EFL Cup - Third Round
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Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace

Charlie Austin scores from the penalty spot
Charlie Austin scored his fourth goal in the space of a week to give Southampton the lead with a penalty

Southampton made light work of Crystal Palace in their all-Premier League tie, with a goal in either half sending Saints into the EFL Cup fourth round.

Charlie Austin put the home side ahead with a penalty after Shane Long was fouled by Martin Kelly's challenge.

Saints deservedly doubled their lead through midfielder Jake Hesketh's first goal for the club just after the hour.

Connor Wickham had Palace's best chance but failed to latch on to a loose back header from Jose Fonte inside the box.

Austin's fourth goal in the space of six days and three games gave Claude Puel's Southampton a deserved lead after half an hour.

Palace lost captain Scott Dann early on to a suspected hamstring injury and it was his replacement Kelly who was at fault in the build-up to the opening goal.

The central defender failed to control the ball with his chest and as it ran away from him Long gave chase and was tripped inside the box.

Long almost netted a goal of his own in the closing stages of the first half when he rounded Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, but his finish lacked power and allowed Damien Delaney to clear off the line.

Saints' continued pressure in the second half finally told as they doubled their lead through 20-year-old Hesketh.

Long drove into the box and when his shot was saved by Hennessey the rebound broke to Hesketh, who calmly swept a left-footed finish into the bottom corner.

Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh told BBC Radio Solent:

"First and foremost we're through in the cup, but to score a (first senior) goal was perfect for me.

"It's a bit of a whirlwind really. It's come back to me nicely and then I've just run off.

"In my head I'm thinking, 'what am I doing here?' as I wasn't sure whether or not to celebrate with a knee-slide. But, it was brilliant.

"It's really nice and you feel really appreciated by the fans and to get a goal for them, I'm really happy.

"Training with the lads day-in, day-out is really beneficial. You try to take everything on board and take it into situations like tonight."

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew:

"Shane Long is quick and has got a bit of history in those situations. He was definitely going over, I know that, but the video I saw was inconclusive.

"The players felt it (the penalty) was a bit harsh but it was difficult to see unless you see it clearly on television.

"The best team won for sure. They were very sharp. Their passing and movement caused us problems.

"It is always a risk when you make a lot of changes and we had one or two players that looked a bit rusty. We didn't have enough imagination to find a route to goal."

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-3-1-2

  • 13McCarthy
  • 15Martina
  • 6José Fonte
  • 3Yoshida
  • 33TargettBooked at 80mins
  • 4Clasie
  • 18Reed
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 42HeskethSubstituted forHøjbjergat 77'minutes
  • 10AustinSubstituted forRedmondat 57'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forTadicat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 8Davis
  • 11Tadic
  • 22Redmond
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 24Stephens
  • 41Lewis

Crystal Palace

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Hennessey
  • 2Ward
  • 6DannSubstituted forKellyat 18'minutes
  • 27Delaney
  • 19Fryers
  • 11Zaha
  • 7CabayeBooked at 85mins
  • 22MutchSubstituted forPuncheonat 70'minutes
  • 14Lee
  • 21Wickham
  • 26SakoSubstituted forBentekeat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Speroni
  • 4Flamini
  • 9Campbell
  • 10Townsend
  • 17Benteke
  • 34Kelly
  • 42Puncheon
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
14,080

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home15
Away9
Shots on Target
Home9
Away2
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home14
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Crystal Palace 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Crystal Palace. Joel Ward tries a through ball, but Christian Benteke is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Wayne Hennessey.

  5. Post update

    Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.

  6. Post update

    Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Foul by José Fonte (Southampton).

  8. Post update

    Foul by Joel Ward (Crystal Palace).

  9. Post update

    Jordy Clasie (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Dusan Tadic replaces Shane Long.

  11. Post update

    Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Harrison Reed (Southampton).

  13. Booking

    Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace).

  15. Post update

    Nathan Redmond (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Christian Benteke (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha with a cross.

  18. Post update

    Lee Chung-yong (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).

  20. Booking

    Matt Targett (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.