Southampton reached the last 16 of the Capital One Cup with an unconvincing win over League One Bristol City.

On his recall to the side, Gaston Ramirez volleyed in after 15 minutes following James Ward-Prowse's cross.

The hosts lacked fluency after 11 changes to the team that beat Liverpool on Saturday and City's Jay Emmanuel-Thomas went close to equalising.

Bristol City not outplayed

  • Sean O'Driscoll's Bristol City side enjoyed 52% of possession against Southampton

Jos Hooiveld then headed in a Ward-Prowse corner seven minutes from the end to book a fourth-round place.

Uruguayan Ramirez has not started a Premier League match since April 13, but his performance gave a glimpse of his undoubted quality since signing from Bologna in August 2012 for £12m.

The 22-year-old forward twice went close in the first half and continued to prove a handful after the restart but it masked a disjointed display from Mauricio Pochettino's side.

City, who have yet to win in the league this season, knocked out Crystal Palace in the previous round and dominated for large spells of the second period.

Emmanuel-Thomas, Joe Bryan, Bobby Reid and Stephen McLaughlin all threatened to level for the Robins.

However, Hooiveld's powerful header seven minutes from time ended City's hopes of winning their first third-round tie in a decade - a match Saints ended with 10 men after Ramirez hobbled off in stoppage time.

Southampton assistant manager Jesus Perez: "We were obviously made hard to work in the second half. I thought the game was difficult.

"We scored in the first half but the opponent played well. They played without pressure. We are very happy about the result because it became a hard training session towards the end of the game.

"We know it is difficult to play as a team when you've made 11 changes, but this type of game, the cup games, we have to fix these kind of problems."

Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll: "I am pleased with the way the players performed, pleased with the way we approached the game. We got stronger as the game went on, which is pleasing.

"We came to terms with their possession, which you expect when you play a top team."

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90:00 +3:17 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:03

Marlon Harewood takes a shot. Kelvin Davis parries the effort to safety.

90:00 +2:04

James Ward-Prowse decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +1:45

Clearance by Marlon Pack.

90:00 +1:39

The ball is sent over by Jay Rodriguez.

90:00 +1:15

Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.

90:00 +1:11

Centre by Calum Chambers.

87:59

Shot by James Ward-Prowse went wide left of the target.

87:14

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

86:18 Substitution

Substitution Omar Rowe joins the action as a substitute, replacing Steven Davis.

85:51

Clearance by Stephen McLaughlin.

85:41

James Ward-Prowse delivers the ball.

84:07

Brendan Moloney restarts play with the free kick.

83:59

James Ward-Prowse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neil Kilkenny.

83:30 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol City) makes a substitution, with Sam Baldock coming on for Bobby Reid.

82:52

Assist by James Ward-Prowse.

82:52 Goal scored

Goal! - Jos Hooiveld - Southamp'n 2 - 0 Bristol C Jos Hooiveld scores a headed goal. Southampton 2-0 Bristol City.

82:43

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

82:26

A cross is delivered by Harrison Reed.

81:47

Derrick Williams manages to make a clearance.

81:40

Calum Chambers delivers the ball.

79:57

Aden Flint restarts play with the free kick.

79:50

James Ward-Prowse gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney.

77:02

Jay Rodriguez takes a shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

75:55 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol City) makes a substitution, with Neil Kilkenny coming on for Scott Wagstaff.

74:23

Nicky Shorey produces a cross.

74:13

Brendan Moloney delivers the ball.

73:55

Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.

73:48

Foul by Calum Chambers on Marlon Harewood, free kick awarded.

73:17 Substitution

Substitution Harrison Reed comes on in place of Guly Do Prado.

73:09 Substitution

Substitution Tadanari Lee leaves the field to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.

72:51

Header by Bobby Reid goes over the bar.

72:34

The ball is swung over by Brendan Moloney.

71:40

Daniel Fox produces a cross.

71:03

Free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.

70:57

The offside flag is raised against Marlon Harewood.

70:01

The ball is sent over by Nicky Shorey.

69:45

Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Marlon Harewood replaces Joe Bryan.

69:01

Free kick awarded for a foul by Calum Chambers on Scott Wagstaff.

68:26

The ball is crossed by Brendan Moloney.

68:04

Clearance made by Jos Hooiveld.

