Sunday May 19, 2013 Day 38 Finished St. Mary's Stadium

Southampton 1 - 1 Stoke City

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  1. Premier League - Owen bows out as Stoke finish above Southampton

    Premier League - Owen bows out as Stoke finish above Southampton

    Michael Owen played his last match as his Stoke side drew 1-1 at Southampton on the final day of the Premier League season. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Southampton
    • Stoke City
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    • - And the whole ground sings Owen's name - "There's only one Michael Owen" - as he bids farewell to football, waving to the crowd as he heads to the tunnel on a sunny day on the south coast.
    • 90+3' All over at St Mary's - the match ends 1-1 and Stoke finish above Southampton.
    • 90+1' Hilarity all around as three minutes are signalled by the fourth official using an old-school placard... that electronic board still on the blink.
    • 90' Mayuka drives in from the left to fire for goal - and into the side-netting. Plenty of the home fans thought that was in...
    • 89' Rodriguez offside from Puncheon's ball into his feet.
    • 88' Whitehead's free-kick is headed away by Jose Fonte.
    • 86' I'm still not sure he's touched the ball yet, though...
    • 85' Owen misses the ball and so does Crouch as Stoke put the ball in the box. Another cross comes in from Shotton and again Owen almost connects as he attacks the near post. No fairytale ending as yet.
    • 84' Puncheon gets the ball out of his feet and dips a strike that Begovic does well to claim.
    • 83' The sun still shining on the south coast at St Mary's - the season winding down for these clubs.
    • 82' Owen has not had a touch yet.
    • 81' Saints change: Emmanuel Mayuka on for Cork.
    • 80' Home left-back Luke Shaw has a pop at goal from distance, a couple of yards wide. Unlucky from the 17-year-old.
    • 78' See the latest scores from around the grounds.
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    • 76' Cork towards the feet of Rodriguez inside the box. He is given a second bite of the cherry by an away defender and his effort is saved by Begovic low down.
    • 74' Stoke change: Michael Owen will make his final ever appearance in the last quarter of an hour or so. He is given a rapturous welcome from everyone inside the ground.
    • 73' Lambert threatens the box and is stopped by a slide tackle from Huth.
    • 72' A cross to the far post is met by Walters, but he cannot get the ball to team-mate Crouch with his header.
    • 71' Owen to come on shortly.
    • 70' Southampton seeing more of the ball than Stoke - as you might expect. Their share of possession is 61%.
    • 69' Stoke change: Cameron Jerome on for Etherington. The board used by the fourth official is broken...
    • 66' A long ball towards Puncheon by Cork is booted high into the air above his own box by Wilkinson on the stretch - Begovic is standed but Shawcross is there to head away.
    • 64' Southampton change: Jason Puncheon on for Lallana.
    • 64' Shotton looks to fling a quick throw-in down the line but Probert hauls him back to take it again - and the nearby Tony Pulis goes nuts.
    • 63' Cork breaking out of defence after a Wilkinson long throw, but Stoke are back quickly to snuff out the danger.
    • 62' Michael Owen is warming up. Should he be given a final farewell?
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    • 61' Shotton takes a touch and strikes from 35 yards after a Stoke corner is cleared by the home defence - whistles well over.
    • 60' Lambert is now equal top scoring Englishman with Frank Lampard this season. (Infostrada)
    • 59' It has been a much better second half - both sets of fans singing and chances and goals at either end.
    • 57' LAMBERT EQUALISES FOR SOUTHAMPTON! 1-1! Davis's hard, low strike from a Hooiveld lay-off is parried by Begovic but the striker is there to end his drought with his 15th league goal of the season!
    • 55' Cameron on the right crosses low and Walters is waiting for the ball to shoot for goal... it doesn't quite get to him.
    • 54' All Southampton at the moment. Stoke sitting - inviting pressure.
    • 53' Saints threatening and the ball is teed up for Lambert to strike low for goal from the edge of the box - saved by Bosnian keeper Begovic with his legs!
    • 53' N'Zonzi has his facemask back on - he took it off late in the first half.
    • 52' Soft free-kick given to Crouch as he grapples with Cork for the ball.
    • 52' It was a clever threaded ball down the channel from Lambert for Clyne to pull back for the influential Davis.
    • 51' Davis and Clyne sending in crosses from the right, but Stoke hold firm...
    • 50' Saints attack now and the ball is pulled back to Davis, whose low strike from 15 yards is parried to safety by Begovic! Great save.
    • 48' Great start to the half from the Potters. How will Southampton respond?
    • 47' CROUCH SCORES FOR STOKE! The former Saints striker with a superb glancing header inside the far post after a brilliant run and cross from Geoff Cameron. 1-0.
    • 46' The second half is underway. Saints now attacking the goal to our right.
    • 45+1' Davis plucks a cross from Shotton and throws out quickly but Saints' patiently-built attack is cut short by referee Lee Probert's half-time whistle.
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    • 45' The corner comes to naught - and Stoke counter to win one of their own as a minute of added time is signalled.
