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Crystal Palace 0 Saints 1
Updated 5:02pm Saturday 8th March 2014 in Sport
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- Jay Rodriguez's goal gives Saints the three points
- Win ends a three-game losing streak for the club
- Pochettino's side now have six away league wins this season
- Saints remain ninth in the table, with 42 points
- Jack Cork went off with an ankle injury
Saints end a two-game losing run in the league with a victory here at Selhurst Park. This was certainly not a classic, but Mauricio Pochettino's side will take it. Jay Rodriguez's 13th goal of the season separated the sides. Saints remain ninth in the table, but are through the 40-point barrier, now with 42. Thanks for joining us today. We'll have a full report and reaction on the website for you soon.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SAINTS 1
Saints: Steven Davis off, James Ward-Prowse on (88 mins).
Nathaniel Clyne cautioned for handball (88 mins).
Palace: Yannick Bolasie off, Jerome Thomas on (82 mins).
Saints: Rickie Lambert off, Sam Gallagher on (75 mins).
CHANCE (73 mins): Luke Shaw drives forward and fires in a low shot that is held by Julian Speroni.
Palace: Kagisho Dikgacoi and Jason Puncheon off, Cameron Jerome and Tom Ince on (66 mins).
Morgan Schneiderlin booked for a strong tackle on Mile Jedinak (65 mins).
Crystal Palace's Yannick Bolasie is tackled by Southampton's Dejan Lovren.
CHANCE (53 mins): After Jedinak's foul on Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert tries his luck with a 25-yard free-kick. As normal with him, it's well struck. However, on this occasion, it bends over the wall and goes wide of the near post.
Mile Jedinak booked for pulling back Morgan Schneiderlin (52 mins).
Steven Davis booked for a blatant trip on Joe Ledley (50 mins).
Crystal Palace's Joel Ward (left) and Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne battle for the ball
Dejan Lovren cautioned for bringing down Yannick Bolasie. Lovren might feel fortunate not to have been sent off there. Bolasie went on a great run through the heart of Saints' defence, going past Victor Wanyama and Jose Fonte, before poking the ball past the Croatian, who was last man. Lovren slid in and fouled Bolasie, but Howard Webb opted to show only a yellow card, as Nathaniel Clyne was racing back to try and intercept. (48 mins).
The second half is underway.
Jay Rodriguez's goal - the only one currently seperating the two teams.
Jay Rodriguez celebrates scoring his goal.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SAINTS 1
CHANCE (45+3 mins): A corner is cleared only as far as Yannick Bolasie on the edge of the area. He drills in a fierce low strike that flies through a crowd of bodies, but is well stopped by Artur Boruc.
Jose Fonte cautioned for a foul on Joe Ledley (45+2 mins).
CHANCE (45+1 mins): Adam Lallana's cross to the back post is dealt with terribly by Joel Ward. He heads the ball straight to Rickie Lambert just inside the edge of the area, and the Saints striker produces a superb first-time strike that angles past Julian Speroni, but hits the far post.
Southampton's Jose Fonte (left) in action with Crystal Palace's Glenn Murray.
CRYSTAL PALACE 0 SAINTS 1 (Jay Rodriguez 37)
A loose header on the halfway line from ex-Saint Jason Puncheon is pounced on by Jay Rodriguez. He sprints clear, and slides in for a 50-50 challenge with Palace keeper Julian Speroni 25 yards out. Rodriguez wins it and, while pretty much flat on his back, strokes the ball into the empty net.
Saints: Jack Cork off, Victor Wanyama on. Cork landed awkwardly on his ankle and has been forced off. Initially a stretcher was called for, but the midfielder was able to walk off the pitch and down the tunnel. (34 mins).
CHANCE (28 mins): Not so much of a chance, as a good block from Damien Delaney. A nice move from Saints starts with Luke Shaw sprinting forward down the left. Adam Lallana then takes the ball, plays it inside to Steven Davis, who slides it further across into the path of Jay Rodriguez, whose shot back across goal is blocked by Delaney.
Midway through the first half at Selhurst Park and, well, the less said about this one the better. No real chances to speak of for either side yet.
CHANCE (2 mins): Adam Lallana chips a ball in from the right, towards Jay Rodriguez just outside the area. He lines up a right-footed volley and, although he catches it reasonably well, it is well off target.
Referee Howard Webb gets the match underway.
The teams are out on the pitch here at Selhurst Park. Palace playing in their red and blue home kit, while Saints are in their black away strip. Kick-off just a few minutes away now. Stay with us for updates from throughout the match.
More pictures of fans enjoying the beautiful weather at St Mary's Stadium.
The teams are heading back into the dressing room after finishing their pre-match warm-ups. Kick-off just over ten minutes away now.
Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis this week had some kind words to say about Saints and their academy. For the full story click here.
They’ve done it consistently for a long time. They haven’t just stumbled over it. They’ve got the jigsaw sorted out, and the pieces are in the right place.Tony Pulis
Fans ahead of today's match.
Four of Saints' players were away on senior duty with England this week. Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana were the only ones to get on the pitch, though. Both of those did their chances of making the World Cup plenty of good. Mauricio Pochettino believes that both of those players, as well as Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez, have a good chance of earning a place in Brazil this summer. Click here for the full story.
Jason Puncheon starts for Palace against his old club.
Just the one change for Saints as Nathaniel Clyne replaces Calum Chambers at right back.
SAINTS: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Yoshida, Ramírez, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Chambers, Gallagher.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Ward, Dann, Delaney, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Ledley, Puncheon, Bolasie, Murray.
Subs: Hennessey, Gabbidon, Bannan, Thomas, Ince, Gayle, Jerome.
Ref: Howard Webb.
This is a massive game for Crystal Palace. Here's what their boss, Tony Pulis, had to say this week...
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s live coverage of this afternoon’s game between Saints and Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men are aiming for a sixth away day Premier League victory.
For Crystal Palace it is a big game as they battle for survival.
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