Report: Saints 2-0 Crystal Palace

By SFC Media Wed 21 Sep Saints vs Palace
Wed 21 Sep 7.45PM
EFL Cup
Southampton
2
Crystal Palace
0
Austin [33'] Hesketh [63']
Targett (80')
Cabaye (85')
Referee: James Adcock | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 14,080

Young midfielder Jake Hesketh netted his first senior goal to help Southampton to a 2-0 success against Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.

Saints were set on their way to a third straight home victory and a place into the Fourth Round when Charlie Austin dispatched a penalty beyond the reach of Wayne Hennessey for his fourth goal in three games.

And when Shane Long saw his effort parried away by Hennessey just after the hour mark, Hesketh was alive to the rebound and delivered the killer blow.

Victory ensured that the Saints fine record against Palace continues, having previously won seven of their last ten matches across all competitions against the Eagles.

Claude Puel made eight changes to the side that started the Premier League victory over Swansea City on Sunday.

Alex McCarthy replaced Fraser Forster in goal for his debut against his former club, with Austin’s rich vein of goalscoring form rewarded with a start.

Youngsters Harrison Reed and Hesketh were also brought into the starting eleven, with Maya Yoshida partnering José Fonte at centre-back.

Former Saints boss Alan Pardew also saw fit to freshen up his side as he too made eight changes to the team that recorded a 4-1 victory over Stoke City at the weekend.

Jake Hesketh was handed a start by Claude Puel

Saints looked to establish control of the early proceedings with patient possession football, but the first chance of note fell to the visitors when Connor Wickham met Chung Yong Lee’s corner delivery before seeing his header deflect wide.

The response was almost emphatic when Cuco Martina’s low cross from the right found Charlie Austin, who was adjudged to be in an offside position before stabbing the ball wide.

On 19 minutes, Palace were forced into an early change when influential captain Scott Dann was replaced by Martin Kelly.

Just after the half hour mark, Kelly misjudged a Martina cross before bringing down the onrushing Long for the award of a penalty.

Austin stepped up and coolly sent Hennessey the wrong way to break the deadlock.

Charlie Austin celebrates his fourth goal in three games

The momentum continued to build as Saints showed their attacking intent. Long’s persistence down the right saw him win the ball from Zeki Fryers before picking out Austin in the box who fired over.

Austin nearly had his second of the evening when he met a clever reverse pass from Jake Hesketh, only to be thwarted by a save from Hennessey at his near post.

In stoppage time of the first-half, Long was released by another Hesketh through ball, rounding Hennessey but Damien Delaney got back well to clear his effort off the line.

Palace continued to probe for an equaliser after the interval without really testing McCarthy.

After 57 minutes of the contest, Puel made his first change of the night when he introduced Nathan Redmond in place of goalscorer Austin, who received a standing ovation.

Saints looked comfortable and doubled their lead when Hesketh showed composure to fire home after Hennessey had done well to get down to Long’s initial effort.

Immediately after that second goal, Christian Benteke, who has scored twice in his last three appearances against Southampton, replaced Bakary Sako in a bid to revive the visitors’ cup hopes.

He joined Connor Wickham in a front two and it was Wickham who went closest to a consolation when he seized upon a loose header from Fonte, before being denied by McCarthy from point-blank range.

Substitute Redmond almost added gloss to the scoreline when he produced another smart save from Hennessey in stoppage time with a low curling shot.

But the two goals were enough to seal Saints' place in the fourth round of the competition.

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Crystal Palace
  • Possession (%)
    45
    55
  • Shots
    15
    9
  • Shots on target
    9
    2
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    340
    416

Southampton

13
Alex McCarthy (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
33
Matt Targett
6
José Fonte (C)
15
Cuco Martina
4
Jordy Clasie
16
James Ward-Prowse
18
Harrison Reed
42
Jake Hesketh
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (77′)
10
Charlie Austin
Nathan Redmond (57′)
7
Shane Long
Dusan Tadic (89′)
2
Cédric Soares
11
Dusan Tadic
22
Nathan Redmond
24
Jack Stephens
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
8
Steven Davis
41
Harry Lewis

Crystal Palace

13
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
27
Damien Delaney
2
Joel Ward
6
Scott Dann (C)
Martin Kelly (18′)
19
Ezekiel Fryers
11
Wilfried Zaha
7
Yohan Cabaye
22
Jordon Mutch
Jason Puncheon (70′)
14
Lee Chung-yong
26
Bakary Sako
Christian Benteke (64′)
21
Connor Wickham
10
Andros Townsend
9
Fraizer Campbell
34
Martin Kelly
42
Jason Puncheon
1
Julian Speroni
17
Christian Benteke
4
Mathieu Flamini
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