    • 44' Lallana links up well with Lambert on the left. The former turns to cross and wins a corner.
    • 43' Nathaniel Clyne unable to find a man with a clearance and Stoke's decent spell of pressure continues.
    • 42' The last 20 minutes or so have been fairly uneventful.
    • 41' Wilson was making his 100th appearance for Stoke.
    • 40' Walters sashays in from the right and fires low at goal with his left foot - saved by Davis. I think that is the first save he has had to make.
    • 38' Huth dallies on the ball and Lallana steals it away from him. He has Lambert to the side but holds on to it too long and the chance is wasted.
    • 36' Lallana dispossed by Wilkinson but he gets a nosebleed as he crosses halfway and Stoke's fledgling attack comes to an end.
    • 35' The latest from around the grounds on this final day.
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    • 34' Crouch wins another set-piece, with Hooiveld the culprit this time in his own half. Whitehad sends it in and when the ball is headed away, Matthew Etherington slices a volley high and wide.
    • 33' Crouch drops deep to fight for the ball and win a free-kick. Good skills facing his own goal (good feet for a big man etc).
    • 32' Excellent movement and interchanging of positions in the Stoke half by Saints. No way through yet though.
    • 30' Wilkinson with a wild strike on goal. I don't think he'll be scoring his first goal for Stoke any time soon, and he's played for them - apart from when out on loan - for his entire career (since 2001).
    • 30' N'Zonzi attacks a 50-50 ball in the air and Walters looks to get to the second ball as it breaks into the box, but Southampton hack clear.
    • 29' Stoke City have committed the most fouls (478) and been given the most yellow cards (76) in the Premier League this season, while only Arsenal (5) have been given more red cards than the Potters (4) (stats before the game).
    • 28' N'Zonzi catches Schneiderlin as the Frenchman nicks the ball away and looks to break over halfway. Yellow card.
    • 27' Lambert attacks a ball into the box, but it runs out of play.
    • 25' Lallana with a nice turn in his own half to turn defence into attack. It doesn't come to anything though... Stoke's fans singing 'Delilah'.
    • 24' Stoke getting more into the match now after a strong start from the home side.
    • 23' No goals at the halfway point in the first half, but it has been a decent enough match.
    • 22' Schneiderlin has made both more tackles (144) and more interceptions (138) in the Premier League this season than any other player (stats before the game).
    • 21' Walters with a turn on the left as Hooiveld slips and the Stoke attacker breaks into the box - Schneiderlin with a forceful challenge to knock him over. He wants a penalty - not one for me, though.
    • 19' Stoke change: Wilson replaced with that hamstring injury which has been affecting him. Andy Wilkinson on.
    • 18' Morgan Schneiderlin with a great tackle on the edge of the box as the set-piece is cleared and away come Saints through Steven Davis... Adam Lallana overlaps on the left and should shoot or centre, but a sliding block from Shotton averts the danger. Great counter - and defending.
    • 17' Steven N'Zonzi talked to by referee Lee Probert as he and Jack Cork pull at each other awaiting a Stoke corner. They do it again as the kick comes in...
    • 16' Jay Rodriguez swerving his way down the right then looks to bulldoze his way past away centre-half Robert Huff... the German holds him off and the former Burnley striker cannot keep the ball in play on the byline.
    • 15' Peter Crouch causing problems in the box, winning a throw for Stoke.
    • 14' You would hope that Owen would get on the pitch, given that Stoke are safe... the contrast with David Beckham's send-off in Paris yesterday is massive.
    • 13' Lambert looks to hang in the air and get a header on goal, but it is just off-target.
    • 12' Luke Shaw awaits a diagonal ball from his keeper Kelvin Davis and is absolutely clobbered by Ryan Shotton as he jumps into him late. They take the free-kick quickly and rebuild.
    • 11' Good passing play from Southampton. Stoke a bit frustrated.
    • 10' Dean Whitehead is robbed of the ball by Lambert, who lets fly with a whistling drive that is well over the bar. He is two short of his 200th league goal.
    • 8' That was a waste. Stoke can attain their highest Premier League finish despite their woeful form with a win. And, in a strange twist, they will also finish with their lowest-ever points total...
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    • 7' Jonathan Walters is fouled by Jos Hooiveld. Marc Wilson bends the Stoke free-kick well over the bar from 30 yards out.
    • 6' Ryan Shawcross is booked already...
    • 5' Strong start from Southampton, whose fans are in great voice.
    • 3' Stoke in dark blue with fluorescent yellow trim. Disgusting kit, I'm sure you'll agree.
    • 2' Lambert is the only Saints player to play in every league match this season - but hasn't scored in six.
    • 1' And there is a delay to the game as a flare is thrown on to the pitch, emitting thick, red smoke.
    • 1' Southampton have the ball in the next after 30 seconds - but Rickie Lambert was offside! He smashes into the far top corner, but was yards off from the initial shot by Jay Rodriguez after he had waltzed into the box. Good save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 1' Southampton in all red kicking from right to left in this first half.
