Saints beaten in Cardiff

Cardiff City Stadium | Sat 08 Dec 3PM | Attendance: 30,067
Match Report Highlights

CAR vs Saints Match Centre

CAR vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Paterson winner seals fourth straight home win for Cardiff
  • Striker capitalises on defensive error to score
  • Strong Armstrong penalty appeal ignored at 0-0
  • Ralph Hasenhüttl's first game in charge ends in defeat
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POLL: Which of the returning Saints are you happiest to see in the starting line-up?
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POLL: Which of the returning Saints are you happiest to see in the starting line-up?

The results so far:

  • Jannik Vestergaard
    10%
  • Jan Bednarek
    22%
  • Yan Valery
    14%
  • Oriol Romeu
    27%
  • Mario Lemina
    18%
  • Charlie Austin
    8%
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Saints ran out 3-0 winners on our last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium. Who scored twice for us that day?
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SAINTS TRIVIA: Saints ran out 3-0 winners on our last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium. Who scored twice for us that day?

The results so far:

  • Adam Lallana
    0%
  • Guly Do Prado
    0%
  • Rickie Lambert
    33%
  • Jay Rodriguez
    25%
  • Sadio Mané
    17%
  • Graziano Pellè
    25%

we were improving our performance and getting better chances. for that, it was a pity we gave it away so easily with two horrible mistakes.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
17.44

FULL TIME: Cardiff City 1-0 Southampton

It's defeat for Ralph Hasenhüttl in his first match in charge, as a mistake from Jannik Vestergaard is seized upon by Callum Paterson to score the only goal at the Cardiff City Stadium. Otherwise there was not a lot in the game - Cardiff shaded the first half, Saints the second, but it's the result that counts and this is a big one for the hosts, who have now won four home matches in a row.

+1’

3️⃣ minutes to be added...

There will be a minimum of three minutes of stoppage time, and one has already come and gone.

90’

Cardiff City substitution: Joe Ralls replaces Harry Arter

Final change of the day sees the hobbling Arter replaced.

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87’

Gabbiadini heads over

From a free-kick wide on the left, Gabbiadini gets his head to Targett's cross, but the ball is fractionally behind him and his header sails over.

84’

Cardiff City substitution: Kadeem Harris replaces Josh Murphy

Harris comes on to replace fellow wide man Murphy, with Saints back in the ascendancy now. Six minutes to go.

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83’

Cardiff scramble the ball to safety...

Suddenly Saints come to life, as Redmond turns away from Arter. Ward-Prowse delivers a dangerous low cross that gets away from Etheridge, but Morrison is in the right place to clear.

81’

Another chance for Morrison...

The game is getting away from Saints, who look shellshocked by the goal. Morrison should really put the game to bed, but again his radar is off with a free header.

80’

Southampton substitution: James Ward-Prowse replaces Oriol Romeu

Final Saints change sees Ward-Prowse enter the fray.

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79’

Lemina goes down...

The midfielder claims a hand in the face from Ecuele Manga as the pair clash at a corner, but play continues.

77’

Morrison heads wide

The home crowd are making a racket now, as Camarasa delivers a free-kick headed well wide by Morrison.

75’

Southampton substitution: Manolo Gabbiadini replaces Charlie Austin

An immediate response from Hasenhüttl, although this change may have been prepared before the goal. Gabbiadini is on.

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Paterson breaks the deadlock

It's the opening goal but it's gone to Cardiff - against the run of play. It's a bad mistake from Vestergaard, who makes a mess of his backpass, and Paterson steals in to beat McCarthy.

73’

GOAL

Callum Paterson (73’) | 1 0

2️⃣0️⃣ minutes to go ⏳

Saints are still on top at the Cardiff City Stadium, and have been since the interval, but clear chances are at a premium in south Wales.

67’

Cardiff City substitution: David Junior Hoilett replaces Nathaniel Mendez-Laing

First Cardiff change is a like for like swap on the wing.

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66’

Wide from Targett

Targett steps up to take, but it's harmlessly wide of Etheridge's right-hand post.

65’

Yellow Card for Joe Bennett (Cardiff City)

Bennett goes into the book after some determined work from Redmond earns a free-kick in shooting territory.

61’

Armstrong goes down... no penalty ❌

Armstrong gets into the box and turns sharply away from Camarasa, who leaves a leg hanging and the Scot goes down. Nothing given. Armstrong is convinced he was caught.

60’

Saints growing in confidence...

It's been a much-improved second-half display so far from Saints. Armstrong's corner worries Etheridge, before Højbjerg picks out Lemina, who slips at the vital moment. Pressure building from the visitors.

55’

Over the top from Højbjerg

A clever corner routine nearly pays dividends, as Targett goes low towards Austin, but Gunnarsson beats him to it. Højbjerg picks up the pieces outside the box and has a go from distance, but his shot sails high over the crossbar.

51’

Mendez-Laing goes close

A searching pass from Camarasa finds Mendez-Laing on the far side, who steps inside Targett and shoots towards the far post - or was it a cross? Either way, McCarthy waves it past, untroubled.

46’

We're back under way!

The second half is up and running. Who will strike first?

HT

Southampton substitution: Jack Stephens replaces Yan Valery

It's Hasenhüttl's first substitution - Valery, who has struggled against Murphy's pace, is off.

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HALF TIME: Cardiff City 0-0 Southampton

We've reached the break in driving wind and rain in south Wales, where Saints remain on level terms. Cardiff have carried the greater threat, typically not shy in sending balls into the opposition box, but Saints have defended manfully to keep the hosts at bay. Ralph Hasenhüttl will want to see more attacking threat, but his team do look more solid.

+1’

Crucial tip over from McCarthy

Mendez-Laing works a shooting chance on the edge of the box and hits it with real power, but McCarthy is in the right place to reach up high and help it on its way over.

45’

One added minute...

Half time is approaching at the Cardiff City Stadium.

41’

Outside the area?

Højbjerg chases a ball over the top from Austin, as keeper Etheridge races out to catch it. The Dane appeals for handball outside the box, but the referee isn't interested.

37’

Caught in the wind...

Now Cardiff have a corner of their own, as Camarasa's delivery sails dangerously close to the far post and nearly catches out McCarthy, but Saints clear after Morrison helps it back into the danger zone.

34’

Lemina shoots over

That was a decent chance. Targett's corner takes a looping touch that drops on to the crossbar. It bounces out invitingly for Lemina to strike, but he snatches at it as the ball was slow to drop, and his shot is over the top.

32’

Armstrong tries his luck

We know what he's capable of, as Armstrong lines up a shot 25 yards from goal, but it deflects behind for a corner. Can Saints make it count?

29’

Bennett fires over

From the free-kick following Valery's yellow card, Romeu heads clear only as far as Bennett, who shoots more in hope than expectation and it's a long way over.

28’

Yellow Card for Yan Valery (Southampton)

Murphy gets beyond Valery, who pulls him back and goes into the book.

5️⃣0️⃣🆙

Today marks a 50th Saints appearance for Academy graduate Matt Targett! 👏

25’

Vital work from McCarthy

Another close shave, as Murphy surges into the box, Valery holds him up, allowing McCarthy to dive at the winger's feet and halt him in his tracks.

20’

Austin forces a save from Etheridge

First save of the game for the Cardiff keeper, as Targett's free-kick is met by the head of Austin, but there's not a lot of pace on the cross and Austin struggles to generate the necessary power to really trouble Etheridge.

19’

Yellow Card for Sean Morrison (Cardiff City)

A clever shimmy from Højbjerg fools Morrison, who pulls him back to concede a free-kick and becomes the first player to enter the referee's notebook.

18’

McCarthy saves from Murphy...

Cardiff are enjoying a good spell now. Camarasa bursts forward and feeds Murphy to his left, who runs at Valery and drills a shot goalwards beaten away by McCarthy. Morrison then heads wide from the resulting corner.

14’

Crucial challenge from Bednarek! 💪

That was a let-off. Targett was caught in possession by Mendez-Laing, who raced away from Romeu and into the box, but across came Bednarek to make a vital last-ditch tackle.

12’

Paterson slides a shot wide

Cardiff doing what they do best by keeping the ball alive from a set-piece. Defender Morrison shows admirable composure to turn in the box and look for Paterson, but Targett gets a crucial touch on the way that forces the striker's shot off target on the stretch.

10’

McCarthy denies Arter

First we've seen of Cardiff as an attacking threat, as Camarasa's deep cross from the left is helped back across goal by Mendez-Laing for Arter, but the midfielder cannot make a clean connection and McCarthy has a fairly routine save to make.

6’

Another sight of goal for Austin...

After Lemina was impeded in the air by Arter, Vestergaard takes the resulting free-kick. Instead of shooting, the big Dane plays a disguised ball into Austin, who lifts it over. It was a difficult chance for the striker, who had to adjust quickly and could only help it goalwards.

2’

Just wide from Austin!

Positive start from Saints, full of intent, as Targett crosses low from the left for Austin, who gets across the front and flicks it towards the far corner, but it's just wide of the post.

1’

We're under way!

The Ralph Hasenhüttl era is up and running...

Our final pre-match poll winner! 💪

He's back! Oriol Romeu was voted your most popular change in selection today, as Ralph Hasenhüttl named the midfielder as one of six changes to the Saints team. Here we go!

15.00

Here come the teams!

Kick-off is imminent at the Cardiff City Stadium, where the atmosphere is bubbling away nicely...

14.56

i think we've had a few good moments in the training sessions. they were very interested and focused, which is the most important thing, but now we need results. results can help give us confidence and today is the first chance for that.

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
14.30

A repeat performance from this man?

This wonder strike from Stuart Armstrong has been nominated for the Premier League Goal of the Month award for November... what chance another stunner from the Scot this afternoon? 🤞

14.25

See Saints arriving at the Cardiff City Stadium 📸

Our photographer was on hand to capture the moment Saints arrived in south Wales ahead of kick-off, which is now less than 40 minutes away! ⏳

14.22

6️⃣ changes for Hasenhüttl's first selection 👊

Ralph Hasenhüttl has wasted no time in putting his own stamp on things, with no fewer than six changes for his first Saints line-up. In come Yan Valery, Jan Bednarek, Jannik Vestergaard, Oriol Romeu, Mario Lemina and Charlie Austin in place of Cédric (injured), Jack Stephens, Maya Yoshida, Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Manolo Gabbiadini.

