• English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • St. Mary's Stadium
  • Attendance: 29,331
  • Puncheon, 61

live commentary


89 mins:Do Prado should make it 2-0 but his weak shot is gathered by a relieved Federici.

87 mins:Shorey's free-kick leads to a scramble inside the Southampton area but the referee eventually blows for a free-kick to the home side.

85 mins:Do Prado's curling effort is only just over the bar, Southampton remain in control of the match.

83 mins:Puncheon drills a powerful drive a foot wide of Federici's goal.

81 mins:Southampton still seem comfortable, although the Royals now have a very attacking side out.

79 mins:Adkins makes a second change, bringing Guilherme Do Prado on for Rodriguez.

77 mins:Reading make a third and final change as Garath McCleary comes on for Robson-Kanu.

75 mins:This could be a vital three points for Saints who have really picked up of late.

73 mins:Puncheon hacks McAnuff down but somehow escapes a booking.

71 mins:Le Fondre misses a great chance to equalise heading Robson-Kanu's cross wide from close range.

69 mins:Adam Le Fondre, who has been very quiet today, is able to continue after picking up a knock.

68 mins:Reading bring Noel Hunt on for Tabb.

67 mins:Puncheon has been the star man today, he's caused Reading all sorts of problems.

66 mins:Reading make a change - Morrison making way for Alex Pearce.

65 mins:Reading try to respond but Jobi McAnuff is unable to guide his shot on target.

63 mins:It's been a poor match, but Southampton have been the better team and deserve their lead.

60 mins:SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 READING. PUNCHEON fires a right-foot shot home from Clyne's pass

60 mins:The match is really drifting now, neither side can string any passes together at all.

59 mins:Maya Yoshida needs treatment after colliding with Roberts but is eventually able to continue.

57 mins:Rodriguez's shot on the turn drifts wide of Federici's goal.

56 mins:The standard of football remains poor, it's not been a game that will linger long in the memory.

54 mins:Puncheon's shot is straight at Federici who makes the save. From the corner an unmarked Cork heads wide from a great position.

52 mins:Southampton hyave started the second 45 minutes as they did the first half, completely in control of the match.

50 mins:Puncheon tries to find Lambert with his cross but Morrison clears the ball away.

48 mins:With a win so vital for both teams, one goal could settle this.

46 mins:We're underway again at St Mary's.


45 mins:Reading go close to breaking the deadlock as Hal Robson-Kanu heads against the post when he should really have scored.

44 mins:After the ball is headed off the line from Puncheon's corner, Lambert blasts a volley way over the bar.

42 mins:Puncheon sees his shot deflect away for a corner.

41 mins:Ramirez replaces Lallana.

40 mins:Southampton decide not to risk Lallana and it looks as though Gaston Ramirez is going to replace him.

39 mins:At first it seemed as though Lallana had picked up a serious injury but it now appears that he may be able to play on.

37 mins:A nasty collision between Lallana and Tabb leads to a break in play.

35 mins:Puncheon's header hits the back of the net but the referee blows up for a foul on Shaun Cummings.

33 mins:Reading continue to look very sluggish, surely they can't be as bad in the second half?

31 mins:Lallana's deflected shot finds its way to Puncheon but he is unable to guide his effort on target.

29 mins:Roberts sets Tabb free and he appears to be tripped inside the penalty area by Jack Cork but the referee waves play on.

27 mins:Nicky Shorey is lucky to escape a booking after a rash challenge on the marauding Lambert.

25 mins:Schneiderlin miscontrols a long ball forward and the ball is claimed by Federici.

23 mins:Reading are slowly starting to get a foothold in the match, but Southampton will be disappointed not to be ahead after their lively start.

21 mins:Lambert's curling effort is well saved by Federici.

19 mins:Jay Tabb tries his luck with a shot but it flies over the Reading bar after good play by Jason Roberts.

17 mins:Adam Lallana fires a low shot straight at Adam Federici after good Southampton build-up play.

15 mins:For all the Saints' dominance they haven't created anything other than a couple of half-chances as yet.

13 mins:Puncheon is pulled up for handball and Jose Fonte is then forced to head the ball clear as Reading launch a rare attack.

11 mins:Sean Morrison is forced to head Puncheon's corner away from danger - Reading have barely got of their own half so far.

9 mins:Morgan Schneiderlin prods the lively Jason Puncheon's cross wide - it's all embarrassingly one-sided at the moment.

7 mins:Lambert lashes a shot narrowly wide.

5 mins:It's all Southampton in the early stages, Reading haven't got going at all yet.

