Report: Stoke City 0-0 Southampton

Bet365 Stadium | Wed 14 Dec 8.00PM | Attendance: 27,002
Match Report Highlights

STK v Saints Match Centre

STK v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints are held by ten-man Stoke on a frustrating night
  • Ryan Bertrand forced Lee Grant into a superb left-handed save
  • Jay Rodriguez also went agonisingly close to winning it late on

  • Marko Arnautovic sent off in the first-half for a high challenge on Sofiane Boufal
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FULL TIME: Stoke 0-0 Saints

A dominant second-half performance but Saints are held by ten-man Stoke City on a frustrating night at bet365 Stadium.

+2’

Yellow Card for James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

James Ward-Prowse is booked for a foul on Glenn Whelan.

90’

Bertrand sends one high and wide

Four minutes added time goes up shortly after Ryan Bertrand lashes an effort over the bar.

87’

Stoke City substitution: Marc Muniesa replaces Charlie Adam

85’

Diouf falls awkwardly

Dušan Tadić's deep cross doesn't trouble Stoke as Lee Grant collects, but Mame Biram Diouf has landed awkwardly and is currently receiving medical attention.

83’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Cuco Martina

Final change from Claude Puel as Sam McQueen replaces Cuco Martina.

80’

Ward-Prowse shot deflects over

James Ward-Prowse sees his drive defect off Glen Johnson out for a corner, which he takes but it comes to nothing.

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Closing in on the final ten minutes

We're approaching the end of the game, with Claude Puel's men still looking to convert their dominance into a winner.

75’

Davis' cross averted

Lee Grant gets a hand to Steven Davis' cross to take it away from Jay Rodriguez, before Sofiane Boufal sees his strike saved. 

74’

Stoke pressure

Charlie Adam sends in a corner that Joe Allen tries to clip back into the box, but Virgil van Dijk clears with his head.

68’

Big chance!

Sofiane Boufal is played in by Steven Davis, but instead of opting to shoot he selflessly plays the ball to the back post where Jay Rodriguez goes agonisingly close to meeting it on the stretch.

65’

Southampton substitution: Dušan Tadić replaces Shane Long

65’

Southampton substitution: Jay Rodriguez replaces Nathan Redmond

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Ward-Prowse in action

James Ward-Prowse looks to get Saints moving forward from midfield - it remains goalless.

62’

van Dijk over the top

James Ward-Prowse's corner is met by Virgil van Dijk but he can't keep his header down to trouble Lee Grant. Near relentless pressure now.

61’

Fine save from Grant

The full-backs combine as Cuco Martina's pass finds Ryan Bertrand who unleashes a ferocious shot that Lee Grant does superbly to turn away.

58’

Shawcross heads over

Stoke make a rare foray into the Southampton half, which sees Ryan Shawcross head over Charlie Adam's free-kick from the left.

54’

All Saints!

Stoke City are struggling to get out of their own half, with Nathan Redmond forcing Lee Grant into a good save from an angle.

48’

Wall stands strong

Virgil van Dijk goes for power but his right-footed strike comes off the Stoke wall and they clear the danger.

48’

Free-kick right outside the box

James Ward-Prowse is brought down by Erik Pieters just as he's about to enter the box. Close to being a penalty!

46’

Back underway!

The visitors kick off the second-half at bet365 Stadium. Come on Saints! 😇

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HALF TIME: Stoke 0-0 Saints

It's been a fiercely competitive first-half here in Stoke, with Marko Arnautovic sent off for the hosts but it remains goalless.

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Long in the thick of things so far

Shane Long has been heavily involved so far in this first-half. Is he the man to unlock Stoke's defence tonight? 😇

39’

Martins Indi receives treatment

Play resumes after Bruno Martins Indi receives lengthy treatment following a coming together with Shane Long.

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van Dijk rises highest

Virgil van Dijk towers above Jonathan Walters in the air. Can Saints make their extra man count before the first-half is out?

35’

Ward-Prowse free-kick saved

James Ward-Prowse sends the resulting free-kick over the wall but it's comfortable for Lee Grant.

34’

Yellow Card for Joe Allen (Stoke City)

Real edge to this one now as Joe Allen goes into the book for a foul on Sofiane Boufal in a promising position.

32’

Bertrand fires over the angle

Ryan Bertrand finds himself in an advanced position, before lashing a left-footed shot over the angle of post and bar.

29’

Pieters' low cross cleared

Erik Pieters gets round the outside to send in a low cross but Ryan Bertrand does well to clear the danger away.

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Forster makes an early save

Fraser Forster saves Joe Allen's effort at his near post as defensive duo José Fonte and Virgil van Dijk watch on.

26’

Yellow Card for Oriol Romeu (Southampton)

Oriol Romeu goes into the book after a late challenge on Joe Allen.

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Boufal looks to open Stoke up

Sofiane Boufal takes aim from the edge of the box early on at the bet365 Stadium, where it remains goalless.

23’

Red Card for Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City)

Marko Arnautovic is sent off for an extremely high challenge on Sofiane Boufal. The hosts are reduced to ten men.

19’

Appeals turned down

Southampton have made a fine start here, with Shane Long and José Fonte both going down under challenges in the Stoke half but the referee turns appeals away.

16’

Bertrand's cross evades everyone

Ryan Bertrand makes a fine overlapping run before seeing his low, teasing cross narrowly evade everyone in the box.

10’

Boufal threatening again

Sofiane Boufal's persistence is almost rewarded as he wins the ball back in a promising position before forcing Lee Grant to make a save.

8’

Boufal shoots wide

Nathan Redmond drives forward at the Stoke defence, finding Sofiane Boufal in space who unleashes a shot from outside the box that drifts wide of Lee Grant's goal.

6’

Allen forces a smart save

Joe Allen is released by Xherdan Shaqiri, who gets inside the box and controls before forcing Fraser Forster into a save at the near post.

0’

We're underway!

Sofiane Boufal gets the first-half going...Come on, Saints! 😇

Puel speaks upon arrival at Stoke

Claude Puel gives his thoughts to the media upon arrival at the bet365 Stadium, where his Southampton side take on Stoke City.

19.49

Warm-ups underway! 💪

Saints are gearing up for more Premier League action against Stoke City at bet365 Stadium!

19.41

Saints arrive at bet365 Stadium

Watch as Southampton arrive at bet365 Stadium ahead of tonight's clash with Stoke City in the Premier League.

19.26

They're here!

Check out a selection of images from earlier tonight as Saints arrived at bet365 Stadium and surveyed their surroundings. 

19.09

Stoke City team confirmed

Starting XI: Grant, Pieters, Martins Indi, Shawcross (c), Johnson, Arnautovic, Adam, Allen, Whelan, Shaqiri, Walters.

Substitutes: Given, Muniesa, Bony, Biram Diouf, Imbula, Crouch, Bojan.

19.04

Saints team revealed

Starting XI: Forster, Martina, van Dijk, Fonte (c), Bertrand, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Redmond, Boufal, Long.

Substitutes: Taylor, Yoshida, Clasie, Højbjerg, Tadić, Rodriguez, McQueen.

18.59

More of this please, Sofiane! 💥

Last time out in the Premier League, Sofiane Boufal's stunning strike gave Saints all three points against Middlesbrough. It's worth watching again...

18.49

Rodriguez expecting tough test at Stoke

Jay Rodriguez says he is anticipating a typically tough test against Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium tonight.

18.47

THEY'RE A GOOD SIDE. THEY HAVE GOOD FULL BACKS AND GOOD DEPTH AS WELL. THEIR ACADEMY CONTINUES TO PRODUCE PLAYERS WHO CAN COME THROUGH.

MARK HUGHES
STOKE CITY BOSS
18.45

iT'S IMPORTANT TO FIND GOOD A GOOD REGULARITY FOR THIS NEXT GAME AND TAKE ALL THREE POINTS.

CLAUDE PUEL
MANAGER
18.44

Team news coming soon!

We'll bring you news of Claude Puel's starting XI at 7pm. Who'd be in your line-up to face Stoke City tonight?

18.43

Puel previews Stoke City clash

Get the thoughts of Saints boss Claude Puel ahead of tonight's game against Stoke City in the Premier League.

18.39
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It's matchday! 😇

Southampton arrive in Stoke looking to make it back-to-back Premier League wins, following the 1-0 success over Middlesbrough at the weekend.

18.34

STK v Saints Line Ups

Stoke City

33
Lee Grant (GK)
3
Erik Pieters
8
Glen Johnson
17
Ryan Shawcross (C)
15
Bruno Martins Indi
4
Joe Allen
22
Xherdan Shaqiri
Mame Biram Diouf (57′)
10
Marko Arnautovic
6
Glenn Whelan
16
Charlie Adam
Marc Muniesa (88′)
19
Jonathan Walters
18
Mame Biram Diouf
12
Wilfried Bony
24
Shay Given
27
Bojan
5
Marc Muniesa
21
Giannelli Imbula
25
Peter Crouch

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
6
José Fonte (C)
21
Ryan Bertrand
15
Cuco Martina
Sam McQueen (83′)
17
Virgil van Dijk
8
Steven Davis
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
Jay Rodriguez (66′)
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
7
Shane Long
Dusan Tadic (66′)
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
28
Stuart Taylor
38
Sam McQueen
9
Jay Rodriguez
11
Dusan Tadic
3
Maya Yoshida
4
Jordy Clasie

STK v Saints Match Stats

Stoke City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    28
    72
  • Shots
    5
    15
  • Shots on target
    3
    4
  • Corners
    3
    11
  • Passes Complete
    140
    492

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Ryan Bertrand
Ryan Bertrand
Chances Created
2
Passes Completed
69
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
4
Cuco Martina
Cuco Martina
Clearances
5
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster