Late Crouch goal downs Saints

Bet365 Stadium | Sat 30 Sep 3.00PM | Attendance: 29,285
Match Report Highlights

STK v Saints Match Centre

STK v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Crouch comes off the bench to strike late winner for Stoke
  • Yoshida had deservedly equalised in the 75th minute
  • Diouf's first-half header from a corner broke the deadlock
  • Forster denied Berahino from the penalty spot soon after

FULL TIME: Stoke City 2-1 Southampton

A much-improved second-half display, but Saints are cruelly beaten by Peter Crouch's 85th-minute winner at the bet365 Stadium.

16.57
+5’

Butland saves from Long

Bertrand crosses from deep and Long again jumps well, but his header is easily held by Butland. Surely that's it now...

+4’

Cédric shoots wide

Still Saints keep pressing, as Long's cross causes confusion in the Stoke box, but Cédric can only fire the loose ball wide of the near post. Was that our last chance?

+2’

Gabbiadini twice comes close 😨

Saints are really pushing and there are five added minutes! First Gabbiadini just fails to get something on Bertrand's low cross that flashes across goal, before Butland gets a vital touch as the striker tries to capitalise on a van Dijk flick on.

Yoshida celebrates

Maya Yoshida celebrates Saints' equaliser at the bet365 Stadium.

Crouch strikes for Stoke

It's tough on Saints, who have dominated the second half, but Crouch flicks in from only a couple of yards out after Choupo-Moting keeps the ball alive in a goalmouth scramble.

84’

Goal

Peter Crouch (84’) | Stoke City 2 1 Southampton

81’

Great tackle by Lemina!

Shaqiri breaks forward and looks for Choupo-Moting, but Lemina tracks him all the way and slides in to make a vital interception 😅

80’

Into the last ten minutes...

Stoke have been hanging on but Saints have broken them down and now have the momentum... Do we stick or twist?

GOALSCORER 3 Maya Yoshida

MAYA SCORES! GET IN!

After Tadić's shot deflects behind for a corner, Saints make the most of the set-piece with a great finish from Yoshida, who volleys home off the underside of the crossbar! Well deserved!

75’

GOOOAL!!!

Maya Yoshida (75’) | Stoke City 1 1 Southampton

72’

Lemina lashes over

Still Saints continue to press, with virtually the entire second half being played in the Stoke half, but Lemina loses patience with a wild shot from distance that sails miles over the crossbar.

70’

Stoke City substitution: Peter Crouch replaces Saido Berahino

Still no goal in a Stoke shirt for Berahino, who is replaced by ex-Saint Crouch in the hosts' first change.

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68’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Nathan Redmond

Time for a second striker, as Gabbiadini is introduced. Will he be the hero?

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67’

Saints probing...

Plenty of possession inside the Stoke half, but Saints just cannot fashion a clear-cut chance to level the scores.

60’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Steven Davis

First change for Pellegrino on the hour mark, as Boufal comes on to add an extra attacking dimension.

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59’

van Dijk heads wide

Another half-chance, as this time Redmond delivers a corner that's met by van Dijk, whose downward header bounces well wide.

58’

Another chance for Saints!

Tadić twists and turns away from Pieters and stands up a cross to the far post, but Long can't direct his header on target. This is a good spell for Saints 👍

54’

Long goes close!

It's a good move from Saints, started by some neat footwork from Romeu, before Cédric's cross is headed narrowly over by Long.

51’

Yellow Card for Dušan Tadić (Southampton)

Tadić becomes the first player to go into the book for a late tackle on Fletcher.

47’

Long receiving treatment

Long is on the receiving end of a painful high tackle from Allen, but somehow it's Stoke who get the free kick 🤷‍♂️

45’

Back under way in the Potteries

Saints get the game restarted. Come on, lads! 👊

The first half in pictures 📸

Take a look at the key moments so far at the bet365 Stadium.

Forster to the rescue 💪

Saido Berahino's big moment passes him by, as Fraser Forster expertly saves the striker's penalty to keep Saints well in this game at the break.

HT

HALF-TIME: Stoke City 1-0 Southampton

Mame Biram Diouf heads home Xherdan Shaqiri's corner to separate the sides at the interval, but Saints have Fraser Forster to thank for saving Saido Berahino's penalty late in the half.

43’

FORSTER SAVES!

Berahino picks himself up to take it, searching for his first Stoke goal, but Forster guesses right - to his left - to keep the striker out! What a save!

42’

Penalty to Stoke!

Berahino is tugged back by van Dijk and it's a penalty for the hosts...

Diouf heads Stoke in front

It's a simple opener for the hosts, as Diouf heads home unmarked from six yards to dispatch Shaqiri's inswinging corner.

40’

Goal

Mame Biram Diouf (40’) | Stoke City 1 0 Southampton

39’

Vital block from van Dijk

Allen finds space on the edge of the box, but van Dijk gets across and makes another excellent block. 

31’

Forster saves Saints 

Choupo-Moting latches on to Shaqiri's pass and drills a low shot towards the bottom corner, but Forster gets down smartly to make another smart save.

24’

Long denied by Butland

Saints keep the ball alive from an attacking set-piece and the ball falls kindly for Long, who instinctively shoots on the turn only to be denied by the sprawling Butland.

