Rickie Lambert followed up a goal on his England debut in midweek by scoring a last-minute winner from the penalty spot for Southampton.

A disappointing game was heading for a goalless draw when West Brom's Youssouf Mulumbu brought down Luke Shaw.

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez had earlier hit the crossbar in a match of few clear-cut chances at The Hawthorns.

West Brom's best opportunity came when Graham Dorrans sent a 25-yard free-kick narrowly over the crossbar.

West Brom 0-1 Southampton: Pochettino praises Lambert after 'dream week'

The dramatic finish was in sharp contrast to a scrappy encounter as West Brom struggled to get going despite the presence of new striker Nicolas Anelka.

Representing his sixth English club and making his first Premier League start for two years, the 34-year-old former France international endured a frustrating debut and was substituted seven minutes from time.

Although West Brom finished eighth in the Premier League last season, they have now won just one of their last 10 league games.

Southampton included four Academy graduates in the starting line-up, while defender Dejan Lovren impressed on debut following an £8.5m move from Lyon.

The Saints were sharp and lively as 18-year-olds Jamie Ward-Prowse and Shaw caught the eye throughout.

Ward-Prowse stung the palms of West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster from distance in the 20th minute, a rare moment of entertainment in a game that was a poor advert for the top flight.

Slow starters

This was only Southampton's second win on the opening day of the season in the last 14 attempts

Southampton captain Adam Lallana found the net from close range in the 33rd minute but it was ruled out for offside, before former Burnley striker Rodriguez struck the woodwork shortly after half-time.

A draw was looming before Mulumbu stuck out a leg and sent Shaw tumbling.

Lambert, who scored the winner against Scotland with his first touch in an England shirt on Wednesday, drilled the spot-kick past Foster to cap a wonderful week.

West Brom 0-1 Southampton: Clarke bemoans 'soft penalty'

West Brom manager Steve Clarke:

"I think it was (a harsh) result. We struggled to get into it in the first half but I think we had better control after the interval.

"The fans will be disappointed with me and the team.

"I'll think about that (making new signings) more on Sunday. Today is all about disappointment."

On the decision to award a penalty:

"I've seen it. There's no doubt in my mind, it's a very soft decision."

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"We actually scored a goal before (the penalty) that wasn't allowed to stand and that was a legitimate goal.

"But I think in the overall reading of the game, we were superior to West Brom.

"You always have to believe you are going to win, through to the last whistle, and because of that I want to congratulate my team.

"Even in the second half, when West Brom were pressing us quite hard, my team showed the resolve to keep it at 0-0 and we were able to get that winning goal in the end."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

West Brom

  • 01 Foster
  • 03 Olsson
  • 06 Ridgewell Booked
  • 23 McAuley Booked
  • 28 Jones Booked
  • 05 Yacob
  • 07 Morrison
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 21 Mulumbu Booked
  • 09 Long (Vydra - 83' )
  • 39 Anelka (Rosenberg - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Myhill
  • 04 Popov
  • 25 Dawson
  • 11 Brunt
  • 08 Rosenberg
  • 20 Vydra
  • 38 Berahino

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 05 Lovren
  • 06 Fonte
  • 22 Chambers
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse (Cork - 90' )
  • 07 Lambert
  • 09 Rodriguez (S Davis - 78' )
  • 20 Lallana (Ramirez - 70' )

Substitutes

  • 01 K Davis
  • 02 Clyne
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 08 S Davis
  • 10 Ramirez
  • 18 Cork
  • 24 Mayuka
Ref: Friend
Att: 25,927

Match Stats

Shots

11 7

On target

1 2

Corners

4 8

Fouls

14 24

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:49 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:40

Clearance made by Jack Cork.

90:00 +4:20

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:58

Morgan Schneiderlin manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:51

Calum Chambers makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:31

Rickie Lambert makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:26

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:21

Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:10 Substitution

Substitution James Ward-Prowse leaves the field to be replaced by Jack Cork.

90:00 +2:38

Rickie Lambert concedes a free kick for a foul on Billy Jones.

90:00 +1:55

Calum Chambers makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:23

Graham Dorrans manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +1:03

Corner taken by Graham Dorrans.

90:00 +0:50

Billy Jones has a headed effort at goal. Artur Boruc turns it away with a finger tip save.

90:00 +0:48

Clearance made by Calum Chambers.

90:00 +0:45

James Morrison produces a cross.

90:00 +0:43

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:41

Matej Vydra sends in a cross.

90:00 +0:39

Graham Dorrans takes the free kick.

90:00 +0:34

Jonas Olsson fouled by James Ward-Prowse, the ref awards a free kick.

89:11 Goal scored

Goal! - Rickie Lambert - West Brom 0 - 1 Southamp'n Penalty scored by Rickie Lambert. West Brom 0-1 Southampton.

88:03

Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a Penalty for a foul on Luke Shaw.

87:50

Free kick taken by Gaston Ramirez.

87:42

Gaston Ramirez fouled by Claudio Yacob, the ref awards a free kick.

86:28

Free kick taken by James Morrison.

85:40

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Morrison by Morgan Schneiderlin.

84:05

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

84:03

Corner taken by Gaston Ramirez.

82:53

Dejan Lovren restarts play with the free kick.

82:40 Substitution

Substitution Markus Rosenberg is brought on as a substitute for Nicolas Anelka.

82:15 Substitution

Substitution Matej Vydra comes on in place of Shane Long.

81:47

Youssouf Mulumbu is shown a yellow card for dissent.

81:47 Booking

Booking

81:42

Youssouf Mulumbu handles the ball and concedes a free kick.

81:37

Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.

81:34

The ball is delivered by James Morrison.

80:52

Shot by Youssouf Mulumbu. Blocked by Jose Fonte.

79:58

The ball is swung over by Liam Ridgewell.

79:39

Free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.

79:34

Unfair challenge on Nicolas Anelka by Gaston Ramirez results in a free kick.

78:09

Clearance made by Billy Jones.

78:05

Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.

77:47 Substitution

Substitution Steven Davis replaces Jay Rodriguez.

77:16

Clearance made by Luke Shaw.

75:49

Luke Shaw restarts play with the free kick.

75:16

The referee books Billy Jones for unsporting behaviour.

75:16 Booking

Booking

75:10

Billy Jones gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez.

74:49

Clearance by Gareth McAuley.

74:48

The ball is crossed by Gaston Ramirez.

74:30

Claudio Yacob makes a clearance.

74:02

The ball is sent over by Billy Jones.

73:52

Calum Chambers manages to make a clearance.

73:12

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

72:23

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.

72:02

Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

71:59

A cross is delivered by Rickie Lambert.

71:50

Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.

71:32

Clearance by Billy Jones.

70:32

The ball is swung over by Jay Rodriguez.

70:26

Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

69:59

Claudio Yacob restarts play with the free kick.

69:55

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Calum Chambers results in a free kick.

69:29

Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.

69:26

Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans.

69:17 Substitution

Substitution Gaston Ramirez is brought on as a substitute for Adam Lallana.

68:44

Victor Wanyama gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long.

68:39

Claudio Yacob makes a clearance.

67:53

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

65:41

James Ward-Prowse manages to make a clearance.

65:39

Calum Chambers makes a clearance.

65:39

James Morrison takes a shot. Blocked by Calum Chambers.

65:38

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

65:36

The ball is swung over by Billy Jones.

65:27

Clearance made by Luke Shaw.

65:25

Clearance by Dejan Lovren.

64:48

James Morrison takes a shot. Jay Rodriguez gets a block in.

64:46

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

64:45

Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans.

64:25

Shane Long fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick.

64:00

Graham Dorrans sends in a cross.

63:52

Dejan Lovren manages to make a clearance.

61:44

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

61:10

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

60:14

Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans.

59:45

Calum Chambers gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Shane Long.

59:35

Clearance made by Graham Dorrans.

59:19

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

58:53

Gareth McAuley manages to make a clearance.

58:48

Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.

58:18

Unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren by Billy Jones results in a free kick.

57:38

The ball is swung over by Luke Shaw.

57:35

Clearance by Billy Jones.

57:32

The ball is delivered by Calum Chambers.

56:51

Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.

56:34

Liam Ridgewell is given a yellow card.

56:34 Booking

Booking

56:24

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Liam Ridgewell.

55:49

Shane Long takes a shot and went wide right of the goal.

55:47

Liam Ridgewell sends in a cross.

55:14

Clearance made by Calum Chambers.

55:10

Shane Long crosses the ball.

54:54

Shane Long takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.

54:25

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

54:15

Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

53:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Claudio Yacob by Morgan Schneiderlin.

53:24

Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.

53:20

Jay Rodriguez challenges Youssouf Mulumbu unfairly and gives away a free kick.

53:07

A cross is delivered by James Ward-Prowse.

52:55

Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.

52:52

Centre by Morgan Schneiderlin.

52:40

Jose Fonte takes the free kick.

52:26

Rickie Lambert fouled by Jonas Olsson, the ref awards a free kick.

52:22

Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.

52:18

Ben Foster takes the free kick.

51:44

Adam Lallana gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley.

51:43

Billy Jones makes a clearance.

51:37

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

50:47

Header by Rickie Lambert goes to the left of the goal.

50:44

Centre by James Ward-Prowse.

49:30

Shane Long manages to make a clearance.

49:28

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.

49:09

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

49:08

James Ward-Prowse sends in a cross.

49:05

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

49:04

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

49:03

The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana.

48:44

Ben Foster takes the free kick.

48:13

Unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell by Jose Fonte results in a free kick.

48:10

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.

47:51

Clearance made by Billy Jones.

47:26

Free kick taken by Dejan Lovren.

47:08 Booking

Booking

47:08

The referee books Gareth McAuley for unsporting behaviour.

46:53

Jay Rodriguez fouled by Gareth McAuley, the ref awards a free kick.

46:42

Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.

46:34

Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.

46:12

Free kick taken by Claudio Yacob.

46:03

Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick.

45:46

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

45:41

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

45:18

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +1:36 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:31

Claudio Yacob restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +1:14

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Nicolas Anelka.

45:00 +0:55

Clearance made by Jose Fonte.

