Southampton v Stoke
- FT 90 +4
- HT 0-0
Rickie Lambert's 15th Premier League goal of the season snatched a point for Southampton on the day Stoke striker Michael Owen retired from football.
Peter Crouch headed the visitors in front, only for Lambert to scramble home from close range to bring Southampton level soon after.
Owen made an appearance as a second-half substitute in the final game of a glittering professional career.
But the former England striker was unable to influence the outcome.
Stoke finished with their lowest Premier League points tally.
Southampton had more of the ball and the better chances but failed to capitalise on that dominance to finish 14th, a place below Stoke.
On the face of it, this was a match on which nothing rested. And yet, there was still serious money to play for, with both clubs able to finish as high as 10th or as low as 17th, a difference of £5m in prize money.
In Stoke's case there was also the question of pride after a week in which the club's dressing-room banter and end-of-season pranks had made headlines and their commitment had been called into question.
With the three main protagonists, Kenwyne Jones, Glenn Whelan and Brek Shea, left out by manager Tony Pulis, there was a unity and spirit about the visitors.
The game burst into life after 30 seconds when Southampton found the net after a goalmouth scramble only for Lambert's fierce shot to be correctly ruled out for offside. But if Stoke had been caught cold at the start of the first half, the tables were turned at the beginning of the second.
With many members of the crowd at St Mary's still to get back to their seats, Stoke snatched the lead when Geoff Cameron surged down the right and crossed for ex-Saints striker Crouch to head beyond Southampton goalkeeper Kelvin Davis and into the far corner of the net.
The goal shook Southampton from their slumber. Steven Davis and Morgan Schneiderlin peppered Asmir Begovic's goal in search of an equaliser only to find the Bosnian in majestic form.
He produced a string of tremendous saves as Southampton poured forward but even he was powerless to prevent Lambert from pouncing a few yards from goal and forcing it into the net to level.
It was a significant goal for the 31-year-old as it brought him level with Frank Lampard as the top-scoring Englishman in the Premier League.
Another English striker stole the limelight, albeit briefly, 17 minutes from time as Owen replaced Jonathan Walters in his final game before retirement. The travelling Stoke supporters had spent much of the second half chanting his name and greeted his arrival with a standing ovation which the Southampton fans followed.
- 01 K Davis
- 02 Clyne
- 05 Hooiveld
- 06 Fonte
- 23 Shaw
- 04 Schneiderlin
- 08 S Davis (Ward-Prowse - 73' )
- 18 Cork (Mayuka - 81' )
- 20 Lallana (Puncheon - 64' )
- 07 Lambert
- 09 Rodriguez
- 12 Gazzaniga
- 03 Yoshida
- 16 Ward-Prowse
- 28 Chambers
- 39 Isgrove
- 42 Puncheon
- 24 Mayuka
- 01 Begovic
- 02 Cameron
- 04 Huth
- 12 Wilson (Wilkinson - 20' )
- 17 Shawcross
- 30 Shotton
- 15 Nzonzi Booked
- 18 Whitehead Booked
- 26 Etherington (Jerome - 69' )
- 19 Walters (Owen - 74' )
- 25 Crouch
- 29 Sorensen
- 28 Wilkinson
- 08 Palacios
- 21 Kightly
- 38 Cuvelier
- 10 Owen
- 33 Jerome
Live Text Commentary
Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.90:00 +2:53
Steven Nzonzi delivers the ball, Rickie Lambert makes a clearance.90:00 +2:20
Foul by Jose Fonte on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Dean Whitehead.90:00 +1:10
The offside flag is raised against Cameron Jerome. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.89:39
Emmanuel Mayuka has an effort at goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.88:35
Jay Rodriguez is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.87:24
James Ward-Prowse is penalised for a handball. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.86:59
Cameron Jerome delivers the ball, Jason Puncheon manages to make a clearance.84:07
Ryan Shotton delivers the ball.83:36
Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.80:52 Substitution
Substitution (Southampton) makes a substitution, with Emmanuel Mayuka coming on for Jack Cork.79:14
Effort from outside the penalty area by Luke Shaw goes wide left of the goal.78:40
James Ward-Prowse sends in a cross, Geoff Cameron makes a clearance.77:42
Cameron Jerome gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw. Free kick taken by Jay Rodriguez.75:36
Jay Rodriguez takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic.72:43 Substitution
Substitution Jonathan Walters leaves the field to be replaced by Michael Owen.72:43 Substitution
Substitution James Ward-Prowse is brought on as a substitute for Steven Davis.72:43
Unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome by Jos Hooiveld results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ryan Shotton.71:44
The ball is swung over by Geoff Cameron.71:29
Luke Shaw produces a cross.
Substitution Cameron Jerome replaces Matthew Etherington.67:25
Centre by Rickie Lambert.66:10
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Nzonzi by Jose Fonte. Free kick taken by Asmir Begovic.65:43
A cross is delivered by Rickie Lambert, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.65:08
Steven Davis takes a short corner.63:08 Substitution
Substitution Jason Puncheon is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.60:56
Ryan Shotton takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.60:32
Inswinging corner taken by Dean Whitehead from the left by-line, Jay Rodriguez makes a clearance.59:16
A cross is delivered by Jay Rodriguez.58:10
Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Etherington from the right by-line, Robert Huth takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.56:19
Steven Davis provided the assist for the goal.56:19 Goal scored
Goal! - Rickie Lambert - Southamp'n 1 - 1 Stoke Rickie Lambert finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-1 Stoke.56:16
Steven Davis takes a shot. Save by Asmir Begovic.56:12
The ball is crossed by Adam Lallana, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.55:32
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Andy Wilkinson. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Lallana, clearance by Dean Whitehead.54:20
The ball is delivered by Geoff Cameron, clearance by Jos Hooiveld.52:17
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Save made by Asmir Begovic. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana played to the near post, Dean Whitehead manages to make a clearance.52:04
The referee blows for offside. Jos Hooiveld restarts play with the free kick.51:07
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Jack Cork. Free kick taken by Matthew Etherington.50:14
The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, clearance by Ryan Shotton.50:00
Centre by Steven Davis, clearance by Ryan Shawcross.49:04
Steven Davis takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a save.48:25
Free kick awarded for a foul by Andy Wilkinson on Adam Lallana. Nathaniel Clyne takes the direct free kick.46:05
The assist for the goal came from Geoff Cameron.46:05 Goal scored
Goal! - Peter Crouch - Southamp'n 0 - 1 Stoke Peter Crouch finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Southampton 0-1 Stoke.46:05
Centre by Geoff Cameron,45:01
The referee starts the second half.45:00 +1:05 Half time
Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.44:56
Corner taken by Dean Whitehead from the left by-line, Jay Rodriguez makes a clearance.43:56
Adam Lallana crosses the ball. Corner taken by Adam Lallana played to the near post, clearance made by Steven Nzonzi.43:11
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dean Whitehead by Morgan Schneiderlin. Dean Whitehead takes the direct free kick.40:07
Jonathan Walters takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.36:46
Jose Fonte fouled by Jonathan Walters, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jose Fonte.34:08
Effort on goal by Matthew Etherington from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.33:23
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Jos Hooiveld. Dean Whitehead takes the free kick.32:24
Unfair challenge on Peter Crouch by Jose Fonte results in a free kick. Robert Huth takes the free kick.29:53
Effort on goal by Andy Wilkinson from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.27:29 Booking
Booking Booking for Steven Nzonzi for unsporting behaviour.27:06
Steven Nzonzi gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin. Free kick taken by Jose Fonte.22:27
Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Steven Nzonzi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Robert Huth.20:43
The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana, comfortable save by Asmir Begovic.19:06 Substitution
Substitution (Stoke) makes a substitution, with Andy Wilkinson coming on for Marc Wilson.18:49
The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Clyne. Luke Shaw crosses the ball, Marc Wilson makes a clearance.16:31
Corner taken by Dean Whitehead from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Morgan Schneiderlin.14:06
The referee blows for offside. Asmir Begovic takes the free kick.12:12
Centre by Nathaniel Clyne, Headed effort from inside the area by Rickie Lambert misses to the left of the goal.11:36
Luke Shaw fouled by Ryan Shotton, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Davis takes the free kick.9:19
Rickie Lambert produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.8:55
Centre by Adam Lallana, Robert Huth manages to make a clearance.6:00
Peter Crouch fouled by Jose Fonte, the ref awards a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Marc Wilson from the free kick.4:52
Free kick crossed by Adam Lallana, Ryan Shawcross makes a clearance.4:52 Booking
Booking Booking for Dean Whitehead for unsporting behaviour.4:45
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Dean Whitehead.0:43
Adam Lallana takes a shot. Asmir Begovic makes a comfortable save. Rickie Lambert is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Asmir Begovic takes the direct free kick.0:00
The game kicks-off.
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