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Stoke 3 Saints 3
12:24pm Saturday 29th December 2012 in Sport
This live event has finished
- Saints back in relegation zone after thrilling draw
- Rickie Lambert opened scoring in early stages
- Kenwyne Jones equalised against old club.
- Jay Rodriguez and Andy Wilkinson og had made it 3-1 at half-time
- Matthew Upson and Cameron Jerome goals rescue a point for Stoke
Saints drop to 18th after today's results. Reaction to follow on the website later...
FULL-TIME: Stoke 3 Saints 3
GOAL: Stoke 3 Saints 3 (Cameron Jerome 90): Jerome unleashes a stunning strike from 25 yards that cannons in off the underside of the bar. Astonishing strike.
RED CARD (71 mins): Stoke are reduced to ten men after Steven Nzonzi is shown a red card for a late tackle on Jack Cork.
PENALTY APPEAL (68 mins): Saints are very fortunate to escape after Jose Fonte appears to handle in the area. Mark Clattenburg waves play on, however.
GOAL Stoke 2 Saints 3 (Upson 67): Saints pay for Guly's miss, as Upson sweeps home after Saints fail to clear a corner.
CHANCE (66 mins): Lambert slips in Rodriguez, but Begovic saves from him with his feet. The ball drops to Guly, who has an open goal, but he lashes his shot wide.
CHANCE (63 mins): Jay Rodriguez gets to Jack Cork's through ball before Asmir Begovic. He goes round the Stoke keeper, but has his shot blocked by Robert Huth.
HALF-TIME: Stoke 1 Saints 3
Apologies for the delay in updates. Stoke's notoriously poor internet access has struck.
GOAL: Stoke 1 Saints 3 (Wilkinson og 36): Puncheon's cross from the right is nodded down by Lambert and turned into his own net by Wilkinson under pressure from Rodriguez.
GOAL: Stoke 1 Saints 2 (Jay Rodriguez 24): Rickie Lambert puts in a cross from the right. Robert Huth stretches out a leg to try and clear it, but diverts the ball against the bar. The rebound falls kindly to Jay Rodriguez, who gets his reward for following in and converts from close range.
GOAL: Stoke 1 Saints 1 (Kenwyne Jones 16): Ryan Shotton nutmegs Luke Shaw and delivers a low ball that Kenwyne Jones sublimely backheels/flicks across goal to equalise against his former club.
Former Saints defender Ken Jones has died. For more click here
CHANCE (12 mins): Kenwyne Jones should have equalised against his former club almost immediately, as Steven Nzonzi's deflected shot gifts him the ball six yards out, but he scuffs his effort wide as Kelvin Davis races from his goal to charge him down.
GOAL: Stoke 0 Saints 1 (Lambert 10): Guly do Prado gets the ball on the left and delivers a beautiful in-swinging cross to the far post, which Rickie Lambert races in to side-foot home.
The teams are out here at the Britannia Stadium. Saints in their yellow strip this afternoon. Kick-off just a few moments away now. We will have updates here for you throughout the match.
Stoke manager Tony Pulis oversaw a 3-1 Boxing Day victory over Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, but believes today’s fixture against Saints could be an even harder prospect:
In many respects the Southampton game will be the toughest of the two because of the raised expectations. Southampton are giving it a good go and they will be a big challenge for us, especially if we are not up for the game. The other night was tremendous for everyone, and the players deserved their praise for the wonderful effort they put in. But that is gone and now we have to raise ourselves for another challenge.Tony Pulis
I remember playing against Stoke when Tony was in charge when we were at Scunthorpe. They’ve come a long way, they’ve stabilised in the Premier League, they know what they’re about, they work hard, but they can play football as well. People have got this stigma that maybe it’s a long ball game. It’s effective football, but they do play some good football as well. They’re on a good run of form. It’s a game we should look forward to, not be fearful of. The Britannia Stadium is notoriously very loud, but we’ve got to go there full of confidence ourselves. We’ve got to go there with belief. They don’t concede that many goals, so we’ve got to be bright to give ourselves opportunities to score goals as well.Saints manager Nigel Adkins
Apologies for the lack of build-up on today's blog. Heavy traffic on the way to Stoke meant a late arrival at the ground.
Three changes for Saints this afternoon. Nathaniel Clyne misses out, meaning Jos Hooiveld is drafted into the back four, with Maya Yoshida going into the right back position. Guly do Prado comes in for Gaston Ramirez on the left of midfield, while Jay Rodriguez replaces Steven Davis and is likely to partner Rickie Lambert in attack.
STOKE: Begovic, Shotton, Huth, Upson, Wilkinson, Kightly, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington, Walters, Jones.
Subs: Sorensen, Palacios, Owen, Adam, Whitehead, Crouch, Jerome.
SAINTS: Davis; Yoshida, Fonte, Hooiveld, Shaw; Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Guly; Rodriguez, Lambert.
Subs: Boruc, Richardson, Fox, S Davis, De Ridder, Ramirez, Mayuka.
Referee: M Clattenburg.
Stoke have defenders Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron suspended which means likely calls ups for Matthew Upson and Ryan Shotton.
Adam Lallana remains out injured but otherwise Nigel Adkins is expected to have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Welcome to the Daily Echo's coverage of Stoke v Saints.
Saints are hoping to build on their point at Fulham but Maya Yoshida admits it will be tough against a bouyant Stoke side who are yet to lose at home this season. "It will be a really, really tough game I think," the Japan international said. "Stoke have not lost a home game this season. "They have many, many tall guys so it will be a more physical game. "We have to give away less free-kicks, corner kicks and deep throw-ins otherwise they will put many, many long balls in the box. We have to think about this. "Of course every time I want to win a game but this time it would be really nice because they haven't lost a home game (for a long time)."