14.08

Cardiff team confirmed 

Starting XI: Etheridge, Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Mendez-Laing, Gunnarsson, Arter, Murphy, Camarasa, Paterson.

Subs: Smithies, Peltier, Ralls, Harris, Hoilett, Reid, Madine.

14.02

Saints team confirmed... 👀

Starting XI: McCarthy, Valery, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Targett, Romeu, Højbjerg, Lemina, Armstrong, Redmond, Austin.

Subs: Gunn, Hoedt, Yoshida, Stephens, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Gabbiadini.

14.00

Look who's here! 👋

Saints have arrived at the Cardiff City Stadium, with manager Ralph Hasenhüttl leading the team off the coach. We'll have news of his starting XI in five minutes' time! ⏰

13.55

he's said to us he doesn't want to fill our minds with too much information and change everything straightaway, and we haven't had too much time on the training pitch. it's a massive game - a six-pointer - and a chance to kick-start our season.

matt targett
southampton defender
13.44

See Saints gear up for Cardiff! 📸

Check out the best of our images from Staplewood, where Saints have spent the last couple of days preparing for Ralph Hasenhüttl's first game at the helm...

13.35

Catch up on Hasenhüttl's first press conference!

Here's a summary of everything Ralph Hasenhüttl had to say in his first press conference as Southampton boss, as the Austrian was unveiled to the media on Thursday.

13.24

Jay at the double ⚽️⚽️

It was ex-forward Jay Rodriguez, now of West Brom, who struck twice on Saints' last visit to the Cardiff City Stadium back on Boxing Day 2013. Well done to the 25% of voters who picked correctly! 🗳

13.09

An hour until team news... ⏳

In an hour's time we'll have news of Ralph Hasenhüttl's first team selection as Southampton manager... who would you like to see given a chance to impress? Find out at 2pm GMT!

13.02

Get clued up on today's game 🤓

Check out our in-depth Match Pack for everything you need to know on today's game, including the words of both managers, past results between the clubs and all the necessary facts and stats!

12.28

THEY HAVE TO GO WITH ME AND I THINK I FORCE A LOT FROM THEM, BUT WHEN THEY DO THAT THEY ARE WELCOME AND CAN FOLLOW US. THE GUYS WHO DON'T WILL FALL BEHIND VERY QUICKLY. WE TRY TO GIVE EVERYONE THE CHANCE TO COME WITH US ON THIS JOURNEY.

RALPH HASENHÜTTL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
12.25

Watch Hasenhüttl's first interview 🎥

Get to know the new Saints boss with our very first interview, as the Austrian outlines his plans for the club moving forward.

11.53

The Hasenhüttl era starts here! 🇦🇹

It's been a busy week for Saints, as Ralph Hasenhüttl was announced as the club's new manager before Wednesday's Premier League clash with Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, before he was unveiled to the press the following day. It's been a very quick turnaround, but after familiarising himself with his new team, it's time for the boss to take charge of his first match this afternoon!

11.48

It's matchday in the Premier League! 😇

Southampton return to south Wales for the first time since the memorable victory at Swansea City back in May - this time to face one of the promoted teams who replaced the Swans in the top flight, as Cardiff City play the role of hosts this afternoon. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary from the Cardiff City Stadium!

11.43

CAR vs Saints Line Ups

Cardiff City

1
Neil Etheridge (GK)
5
Bruno Ecuele Manga
3
Joe Bennett
4
Sean Morrison (C)
22
Sol Bamba
21
Víctor Camarasa
7
Harry Arter
Joe Ralls (91′)
11
Josh Murphy
Kadeem Harris (85′)
19
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing
David Junior Hoilett (67′)
17
Aron Gunnarsson
13
Callum Paterson
12
Alex Smithies
33
David Junior Hoilett
14
Bobby Reid
8
Joe Ralls
2
Lee Peltier
23
Kadeem Harris
24
Gary Madine

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
43
Yan Valery
Jack Stephens (45′)
35
Jan Bednarek
33
Matt Targett
4
Jannik Vestergaard
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (C)
18
Mario Lemina
17
Stuart Armstrong
14
Oriol Romeu
James Ward-Prowse (80′)
22
Nathan Redmond
10
Charlie Austin
Manolo Gabbiadini (75′)
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
16
James Ward-Prowse
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
5
Jack Stephens
28
Angus Gunn
3
Maya Yoshida
6
Wesley Hoedt

CAR vs Saints Match Stats

Cardiff City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    36
    64
  • Shots
    13
    12
  • Shots on target
    4
    1
  • Corners
    7
    7
  • Passes Complete
    149
    332

Top Saints Player Stats

Shots On Target
1
Charlie Austin
Charlie Austin
Chances Created
4
Matt Targett
Matt Targett
Passes Completed
47
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
3
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Clearances
10
Jan Bednarek
Jan Bednarek
Saves
3
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy