and his club captaincy role.
Match Preview: Saints vs Stoke City
All you need to know ahead of Southampton's final day clash with Stoke City.
Video: Davis on Stoke City clash
Watch Steven Davis look ahead to Southampton's clash with Stoke City.
Davis: Let's finish with a flourish
Steven Davis previews Southampton's final day clash with Stoke.
Opposition View: Stoke City
Mark Hughes wants Stoke City to finish the season on a positive note at St Mary's.
Saints vs 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
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
Stoke City substitution: Marc Muniesa replaces Xherdan Shaqiri
Stoke City make their second change of the afternoon.
Four minutes added on!
Come on, Saints 😇
Southampton substitution: Jérémy Pied replaces James Ward-Prowse
Claude Puel makes his final change of the afternoon, as Jérémy Pied is introduced.
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!
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.
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.
Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)
Sofiane Boufal picks up a booking for pulling back Erik Pieters.
Stoke City substitution: Jonathan Walters replaces Mame Biram Diouf
The visitors make their first change of the afternoon.
Yellow Card for Ramadan Sobhy (Stoke City)
Ramadan Sobhy hauls down Sofiane Boufal and finds his way into Lee Probert's book.
Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini is introduced as Charlie Austin makes way.
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.
Peter Crouch (59’) | Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City
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.
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.
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! 😠
We are back under way
The visitors have got us restarted for the final half of the season!
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!
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!
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.
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Here's how we line up...
Forster, Cédric, Stephens, Yoshida, Bertrand, Romeu, Davis (c), Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Tadić, Austin.14.00
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 puelsouthampton manager
We spoke to Steven Davis earlier in the week to get his thoughts ahead of today's game.12.09
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 vs STK Line Ups
Fraser Forster (GK)
Dusan TadicSofiane Boufal (65′)
James Ward-ProwseJérémy Pied (86′)
Steven Davis (C)
Charlie AustinManolo Gabbiadini (65′)
Jack Butland (GK)
Ryan Shawcross (C)
Bruno Martins Indi
Mame Biram DioufJonathan Walters (70′)
Xherdan ShaqiriMarc Muniesa (92′)
Saints vs STK Match Stats
Shots on target63