Southampton and Stoke shared four first-half goals as the Potters twice came from behind to earn a point.

The Saints went ahead early on when Rickie Lambert curled in a free-kick from the edge of the area.

The away side equalised through Peter Odemwingie's cool finish, before Steven Davis's cross-shot put Southampton ahead three minutes later.

Stoke's Peter Crouch headed home a minute before half-time, but neither side were able to find a winner.

Mauricio Pochettino's hosts had more of the possession, and the better chances, but could not take all three points.

Pochettino disappointed with draw

Despite now having the worst away record in the Premier League with just six points collected from 13 games, Potters boss Mark Hughes will be pleased with the battling qualities shown by his players.

Skipper Charlie Adam, who scored twice in his side's 2-1 win against Manchester United last time out, was influential once again, laying on both goals.

Assisted by the wind, Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic scored from 97.5 yards when the two sides drew 1-1 at the Britannia Stadium in November - and the players had to contend with similar blustery conditions on the south coast.

It took just six minutes for the home side to go in front. Former Liverpool man Adam handled the ball just outside the box, and England international Lambert stepped up to curl into the top corner for his ninth league goal of the season.

On your head

Only Alan Shearer (46) and Dion Dublin (45) have scored more headers in the Premier League than Peter Crouch (42)

Stoke reacted immediately at the other end, but Odemwingie, a January signing from Cardiff, saw his weak shot easily saved by Artur Boruc.

Southampton's counter-attacking was causing problems for the visitors. Davis was allowed to carry the ball from one box to the other before feeding Nathaniel Clyne, whose effort was pushed away by Begovic.

Having weathered the pressure, Stoke levelled as Adam split the Saints defence to find Odemwingie and the Nigerian striker finished confidently when one-on-one for his first goal for the club.

Stoke showed great character - Hughes

But three minutes later, the home side went back in front as Davis's cross from out wide evaded everyone to go straight in.

And the frantic opening period saw its fourth goal just before half-time when Crouch, playing against his old club, nipped in ahead of Boruc to head home Adam's corner.

In contrast to the first half, the second was much more subdued. Davis glanced a header straight at Begovic for the hosts, while Jack Cork drove a shot narrowly wide.

Morgan Schneiderlin should have done better with an effort that hit the side-netting, but the Saints had to be content with a draw.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"We deserved to win that game, taking into account we took the lead twice in the game. The final result is disappointing.

"We were facing a very tough opponent and the most physical side in the Premier League. We were creating most of the chances and were unlucky not to get the third goal.

"Overall, we were superior to Stoke. The result does not reflect the superiority and we needed to be clinical in front of goal. We need to be more on the ball in our own area."

Stoke manager Mark Hughes:

"We said before the game we need to improve our away form and it was an accomplished performance. We showed character to come back and restricted them to few chances in the second half.

"We haven't had the reward the performances deserved. We concede the first goal once again but it was fantastic strike. I was really pleased and once we got back on level terms we have control.

"Charlie Adam is having an impact on every game he is playing. If he continues in the same vein, he will score and assist more."

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Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (3)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne (Chambers - 80' )
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 20 Lallana
  • 18 Cork
  • 07 Lambert
  • 08 Davis
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 22 Chambers
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 27 Isgrove

Stoke City

  • 01 Begovic
  • 20 Cameron
  • 03 Pieters
  • 16 Adam Booked (N'Zonzi - 79' )
  • 17 Shawcross
  • 05 Muniesa
  • 09 Odemwingie Booked
  • 06 Whelan
  • 25 Crouch Booked
  • 19 Walters Booked
  • 24 Assaidi (Guidetti - 84' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Palacios
  • 15 N'Zonzi
  • 23 Guidetti
  • 28 Wilkinson
  • 29 Sørensen
  • 30 Shotton
  • 32 Ireland
Ref: Craig Pawson
Att: 27,987

Match Stats

Shots

18 5

On target

5 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

7 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Stoke City 2.

90:00 +3:03 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Stoke City 2.

90:00 +0:05

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

90:00 +0:05

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:32 Booking

Booking Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

89:25

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

89:25

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

88:27

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

87:30

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

87:30

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:51 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. John Guidetti replaces Oussama Assaidi.

83:05

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Calum Chambers following a set piece situation.

82:30 Booking

Booking Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

82:22

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:22

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

79:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Calum Chambers replaces Nathaniel Clyne.

78:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Stoke City. Steven N'Zonzi replaces Charlie Adam.

75:24

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

71:20

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

71:20

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:58

Offside, Stoke City. Ryan Shawcross tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

66:12 Booking

Booking Peter Crouch (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:06

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:06

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

64:43

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

63:59

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:59

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

62:29

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

62:25

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

60:59

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

59:19

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

57:54

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

57:15

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:15

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

55:44

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

55:44

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:28

Delay in match Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) because of an injury.

51:30

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:30

Foul by Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City).

51:02

Attempt saved. Steven Davis (Southampton) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

49:57

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross following a corner.

49:32

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

48:05

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:05

Foul by Jonathan Walters (Stoke City).

46:02

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:02

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 2, Stoke City 2.

45:00 +3:32 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 2, Stoke City 2.

45:00 +1:59

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

45:00 +0:36

Delay in match Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) because of an injury.

44:57

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

44:57

Asmir Begovic (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Stoke City 2. Peter Crouch (Stoke City) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross following a corner.

42:39

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

41:50

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

40:12 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Stoke City 1. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from long range on the right to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

37:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Stoke City 1. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a through ball.

35:55

Offside, Stoke City. Charlie Adam tries a through ball, but Oussama Assaidi is caught offside.

35:38

Dangerous play by Steven Davis (Southampton).

35:38

Peter Crouch (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:55

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:35

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

34:35

Foul by Erik Pieters (Stoke City).

33:02

Attempt blocked. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

32:33

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Oussama Assaidi.

28:55

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

27:49 Booking

Booking Charlie Adam (Stoke City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

27:39

Hand ball by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

27:30

Attempt saved. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Steven Davis with a through ball.

26:49

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

26:07

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:07

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

25:23

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

23:35

Attempt missed. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters with a cross.

20:01

Offside, Stoke City. Charlie Adam tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

17:05

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Jack Cork.

14:05

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

14:05

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

11:52

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

11:52

Foul by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

10:49

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Glenn Whelan.

10:00

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

9:26

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:26

Foul by Glenn Whelan (Stoke City).

8:39

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

7:31

Attempt saved. Charlie Adam (Stoke City) left footed shot from more than 40 yards on the left wing is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Oussama Assaidi.

6:50

Attempt saved. Peter Odemwingie (Stoke City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jonathan Walters.

5:27 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Stoke City 0. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

4:45

Hand ball by Charlie Adam (Stoke City).

4:31

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Charlie Adam.

3:51

Offside, Stoke City. Geoff Cameron tries a through ball, but Peter Odemwingie is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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