Saints held to Stoke draw

Daily Echo: Former Saint Crouch scores the equaliser. Former Saint Crouch scores the equaliser.

Saints were twice pegged back as they were held to a 2-2 St Mary’s draw with Stoke.

Though the result made it seven games unbeaten in all competitions for Saints they would have been disappointed only to get a point from a game in which they twice led.

Daily Echo:

Rickie Lambert gave Saints the lead from a free kick after six minutes before a frantic period of three goals in six minutes before half time.

Daily Echo: Peter Odemwingie levelled for Stoke before Steven Davis restored Saints’ advantage.

However, former Saints striker Peter Crouch equalised and there were no further goals in the second period meaning it finished with a point apiece.

Blustery conditions made the St Mary's encounter a battle of wills, with the odd sudden downpour making life even tougher for both sides.

All four Premier League encounters between these sides have now ended level.

Both sides made two alterations for the clash in similarly blustery conditions to the reverse encounter in November.

Artur Boruc remembers the 1-1 draw all too well, having been caught out after 13 seconds by Stoke counterpart Begovic's long kick up the field.

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There was another early goal this time, although here it was Begovic picking the ball out of his net after Saints were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box after an Adam handball.

The position looked ideal for a cross but Lambert had other ideas, sending the ball curling into the top right-hand corner.

It was quite the start from Saints but not one that put the visitors off, with Odemwingie testing Boruc with a low strike soon after.

Saints were having to defend diligently to keep Stoke at bay and were creating little at the other end until an impressive Davis-led getaway in the 28th minute.

Winning the ball deep in his own half, the Northern Ireland captain ran the length of the field before playing through the overlapping Nathaniel Clyne, whose strike across goal was parried by Begovic.

After a sudden downpour cleared, Saints returned to the attack and Clyne saw a shot blocked before a close-range Lambert attempt was somehow turned away.

It was a missed chance the hosts were made to rue in the 38th minute.

Atoning for the handball that gifted Saints the opener, Adam, making his 50th league appearance for Stoke, played an exquisite through-ball for Odemwingie to direct home past Boruc.

The goal was Stoke's first away from home in 369 minutes but they were back behind just three minutes later as Davis' cross evaded everyone in the box and rippled the back of the net.

Daily Echo:

Begovic should have done better with the goal, which could also be said for counterpart Boruc three minutes later.

Daily Echo:

Adam was again the provider, with his corner from the right met at the near post by Crouch before Boruc could punch the ball away.

The second half begun in the same end-to-end fashion, but without goals punctuating the play every couple of minutes.

Jay Rodriguez, left unmarked from a corner, sent a header wide and Davis glanced a cross straight into Begovic's grasp, before Maya Yoshida recovered from an ill-timed slip to head away from danger as Crouch loitered.

Referee Craig Pawson waved away a penalty appeal from the hosts after Adam Lallana's cross struck Glenn Whelan's hand as Pochettino's side upped the ante, with Lambert seeing a 20-yard strike deflected behind.

Daily Echo:

Jack Cork struck wide after Jose Fonte and Crouch had a tiff at the other end, with the giant striker booked soon after as the home fans reminded him of his Portsmouth links.

Saints were dominating the play but were being frustrated time and time again by Stoke's miserly defence.

Ryan Shawcross was leading the back line with aplomb, with only one clear-cut chance for the hosts in the dying stages.

Substitute Calum Chambers' fine ball to the far post was met by Morgan Schneiderlin, but the midfielder's close-range strike flew into the side-netting - much to the delight of the 1,041 visiting fans.

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5:25pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pompey in spain says...

oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!
oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! pompey in spain

5:27pm Sat 8 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

Do I like the way we play …yes
Would i want us to be a Stoke or Spam ..no
Yet we lack guile..Barcelona at their very best could not beat Chelski who parked everyone behind the bus..
Today I lost count of the number of times we were facing 10 men behind the ball.
We need to turn beautiful possession into GOALS..how..in some respects we have to allow teams to attack us and leave the gaps…
Time and again this season we have undoubtedly, unquestionably been the better team but to what end,,,,
..we need cunning as well as a talent for ball retention..
..teams that are not fit to tie our shoe laces are getting away with results..we need to be smarter, the ability is there the mindset is a unfortunately bit one dimensional..
Do I like the way we play …yes Would i want us to be a Stoke or Spam ..no Yet we lack guile..Barcelona at their very best could not beat Chelski who parked everyone behind the bus.. Today I lost count of the number of times we were facing 10 men behind the ball. We need to turn beautiful possession into GOALS..how..in some respects we have to allow teams to attack us and leave the gaps… Time and again this season we have undoubtedly, unquestionably been the better team but to what end,,,, ..we need cunning as well as a talent for ball retention.. ..teams that are not fit to tie our shoe laces are getting away with results..we need to be smarter, the ability is there the mindset is a unfortunately bit one dimensional.. warrens 76

5:29pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Little Hitler says...

pompey in spain wrote:
oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!
So desperate.

Well done Paul Tisdale!!!! UP THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
! !!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]So desperate. Well done Paul Tisdale!!!! UP THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ! !!!!!!!! Little Hitler

5:51pm Sat 8 Feb 14

pompey in spain says...

yeah.... i will give you that hitler......where yer been warrens ,long time no speak?
yeah.... i will give you that hitler......where yer been warrens ,long time no speak? pompey in spain

6:03pm Sat 8 Feb 14

warrens 76 says...

pompey in spain wrote:
yeah.... i will give you that hitler......where yer been warrens ,long time no speak?
here and very annoyed..
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: yeah.... i will give you that hitler......where yer been warrens ,long time no speak?[/p][/quote]here and very annoyed.. warrens 76

6:18pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Rocket 1 says...

pompey in spain wrote:
oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!
Yea first on a "SAINTS" website, off you pop Fishy Fiddler!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!! ur sister is waiting for you.................
...
[quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Yea first on a "SAINTS" website, off you pop Fishy Fiddler!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! ur sister is waiting for you................. ... Rocket 1

6:56pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Rocket 1 says...

Good game, "Crouchy" tried everything to get our players into trouble and Stoke held out, Crouch once said in an interview when asked, what would you be if you were not a professional Footballer earning all of that Money?? to which he replied, most probably a Virgin... well he is not the best looking Puppy in the Litter is he???
Good game, "Crouchy" tried everything to get our players into trouble and Stoke held out, Crouch once said in an interview when asked, what would you be if you were not a professional Footballer earning all of that Money?? to which he replied, most probably a Virgin... well he is not the best looking Puppy in the Litter is he??? Rocket 1

8:12pm Sat 8 Feb 14

TEqH 83 says...

warrens 76 wrote:
Do I like the way we play …yes
Would i want us to be a Stoke or Spam ..no
Yet we lack guile..Barcelona at their very best could not beat Chelski who parked everyone behind the bus..
Today I lost count of the number of times we were facing 10 men behind the ball.
We need to turn beautiful possession into GOALS..how..in some respects we have to allow teams to attack us and leave the gaps…
Time and again this season we have undoubtedly, unquestionably been the better team but to what end,,,,
..we need cunning as well as a talent for ball retention..
..teams that are not fit to tie our shoe laces are getting away with results..we need to be smarter, the ability is there the mindset is a unfortunately bit one dimensional..
I agree, playing good football is a different skill to winning games. Most of our players are young and hopefully as they continue to grow as a team and in experience then they will learn to win through guile and not just style.

That said, I thought this game had draw written all over it before kick off!

We still gained a point on Newcastle.

COYR
[quote][p][bold]warrens 76[/bold] wrote: Do I like the way we play …yes Would i want us to be a Stoke or Spam ..no Yet we lack guile..Barcelona at their very best could not beat Chelski who parked everyone behind the bus.. Today I lost count of the number of times we were facing 10 men behind the ball. We need to turn beautiful possession into GOALS..how..in some respects we have to allow teams to attack us and leave the gaps… Time and again this season we have undoubtedly, unquestionably been the better team but to what end,,,, ..we need cunning as well as a talent for ball retention.. ..teams that are not fit to tie our shoe laces are getting away with results..we need to be smarter, the ability is there the mindset is a unfortunately bit one dimensional..[/p][/quote]I agree, playing good football is a different skill to winning games. Most of our players are young and hopefully as they continue to grow as a team and in experience then they will learn to win through guile and not just style. That said, I thought this game had draw written all over it before kick off! We still gained a point on Newcastle. COYR TEqH 83

8:16pm Sat 8 Feb 14

westfordUSAsaints says...

A point, still on the unbeaten run. Tough when they park the bus with 10 men behind the ball to protect their point. Shaw at fault for their first, Boruc no where near the ball for the second. We move on.

Hull next up, 3 points.
A point, still on the unbeaten run. Tough when they park the bus with 10 men behind the ball to protect their point. Shaw at fault for their first, Boruc no where near the ball for the second. We move on. Hull next up, 3 points. westfordUSAsaints

8:54pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Costa Baz says...

As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes.

He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point.

They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend.

Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for.
As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes. He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point. They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend. Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for. Costa Baz

10:39pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

Costa Baz wrote:
As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes.

He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point.

They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend.

Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for.
I read your comment earlier but didn't have time to reply. I have to say that I agree, Baz.

Stoke made our one-footed full backs track back onto their weaker feet. Clyne and especially Shaw really need to work on becoming two footed.

That pushed most of our play into a tight middle third, which Stoke packed to good (and frustrating) effect.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes. He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point. They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend. Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for.[/p][/quote]I read your comment earlier but didn't have time to reply. I have to say that I agree, Baz. Stoke made our one-footed full backs track back onto their weaker feet. Clyne and especially Shaw really need to work on becoming two footed. That pushed most of our play into a tight middle third, which Stoke packed to good (and frustrating) effect. Strasbourg Saint

10:55pm Sat 8 Feb 14

arthur boutfaith says...

Costa Baz wrote:
As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes.

He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point.

They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend.

Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for.
You've hit the nail on the head.
[quote][p][bold]Costa Baz[/bold] wrote: As I said on another thread, give credit to Mark Hughes. He negated the impact Shaw and Clyne have, by putting two very quick wingers up against them, and they did their jobs very well, stopping us from getting crosses in from the bye line, especially second half, when Stoke seemed to have settled for a point. They also forced Shaw and Clyne in field, over crowding the midfield, so we couldn't find space to pass through them, and meaning that any high balls were easy to defend. Stoke deserved their point, for not letting us keep the lead, and also for showing anyone watching, how to defend the point they came for.[/p][/quote]You've hit the nail on the head. arthur boutfaith

1:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

hedge end bob says...

Rocket 1 wrote:
pompey in spain wrote: oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!
Yea first on a "SAINTS" website, off you pop Fishy Fiddler!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! ur sister is waiting for you................. ...
Don't forget his brother as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!! feck off you poopey tw@t . You joke of a team would be more interested in your views than this PREMIER LEAGUE site is.
F O P A D.
[quote][p][bold]Rocket 1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pompey in spain[/bold] wrote: oh, first on!.....oh well here we go ................well done crouchy!!!! PLAY UP POMPEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Yea first on a "SAINTS" website, off you pop Fishy Fiddler!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!! ur sister is waiting for you................. ...[/p][/quote]Don't forget his brother as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! feck off you poopey tw@t . You joke of a team would be more interested in your views than this PREMIER LEAGUE site is. F O P A D. hedge end bob

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