Boufal's wonder goal wins it

St Mary's Stadium | Sat 21 Oct 5.30PM | Attendance: 29,947
Match Report Highlights

Saints v WBA Match Centre

Saints v WBA As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Boufal strikes late on for Saints against West Brom
  • Moroccan substitute dances through the defence to score
  • Bertrand strikes the woodwork as Saints dominate first half
  • Visitors improve in second period but eventually opened up

FULL TIME: Southampton 1-0 West Brom

It's all over! Saints have won courtesy of Sofiane Boufal's superbly taken solo goal, just as West Brom looked like hanging on for a point. Saints are good value for the victory on the balance of play.

19.22

Off the post!

Boufal sets off on another run, this time finding fellow substitute Austin, who is forced wide by Foster and strikes the outside of the post from a narrow angle.

19.21

What a feeling!

Sofiane Boufal wheels away after his 85th minute goal puts Saints in front.

19.20
90’

Four added minutes...

Saints have worked sooo hard for this lead. They now have just four minutes to see the job through. Come on, lads! 😇

GOALSCORER 19 Sofiane Boufal

YESSSSS!!!! BOUFAL HAS DONE IT!

Super sub to the rescue! Boufal finally breaks down West Brom's stubborn resistance with a brilliant solo goal, finishing with a well-placed shot to beat Foster down to the keeper's left.

84’

GOOOAL!!!

Sofiane Boufal (84’) | Southampton 1 0 West Bromwich Albion

81’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

Boufal and Austin are introduced for the final ten minutes. Can we make the breakthrough?

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81’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

It's a double change for Saints...

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80’

Redmond goes close

Redmond receives the ball from Bertrand and turns to face the goal. His curling shot from 20 yards leaves Foster rooted to the spot but floats agonisingly wide.

77’

West Bromwich Albion substitution: Matt Phillips replaces Nacer Chadli

Third and final change for West Brom, while Saints still have two substitutions to play with.

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73’

Forster tips over Chadli's curler

Chadli has a go from 20 yards with an instinctive strike that's curling away from Forster, but the big goalkeeper helps it on its way over the bar with an important save.

72’

Tadić denied!

Redmond's cross-field ball is flicked on by Long to find Tadić in acres of space, but Foster races from his line to cut down the angle and make a crucial save. Saints' best chance of the second half.

70’

Two wingers for Saints

It now looks like an orthodox 4-4-2 formation for Mauricio Pellegrino's men, with Tadić on the right and Redmond on the left. Davis and Lemina are the central pair.

69’

Southampton substitution: Nathan Redmond replaces Oriol Romeu

First change for Saints is an attacking one, as Redmond enters the fray in place of Romeu.

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68’

Foster saves from Gabbiadini

This is better from Saints, as a nice move culminates in a half-chance for Gabbiadini, but his shot from the edge of the box is tame and easily saved.

66’

Yellow Card for Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)

Chadli trips Tadić as the Serbian looks to counter-attack and goes into the book for his troubles.

65’

Cédric shoots over

Saints have lost some of their attacking impetus, but Cédric attempts to redress the balance with an ambitious effort from long range that flies over.

62’

West Brom enjoying their best spell

After a dominant first half from Saints, West Brom's change in formation has seen the visitors grow into this game. They're now the team in the ascendancy.

60’

Great chance for Rodriguez 😨

Krychowiak lifts the ball over the top of the Saints defence and Rodriguez runs on to it with only Forster to beat, but he snatches at the chance and sends his shot well wide of the far post.

57’

Forster saves from Gibbs

The two wing-backs combine, as Nyom produces a really deep cross from the right that Gibbs can only head into the grasp of the stooping Forster.

55’

Well wide from Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez reacts quickest to the second ball, but drags his shot comfortably wide from distance.

53’

West Bromwich Albion substitution: Gareth McAuley replaces Gareth Barry

It's a second change of the evening for Tony Pulis. It looks like his side will switch to three at the back as  McAuley replaces fellow veteran Barry.

