Saturday December 8, 2012 Day 16 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 1 - 0 Reading

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  1. Premier League - Puncheon goal pulls Southampton out of drop zone

    Premier League - Puncheon goal pulls Southampton out of drop zone

    Jason Puncheon's second-half strike earned Southampton a 1-0 victory over fellow promoted side Reading at St Mary's. More

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    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Reading
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    • 90+4' It's over! Saints have moved up the table with a big win against Reading! Puncheon with the goal and MOTM honours.
    • 90+3' Ramirez squeaks between two Reading players but fails to spot the obvious square pass to Puncheon once he enters the box. Nonetheless, Lambert keeps possession.
    • 90+2' Corner Southampton and Schneiderlin will play it short with Ramirez to grind down the final seconds.
    • 90+1' Three minutes added on. Three minutes for Southampton to hold on. Three minutes for Reading to snatch a dramatic point.
    • 90' If the home side cling on here, they will be up to 15th with Sunderland dropping into the relegation zone.
    • 89' Big chance for Saints! Cork with a good ball into the box for Do Prado, who turns to face goal and should have clinched the three points! Great low block by Federici!
    • 88' Free-kick from the left this time, but the referee has spotted a bit of leaning as the ball is in the air. Pressure over for the hosts, for now.
    • 87' Shorey's ball in... is cleared. McAnuff goes up for the loose ball on the bounce and is challenged by Puncheon. For once, the decision goes the Reading man's way.
    • 86' McCleary is brought down by Schneiderlin and this is a good chance for Reading to try and create a late leveller. Free-kick is on the right wing.
    • 85' It comes back to Puncheon, who almost doubles up for himself and his team with a decent low drive, just wide of the far post.
    • 84' Half-cleared as it comes into the box, falls to Ramirez who scuffs his effort at a final ball.
    • 83' Saints have a decent free-kick here, 30 yards out and everyone but for one player of each side is in the box waiting to receive.
    • 81' Speaking of top performances, man of the match Puncheon tracks back to dispossess McAnuff, who must be sick of the sight of the goalscorer by now.
    • 80' Great challenge by Cummings on the overlapping Shaw. Great game from Shaun so far.
    • 79' Off comes Rodriguez and on in his place is Guly Do Prado.
    • 78' Looks like Southampton will also make a change, and it will still leave them with one to make.
    • 77' Reading's final change sees Robson-Kanu replaced by Garath McCleary.
    • 76' Clyne leaves Shorey in his wake but his floated cross is simple enough for Federici to claim.
    • 75' Punch and Clyne wave some magic once more on the right but Cork is unable to connect with the end product.
    • 74' Puncheon is cheered by the home fans as he hacks down McAnuff but gets away with it because technically, the ball had been taken over the line by the winger first.
    • 73' Federici mis-controls a back pass and is lucky not to be closed down inside his own six-yard area by Rodriguez! He hoofs it out for a throw.
    • 72' Big chance for Reading! Saints wanted a foul on Rodriguez but ref says ball was won. Visitors break and McAnuff's cross is headed wide by an unmarked Le Fondre from eight yards - should have at least been on target!
    • 71' Initial corner kick is cleared before the ball is sent back in for Robson-Kanu to control, turn and fire straight at Davis.
    • 70' Tabb doesn't look happy to be making way, but it's a tactical switch as the midfielder is replaced by striker Noel Hunt.
    • 69' Reading win a corner but it looks like another change will be coming first.
    • 68' There has been a host of goals elsewhere in the top flight today. Keep up with all the scores using our multiplex: Premier League: LIVE
    • 66' Mariappa heads clear a deflected Shaw cross.
    • 65' It is indeed Morrison, known for much better performances than this one today, making way for Alex Pearce.
    • 64' Looks like a Reading change will be forthcoming. May be Morrison, who hasn't looked comfortable out there today.
    • 63' And now Federici rushes out to make a catch before Lambert can get onto another Ramirez delivery.
    • 62' Ramirez has a cross-cum-shot headed away from goal by Morrison before Rodriguez can get a vital finishing touch.
