Saints beaten by West Brom

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 31 Dec 3.00PM | Attendance: 30,975
Match Report Highlights

Saints v WBA Match Centre

Saints v WBA As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints reduced to ten men in closing stages as Van Dijk sees red
  • Hal Robson-Kanu put Albion in front
  • Matt Phillips leveled for the Baggies just before half time
  • Shane Long headed Saints 1-0 up
Photo by Matt Watson

Defeat for Saints

The hosts are beaten by West Brom, with Saints also reduced to ten men in the closing stages. Full report and reaction to come on southamptonfc.com

16.53

FULL TIME

Southampton 1-2 West Bromwich Albion

16.52
+1’

Rodriguez denied by Dawson

The striker is put through by Boufal and Craig Dawson makes a vital block to deny a shot on target.

90’

Four minutes to be added

Stoppage time allocated.

88’

Red Card for Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)

Van Dijk sees red for a second yellow card after a challenge on Rondon.

87’

McQueen keeps move alive

The youngster brings down a ball at the far post to win a corner for the hosts, which is then cleared.

80’

Pressure from Saints

Romeu chases down Foster's clearance, and the ball bounces back off the Spaniard and narrowly wide of the goal.

76’

Yellow Card for Sofiane Boufal (Southampton)

Boufal into the book for a foul on Yacob.

75’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Cuco Martina

Final two substitutions made by Claude Puel.

75’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Dušan Tadić

73’

Phillips shoots over

Matt Phillips goes for goal, but his effort goes well wide.

72’

Tadić takes aim

The Serbian cuts in from the right shaping to cross and then shoots high and wide of Foster's goal.

70’

West Bromwich Albion substitution: Salomón Rondón replaces Hal Robson-Kanu

Final change from the Baggies as their second goal scorer is replaced.

65’

Saints search for a response

Boufal moves into a more central position, with Long playing out on the left as the hosts try to stretch the visitors' backline.

57’

Morrison has header saved

The substitute gets a header on Matt Phillips' cross, but Forster pushes it away at the near post.

54’

Early touch for Rodriguez

The striker gets a header on to Tadić's long ball forward, but the ball falls kindly for Foster.

52’

West Bromwich Albion substitution: James Morrison replaces Nacer Chadli

A second change for the visitors.

52’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

Saints make their first change of the game.

51’

Yellow Card for Hal Robson-Kanu (West Bromwich Albion)

51’

So close from Boufal!

The Saints man cuts inside to bend a shot narrowly wide of the right post.

Baggies in front

Robson-Kanu smashes a shot high into the net from Phillips' assist.

49’

Goal

Hal Robson-Kanu (49’) | Southampton 1 2 West Bromwich Albion

46’

Back under way

Saints immediately have some defending to do after the restart but clear their lines.

HT

West Bromwich Albion substitution: James McClean replaces Allan-Roméo Nyom

Tony Pulis makes a change for the start of the second half.

First half action

A selection of images from the opening 45 minutes at St Mary's.

Photo by Matt Watson

Long finds the back of the net

The moment Shane Long's near post header put Saints 1-0 up.

HT

Attendance announced

Today's crowd at St Mary's is: 30,975 (including 1,374 away supporters)

HT

HALF TIME

Southampton 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

+2’

Saints twice denied in stoppage time

Højbjerg has close range effort blocked by Forster and the Baggies 'keeper gets back on his feet to keep out Boufal's header.

+1’

Nyom escapes punishment

The Albion full back puts a strong challenge in on Martina but the a;ready booked Nyom avoids a second yellow.

Phillips levels

The Baggies winger finishes one-on-one with Forster into the bottom right corner.

43’

Goal

Matt Phillips (43’) | Southampton 1 1 West Bromwich Albion

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

Long scores!

The former Baggies man heads in Dušan Tadić's corner at the near post. Well deserved.


40’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (40’) | Southampton 1 0 West Bromwich Albion

35’

Yellow Card for Allan-Roméo Nyom (West Bromwich Albion)

The Baggies full back is cautioned for a foul on Martina.

35’

Højbjerg fires wide

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg lets fly from range, but his effort is deflected wide off Chris Brunt .No corner given though.

32’

Yellow Card for Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton)

The skipper goes into the book for a foul on Robson-Kanu.

31’

"We've touched the ball"

Not much to sing about for the Baggies so far, but the travelling supporters are in good spirits.

26’

McQueen shoots wide!

The full back sees his low drilled shot from the edge of the area fly narrowly past the right post. Good effort.

25’

Another good move

Dušan Tadić this time takes the ball to the left byline, and sees his low cross deflected clear. Saints getting closer.

21’

Brilliant from Boufal

The Moroccan dispossess Matt Phillips on the left side and then cuts inside to drill a low cross/shot into the area which goes narrowly past the post.