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51’

Gabbiadini tries his luck again...

This time the Italian finds a yard of space on the edge of the box and sees his shot deflect behind for a corner, before Long's low strike is well held by Foster.

50’

Gabbiadini heads over

The ball is laid back for Cédric to cross first time. It's met by Gabbiadini, who jumps superbly but cannot hit the target as his header floats just over the top.

Back under way!

Saints have kicked off in the second half and are already back on the front foot.

18.34

Upside down Yoshida!

Maya Yoshida's audacious overhead kick sails just wide. It's still goalless at St Mary's, but Saints have been well on top.

18.22

So close, yet so far...

Ryan Bertrand's free kick remains the closest either side has come to a breakthrough. The defender struck the bar with this effort.

18.21

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 West Brom

Saints have been by far the better side, but a combination of missed chances and misfortune ensures the visitors remain on level terms.

18.19
45’

Two added minutes

Two more minutes for West Brom to hang on and get to half-time. Saints have bossed the first period but still have nothing to show for their dominance.

43’

Yoshida goes close - twice

Saints have had more than their fair share of corners, and are getting closer and closer from each of them. First Maya Yoshida's downward header is pushed aside by Ben Foster, before the Japanese defender is fractionally off target with an eye-catching overhead kick.

40’

Nyom fires over

West Brom break quickly from a Saints corner, but Allan Nyom ignores Kieran Gibbs on the overlap and shoots wildly over from 25 yards.

32’

West Bromwich Albion substitution: Allan-Roméo Nyom replaces Jonny Evans

Evans goes down injured and cannot continue, so on comes right-back Nyom as Craig Dawson moves inside to play in the centre of defence.

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31’

Saints well on top

The hosts are having no trouble creating opportunities, but still can't make the breakthrough. Jonny Evans is receiving treatment as Albion set about halting the flow of Saints pressure.

29’

What a chance!

Saints break at a rate of knots as Manolo Gabbiadini races away down the left touchline and his low cross looks destined to be converted by Shane Long, only for the former West Brom man to steer the chance wide from six yards.

27’

No way through for Chadli

Nacer Chadli scored direct from a free kick against Leicester on Monday night, but the Saints wall stands tall to deny the Belgian a repeat performance.

25’

Van Dijk has a go

Virgil van Dijk strides out of defence and chances his arm from fully 35 yards with a rising drive that just veers a couple of yards off target.

23’

Soooo close from Romeu!

Saints are getting closer, as this time van Dijk helps on a corner from the left and Romeu finds himself in the middle of the six-yard box with his back to goal, but his shot on the turn bounces agonisingly wide.

22’

Foster saves from Tadić

Ryan Bertrand gets in behind the West Brom defence and cuts the ball back for Dušan Tadić, who shoots firmly but straight into the hands of Ben Foster.

20’

Conditions causing problems... 💨

Ben Foster takes a goal kick that only just clears the halfway line, such is the strength of the wind, which is at Southampton's backs in this first half. 

18’

Bertrand hits the bar! 😩

Ryan Bertrand steps up and strikes a delicious 25-yard free kick that takes a slight deflection off Jonny Evans and cannons against the angle of post and bar. So close!

Dangerous Dušan

Dušan Tadic takes on former teammate Jay Rodriguez as he dribbles down the wing.

12’

Van Dijk goes down injured...

The big Dutchman lands awkwardly following an aerial challenge, but there's no lasting damage and he's back on his feet.

5’

Yoshida heads over

Saints take a corner short and Steven Davis crosses to the far post, but Maya Yoshida cannot keep his header down and it loops harmlessly over. Lively start at St Mary's!

Barry goes close

The first attempt at goal comes from the visitors, as Gareth Barry tries his luck from distance, but his right-footed shot just brushes the side-netting on its way wide.

17.34

Twinkletoes Tadić

It's a lively start as Tadić dances his way to the byeline, but his cross is dealt with by the West Brom defence.

17.32

We're under way!

Former Saint Jay Rodriguez gets us up and running and we're into the action at St Mary's!

17.31

Ready to go...

The pre-match handshakes are complete and we're all set! Come on Saints! 💪

17.28

Warm-ups complete ✅

Preparations are over, the players are in the tunnel and we're ready for kick-off at St Mary's!

17.21

Saints warm up in One March T-shirts

The players have been supporting our One March week, which celebrates and promotes diversity and inclusivity, by wearing special T-shirts during their pre-match warm-ups.

17.14

it's not just on set plays. West Brom have good players and players with experience who can create problems, but i feel we are ready to play this game.

mauricio pellegrino
southampton manager
17.12

West Brom team confirmed

Starting XI: Foster, Dawson, Hegazi, Evans, Gibbs, Livermore, Barry, Krychowiak, Chadli, Rondón, Rodriguez.

Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Nyom, Yacob, Brunt, McClean, Phillips.

16.34

Saints team confirmed!

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, van Dijk, Bertrand, Davis, Romeu, Lemina, Tadić, Gabbiadini, Long.

Subs: McCarthy, Hoedt, McQueen, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Redmond, Austin.

16.30

15 minutes until team news...

Who would you like to see in your Saints line-up today? Find out soon whether Mauricio Pellegrino has shuffled his pack!

16.16

Check out the players arriving!

Watch as Southampton's players arrived at St Mary's for today's Premier League clash with West Brom!

15.48

jay will get a great reception. he had a great time at southampton. he had a couple of injuries there that probably stopped his progress but he's moved on. i want him to relax and enjoy it.

tony pulis
on jay rodriguez's return to st mary's
15.22

Rodriguez set for St Mary's return

There's set to be a familiar face in the opposition squad today, as Jay Rodriguez heads back to St Mary's with West Brom.

15.21

Saints head into St Mary's

The players have been making their way into St Mary's, and our photographer was there to capture them arriving.

15.06

Saints get set for today's game

Our cameras were on hand as the Southampton squad trained at Staplewood Campus on Thursday. Check out footage from the training session in the video above.

14.53

we like to play in front of the home crowd, although we haven't taken as many points as we'd like. we'll try to change that and make our fans happy.

dušan tadić
on picking up more points at home
13.32

Pellegrino previews today's game

We visited Mauricio Pellegrino in his office this week to get his thoughts on the clash with West Brom. Watch above to see what the manager had to say.

13.24

Welcome to Matchday Live!

It's another St Mary's matchday, with Southampton set to host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League. After last weekend's 2-2 draw with Newcastle here, can Saints pick up a full complement of points today?


We'll be here all afternoon to guide you through, as we bring you the build-up, team news, match updates and free audio commentary!

13.21

Saints v WBA Line Ups

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
17
Virgil van Dijk
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
18
Mario Lemina
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (81′)
14
Oriol Romeu
Nathan Redmond (69′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (81′)
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
38
Sam McQueen
6
Wesley Hoedt
13
Alex McCarthy
10
Charlie Austin
22
Nathan Redmond

West Bromwich Albion

1
Ben Foster (GK)
3
Kieran Gibbs
6
Jonny Evans (C)
Allan Nyom (32′)
26
Ahmed Hegazi
25
Craig Dawson
8
Jake Livermore
22
Nacer Chadli
Matt Phillips (77′)
18
Gareth Barry
Gareth McAuley (53′)
19
Jay Rodriguez
20
Grzegorz Krychowiak
9
Salomón Rondón
10
Matt Phillips
14
James McClean
13
Boaz Myhill
11
Chris Brunt
5
Claudio Yacob
23
Gareth McAuley
2
Allan Nyom

Saints v WBA Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

West Bromwich Albion
  • Possession (%)
    66
    34
  • Shots
    20
    7
  • Shots on target
    6
    2
  • Corners
    8
    3
  • Passes Complete
    492
    206

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Shots On Target
2
Dušan Tadić
Dušan Tadić
Chances Created
4
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Passes Completed
67
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Tackles
6
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
10
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Saves
2
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster