- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
- Britannia Stadium
- Attendance: 26,391
98 mins:Full Time: Stoke 3-3 Southampton. What a game.
97 mins:Stoke have a free-kick near halfway and everyone is piling forward. Crouch wins it and heads it down but Davis nervously shovels it away.
95 mins:Jerome looks to drive forward down the right hand side but is crowded out by two yellow shirts.
93 mins:What a turn around from the ten men of Stoke. They have shown so much character this afternoon.
91 mins:Seven minutes of stoppage time to play!
90 mins:GOAL: STOKE 3-3 SOUTHAMPTON. Crouch tees up JEROME on twenty-five yards out and he unleashes a ferocious volley that rattles into the top corner. What a goal!
88 mins:The long ball forward is flicked on by Crouch and Jerome races through and finishes brilliantly. It won't count though, Jerome was offside.
86 mins:Davis comes for a long-throw and doesn't get there but Southampton just manage to keep it away from the goal. Appeals for handball, and Jerome's protests earn him a caution.
85 mins:Richardson is on for Puncheon.
84 mins:Another hopeful long ball into the box is dealt with by the visitors.
82 mins:Saints break quickly once again. Rodriguez bursts to the byline and fires it across goal for Lambert but its just behind his strike partner.
81 mins:Saints give the ball away cheaply once again as Shaw's pass for Puncheon goes astray.
80 mins:Stoke are launching the ball into the box at every opportunity now. Saints are holding firm, but you sense the nerves are growing.
78 mins:Rodriguez shoots well after the whistle had gone and goes into the book.
77 mins:Shotton launches a long-throw into the box. Jones flicks it on at the near post but Davis throws himself on it to quell the danger.
75 mins:Crouch is coming on as Kightly is withdrawn. Kitchen sink time for Stoke.
74 mins:Jones shifts the ball out of his feet on the edge of the box only to fire his shot high and wide.
73 mins:What a thrilling game we are enjoying here! Pulis is incensed, but his frustration is probably more with his own player.
71 mins:RED CARD FOR NZONZI. The midfielder goes in high and late on Cork and its a straight red. He can have no complaints.
70 mins:Wilkinson is replaced by Dean Whitehead.
69 mins:Big appeal for a Stoke penalty! Jones' header appears to strike the raised arm of Fonte but the referee doesn't give it.
68 mins:GOAL: STOKE 2-3 SOUTHAMPTON. Stoke are back in it. Saints fail to clear a corner and it eventually breaks to UPSON who steers the ball home.
67 mins:Guly should have finished the game. Rodriguez gets through and fires straight at Begovic, it breaks to Guly but he slashes his shot wide with Begovic out of position.
66 mins:Yoshida crosses from the right hand side but Upson is there to head away at the near post.
64 mins:Rodriguez gets onto the end of Schneiderlin's pass and gets round Begovic but can't squeeze the shot past Huth.
62 mins:The second successive corner comes in and is glanced on at the near post but Lambert is there to help it away.
61 mins:Davis tries to get through a crowd of players and can only flap at the dropping ball, Guly hacks it behind.
59 mins:Stoke see another corner cleared by the visitors. Saints look to counter but Puncheon's ball for Lambert is off target.
57 mins:Cameron Jerome replaces Etherington.
57 mins:Luckily both are going to be able to continue, with new shirts AND shorts due to the blood.
56 mins:Both are going to be bandaged up. Spotting the two apart is going to be very tough now.
54 mins:Huth and Wilkinson collide as they look to clear and it looks as though both have cuts to their heads.
53 mins:The play hasn't been much to look at since the break. Plenty of endeavor but not a lot of quality from either side.
51 mins:Walters cuts inside brilliantly before unleashing a shot from the left channel but its blocked well by Fonte.
50 mins:Puncheon works a corner short with Schneiderlin before firing low into the box but Huth gets it clear.
48 mins:Whelan clips the free-kick into the middle but Saints clear their lines.
47 mins:Free-kick for Stoke in a good position on the right hand side. Fonte left a leg in on Walters and is duly booked.
46 mins:The match restarts.
45 mins:Halftime: Stoke 1-3 Southampton.
43 mins:Just two minutes left in this first half. Its only the travelling supporters that can be heard right now.
41 mins:Begovic has to come out of his area and turn the ball into touch as Rodriguez chases down Cork's long ball.
39 mins:Jack Cork's stinging drive is saved by Begovic.
39 mins:Well not many people would have seen this one coming. Tony Pulis is furious with his defense.
36 mins:GOAL: STOKE 1-3 SOUTHAMPTON. Puncheon's cross is headed tamely towards goal by LAMBERT but a big deflection off Wilkinson sends it past the keeper.
34 mins:Walters bundles his way into a great position and has Etherington arriving in space on the left but the pass forces him too wide and the chance comes to nothing.
32 mins:Another Shotton long-throw is well dealt with by the visitors. Cork this time heading away.
30 mins:Stoke take a free-kick short and it doesn't go to plan. In the end Whelan's rushed delivery drifts harmlessly behind.
28 mins:Puncheon twists and turns before shooting from inside the box and forcing a decent save from the keeper.
27 mins:Puncheon looks to slide Rodriguez into the right channel but Begovic comes out well to smother the chance.
24 mins:GOAL: STOKE 1-2 SOUTHAMPTON. Saints clear the corner and counter well. Huth lunges and diverts a good cross against his own bar, it drops to RODRIGUEZ who taps into the empty net.
23 mins:Shaw concedes a cheap corner. Clattenburg gives Nzonzi a lecture on his pushing and shoving before it is taken.
21 mins:Guly has the chance to send a free-kick into the box from deep but Begovic comes well off his line to catch.
19 mins:Shotton's long-throw is well collected by Kelvin Davis but he then launches the ball straight into touch near halfway.
17 mins:Southampton's nasty habit of letting leads slip has continued here...
15 mins:GOAL: STOKE 1-1 SOUTHAMPTON. Shotton skips past his man and crosses low for JONES who sends a clever flick into the far corner. Fine goal.
12 mins:Nzonzi's shot bounces into Jones but he sends the shot over from close range. Perhaps Davis did enough to put him off, but he should have scored there.
10 mins:GOAL: STOKE 0-1 SOUTHAMPTON. Great start for the visitors. Guly is allowed to step inside and cross from the left and he picks out LAMBERT who stabs home at the far post.
9 mins:Yoshida is allowed to bring the ball into the Stoke half but his pass for Lambert is a wayward one.
8 mins:Great work from Jones as he holds the ball up well before finding Kightly.
6 mins:Shaw has time to cross from the left but the ball in is a poor one.
5 mins:Shotton swings a ball in towards Walters in the middle but the cross fails to connect.
3 mins:Begovic sends long ball forward for Jones but Fonte wins the header in commanding fashion.
1 mins:The match begins.
Lallana's absence with a knee injury continues this afternoon. Gaston Ramirez drops to the bench as Guly Do Prado comes into the starting eleven.
Upson and Shotton come into the back four for the suspended duo of Shawcross and Cameron. The in-form Jon Walters continues to pair Kenwyne Jones in attack.
Southampton: K. Davis, Yoshida, Fonte (c), Hooiveld, Shaw, Puncheon, Schneiderlin, Cork, Guly, Rodriguez, Lambert
Stoke City: Begovic; Shotton, Huth (c), Upson, Wilkinson; Kightly, Whelan, Nzonzi, Etherington; Walters, Jones
Hello and welcome to the Brittania Stadium, home of Stoke, ahead of today's visit of the struggling Southampton.
- English Barclays Premier League
- 29 December 2012, 3:00pm
- Britannia Stadium
- Attendance: 26,391
Cameron Jerome's stunning 90th minute equaliser ensured Stoke maintained their unbeaten home run in the Premier League as a thrilling contest with Southampton ended in a 3-3 draw.
Jerome flashed home a sensational 25-yard effort to cap a Stoke comeback from 3-1 down at half-time, a rally all the more impressive considering that they had Steven N'Zonzi sent off with 20 minutes to play.
After a quiet start, the game burst into life in the 10th minute when Southampton made the most of the first real chance, the dangerous Rickie Lambert popping up at the far post to convert a Guly do Prado cross that eluded a number of defenders.
Kenwyne Jones had a good chance to level moments later but he poked a shot over the bar after N'Zonzi's effort had been deflected into his path.
The equaliser did arrive on 16 thanks to a lovely bit of skill from the big striker, who cleverly flicked Ryan Shotton's low cross past Kelvin Davis with his back-heel.
Southampton restored their lead eight minutes later when Lambert's precise cross was knocked on to the bar by a desperate attempted clearance by Robert Huth and fell nicely for Jay Rodriguez to tap home from a yard out.
Their forward pressure paid off again nine minutes before half-time when Lambert's knock-down was diverted past Begovic by Andy Wilkinson, leaving Stoke's previously proud defensive record - just four goals conceded in nine home games - in tatters, although they were without regulars Ryan Shawcross and Geoff Cameron.
Stoke proved more positive early in the second half but, bar a Jonathan Walters shot that was blocked by Maya Yoshida, they struggled to put Davis under much pressure before a lengthy delay caused by a nasty clash of heads between Wilkinson and Huth that left both bloodied.
More defensive hesitation almost gave Southampton a fourth before Huth scrambled back to block a Rodriguez effort with Begovic stranded way off his line.
Begovic redeemed himself by denying Rodriguez a second goal, blocking his effort with an outstretched foot, and do Prado will be kicking himself for missing an open goal when the rebound fell perfectly for him on the volley.
Stoke got themselves back into the game 23 minutes from time when a corner eventually fell to Matthew Upson to squeeze a shot past Davis after Jones' original effort had been blocked.
Seconds later home fans were aggrieved not to get a penalty when Jose Fonte, who had already been booked, appeared to get away with a clear handball in the box after Jones went in for a header.
Their hopes were not helped on 71 when N'Zonzi was shown a straight red card for an over-the-top tackle on Jack Cork, who was lucky the midfielder didn't make too much contact with his knee.
Stoke refused to lie down and forced a series of corners, along with another appeal for a penalty for a possible handball by Yoshida, and they had a Cameron Jerome effort correctly ruled out for offside.
But the equaliser arrived in stunning fashion with 10 seconds left of the 90 minutes when another sub Peter Crouch combined with Jerome, who lashed an unstoppable half-volley past a helpless Davis into the top corner and made it 10 top-flight games without defeat at home this season for Tony Pulis' side.
Crouch came close to snatching all three points in injury time, forcing Davis into an unconvincing save, and Southampton were eventually thankful to scramble the ball clear and leave with a point.