23’

Crucial clearance by Bertrand

Stoke get in behind the Saints defence as Allen plays a neat one-two, but his cutback is intercepted by Bertrand, who gets in front of Shaqiri to clear the danger and deny the Swiss international a tap-in.

Forster to the rescue

Fraser Forster dives to his left to deny Xherdan Shaqiri.

19’

Redmond goes close!

The best move of the match from a Saints point of view sees Tadić thread the ball through the eye of a needle for Redmond, but Diouf just gets back in time to put the winger off and Redmond pokes his shot wide.

16’

Great save from Forster!

Stoke feed the ball into the dangerous Shaqiri in the box, who creates a yard of space for himself and rifles a shot expertly repelled by Forster. Best chance of the game by a distance.

13’

Lemina tries his luck

First statement of intent from Saints, as Lemina breaks forward from midfield and hits a clean shot from 25 yards that just sails a couple of yards wide. That's more like it!

8’

van Dijk makes another block

After Zouma's speculative shot strikes van Dijk, the big Dutchman gets in the way of another shot - this time from Fletcher. The hosts have made the brighter start here.

2’

Early sights of goal for Stoke

Choupo-Moting runs at the Saints defence and tries his luck from 20 yards. After his shot deflects behind off van Dijk, Allen fires over from the resulting corner.

0’

We're under way!

The hosts have kicked-off and we're up and running. Come on Saints! 👊

Final preparations ✅

The Saints players have completed their warm-ups and we're ready for kick-off here at the bet365 Stadium! Just over ten minutes to go 😬

14.48

Hear from the boss!

Mauricio Pellegrino has been speaking to the media one last time before his team go head to head with the Potters. Hear what he had to say here.

14.44

Watch the player arrivals!

We're in position and the team has been announced. Watch the players arrive at the bet365 Stadium here as we continue the countdown to kick-off! 

14.14

One change for Saints

He's back! Virgil van Dijk makes his first start of the season - and his first start for eight months - in Mauricio Pellegrino's only change to his Saints starting line-up. The Dutchman replaces compatriot Wesley Hoedt alongside Maya Yoshida at the heart of the defence.

14.10

Stoke City team confirmed

Starting XI: Butland, Cameron, Zouma, Wimmer, Biram-Diouf, Fletcher, Allen, Pieters, Shaqiri, Berahino, Choupo-Moting.

Subs: Grant, Johnson, Tymon, Adam, Afellay, Sobhi, Crouch.

14.03

Saints team confirmed

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

Subs: McCarthy, Hoedt, Højbjerg, Ward-Prowse, Boufal, Gabbiadini, Austin.

14.00

It'll be tough, like any other game in the premier league. but we've done well here at stoke of late and hopefully that can continue today.

ryan bertrand
southampton defender
13.48

The players are here!

Saints have arrived and we're ready for team news in the Potteries! Find out who's in Mauricio Pellegrino's starting XI at 2pm BST.

13.45

The stage is set!

We've arrived at the bet365 Stadium and the clock is ticking down towards kick-off. Who would you like to see on the Saints teamsheet this afternoon?

13.23

Relive Saints' preparations for Stoke

The players have been training all week in readiness for today's game. Watch all the best bits from behind the scenes at Staplewood!

12.34

I WOULD SUGGEST WE'RE TWO EVENLY MATCHED SIDEs. SOUTHAMPTON ARE A GOOD TEAM BOTH COLLECTIVELY AND INDIVIDUALLY, SO WE NEED TO MAKE SURE WE ARE READY.

mark hughes
stoke city manager
12.05

Pellegrino previews Stoke

What does Mauricio Pellegrino think of our opponents today? Find out what the boss had to say in his pre-match interview here.

11.58

It's matchday! 😇

Welcome to the latest edition of Matchday Live! We're on the road today, as we visit Stoke City 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 3pm BST!

11.54

STK v Saints Line Ups

Stoke City

1
Jack Butland (GK)
5
Kevin Wimmer
20
Geoff Cameron
6
Kurt Zouma
18
Mame Biram Diouf
Glen Johnson (93′)
4
Joe Allen
3
Erik Pieters
24
Darren Fletcher (C)
22
Xherdan Shaqiri
Ibrahim Afellay (87′)
9
Saido Berahino
Peter Crouch (70′)
10
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting
14
Ibrahim Afellay
16
Charlie Adam
8
Glen Johnson
32
Ramadan Sobhi
33
Lee Grant
12
Josh Tymon
25
Peter Crouch

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
17
Virgil van Dijk
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
14
Oriol Romeu
22
Nathan Redmond
Manolo Gabbiadini (67′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
Sofiane Boufal (61′)
18
Mario Lemina
Charlie Austin (86′)
11
Dusan Tadic
7
Shane Long
10
Charlie Austin
16
James Ward-Prowse
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
6
Wesley Hoedt
13
Alex McCarthy
20
Manolo Gabbiadini

STK v Saints Match Stats

Stoke City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    30
    70
  • Shots
    17
    21
  • Shots on target
    6
    3
  • Corners
    5
    6
  • Passes Complete
    171
    533

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Shots On Target
2
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
4
Sofiane Boufal
Sofiane Boufal
Passes Completed
96
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Tackles
4
Cédric
Cédric
Clearances
7
Virgil Van Dijk
Virgil Van Dijk
Saves
5
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster