Davis fires Saints to victory

Selhurst Park | Sat 16 Sep 12.30PM | Attendance: 24,199
Match Report Highlights

Palace v Saints Match Centre

Palace v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Saints beat Palace 1-0 at Selhurst Park
  • Steven Davis scores only goal of the game
  • Club captain netted on his 200th appearance for Saints
  • Fraser Forster made some vital saves to keep hosts out

FULL TIME: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

It's a big three points for Mauricio Pellegrino's side, as they record their first away win of the season! Steven Davis's early goal, on his 200th appearance for the club, was enough to separate the teams, and it was a very well deserved victory for the visitors!

+1’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Shane Long

It's a final change of the afternoon for Mauricio Pellegrino.

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89’

Cédric nearly seals it

The right-back breaks into the area, cuts onto his left foot and sends in a low shot, but Wayne Hennessey makes the save.

87’

Southampton substitution: Virgil Van Dijk replaces Dušan Tadić

It's Saints' second change.

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87’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Nathan Redmond

Saints make a switch.

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81’

Yellow Card for Scott Dann (Crystal Palace)

Dann hauls down Shane Long as he threatens to break.

79’

Romeu heads wide

Steven Davis swings in a corner, which Oriol Romeu meets at the near post, but he sends his header wide of goal.

77’

Crystal Palace substitution: Bakary Sako replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Palace make their second change of the afternoon.

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76’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

Long gets a booking after arguing with referee Robert Madley.

68’

Crystal Palace substitution: Luka Milivojevic replaces James McArthur

A first change of the day for the hosts.

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67’

Yellow Card for James McArthur (Crystal Palace)

McCarthur catches Ryan Bertrand and goes into the book.

Torrential rain at Selhurst! ☂️

The weather has taken a turn for the worse at Selhurst Park in the second half, as the above photo shows!

56’

Yellow Card for Joel Ward (Crystal Palace)

Ward is booked after hauling down Steven Davis.

56’

Saints back on the front foot

A clever cross from Ryan Bertrand picks out Shane Long in the area, but the ball is ever so slightly too high for the leaping striker to be able to head on target. Saints then keep the pressure on, but Nathan Redmond's shot from the edge of the box is blocked.

49’

Forster with another superb stop!

Intense pressure from Palace ends with Jeffrey Schlupp's low cross picking out former Saints player Jason Puncheon on the edge of the six-yard box, but Fraser Forster makes a sensational save at close range to deny him!

The second half begins!

We're back under way here at Selhurst Park! Let's see this through, boys! 👊

13.33

Best images from the first half! 📸

Take a look back at some of the best images from our photographers from the opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.

13.29

HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

Steven Davis's early goal, on his 200th Saints appearance, gives Mauricio Pellegrino's men a deserved lead as we reach the interval at Selhurst Park.

45’

Townsend fires wide

A chance for Palace right near half-time, but Andros Townsend flashes a shot from a tight angle wide of the near post.

45’

Hennessey saves from Redmond

Nathan Redmond again threatens, this time with a low shot from 25 yards, but there's not as much power behind it as he would like and Wayne Hennessey dives to his right to save well.

44’

Tadić sees goal-bound effort blocked

Nathan Redmond goes on a brilliant driving run into the area, with the ball eventually then falling to Dušan Tadić just inside the box. His low, first-time shot appears to be heading for the bottom corner, but is well blocked.

Lemina impressing in midfield

It's been an eye-catching half so far from Mario Lemina, who has helped Southampton control the ball and much of the game.

31’

Bertrand block denies Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek again poses danger, drifting past a few players on an angle and working his way into the area, but his low shot back across goal is brilliantly blocked by a sliding Ryan Bertrand.

29’

Loftus-Cheek goes close

A smart lay-off from Christian Benteke finds Ruben Loftus-Cheek 25 yards out, but his low, right-footed shot fizzes a yard wide of the post.

22’

Redmond tests Hennessey from distance

It's a fierce strike from 25 yards by Nathan Redmond, but Palace keeper Wayne Hennessey gets behind it well to knock it down and collect it. Saints posing more danger, though.

20’

Lemina threatens again

Some superb skill from Mario Lemina sees him slalom past a couple of Crystal Palace players, opening space up 30 yards out. Unfortunately, Lemina drags his shot tamely wide, but the build-up was another eye-catching piece of play from the midfielder.

Davis celebrates the opener! 📸

Steven Davis turns away in celebration, after giving Southampton a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute at Selhurst Park. What a way for the club captain to mark his 200th appearance for Saints!

16’

Forster denies Benteke at close range

Andros Townsend plays Ruben Loftus-Cheek in down the inside-right. His low ball finds Christian Benteke six yards out, but Fraser Forster makes a brilliant reaction save to deny him.