    • 61' Saints are back in possession soon after Reading get us back underway and Rodriguez goes down just before he moves into the box from the left flank under pressure from two defenders. Nothing given.
    • 60' GOAL SAINTS! Puncheon opens the scoring with a lovely low finish across Federici after Clyne's decent ball inside from the right. 1-0!
    • 59' Ramirez after a good run forward plays it short to Puncheon inside the 'D', who instead of going for goal tries a luxury chipped pass back to the sub. It fails.
    • 58' They get Shorey's delivery clear and back comes Yoshida.
    • 57' The Japanese international is forced, like Lallana, to leave the field of play but will return. First, the hosts will have to defend a free-kick with 10 men.
    • 56' Now Yoshida is limping after going up for a ball with Roberts. Only one winner of that physical match-up.
    • 55' Schneiderlin's straight ball forward to Rodriguez is chested down by the striker, who turns and dribbles his fluid finish wide of the near post.
    • 54' Great diagonal ball by Puncheon is just inches ahead of the stretched leg of Rodriguez inside the penalty area.
    • 53' Cork puts the flag kick off-target. Goal kick Reading.
    • 52' Puncheon and Lambert play hot potato with the ball as each finds themselves surrounded by three hooped shirts, until the former gets space to dig a decent low drive at Federici, winning a corner off the keeper's low parry.
    • 51' Morrison heads clear a Ramirez ball from the left. The Saints fans starting to grow in volume to support their side's quest for the opener.
    • 50' Lambert can only head Clyne's stellar early cross behind himself and Reading clear up the threat,
    • 49' Fonte gives possession away inside his own half but Tabb is equally sloppy in trying to capitalise.
    • 48' Excellent slide challenge by Yoshida on McAnuff not only ends the attack but comes off the Reading captain last, winning the hosts the throw.
    • 47' Cummings wins a corner for his side within seconds of the restart, and receives the set piece short once again from Shorey. Saints get the cross clear, however.
    • 46' We are back underway for the second half at St Mary's.
    • 45+2' Half-time. A pedestrian opening 45 though both sides would end up having some big chances, with a bit of uncertainty surrounding why Puncheon's headed goal was struck off. Do you think it was a fair decision? Who if anyone will get the winner in this scrap of the strugglers? Let me know via Twitter @liamhappe
    • 45+1' Two minutes added onto the half due to Lallana's knock and subsequent replacement.
    • 45' Shorey takes the corner short to Cummings, who sends the ball in himself to the far post. McAnuff heads back across goal and Robson-Kanu heads onto the post!
    • 44' Reading win a corner as the first half nears its close.
    • 43' Corner met by the head of Yoshida! Cleared off the line by Cummings! Lambert on the follow-up... half-volley sails over the bar!
    • 42' Puncheon moves inside Shorey and forces the recovering full-back to concede another Saints corner. Their fifth of the game.
    • 40' Lallana makes way for Gaston Ramirez, who only got a 40 minute rest in the end.
    • 39' Applause for Lallana as he walks all the way around the pitch to the dugout, where he will be replaced.
    • 38' Lallana is taken off the pitch for more treatment in what was a bit of a freakish accident. A better replay of the goal that wasn't makes it hard to tell what exactly Yoshida did whilst stood near Federici to warrant a whistle. Saints may well have been robbed a goal there.
    • 37' Tabb goes down from a clean Rodriguez challenge and his prone body trips up Lallana who is clutching his knee.
    • 36' Replays show it was more likely to have been Yoshida penalised for a shove before Puncheon's header went in.
    • 35' Another wave of Saints pressure ends when Rodriguez fouls Leigertwood inside his own area.
    • 34' Puncheon heads the next Saints corner in... but is deemed by the referee to have pushed his marker in the process. Disallowed.
    • 33' Saints win another corner, and Lallana's dangerous delivery is punched clear by Federici, and Leigertwood concedes a corner before Fonte can try to head the second ball in toward goal.
    • 32' Puncheon gets onto a loose ball on the left wing but struggles with the cut-back attempt and Reading have a goal kick.
    • 30' Tabb hasn't scored since netting right here at St Mary's for Coventry some four years ago in the Championship.