3 mins:From the corner, Rodriguez fires a shot into the side-netting.

2 mins:Southampton win an early corner thanks to Rickie Lambert's endeavour. Good start by the home side.

1 mins:We're underway St Mary's.

Royals boss Brian McDermott has named an unchanged starting line-up from the one that was beaten 4-3 by Manchester United seven days ago.

Southampton make two changes from the side that lost 1-0 at Liverpool last Saturday with goalkeeper Kelvin Davis replacing the injured Paulo Gazzaniga while in attack Jay Rodriguez comes in for Gaston Ramirez.

Two of the sides currently in the relegation zone, Southampton and Reading, meet at St Mary's.

  • English Barclays Premier League
  • 8 December 2012, 3:00pm
  • St. Mary's Stadium
  • Attendance: 29,331
  • Puncheon, 61

match report

Southampton have moved out of the bottom three with a narrow, but fully-deserved 1-0 victory over Reading.

Jason Puncheon drilled the ball across Adam Federici in the 61st minute for the only goal of the game, having seen a first-half header harshly chalked off for a foul on the Reading keeper.

Brian McDermott's side posed little threat, with their best chance coming in first-half stoppage time when Hal Robson-Kanu headed against the post.

Southampton made two changes to the side that started at Anfield, Kelvin Davis replacing the injured Gazzaniga and Jay Rodriguez in for Gaston Ramirez, who had spent much of the week in Uruguay following a family bereavement. Reading were unchanged form the side that started the defeat Man United last week.

The home side looked the more likely to open the scoring early on, but they failed to really hurt Reading despite their vastly superior possession.

Puncheon proved to be a nuisance for Southampton, putting in several decent crosses in the opening stages with Schneiderlin having the best chance when he was just unable to get on top the ball at the near post.

Adam Lallana, skippering the side despite the recall of club captain Davis, showed why he is said to be attracting a lot of interest from other clubs, driving a half-volley chance straight at Federici.

Jay Tabb was Reading's unlikely goal threat, making a couple of breaks from midfield and shooting straight at a largely underemployed Davis.

But the home side looked to have broken the deadlock after 33 minutes when Puncheon rose at the far post to nod a corner home. Referee Jon Moss immediately blew for an infringement, penalising Yoshida for a push on Federici, but the decision looked a harsh one.

However the visitors nearly made amends for a toothless first half in stoppage time when Hal Robson-Kanu's header struck the left-hand upright. Davis was rooted to the spot, but a goal for Reading at this stage would have been hard on Southampton.

Adam Lallana's impressive first half display ended early when he limped off with a knee injury, but Southampton shrugged off the loss of their talismanic midfielder and continued to look much the better side after the break.

Puncheon had already forced Federici into a good save when he finally gave his side the lead they had deserved. Rickie Lambert fed Nathan Clyne, and the right back in turn passed to Puncheon, who broke in from the right to shoot low across Federici into the bottom corner of the net.

Jobi McAnuff curled a shot wide of Davis' left-hand post in response, and Robson-Kanu put a weak effort on the turn straight at the Southampton keeper, but it was the hosts who continued to look likelier to score.

Puncheon drilled a low shot from long range wide before substitute Guly Do Prado found the roof of the net from distance. The Brazilian had another chance in the closing stages, but was denied by a fine save from Federici down to his left.

Saints continued to dominate and were good value for their win, whereas Reading ended the game looking at a long, hard winter with a crucial trip to fellow strugglers Sunderland looming on Tuesday.

team line-up

1Kelvin Davis
2Nathaniel Clyne
3Maya Yoshida
23Luke Shaw
6Jose Fonte
18Jack Cork
4Morgan Schneiderlin
9Jay Rodriguez79
42Jason Puncheon
20Adam Lallana40
7Rickie Lambert


24Emmanuel Mayuka
10Gastón Ramírez40
16James Ward-Prowse
5Jos Hooiveld
8Steven Davis
31Artur Boruc


Jonathan Moss

team line-up

1Adam Federici
15Sean Morrison65
6Adrian Mariappa
24Shaun Cummings
3Nicky Shorey
19Hal Robson-Kanu77
8Mikele Leigertwood
16Jay Tabb69
11Jobi McAnuff
33Jason Roberts
9Adam Le Fondre


41Stuart Taylor
20Danny Guthrie
23Ian Harte
10Noel Hunt69
44Dominic Samuel
12Garath McCleary77
5Alex Pearce65


Jonathan Moss

match stats

possession %6534
shots on target52
shots off target104
tackles won1512