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Stoke City 1-2 Southampton

Graziano Pelle
Southampton have scored 12 headed goals this season - more than any other Premier League side

Graziano Pelle scored twice as Southampton held on for victory in the Premier League against Stoke.

Italian Pelle, who had not scored in his previous 12 league games, netted twice in the first half through a flicked header and a low finish.

Stoke got back into the game early in the second half when Marko Arnautovic flicked in from close range.

James Ward-Prowse hit the crossbar for the visitors as substitute Sadio Mane was dismissed for an elbow late on.

The Saints climb above their opponents into seventh place in the table, just five points adrift of West Ham in fifth.

Relive the match from the Britannia Stadium

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Ronald Koeman happy with 'huge' three points

Saints relieved questionable refereeing did not cost them

Southampton went into the match on the back of three winless games which had threatened to hurt their ambitions of claiming a Europa League spot.

They grabbed the three points at the Britannia Stadium on the back of a counter-attacking display having managed just 38.6% possession.

Pelle was the match-winner with his two strikes in the opening period, but they will be thankful two refereeing decisions did not cost them.

Southampton second goal
Stoke manager Mark Hughes was not happy with conceding the second goal saying "it was too easy". You can see why: Southampton were able to play a long ball across the box and Graziano Pelle finished the move with a shot which goalkeeper Jack Butland should have saved

Dusan Tadic, who failed to shoot from seven yards out at an open goal in the first half, was clearly tripped in the box by Stoke keeper Jack Butland, but the Serbian's appeal for a penalty was waved away by referee Lee Mason.

And in stoppage time, Mane mistimed a jump for a header having kept his eyes on the ball, catching full-back Erik Pieters, which Mason deemed to be a straight red. They have now had six players sent off this campaign, more than any other side.

Stoke searched for the equaliser but could not find a way past the solid Virgil van Dijk, who made 17 clearances in the match.

Wayward finishing costs Stoke

Stoke had won three and drawn one of their previous four games but came unstuck after failing to keep their composure in the attacking third of the pitch.

Stoke long range efforts
Stoke had five efforts from long range which were no trouble for goalkeeper Fraser Forster

They didn't manage to work goalkeeper Fraser Forster in the first half and although Austrian Arnautovic gave them hope by netting with a neat finish and forcing the big Englishman into a smart save, those efforts were their only two on target.

The Potters failed to do the homework on their opponents, who scored their 12th headed goal this season - more than any other top-flight side.

Although record signing Giannelli Imbula influenced the game, having more touches (114) and more passes (91) than any player on the pitch, it was their profligacy up front which cost them the points.

Stoke have now lost six league games in front of their own crowd this season and their hopes of clinching a Europa League spot now look slim.

Man of the match - Graziano Pelle

Graziano Pelle
Four months without a goal in the league beforehand but the Italian was the match-winner by bagging two against Stoke

What they said:

Stoke boss Mark Hughes: "We have been on a decent run recently. We go into these games full of ambition but you have to be spot on with the details.

"At this level, if you make mistakes, you get punished. It is a harsh lesson. That has almost certainly been the case at home this season."

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Mark Hughes 'pulling hair out' after mistakes

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "We needed to be calm and the team had a fantastic reaction after 2-1 to get the control back.

"We had the better chances and we were unlucky with two decisions with the referee. One was a penalty and the red card was not a red card. Still, at 2-1, we got the three points in a huge game today and that is very important for our aspirations for the rest of season. "

What next?

Stoke will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Watford next Saturday (kick-off 15:00 GMT), while Southampton host Liverpool on Sunday, 20 March (13:30).

The stats you need to know:

  • Graziano Pelle scored his fifth Premier League brace and his first away from home
  • Pelle scored as many goals against Stoke as he had in his previous 17 Premier League appearances
  • Dusan Tadic provided an assist in back-to-back Premier League games for the first time
  • Marko Arnautovic has scored seven goals and assisted one in his past 10 Premier League games at the Britannia Stadium

Line-ups

Stoke

  • 1Butland
  • 20Cameron
  • 17Shawcross
  • 26Wollscheid
  • 3PietersBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWaltersat 90+2'minutes
  • 6WhelanSubstituted forCrouchat 78'minutes
  • 21Imbula
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forBojanat 31'minutes
  • 14Afellay
  • 10Arnautovic
  • 18Diouf

Substitutes

  • 5Muniesa
  • 7Ireland
  • 11Joselu
  • 19Walters
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan
  • 29Haugaard

Southampton

  • 44Forster
  • 15Martina
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 33TargettSubstituted forYoshidaat 80'minutes
  • 8DavisBooked at 90mins
  • 14Romeu
  • 4ClasieBooked at 47minsSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 69'minutes
  • 11TadicSubstituted forManéat 75'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 7Long
  • 19Pellè

Substitutes

  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Mané
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 18Reed
  • 20Juanmi
  • 22Stekelenburg
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
27,833

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 1, Southampton 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 1, Southampton 2.

Foul by Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City).

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Peter Crouch (Stoke City).

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

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

Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Jonathan Walters replaces Erik Pieters because of an injury.

Dismissal

Sadio Mané (Southampton) is shown the red card.

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sadio Mané (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Erik Pieters.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

Foul by Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City).

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Philipp Wollscheid (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Maya Yoshida replaces Matt Targett.

Attempt missed. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Geoff Cameron (Stoke City).

Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Stoke City. Peter Crouch replaces Glenn Whelan.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sadio Mané replaces Dusan Tadic.

Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Jordy Clasie.

Attempt missed. Jordy Clasie (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Attempt blocked. Geoff Cameron (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Geoff Cameron.

Attempt blocked. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marko Arnautovic.

Attempt missed. Ibrahim Afellay (Stoke City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Erik Pieters.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ryan Shawcross.

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Tottenham291510451242755
3Arsenal29157746301652
4Man City29156852312151
5West Ham291310645331249
6Man Utd29138837271047
7Southampton30128103830844
8Liverpool2812884337644
9Stoke30127113236-443
10Chelsea29101094339440
11West Brom29109103036-639
12Everton28911851391238
13Bournemouth30108123847-938
14Watford29107122930-137
15Crystal Palace2996143239-733
16Swansea3089133040-1033
17Sunderland2967163554-1925
18Norwich3067173154-2325
19Newcastle2866162853-2524
20Aston Villa2937192255-3316
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