    • 29' The visitors break fast and Tabb forces a good save from Davis before going down rather easily under pressure from Cork while latching onto the loose ball.
    • 28' Free-kick is sent low into the crowded area where Lallana tries to dummy for a team-mate. Problem is, none were behind him on the overlap.
    • 27' Shorey is lucky to get away with a verbal warning as he slides down Lambert as the striker holds up play 30 yards out.
    • 26' Roberts from the left has no better luck trying to get beyond Davis with a wide delivery,
    • 25' Saints none too pleased with the throw-in decision which led to that cross attempt as it appeared to come off Robson-Kanu last.
    • 24' An early Cummings cross from the right is easy pickings for Davis.
    • 23' Lallana is teed up by Rodriguez just outside the box and tries a longer-range version of what Lambert just did, but the skipper's try is safely off-target.
    • 22' Credit also in that two-play passage for Yoshida for the ball forward, pinpoint stuff. Mariappa got the foot in on Rodriguez's initial try.
    • 21' Lambert collects the loose ball after setting up Rodriguez and curls for the top corner at an angle... great parry by Federici at full stretch keeps it 0-0!
    • 20' Lambert tees up Rodriguez, who is blocked off before he can fire at goal from 12 yards.
    • 19' Cries of handball as Mariappa dispossesses Puncheon inside the Reading box, but it's good defending from the Reading man.
    • 18' Good chance for Reading! Roberts goes wide again, this time on the right, to collect from McAnuff and cross for Tabb to volley marginally over! Pleas for a corner but its a goal kick.
    • 17' Cummings sees off Lallana's run well enough to allow Federici to collect the ball forward by the Saints.
    • 16' Space in the middle just behind the 'D' for Lallana to have a crack... well held by Federici.
    • 15' Offside against Roberts, but at least Reading are getting forward now and then.
    • 13' Handball by Puncheon on the edge of the Reading area. Borderline as he brought a loft pass down on the chest but definitely used the arm.
    • 12' Great defending by Shaw to shield the ball until he wins a free-kick from Robson-Kanu.
    • 11' Puncheon's delivery fails to beat the first man, but McAnuff triggers the offside flag on the attempted counter.
    • 10' Roberts drifts to the left wing to collect Shorey's pass and try to start a first Reading attack, but is dispossessed and Saints counter with Lambert winning a second corner.
    • 8' Puncheon slips the ball out to Clyne on the right. Driven cut-back to Schneiderlin... who is taken by surprise by the way the ball comes to him and can only put it wide with his midsection from eight or so yards.
    • 7' Lambert hashes a long shot wide trying to take advantage of the poor goal kick.
    • 6' Federici slips onto his backside delivering a goal kick. That gives the home fans a laugh. Probably the visiting supporters, too.
    • 5' The early intent is all Southampton's, thus far, and Reading are holding positions and defending with little early ambition.
    • 4' Ramirez, by the way, has been dropped to the bench racking up plenty of air miles this week returning home to Uruguay on compassionate leave. Adkins giving the lad a rest as a result of his tough last few days.
    • 3' Lambert is then thwarted by Shorey again as the left-back cuts out his clever flick-on attempt.
    • 2' Upon gaining possession for the first time in the match, the hosts work a decent approach up to the point where Lambert wins an early corner. Yoshida is unable to properly connect with a header from the flag-kick but Shaw hoofs it back in where Rodriguez lashes a shot into side netting under pressure from Shorey. Bright start!
    • 1' Reading kick off the first ever top-flight meeting between themselves and Southampton.
    • 15:00 Here come the teams onto the St Mary's pitch. The action will get underway very shortly - in the meantime, get your last-minute predictions over to me on Twitter @liamhappe. You can also get in touch throughout the game that way.
    • 14:55 Reading have thrown away more points from winning positions on the road than any other side this season (10) and the most overall (17). Southampton have thrown away more points from winning positions in home games than any other Premier League team this season (9).
    • 14:50 Southampton have won just one of their last six home league games against Reading (W1 D3 L2). Only one of the last six league meetings between the two sides has ended as a home win, with two away victories and three draws.