Photo by Matt Watson

Early action

Shane Long goes up for an aerial challenge against his former club.

15’

Albion apply pressure

Chadli chases down a Saints clearance and Robson-Kanu forces the ball off Yoshida.

10’

Boufal strikes over

Sofiane Boufal receives the ball from just outside of the area, and hits a shot over the crossbar.

6’

Ambitious from Tadić

Dušan Tadić takes aim from distance, but his high shot is gathered by Ben Foster.

5’

Saints clear their lines

Forster punches a corner clear, with Van Dijk and Romeu taking care of the following defensive duties.

3’

All Southampton

A strong possession based start to the contest from the hosts, who keep the ball well before Long's cross inside the area evades everyone. Good start by Saints.

0’

Saints take kick-off

Steven Davis gets the game under way for the hosts.

Teams take to the pitch

The players are out at St Mary's as Saints prepare to take on West Brom.

14.57

Let's end the year in style!

The players are in the tunnel ready to go for one last time in 2016, let's end on a high!

14.55

Warm-ups under way

The Saints matchday squad takes to the field for pre-match warm-ups.

14.39

Six changes for Saints

The suspended Nathan Remdond misses out, with Claude Puel making six changes to the team that started the defeat to Tottenham last time out.

14.07

West Brom team news

Starting XI: Foster, Nyom, Evans, McAuley, Dawson, Yacob, Brunt, Fletcher (c), Chadli, Phillips, Robson-Kanu.

Subs: Myhill (GK), Morrison, Gardner, Rondon, McClean, Galloway, Leko

14.06

Southampton team announced

Starting XI: Fortser, Martina, Yoshida, Van Dijk (c), McQueen, Romeu, Davis, Højbjerg, Boufal, Tadić, Long.

Subs: Taylor (Gk), Fonte, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Reed, Bertrand, Sims.

14.05

WEST BROM HAVE BEEN VERY SOLID DEFENSIVELY. IT'S GOING TO BE A DIFFICULT GAME AND WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO ADAPT QUICKLY.

ORIOL ROMEU
SOUTHAMPTON MIDFIELDER
13.49

Flashback

Saints saw off West Brom at St Mary's last season thanks to a brace of goals from James Ward-Prowse.

13.01

Saints arrive

Watch as the Southampton players meet with supporters and make their way into the dressing room at St Mary's.

12.38

The scene is set

Southampton's players and staff arrive ahead of this afternoon's game at St Mary's.

12.22

Davis on Baggies contest

Steven Davis gives his thoughts on today's clash following on from the midweek defeat to Tottenham.

11.34

Saints prepare for Baggies

Watch footage from training at Staplewood Campus where Southampton get ready for today's game against West Bromwich Albion.

11.20
Photo by Matt Watson

Boufal feature in SAINTS

An exclusive feature interview with Sofiane Boufal is inside today's matchday magazine. Not at the game? Order a copy from saintsmagazines.co.uk

11.17

IT'S ALWAYS DIFFICULT GOING DOWN TO ST MARY'S AND THEY'LL BE SMARTING A LITTLE BIT FROM THE OTHER NIGHT.

TONY PULIS
WEST BROM HEAD COACH
11.03

I THINK WE ARE READY TO PLAY A GOOD GAME AND REACT AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT AGAINST TOTTENHAM.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
11.01

Puel on West Brom test

Southampton boss Claude Puel looks ahead to this afternoon's game.

10.56

Saints v WBA Line Ups

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
38
Sam McQueen
15
Cuco Martina
James Ward-Prowse (75′)
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Virgil van Dijk (C)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Jay Rodriguez (52′)
8
Steven Davis
14
Oriol Romeu
19
Sofiane Boufal
7
Shane Long
11
Dusan Tadic
Josh Sims (74′)
18
Harrison Reed
28
Stuart Taylor
39
Josh Sims
6
José Fonte
21
Ryan Bertrand
9
Jay Rodriguez
16
James Ward-Prowse

West Bromwich Albion

1
Ben Foster (GK)
23
Gareth McAuley
25
Craig Dawson
2
Nyom
James McClean (45′)
6
Jonny Evans
5
Claudio Yacob
24
Darren Fletcher (C)
22
Nacer Chadli
James Morrison (53′)
10
Matt Phillips
11
Chris Brunt
4
Hal Robson-Kanu
Salomón Rondón (72′)
7
James Morrison
13
Boaz Myhill
14
James McClean
9
Salomón Rondón
45
Jonathan Leko
20
Brendan Galloway
8
Craig Gardner

Saints v WBA Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Bromwich Albion
  • Possession (%)
    68
    32
  • Shots
    10
    7
  • Shots on target
    1
    3
  • Corners
    8
    3
  • Passes Complete
    475
    175

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
3
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Passes Completed
68
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Tackles
6
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
8
Sam McQueen
Sam McQueen
Saves
1
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster