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Saints 2 Fulham 2
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- Jose Fonte scores twice for Saints, including a late equaliser
- Jos Hooiveld's own goal and Kieran Richardson had put Fulham 2-1 up
- Saints up to 17th in the Premier League table
Thanks for joining us today. Saints failed to get the win they wanted, but the good news is they are up a place in the table and out of the relegation zone heading into the international break.
FULL-TIME: Saints 2 Fulham 2
GOAL: Saints 2 Fulham 2 (Fonte 90): Saints reply almost immediately. Danny Fox's in-swinging free-kick from deep is headed home by Fonte, who celebrates his second of the match.
GOAL: Saints 1 Fulham 2 (Richardson 88): A long ball from defence finds Riether all alone down the right-hand side. His cut back picks out Kieran Richardson, who fires in a deflected shot.
CHANCE: Adam Lallana twists and turns on the left and delivers an in-swinging cross. Jay Rodriguez gets onto it at the back post, but bounces a header into the ground and over the bar in the 86th minute.
CHANCE: Fulham attack Saints down the right in the 80th minute. Damien Duff plays in Sascha Riether on the overlap. His cutback finds Kieran Richardson, but he fires well over under pressure from Steven Davis.
GOAL: Saints 1 Fulham 1 (Hooiveld og 69): Sascha Riether's low ball from the right finds its way to John Arne Riise just outside the area. His powerful drive is heading wide, but is accidentally turned in by the outstretched leg of Jos Hooiveld.
A couple of changes have been made. Jason Puncheon and Rickie Lambert are off for Saints, with Richard Chaplow and Guly do Prado on in their places. For Fulham, Alex Kacaniklic is off and Kieran Richardson is on.
CHANCE: Fulham very nearly level on the hour mark. Bryan Ruiz's in-swinging free-kick hits Steve Sidwell and comes back off the post. Saints escape again moments later, as Paulo Gazzaniga makes a good close range save from Hugo Rodallega's header.
CHANCE: Jay Rodriguez breaks forward from deep and fires in a low shot from just outside the area in the 57th minute which Mark Schwarzer gets behind to save.
CHANCE: Saints break well in the 51st minute after Morgan Schneiderlin intercepts Brede Hangeland's pass. The move ends with the Frenchman's ball from the right being fired over by Rickie Lambert from 16 yards. Schneiderlin earlier joined Jos Hooiveld in Mark Clattenburg's book for a foul on John Arne Riise.
The teams are back out for the second half...
HALF-TIME: Saints 1 Fulham 0
CHANCE: Jos Hooiveld completely misjudges a long ball out of defence deep into added time, allowing Hugo Rodallega in, but he pokes the ball wide of the goal with just Paulo Gazzaniga to beat.
CHANCE: Aaron Hughes gets on the end of Bryan Ruiz's corner in the first minute of added time, but powers his header straight at Paulo Gazzaniga.
CHANCE: Jason Puncheon works the ball to Rickie Lambert in space on the left side of the penalty area, but the striker's powerful low shot is kept out by Mark Schwarzer at the near post in the 40th minute.
CHANCE: Mark Schwarzer flaps at Adam Lallana's 22nd minute corner, with the ball subsequently hitting Jason Puncheon at the back post. Sascha Riether is there to clear it off the line, though. From the resulting corner, Puncheon fires home from Rickie Lambert's knockdown, but is penalised for a trip on Schwarzer.
CHANCE: Saints go close to a second, as a nice move involving Danny Fox, Adam Lallana and Jay Rodiguez results in Rodriguez squaring to Rickie Lambert, who slides a right-foot shot just wide in the 18th minute.
Saints forced into a defensive reshuffle in the eighth minute. Frazer Richardson picks up an injury and has to be stretchered off. Jos Hooiveld replaces him. Hooiveld goes to centre back, with Maya Yoshida moving to right back.
GOAL: Saints 1 Fulham 0 (Fonte 4): A great start for Saints. Adam Lallana's corner is met by Jose Fonte, who showed some nice movement to find space at the near post. His header loops across goal and lands just inside the far post.
The teams have emerged from the tunnel ahead of the match. Kick-off now just a few minutes away. We will have updates here for you throughout the game...
