Crystal Palace slipped closer to the relegation zone as Jay Rodriguez earned Southampton victory at Selhurst Park.

The England striker chased a poor Jason Puncheon headed backpass to challenge Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni and turn the ball into an empty net.

Red-hot Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez

Jay Rodriguez has played 29 times in the league this season, scored 11 goals and created three

Rickie Lambert also struck the post for Saints as Palace failed to create a clear opening with their direct style.

Yannick Bolasie drew a save from Artur Boruc, as the Eagles ended the day only two points above the bottom three.

Tony Pulis's side had taken 10 points from 18 before Saturday to bolster their survival hopes but home defeat, coupled with Cardiff's win over Fulham, means they are far from safe.

The Eagles have never survived a season in the Premier League and, on 27 points, are 10 adrift of the tally that was enough to stay up last year, with 10 games remaining.

Without the injured Marouane Chamakh, Palace frequently aimed long balls at Glen Murray but the tactic drew a blank, and they are now the top flight's lowest scorers with 19 goals.

Pochettino pleased by 'brave' Saints

Southampton centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte coped consistently with the hosts' long balls and throw-ins - though the former might have been fortunate not to be sent off for a foul when he looked to be the last man.

It was actually during Palace's best spell of pressure in the first half that Southampton got the decisive goal, Rodriguez pouncing for his 11th league strike of the season.

Puncheon's poorly judged header saw Rodriguez race clear and, after a sliding challenge on Speroni, he rolled the ball home.

The goal sparked life into the contest and Lambert controlled a poor headed clearance from the impressive Adam Lallana's cross to volley against the post with Speroni beaten.

No goals at the Palace

Palace, with 19 goals, are now the lowest scorers in the Premier League this season and both of their last two goals have been penalties

Three years ago this weekend, Lallana and Lambert were playing against Yeovil in League One, but the England pair were at the heart of their side's good work as Southampton consolidated ninth place in the table.

A Bolasie strike from 18 yards on the stroke of half-time, saved by Boruc with his legs, was the closest the London side came in the first period.

And it was Bolasie again, powerful and busy throughout, who was at the heart of the game's most controversial moment when Lovren, who appeared to be the last man, upended him 20 yards from goal.

Rodriguez deserves credit - Pulis

The Croatia international received only a yellow card from referee Howard Webb, who was a central figure in the second half as a series of fouls made for a disjointed contest.

But, flanked by full-backs Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne, Lovren and Fonte dealt well with the physical presence of Murray - and the introduction of substitutes Thomas Ince and Cameron Jerome - as Palace failed to score at home for the sixth time this season.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all yet to visit Selhurst Park, and Palace travel to 18th-placed Sunderland next Saturday knowing they will need to find goals from somewhere if they are to stay clear of trouble.

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Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Crystal Palace

  • 01 Speroni
  • 02 Ward
  • 21 Moxey
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 06 Dann
  • 27 Delaney
  • 13 Puncheon (Ince - 66' )
  • 08 Dikgacoi (Jerome - 66' )
  • 17 Murray
  • 28 Ledley
  • 07 Bolasie (Thomas - 83' )

Substitutes

  • 11 Ince
  • 14 Thomas
  • 16 Gayle
  • 19 Gabbidon
  • 26 Hennessey
  • 30 Jerome
  • 46 Bannan

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin Booked
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 05 Lovren Booked
  • 08 Davis Booked (Ward-Prowse - 89' )
  • 18 Cork (Wanyama - 34' )
  • 07 Lambert (Gallagher - 75' )
  • 20 Lallana
  • 09 Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 03 Yoshida
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 40 Gallagher
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 25,073

Match Stats

Shots

6 11

On target

1 3

Corners

8 3

Fouls

13 18

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +4:16 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +2:56

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

90:00 +2:56

Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:17

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.

88:53

Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

88:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Steven Davis.

87:55 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

87:47

Hand ball by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

87:16

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

87:16

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

86:00

Offside, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

85:19

Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a corner.

84:51

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dean Moxey.

84:01

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:01

Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

82:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas replaces Yannick Bolasie.

79:52

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

79:52

Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).

79:19

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

79:19

Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:04

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

77:07

Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).

77:07

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Rickie Lambert.

74:36

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:36

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

72:55

Attempt saved. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

71:46

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

71:46

Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).

70:40

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

70:10

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

70:10

Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

68:39

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

68:39

Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:20

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

65:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Thomas Ince replaces Jason Puncheon.

65:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Crystal Palace. Cameron Jerome replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi.

65:02 Booking

Booking Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:40

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

64:40

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

62:00

Delay in match Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.

61:14

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

61:14

Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:31

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

56:48 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:38

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

56:38

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

55:18

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

55:18

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

54:25 Booking

Booking Steven Davis (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:16

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

54:16

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:17

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

53:17

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:15

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

51:15

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

50:30

Hand ball by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

48:43

Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

47:45 Booking

Booking Dejan Lovren (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:40

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

47:40

Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

46:22

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

45:23

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:23

Foul by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

45:00

Second Half begins Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.

45:00 +3:22 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.

45:00 +3:17

Attempt saved. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

45:00 +2:56

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

45:00 +2:27

Attempt saved. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Damien Delaney.

45:00 +1:24

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Victor Wanyama.

45:00 +0:25 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:14

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

45:00 +0:14

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

45:00 +0:02

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) hits the right post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

44:14

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

39:59

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

39:59

Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:34

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

39:34

Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

38:36

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:36

Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi (Crystal Palace).

37:57

Attempt missed. Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Jason Puncheon with a cross.

37:28

Foul by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton).

37:28

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

36:25 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box to the centre of the goal.

35:34

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

34:26

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Dejan Lovren.

33:47

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

33:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Victor Wanyama replaces Jack Cork because of an injury.

31:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

30:17

Delay in match Jack Cork (Southampton) because of an injury.

27:43

Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

27:23

Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joe Ledley.

26:27

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

26:27

Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:42

Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Yannick Bolasie is caught offside.

21:54

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

21:54

Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:56

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:56

Foul by Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace).

20:21

Artur Boruc (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

20:21

Foul by Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace).

19:36

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

17:50

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

17:50

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).

17:24

Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

15:45

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joel Ward.

14:38

Hand ball by Yannick Bolasie (Crystal Palace).

10:46

Offside, Crystal Palace. Yannick Bolasie tries a through ball, but Joe Ledley is caught offside.

9:53

Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Glenn Murray is caught offside.

8:20

Offside, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez tries a through ball, but Morgan Schneiderlin is caught offside.

8:19

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

2:15

Attempt missed. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

0:57

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

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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