    • 15:56 Out come the teams in this final match of the season to applause from the stands.
    • 15:55 Despite a slight upturn in fortune recently, Stoke have still won the fewest Premier League points in 2013 so far (12). Stoke have scored only five goals in their last 10 Premier League away matches.
    • 15:50 Southampton have scored just one goal in their last six hours and 31 minutes of Premier League football. Saints are without a win in five successive Premier League matches (D3 L2); netting just two goals during this run.
    • 15:45 The last three league meetings between Southampton and Stoke have seen 16 goals scored; an average of 5.3 goals a game. Southampton have won six and drawn one of their last seven home games against Stoke City in all competitions.
    • 15:40 Stoke manager Tony Pulis heads into the summer break with a reminder to his critics of the legacy he has created at the club.
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    • 15:35 Jones has apologised to team-mate Glenn Whelan after smashing his car windscreen in a mistaken act of retribution for the training-ground prank which went wrong (a pig's head was wrapped in Jones's clothes).
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    • 15:33 Southampton's executive chairman Nicola Cortese will be staying at the club next season following a meeting with owner Katharina Liebherr, removing fears that manager Mauricio Pochettino could also exit St Mary's.
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    • 15:30 Saints make one change from last week's draw at Sunderland, with goalkeeper Kelvin Davis brought into the team in place of Artur Boruc. Youngsters Calum Chambers and Lloyd Isgrove are on the bench, along with Paulo Gazzaniga.
    • 15:25 Former Southampton striker Kenwyne Jones is not even in the Stoke squad after the changing room, erm, problems in midweek... Geoff Cameron starts in place of the suspended Charlie Adam as Tony Pulis makes one change to his starting XI.
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    • 15:22 Michael Owen is only on the bench for Stoke in his last game of professional football!
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    • 15:20 TEAMS - Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, S Davis, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Chambers, Isgrove, Puncheon /// Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Cameron, Etherington; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Palacios, Cuvelier, Kightly, Jerome, Owen
    • 15:15 Welcome to live coverage of the Premier League clash between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary's Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+3' All over at St Mary's - the match ends 1-1 and Stoke finish above Southampton.
    • 89' Rodriguez offside from Puncheon's ball into his feet.
    • 81' Saints change: Emmanuel Mayuka on for Cork.
    • 74' Stoke change: Michael Owen will make his final ever appearance in the last quarter of an hour or so. He is given a rapturous welcome from everyone inside the ground.
    • 69' Stoke change: Cameron Jerome on for Etherington. The board used by the fourth official is broken...
    • 64' Southampton change: Jason Puncheon on for Lallana.
    • 57' LAMBERT EQUALISES FOR SOUTHAMPTON! 1-1! Davis's hard, low strike from a Hooiveld lay-off is parried by Begovic but the striker is there to end his drought with his 15th league goal of the season!
    • 53' Saints threatening and the ball is teed up for Lambert to strike low for goal from the edge of the box - saved by Bosnian keeper Begovic with his legs!
    • 50' Saints attack now and the ball is pulled back to Davis, whose low strike from 15 yards is parried to safety by Begovic! Great save.
    • 47' CROUCH SCORES FOR STOKE! The former Saints striker with a superb glancing header inside the far post after a brilliant run and cross from Geoff Cameron. 1-0.
    • 46' The second half is underway. Saints now attacking the goal to our right.
    • 45+1' Davis plucks a cross from Shotton and throws out quickly but Saints' patiently-built attack is cut short by referee Lee Probert's half-time whistle.
    • 28' N'Zonzi catches Schneiderlin as the Frenchman nicks the ball away and looks to break over halfway. Yellow card.
    • 21' Walters with a turn on the left as Hooiveld slips and the Stoke attacker breaks into the box - Schneiderlin with a forceful challenge to knock him over. He wants a penalty - not one for me, though.
    • 19' Stoke change: Wilson replaced with that hamstring injury which has been affecting him. Andy Wilkinson on.
    • 18' Morgan Schneiderlin with a great tackle on the edge of the box as the set-piece is cleared and away come Saints through Steven Davis... Adam Lallana overlaps on the left and should shoot or centre, but a sliding block from Shotton averts the danger. Great counter - and defending.
    • 6' Ryan Shawcross is booked already...
    • 1' Southampton have the ball in the next after 30 seconds - but Rickie Lambert was offside! He smashes into the far top corner, but was yards off from the initial shot by Jay Rodriguez after he had waltzed into the box. Good save by Asmir Begovic.
    • 1' Southampton in all red kicking from right to left in this first half.
    • 15:22 Michael Owen is only on the bench for Stoke in his last game of professional football!
    • 15:20 TEAMS - Southampton: K Davis, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw, Schneiderlin, Cork, S Davis, Rodriguez, Lallana, Lambert. Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Ward-Prowse, Mayuka, Chambers, Isgrove, Puncheon /// Stoke: Begovic; Shotton, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Walters, Nzonzi, Whitehead, Cameron, Etherington; Crouch. Subs: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Palacios, Cuvelier, Kightly, Jerome, Owen
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