You need to fight to get results in each and every game, but I think for large periods in each and every game we’ve showed we’re capable of playing at this level. It is just about ironing out the little mistakes that have cost us. We've looked at it and we’ve had a tough start to the season in terms of the fixtures. We played against some of the top teams but we’re now going into a run now where hopefully we can start picking up some points. If you're going to achieve anything in any season your home form needs to be good and hopefully on Sunday we can go and get a positive result for the fans.Saints midfielder Steven Davis
Saints last six (league only): L L L L W L
Fulham last six (league only): W L L W W L
Saints top scorer (league only): Rickie Lambert (4)
Fulham top scorer (league only): Damien Duff, Mladen Petric (3)
Match odds: Saints 8/5, draw 9/4, Fulham 7/4
Just got down to St Mary's now. Looking forward to a good game and a nice home win today! #saintsfc— @jackcork1 07 October 2012
The headline news for Saints is that club record signing Gaston Ramirez misses out with a thigh injury that he sustained in training. Nathaniel Clyne is also absent with a dead leg, meaning Danny Fox returns at left-back, while Frazer Richardson continues on the opposite side of defence. Morgan Schneiderlin returns from the knee injury that kept him out against Everton. It’s three changes in total for Saints, as Jason Puncheon is also restored to the starting line-up, while James Ward-Prowse drops to the bench.
Just the one change for Fulham, as Alex Kačaniklic replaces the injured Mladen Petric. Dimitar Berbatov is again sidelined with a hip problem.
SAINTS: Gazzaniga, Richardson, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox, Puncheon, S Davis, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Lambert, Rodriguez.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Mayuka, Chaplow, Reeves.
FULHAM: Schwarzer, Riise, Hangeland, Baird, Sidwell, Ruiz, Duff, Hughes, Rodallega, Riether, Kačaniklic.
Subs: Stockdale, Kelly, Senderos, Kasami, Karagounis, Richardson, Briggs.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (Tyne & Wear)
Rickie Lambert is probably one of the best target men we’ve got in England. He is very dangerous with crosses, especially at the far post. If you see their line-up and if you are capable as a club of getting the likes of Gaston Ramirez then you’re heading in the right direction. I thought they were very unfortunate in two or three matches, even against Manchester City away from home. They should have quite a few more points. They play with four players up front and if you talk about Ramirez, Adam Lallana and the like, they are all good players. You saw that in the first 30 minutes against Everton and against Man City, for example. I think they’ve got the quality to survive in the league and to hurt you.Fulham manager Martin Jol
It is a match we can lose, but it is a game we’re going to look to go and win. You have to be positive at home. We have been very good at St Mary’s over the last few years and again starting this season. The atmosphere in the last home game when we beat Aston Villa 4-1 was electrifying. It was fantastic. The supporters lifted the players, the players lifted the supporters so everyone was together as one. We produced an excellent performance and got an excellent win. We’re under no illusions, though, as Fulham are going to be a tough team to beat. We don’t think we’re just going to turn up and going to win. Fulham have had a very promising start. They’re very organised, have good players and have won games this season. We know we’ve got to be at the top of our game, like every game in the Premier League, but we’ve got to go and look to win our games at home.Saints manager Nigel Adkins
FULHAM TEAM NEWS: The Cottagers have serious concerns in attack heading into this game. Dimitar Berbatov is likely to be sidelined with a hip injury, while fellow striker Mladen Petric is a doubt after sustaining a calf problem this week. Kieran Richardson is back in contention after recovering from an issue with his hip, while free agent signing Mickael Tavares could be involved. Philippe Senderos, Pajtim Kasami, Kerim Frei and Ashkan Dejagah have all stepped up their returns to fitness this week.
SAINTS TEAM NEWS: Midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin returned to training this week, after suffering a knee injury that kept him out of last week’s visit to Everton. This game may come too soon for him, though. Jack Cork (knee) remains sidelined, while Tadanari Lee (elbow) is a doubt once again. Dan Seaborne (ankle) is hoping to be fit. Keeper Artur Boruc is competing for a place in the squad, after coming through an under-21 fixture in the week.
Good morning and welcome to the Daily Echo’s blog covering today’s Premier League contest between Saints and Fulham, at St Mary’s (kick-off 1.30pm). Nigel Adkins’ side slipped back into the relegation zone yesterday, but will move out of the bottom three with a point or better today. Saints won their last league match at home, thumping Aston Villa 4-1, but suffered defeat in their most recent outing, a 3-1 loss at Everton. Fulham start the match in ninth place in the table and are in search of their second away win of the season. We will have the teams when they become available and updates for you throughout the game.