    • 14:45 Odds for today's game: Southampton (10/11) Reading (3/1) Draw (13/5)
    • 14:40 Reading boss Brian McDermott on bolstering his squad: "We have two or three targets and if the budget is there, it’s there – we have to wait. I’m involved in that, but it comes down to finance. There could be a loan, but I only like to sign loan players that we might actually get. I’ve got my eye on a couple of players, but we’re still a way away. January is never an easy window to deal in. I’ve not had anyone come to me and say they want to leave.”
    • 14:35 Saints manager Nigel Adkins on teenage defender Luke Shaw: "Luke is very happy where he is. He is in the first team, he has got great people around him and his future is very bright. If Southampton are in the Premier League, there is no better place for any of our young players. They have more chances of first team football here than elsewhere."
    • 14:30 So Kelvin Davis is back in goal at the expense of Paulo Gazzaniga for the hosts, while Ramirez begins on the bench with Jay Rodriguez in for the record signing. Visitors Reading are going unchanged for this battle of bottom-three sides.
    • 14:25 SOUTHAMPTON: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, S. Davis, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Mayuka. /// READING: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, McAnuff, Morrison, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Hunt, McCleary, Guthrie, Harte, Samuel.
    • 14:20 Get involved in today's coverage in one of three ways: leave your thoughts in our comments section below, rate the players as the game progresses once we kick off, and if you want to get your comments published here on the 'cast, simply send them over via Twitter! You can do that by following me at @liamhappe
    • 14:15 Good afternoon and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE Premier League matchcast as Southampton play host to fellow new boys Reading. Team news will follow very shortly!
  • Summary

    • 89' Big chance for Saints! Cork with a good ball into the box for Do Prado, who turns to face goal and should have clinched the three points! Great low block by Federici!
    • 72' Big chance for Reading! Saints wanted a foul on Rodriguez but ref says ball was won. Visitors break and McAnuff's cross is headed wide by an unmarked Le Fondre from eight yards - should have at least been on target!
    • 60' GOAL SAINTS! Puncheon opens the scoring with a lovely low finish across Federici after Clyne's decent ball inside from the right. 1-0!
    • 52' Puncheon and Lambert play hot potato with the ball as each finds themselves surrounded by three hooped shirts, until the former gets space to dig a decent low drive at Federici, winning a corner off the keeper's low parry.
    • 45' Shorey takes the corner short to Cummings, who sends the ball in himself to the far post. McAnuff heads back across goal and Robson-Kanu heads onto the post!
    • 43' Corner met by the head of Yoshida! Cleared off the line by Cummings! Lambert on the follow-up... half-volley sails over the bar!
    • 34' Puncheon heads the next Saints corner in... but is deemed by the referee to have pushed his marker in the process. Disallowed.
    • 29' The visitors break fast and Tabb forces a good save from Davis before going down rather easily under pressure from Cork while latching onto the loose ball.
    • 21' Lambert collects the loose ball after setting up Rodriguez and curls for the top corner at an angle... great parry by Federici at full stretch keeps it 0-0!
    • 18' Good chance for Reading! Roberts goes wide again, this time on the right, to collect from McAnuff and cross for Tabb to volley marginally over! Pleas for a corner but its a goal kick.
    • 8' Puncheon slips the ball out to Clyne on the right. Driven cut-back to Schneiderlin... who is taken by surprise by the way the ball comes to him and can only put it wide with his midsection from eight or so yards.
    • 2' Upon gaining possession for the first time in the match, the hosts work a decent approach up to the point where Lambert wins an early corner. Yoshida is unable to properly connect with a header from the flag-kick but Shaw hoofs it back in where Rodriguez lashes a shot into side netting under pressure from Shorey. Bright start!
    • 14:25 SOUTHAMPTON: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez. Subs: Boruc, Hooiveld, S. Davis, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Mayuka. /// READING: Federici, Shorey, Mariappa, Leigertwood, Le Fondre, McAnuff, Morrison, Tabb, Robson-Kanu, Cummings, Roberts. Subs: Taylor, Pearce, Hunt, McCleary, Guthrie, Harte, Samuel.
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