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Saints 2 Bristol City 0
Updated 9:43pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in Sport
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- Saints book their place in the last 16 of the Capital One Cup
- Gaston Ramirez and Jos Hooiveld with the goals for the hosts
- Mauricio Pochettino made 11 changes to his team
- Tadanari Lee made first Saints start in almost a year
They came under some considerable pressure in the second half, but Saints are through to the last 16 of the Capital One Cup. Goals from Gaston Ramirez - an absolute belter as well - and Jos Hooiveld did the damage for Mauricio Pochettino's men. Saints will find out their next opponents when the draw for the fourth round is made tomorrow night. Thanks for joining us. We'll have reaction for you on the website soon, and we'll be back on Saturday for another blog, as Crystal Palace visit St Mary's in the Premier League.
SAINTS 2 BRISTOL CITY 0
Saints 2 Bristol City 0 (Jos Hooiveld 83)
After a long spell of sustained Bristol City pressure, Saints look to have killed the tie, as Jos Hooiveld heads in James Ward-Prowse's corner.
Tonight's attendance is 8,539, with Bristol City accounting for 531 of those.
CHANCE (58 mins): Kelvin Davis makes a magnificent save to keep Saints in front, as Bobby Ryan's shot from 20 yards curls towards the far top corner, with Davis leaping to his right and tipping the ball over. Moments before, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas had diverted Joe Bryan's cross just wide at the back post.
CHANCE (53 mins): Jos Hooiveld heads a James Ward-Prowse corner a yard over the crossbar, as Saints go close to doubling their advantage.
A lot of Saints fans have been pining for Jack Cork. Well, he's playing tonight
CHANCE (51 mins): Out of nowhere, Bristol City go close to an equaliser, but Kelvin Davis makes a marvellous save low to his right, tipping Joe Bryan's shot from the edge of the area wide of the post.
CHANCE (48 mins): James Ward-Prowse swings in a corner, which Guly do Prado rises to head at the back post. His effort bounces off the ground and is saved by Elliot Parish.
Happy enough at the moment...
The second half is underway
There is no doubt who the star of the show was in the first half. Gaston Ramirez not only scored the goal but has been superb, giving the Bristol City defence a total nightmare with his skill and vision playing in the hole
Saints 1 Bristol City 0
CHANCE (45 mins): Gaston Ramirez's corner is cleared to Jack Cork 20 yards out. He unleashes a thunderous left-foot half volley, which Elliot Parish beats away. So close to a first ever Saints goal for Cork.
CHANCE (41 mins): After Guly do Prado fluffs his lines from a great position, Gaston Ramirez goes close again, this time with a right-foot effort that curls just over the bar.
Gaston Ramirez celebrating his goal with Tadanari Lee and James Ward-Prowse - he is blowing a kiss, not yawning
CHANCE (34 mins): Bristol City produce their first real effort of the night, as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas drills in a low shot towards Kelvin Davis' near post. The Saints keeper is equal to it, though, turning it round the post, before claiming the resulting corner inside his six-yard box.
CHANCE (31 mins): Tadanari Lee goes close again. He gets the ball out from under his feet in the area and fires in a rising left-foot shot towards the near post, which Elliot Parish tips over.
CHANCE (30 mins): Gaston Ramirez is enjoying himself out there tonight. He flashes a left-foot shot from the corner of the area just wide of the far post. Nearly another magnificient goal for the Uruguayan.
CHANCE (24 mins): Gaston Ramirez cuts onto his left foot 30 yards out and chips a clever ball over the Bristol City defence for Tadanari Lee, who had beaten the offside trap. With his back to goal, Lee chests the ball down, swivels and strikes a left-foot effort, but Elliot Parish was quick off his line to crowd the forward and save at close-range from him.
Saints 1 Bristol City 0 (Gaston Ramirez 15)
A sumptuous strike from Gaston Ramirez gives Saints the lead. James Ward-Prowse's effort is blocked on the edge of the area, with the midfielder then looping a header into the path of the Uruguayan. He unleashes a glorious left-foot volley as the ball drops from the sky, with the fierce effort flying past Elliot Parish in the City goal.
Jack Cork gives the ball away to Bobby Reid in midfield with a sloppy pass. The Bristol City player races forward and knocks the ball past Jos Hooiveld, who brings him down 25 yards out with a clumsy, or perhaps slightly cynical, tackle. Chants of "off, off, off" emanate from the travelling fans, but referee Graham Scott produces a yellow card. The resulting free-kick deflects off the wall and goes over the bar, with the corner coming to nothing. (12 mins)
Referee Graham Scott gets the match underway.
The teams are out on the pitch here at St Mary's. It's an extremely low attendance by the looks of it. I'm sure everyone else is at home logging on to this fine blog...perhaps. Anyway, for those of you out there who are with us, stick around, as we'll have updates for you throughout the game.
Former Cherries boss Sean O'Driscoll is the man in charge of Bristol City now. He has been speaking ahead of this game. Below is a snippet of what he had to say, but click here for the full story.
I watched them against West Ham because it was a Sunday game and watched the tape against Barnsley so we are prepared as we can be. We had somebody at the Liverpool game in case something crops up you might need so I don’t think we could do much more in preparation. We have tried to learn some of the things that Barnsley did well and maybe some of the mistakes they made in the game and that’s par for the course, that’s what we do in every game regardless of whether it’s a Premier division team or a League Two team in the JP Trophy, you try and do the same things, it just makes it more difficult the better the opposition you play against.Sean O'Driscoll
Tadanari Lee was only recently brought back into the first-team fold at Saints, and tonight the Japan striker will make his first appearance since January and his first start for the club in almost a year. Here is Mauricio Pochettino explaining earlier this month why Lee is back in his plans.
As expected, Saints make 11 changes from the team that won at Liverpool on Saturday. Striker Tadanari Lee makes his first start in almost a year, while Jack Cork is in the side. Gaston Ramirez, who played in the second round tie at Barnsley, is the stand-out name in the starting XI. As well as youngsters Jason McCarthy, Matt Targett, Omar Rowe and Harrison Reed on the bench, Saints also have Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana in reserve, presumably in case of emergency.
SAINTS: K Davis; Chambers, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox; Cork, S Davis; Ward-Prowse, Ramirez, Do Prado; Lee.
Subs: Gazzaniga, Rodriguez, Lallana, McCarthy, Targett, Rowe, Reed.
BRISTOL CITY: Parish, Moloney, Flint, Williams, Shorey, Pack, Reid, Bryan, McLaughlin, Wagstaff, Emmanuel-Thomas.
Subs: Fielding, Cunningham, Brundle, Burns, Kilkenny, Baldock, Harewood.
Referee: Graham Scott.
Hello and welcome to this evening's Daily Echo blog covering the Capital One Cup third round meeting between Saints and Bristol City, at St Mary's. Mauricio Pochettino's men will book a place in the last 16 of the competition with a win tonight. Third-tier side Bristol City arrive low on confidence, having failed to register a win in the league this season. The Capital One Cup has been the sole highlight for Sean O'Driscoll's men, though, and they have good memories of facing Saints, with the Robins having won the last four meetings between the teams. But it will take some effort from them to extend that to five tonight. The team news will be with us shortly. Stay with us for updates from throughout the night.
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