67:59

The ball is sent over by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

67:46

Clearance by Daniel Fox.

67:41

The ball is sent over by Scott Wagstaff.

66:53

Marlon Pack takes a weak shot and went wide right of the goal.

64:56

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas delivers the ball.

61:56

Clearance by Aden Flint.

61:53

Daniel Fox sends in a cross.

59:52

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes the free kick.

59:36

Foul by Daniel Fox on Bobby Reid, free kick awarded.

57:38

Clearance by Gaston Ramirez.

57:32

Corner from the left by-line taken by Marlon Pack.

57:10

Bobby Reid takes a shot. Kelvin Davis parries the effort to safety.

56:30

Shot by Jay Emmanuel-Thomas went wide of the right-hand post.

56:19

Joe Bryan delivers the ball.

55:45

Shot by Guly Do Prado. Elliot Parish blocks the ball.

55:36

Gaston Ramirez restarts play with the free kick.

55:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez by Marlon Pack.

53:06

Header at goal by Jos Hooiveld misses left of the target.

52:47

Corner taken by James Ward-Prowse.

52:30

James Ward-Prowse sends in a cross.

51:09

Corner taken by Marlon Pack.

50:55

Joe Bryan takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Kelvin Davis parries the ball away.

48:24

Free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.

48:17

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is ruled offside.

47:55

Guly Do Prado takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Elliot Parish safely holds on.

47:45

Corner taken by Steven Davis from the right by-line.

47:27

Calum Chambers delivers the ball.

45:21

Steven Davis sends in a cross.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:48 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +1:16

Header by Maya Yoshida goes harmlessly over the bar.

45:00 +1:05

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

45:00 +0:54

Clearance by Aden Flint.

45:00 +0:46

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

45:00 +0:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez by Scott Wagstaff.

44:52

Shot by Jack Cork. Elliot Parish safely holds on.

44:42

Corner from the right by-line taken by Gaston Ramirez.

44:26

Shot by Calum Chambers. Elliot Parish parries the effort to safety.

42:00

Header by Derrick Williams misses right.

41:53

Brendan Moloney crosses the ball in from the free kick.

41:34

Unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney by Guly Do Prado results in a free kick.

40:17

Gaston Ramirez takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.

39:38

A cross is delivered by Calum Chambers.

37:50

Clearance made by Steven Davis.

37:38

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bobby Reid.

37:04

Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

36:40

Stephen McLaughlin is caught offside.

33:29

Corner taken by Nicky Shorey.

33:06

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes a shot.

31:07

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

30:44

Tadanari Lee takes a shot. Elliot Parish parries the ball away.

29:47

Gaston Ramirez takes a shot and missed to the right of the target.

26:31

Joe Bryan sends in a cross.

24:13

Aden Flint manages to make a clearance.

24:09

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

23:45

Tadanari Lee takes a shot.

20:53

Free kick taken by Calum Chambers.

20:47

Stephen McLaughlin concedes a free kick for a foul on Calum Chambers.

17:20

Elliot Parish restarts play with the free kick.

17:13

Gaston Ramirez is penalised for a handball.

16:37

Calum Chambers delivers the ball.

16:24

Maya Yoshida restarts play with the free kick.

16:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Guly Do Prado by Scott Wagstaff.

14:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Gaston Ramirez - Southamp'n 1 - 0 Bristol C Gaston Ramirez scores with their left foot. Southampton 1-0 Bristol City.

14:33

Shot by James Ward-Prowse.

13:23

Corner from the right by-line taken by Bobby Reid.

12:53

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas takes the chance to get an effort at goal.

12:44

Free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.

12:12

Jos Hooiveld is cautioned.

12:12 Booking

Booking

11:59

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jos Hooiveld on Bobby Reid.

11:51

Calum Chambers takes the free kick.

11:45

Stephen McLaughlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Cork.

10:12

Elliot Parish restarts play with the free kick.

9:56

Guly Do Prado gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brendan Moloney.

8:09

Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.

8:01

The offside flag is raised against Jay Emmanuel-Thomas.

7:00

Daniel Fox sends in a cross.

6:56

Daniel Fox takes the free kick.

6:43

Stephen McLaughlin challenges Jack Cork unfairly and gives away a free kick.

6:26

A cross is delivered by Daniel Fox.

0:00

The referee gets the game started.

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