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Saints 2 Crystal Palace 0
Updated 5:27pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in Sport
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- Saints win their first home league game of the season
- Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for the club
- Rickie Lambert added the second with a superb free-kick
Dani Osvaldo, with his first goal for the club, and Rickie Lambert do the damage for Saints today. It's a first home league win of the campaign for Saints, who are gathering some real momentum now. Mauricio Pochettino's men are up to fourth in the table as it currently stands.
SAINTS 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 0
SAINTS SUB (86 mins): Adam Lallana off, Gaston Ramirez on.
SAINTS SUB (77 mins): Rickie Lambert off, Jay Rodriguez on.
Adrian Mariappa cautioned after tripping Morgan Schneiderlin (68 mins).
SAINTS SUB (67 mins): Steven Davis off, James Ward-Prowse on.
And the rest of the team...
Rickie Lambert celebrates his goal with manager Mauricio Pochettino...
CHANCE (55 mins): Dani Osvaldo clips in a lovely ball from the right, which Steven Davis chests down before slamming the ball over the bar.
CHANCE (53 mins): The ball drops to Rickie Lambert 20 yards out. He swings a right foot at the ball and sends his shot skidding just wide of the far post.
This chap isn't too happy now...
SAINTS 2 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 (Rickie Lambert 49)
Saints double their lead instantly. Dani Osvaldo is tripped 25 yards out, and Rickie Lambert bends the subsequent free-kick over the wall and in off the post. A tremendous strike from the England forward, who is mobbed by his teammates before giving Mauricio Pochettino a high-five.
SAINTS 1 CRYSTAL PALACE 0 (Dani Osvaldo 47)
Saints finally break the deadlock and score from open play for the first time this season. It's Dani Osvaldo with his first goal for the club, slamming in a powerful left-foot shot from 18 yards that Julian Speroni can't keep out. Osvaldo is mobbed by every outfield Saints player after the goal.
Saints 0 Crystal Palace 0
CHANCE (45 mins): Victor Wanyama tries his luck from 30 yards, but his powerful right-foot shot goes well wide.
Marouane Chamakh bursts through the Saints defence and, rather than shooting, decides to knock the ball past Artur Boruc. As the Saints keeper dives in, Chamakh goes to ground. Referee Martin Atkinson says there was no contact, and replays showed the Palace forward was indeed on his way down before being touched. A great spot from Atkinson, who produces a yellow card for Chamakh. (28 mins)
CHANCE (26 mins): After Mile Jedinak is penalised for handball 25 yards out, in line with the left edge of the area, Rickie Lambert fires in a free-kick that Julian Speroni rather unconvincingly pushes away with his forearms. More of a volleyball shot than a save from the Palace stopper.
CHANCE (23 mins): Dani Osvaldo cuts a low pass back to Adam Lallana just outside the six yard area. He then lays the ball back to Rickie Lambert just inside the box, but the striker's shot goes narrowly over the bar.
Steven Davis booked for pulling back Jimmy Kebe (17 mins).
CHANCE (14 mins): Palace threaten on the counter attack, as Jimmy Kebe breaks forward and exchanges passes with Marouane Chamakh. Kebe appears to have space to shoot from 18 yards, but dallies on the ball, which is diverted into the path of Barry Bannan. He fires in a side-footed effort, but Nathaniel Clyne is there to make an excellent block.
CHANCE (6 mins): Jose Fonte knocks a long ball forward out of defence. Rickie Lambert flicks it on, with the ball dropping into the path of Morgan Schneiderlin six yards out. He loops a header over Palace keeper Julian Speroni, but Joel Ward gets back to clear it off the line.
Referee Martin Atkinson gets the game underway.
The teams are out on the pitch here at St Mary's. The final pre-match warm-ups and handshakes are underway, with kick-off due in a few minutes. We will have regular updates for you during th game, so stay with us.
The teams have finished their warm-ups and are now back in the dressing rooms. Kick-off now less than ten minutes away.
MP: "We want to keep more possession than in the last game, so hopefully bringing in Steven Davis will allow us to do that." #saintsfc— @SouthamptonFC 28 September 2013
Kevin Phillips is back at St Mary's today. The striker was previously with the club for two years, culminating in relegation from the Premier League in 2005. Phillips, 40, is now in his last season as a player and is on the bench for Palace today. He spoke to the Daily Echo's chief sports writer, Adam Leitch, this week. Here is a snippet of what he had to say...
When I joined the club Gordon Strachan was in charge and James Beattie was one of the top strikers in the country and being talked about as being England’s number one choice pretty soon. Once I decided to leave Sunderland, which was a wrench because it was where I made my name, it was a great opportunity to link up with a quality manager who had just led the club to the FA Cup final and a striker who was banging in the goals. I gave it my all. It wasn’t the easiest start as I lost my mum a week before the season started but I put that to one side and scored on my debut and things were looking good. But when Gordon left things began to spiral. All the chopping and changing gave the players no stability and the club were relegated. My two years were filled with lots of emotions.Kevin Phillips
One change for Saints from the team that won 1-0 at Liverpool last weekend. Steven Davis comes into the side, in place of Jay Rodriguez, who drops to the bench.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Wanyama, Schneiderlin; Lallana, S Davis, Osvaldo; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Chambers, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Ramirez, Rodriguez.
CRYSTAL PALACE: Speroni, Ward, Mariappa, Gabbidon, Moxey, Dikgacoi, Jedinak, Bannan, Kebe, Gayle, Chamakh.
Subs: Price, Parr, Campana, O'Keefe, Thomas, Jerome, Phillips.
Referee: Martin Atkinson.
Mauricio Pochettino was asked a lot about Rickie Lambert in his pre-match media conference this week. The Saints boss had some interesting thoughts on the striker, the challenge of adapting to his new fame with England, and what the club are asking him to do differently in his game. Here is a snippet...
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog covering this afternoon's match between Saints and Crystal Palace. A week on from their magnificent 1-0 victory at Anfield, Mauricio Pochettino's side are looking to gain even more momentum in their league campaign. They are heavy favourites here, against a Palace side that are second from bottom in the standings. Stay with us for the build-up, team news and match updates.
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