45:00 +0:14

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Ward-Prowse.

44:28

Luke Shaw takes a fantastic shot. A parry by Ben Foster prevents the goal.

43:55

Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.

43:44

Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.

43:42

A cross is delivered by Calum Chambers.

42:32

Clearance made by Morgan Schneiderlin.

42:26

Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

41:53

Adam Lallana challenges Jonas Olsson unfairly and gives away a free kick.

41:50

Clearance by Adam Lallana.

40:42

Graham Dorrans manages to make a clearance.

40:39

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

38:29

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

36:36

Free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.

36:13

Claudio Yacob fouled by Victor Wanyama, the ref awards a free kick.

35:45

Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Graham Dorrans and goes over.

34:58

Adam Lallana is penalised for a handball.

34:54

The ball is sent over by Shane Long.

34:10

Luke Shaw delivers the ball.

33:59

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

33:57

A cross is delivered by Luke Shaw.

33:48

Claudio Yacob manages to make a clearance.

33:46

Rickie Lambert delivers the ball.

32:45

A cross is delivered by Calum Chambers.

31:48

Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

31:42

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Rickie Lambert.

31:32

Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.

30:58

Nicolas Anelka challenges Victor Wanyama unfairly and gives away a free kick.

30:21

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

30:17

Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.

30:11

Ben Foster takes the free kick.

29:37

Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Ridgewell.

28:24

Free kick taken by Ben Foster.

27:55

Unfair challenge on Shane Long by Morgan Schneiderlin results in a free kick.

27:49

Youssouf Mulumbu manages to make a clearance.

27:44

James Ward-Prowse crosses the ball in from the free kick.

27:10

Adam Lallana fouled by Claudio Yacob, the ref awards a free kick.

26:10

Morgan Schneiderlin restarts play with the free kick.

26:06

Claudio Yacob gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana.

25:31

The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell.

24:37

Youssouf Mulumbu has an effort at goal.

24:32

Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans.

23:49

Adam Lallana challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick.

22:27

Jose Fonte makes a clearance.

22:04

Clearance by Jose Fonte.

21:20

Jay Rodriguez delivers the ball.

20:30

Jonas Olsson takes the free kick.

20:03

Foul by Rickie Lambert on Liam Ridgewell, free kick awarded.

19:59

Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

19:57

The ball is swung over by James Ward-Prowse.

19:46

The ball is sent over by Luke Shaw.

19:45

Morgan Schneiderlin restarts play with the free kick.

19:37

Claudio Yacob gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama.

19:05

Adam Lallana takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.

19:04

Shot by Rickie Lambert. Gareth McAuley gets a block in.

18:59

Free kick crossed by James Ward-Prowse.

18:33

Rickie Lambert fouled by Claudio Yacob, the ref awards a free kick.

15:36

Header by Gareth McAuley misses left.

15:33

Corner taken by Graham Dorrans from the right by-line.

15:09

Clearance made by Jose Fonte.

15:00

Clearance made by James Morrison.

14:40

Clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

13:27

James Ward-Prowse takes the chance to get an effort at goal. A parry by Ben Foster prevents the goal.

13:25

Clearance by Jonas Olsson.

13:21

Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.

12:55

Billy Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Jay Rodriguez.

12:42

Calum Chambers manages to make a clearance.

12:37

Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball.

12:37

Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.

12:35

Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.

12:11

Claudio Yacob fouled by Adam Lallana, the ref awards a free kick.

11:36

Victor Wanyama manages to make a clearance.

11:34

The ball is crossed by James Morrison.

11:26

Clearance made by Jay Rodriguez.

11:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Graham Dorrans.

10:52

James Morrison takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.

10:44

Corner taken by Graham Dorrans.

10:25

Clearance made by Luke Shaw.

10:22

The ball is crossed by Nicolas Anelka.

10:19

Clearance made by Luke Shaw.

10:15

Ben Foster takes the free kick.

8:56

Clearance made by Gareth McAuley.

8:51

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.

8:22

Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.

8:20

Centre by Luke Shaw.

8:06

Youssouf Mulumbu makes a clearance.

7:52

Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.

7:00

Shot by Jay Rodriguez went wide of the left-hand post.

6:51

Shot by Victor Wanyama.

6:50

Billy Jones makes a clearance.

6:46

The ball is swung over by Calum Chambers.

6:41

Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.

6:24

Clearance by Graham Dorrans.

6:22

The ball is sent over by Calum Chambers.

5:51

Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.

5:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Dejan Lovren.

5:12

Ben Foster restarts play with the free kick.

4:57

Foul by Jose Fonte on Gareth McAuley, free kick awarded.

4:47

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the left by-line.

4:24

Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.

4:21

Adam Lallana delivers the ball.

4:11

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse from the right by-line.

3:41

Clearance by Liam Ridgewell.

3:37

Free kick crossed by James Ward-Prowse.

3:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jay Rodriguez by Claudio Yacob.

2:50

Clearance by Billy Jones.

2:25

Shot by Shane Long went wide of the left-hand upright.

1:35

Clearance made by James Ward-Prowse.

0:59

James Morrison makes a clearance.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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