GOALSCORER 8 Steven Davis

GET IN, DAVO!

Dušan Tadić gets to the byline and sends in a cross, which Wayne Hennessey dives to punch away, but it stops straight to Steven Davis on his 200th Southampton appearance, as he slots into the bottom corner!

5’

GOOOAL!!!

Steven Davis (5’) | Crystal Palace 0 1 Southampton

4’

Saints apply a bit of pressure

Crystal Palace fail to properly clear a cross from Cédric, allowing the alert Mario Lemina to latch onto it just inside the area, but his shot is well blocked.

0’

We're underway!

Let's do this, boys! 👊

Final preparations ✅

The Saints players have now completed their warm-up and the teams are in the tunnel at Selhurst Park 😇

12.26

He's back!

Virgil van Dijk returns to the squad on the Southampton bench today. Kick-off is now just 15 minutes away! ⌚️

12.15

When you change a manager a lot of things are up in the air, but the quality of the players is the same. we have to work hard to control them.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
12.11

See the players arrive at Selhurst Park

The squad are fine tuning their preparations ahead of kick-off, and our camera crew were on hand to capture their arrival in South London.

12.00

Four changes for Saints

Mauricio Pellegrino makes four changes to his side following the defeat to Watford last time out, including the return of Maya Yoshida - Saints' Player of the Month for August 🏆

11.49

Crystal Palace team confirmed

Starting XI: Hennessey, Ward, Fosu-Mensah, Dann, Schlupp, McArthur, Cabaye, Loftus-Cheek, Puncheon, Townsend, Benteke.

Subs: Speroni, Tomkins, Kelly, Van Aanholt, Milivojevic, Lee, Sako.

11.37

Saints team confirmed

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Hoedt, Bertrand, Davis (c), Romeu, Lemina, Redmond, Tadić, Long.

Subs: McCarthy, Stephens, Van Dijk, Targett, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Gabbiadini.

11.30

Saints have arrived!

The players, led by boss Mauricio Pellegrino, are at Selhurst Park in good time ahead of today's 12.30 kick-off.

11.18

Milestone man?

Could Steven Davis be in line to make his 200th Saints appearance today? Team news announced in 20 minutes 👀

11.10

We have to turn the page and start again. it's a big game for both teams. we have to do everything in our power to go there and get three points.

Wesley Hoedt
southampton defender
10.40

Saints prepare for Palace 📸

Our cameras were trained on the players as they went through one of their final sessions this week, in preparation for today's game. Take a look at some of the images here.

09.54

Pellegrino previews Palace

How will the arrival of Roy Hodgson at Crystal Palace affect Southampton's preparations for the game? That was one of the questions we asked Mauricio Pellegrino in the build-up this week. Find out what he had to say in our interview here.

08.53

A new boss for Palace

The Eagles have a new man in charge today, with Roy Hodgson having replaced Frank de Boer as manager this week.


"There's no doubt in the players' minds about the importance of this game," said Hodgson this week, as Palace seek their first goal and points of the Premier League campaign.

08.50

It's matchday! 😇

Welcome to the latest edition of Matchday Live! We're on the road today, as we visit Crystal Palace in the Premier League! As always, we'll bring you the build-up, team news, match updates and FREE live audio commentary, so stick with us for all the action. Kick-off is at 12.30pm BST!

08.47

Palace v Saints Line Ups

Crystal Palace

13
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
15
Jeffrey Schlupp
24
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
6
Scott Dann
2
Joel Ward
7
Yohan Cabaye
18
James McArthur
Luka Milivojevic (69′)
10
Andros Townsend
42
Jason Puncheon (C)
17
Christian Benteke
8
Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Bakary Sako (78′)
14
Lee Chung-yong
34
Martin Kelly
5
James Tomkins
26
Bakary Sako
4
Luka Milivojevic
3
Patrick van Aanholt
1
Julian Speroni

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
6
Wesley Hoedt
11
Dusan Tadic
Virgil van Dijk (87′)
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
James Ward-Prowse (85′)
18
Mario Lemina
8
Steven Davis (C)
7
Shane Long
Manolo Gabbiadini (92′)
33
Matt Targett
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
5
Jack Stephens
17
Virgil van Dijk
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal

Palace v Saints Match Stats

Crystal Palace

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    46
    54
  • Shots
    14
    13
  • Shots on target
    3
    4
  • Corners
    5
    5
  • Passes Complete
    311
    404

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Shots On Target
2
Nathan Redmond
Nathan Redmond
Chances Created
3
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Passes Completed
65
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Tackles
5
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
10
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster