FT: Southampton 1 QPR 2

And that is it! QPR carve out an unlikely, and much-needed win! Is this the start of another Great Escape for Harry Redknapp? Thanks for looking in.

90+5
Southampton tap the ball around the box but Green collects to clear with just seconds to go.

90+4
Long ball stuiff from Saints now, Yoshida pumping the ball downfield all the way to Green, who takes his time.

90+3
Lambert nods an upfield pass out of play clumsily to ease the pressure on QPR.

90+2
Cool from Bosingwa by his own corner flag, eating up time under pressure and clearing to halfway.

90+1
Hoilett clutches his head after Fonte climbs all over him, but Howard Webb gets him up and about with a few words.

90
There will be six, count 'em, six minutes of stoppage time, Harry does not look happy at that...

89
Bothroyd is off, and Fabio is on.

88
Ward-Prowse catches Traore as the tackles fly in as legs begin to tire.

86
Green equal to a Fonte shot seconds later, then he stops a Lambert effort not knowing it was flagged for offside.

85
Great save from Rob Green! Yoshida heads the corner in from eight yards, and Green sticks out his right hand to make a crucial stop!

84
Schneiderlin goes down heavily after trying to get to a Lambert knock down, that was a strong challenge from Samba.

83
QPR content to soak up pressure again, then Rodriguez heads a dinked cross from Clyne weakly wide of the post.

81
Saints looking urgent in response, but they will rue their missed chances earlier.

80
A few heads dropping for Saints at the moment, and QPR look like the cats who have got the cream. In a footballing sense.

78
Have QPR stolen an unlikely-looking three points? Talk about soaking it up and hitting on the break.

76
Fine work by Ji Sung Park, who stayed strong under challenge from Yoshida to cross from the bye-line, allowing Bothroyd the simplest of finishes from two yards out!

76
Goal! Southampton 1-2 QPR! Jay Bothroyd!

75
Bothroyd wriggles free in the area, crosses...and there's no-one in the acres of space he aimed for.

74
It's all too much for Julio Cesar, who is replaced by Rob Green. Gaston Ramires comes off for Saints and is replaced by James Ward-Prowse.

73
Lambert throws himself at the corner but cannot force a chance on goal, summing up his day so far.

72
Now Saints break from the corner. but Lambert's pass towards Rodriguez falls shot before a follow up is cut out by Hill for a corner.

71
QPR break at pace, Remy feeds Hoilett but a Saints pincer movement on the edge of the box clears it for a corner.

70
Rodriguez fires in a bouncing shot from distance, and Cesar just about copes with it but his injury looks to be hampering him.

69
Mazy run from Hoilett, who is then stopped dead in his tracks by Yoshida. The former Blackburn player has been a real threat today.

68
Cesar takes a goal kick with a bit of discomfort but is carrying on.

67
Cesar took a heavy challenge at that cross, and Rob Green is warming up, although the Brazilian is trying to carry on.

66
Good work from Cesar, who punches away towards halfway at a cross and is now needing treatment.

65
M'Bia catches Rodriguez at a high ball but gets away with just a foul, he, like a few others, is treading a fine line on a yellow card.

64
Rodriguez runs into Samba, but there's no foul given. The QPR man got away with that one.

63
QPR happy to soak it up and hit on the break, with the fresh legs of Jenas making a difference.

62
Puncheon clutches his face dramatically, but he only got a slight touch from Traore and Howard Webb's attentions force the Southampton player to recover very quickly.

61
Lambert and Schneiderlin combine on the edge of the box, but the Frenchman goes a tad too early and is flagged for offside. A nice move that deserved better.

60
Teasing run by Hoilett into the box from the left ends with the ball running out after Fox pulls out of a challenge to fool the QPR man.

58
Puncheon whips in a fine cross from the corner flag but Cesar collects high above his head.

56
Fox is replaced by the popular and promising Luke Shaw, who gets a loud reception from the home fans.

55
The game is much more open, a draw would do little for QPR and Saints would prefer three points - they are both going for it, but it is Southampton who have the upper hand.

54
Fine effort from Jay Ridriguez, he curls the ball from the corner of the box but it is just a touch too high and it stays at 1-1.

53
Granero is replaced by Jermaine Jenas, and Granero looks very, very unhappy at the decision, stomping past the QPR staff into his seat.

52
Ramires goes down the left, curls a cross but it goes over Cesar to safety.

51
Fox fires it in, Park loses the ball outside the area then Fonte lashes a shot just wide from 25 yards. It's all Saints again, but then again I said that in the first half before QPR scored....

50
Rodriguez wriggles through three defenders into the area, but M'Bia recovers to clear before Saints win it back and get a corner.

49
Granero's corner aims for Samba, who climbs above Lambert to head goalwards but Yoshida clears the danger.

49
Hoilett goes on a nice dribble down the left, crosses and Fox is forced to nod behind for a corner.

48
Ramires chips a free kick into the box but Hill is in the way to nod clear.

48
From Marc G: "Message for Keith Harris. It's on where I am. Witherspoons Bar Pattaya."

47
Dan Fox gallops forward, exchanges passes with Rodriguez but toe-ends the ball out for a goal kick from inside the area.

46
We're under way, no more substitutions.

Bill Geddes: "Rangers have had dreadfull luck all season and now just as it looks that we are on our way at last, we concede at the worst possible time. I fear the worst!"

Keith Harris in Thailand: "I'm in Thailand and the only game not being shown live is this one. Seems like Saints need to keep up the pressure now after a goal in a "good time to score" as they say."

What do you make of that? Email your thoughts to me at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

45+4
Bothroyd latches onto a knockdown in the area but drills a good chance wide of the right hand post.

45+3
Fonte booked for a poor challenge on Bothroyd. It#s a lively end to the half.

45+2
Rodriguez tests Cesar from range again, but this time the Brazilian stopper collects.

45+1
Rodriguez's shot from distance swerved, was spilled by Cesar, then Gaston Ramires pounced, dinking the ball over the QPR keeper for a sublime equaliser.

45
Goal! 1-1!

44
Traore gets booked seconds after a fine tackle form Schneiderlin breaks up a quick QPR attack, the defender taking one for the team as Saints try to hit back.

44
QPR clear, then Fonte volleys a cross over but Chris Samba gets his head to it.

43
Ramires has a shot deflected wide for a corner, a rare chance for Saints.

42
Jay Rodriguez finally replaces Adam Lallana.

41
Lallana goes off but there's no replacement as yet.

40
Adam Lallana goes down again, clearly struggling after his blow to the head from Clint Hill.

39
Jay Bothroyd is walking a fine line on his yellow card, clashing with Yoshida.

38
It's a very different Saints performance to the one that did for Man City. The crowd baying for Yoshida to get it forward, which he does but Rickie Lambert loses the ball to ease the pressure.

37
Southampton are struggling to keep the ball and bring Lambert into the game, and with his record they could do with the leading scorer seeing it a bit more.

36
Hoilett closes down the Saints defence and keeping QPR in the Southampton half.

35
Both players are back but looking a bit groggy.

34
Ouch! Lallana and Hill collide and clash heads as Lallana tries to get to a Ramires pass, with both needing treatment.

33
Puncheon overruns the ball on halfway, allowing QPR to put their foot on it.

32
High balls towards Samba are meat and drink to the defender, who is happy to head Clyne's cross away with ease.

30
Samba gets a sizable boot on the ball as it drops near the penalty spot, hoofing it clear towards half way. Saints not forcing chances despite their possesssion.

29
Saints win it back and attack, but Puncheon and Lambert cannot link up near the area, Traore racing across to cover.

28
Pressure from Remy forces a QPR thrown deep in the Saints half.

27
Granero gives it away, but after Clyne goes down the right flank Saints cannot force a chance after a spot of aerial ping-pong around the QPR area.

25
Bothroyd harries the Saints defence all the way back towards goal, but then blots his copybook with another clumsy foul on Fonte - but gets away with it.

24
Southampton's stylish early form has gone out iof the window for now, and QPR are now happy to play it abput at leisure.

23
Yoshida pumps a ball long, but Lallana comes short and QPR win it back.

22
M'Bia is all over Jack Cork like a cheap suit, is booked and concedes a free kick.

21
Granero aims for Samba, but Ramires heads it away powerfully.

20
Clumsy from Boruc, who spills a Remy shot to concede a corner.

18
Clayton Gough joins us from the middle of the Atlantic, Ascension Island: "Saints need to win to get that last bit on momentum coming to the closing of the season"

17
Fox loses the ball under pressure from Remy but Clyne is there to clear for a throw in. Saints look vulnerable on the break and nervy after that shock goal.

16
Jay Bothrod scythes down Nathan Clyne and is booked by Howard Webb, possibly a bit lucky to stay on the pitch.

15
Remy got inbetween Fox and Yoshida but still had a bit to do before a nice finish.

14
Wouldn't you just know it? It was all Saints, then a diagonal ball found Loic Remy, who slammed the ball goalwards from a tight angle. Fox tried his best but the ball went in off the bar, and Rangers lead!

13
QPR take the lead through Remy!

12
Lallana comes in off the left flank, takes down a high ball and volleys wide as Saints continue to press.

11
Puncheon goes down in the box and claims a penalty after a clever ball in from Ramires, but Howard Webb waves away the requests for a spot kick. That came at the end of another spell of sustained Saints pressure.

9
Adam Lallana has a go after Saints win it back near the QPR box, but the youngster's effort skews high and wide of Cesar's left hand post. Saints working very hard to win the ball back when they lose it.

8
Jack Cork chances his arm from 25 yards out, but his low shot is dragged wide and Cesar is untroubled.

6
Conor Lusted writes in: "Very very tense about todays game. It's going to be a nervy encounter. I hope that my life-long team QPR will stay up and I think a win today would be a massive step in the right direction. Then about 7 more winnable games left in quick succession. Still very hopeful. Come on U R's!!!" Let me know what you think at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

5
Loic Remy is out on the right, and a pass from deep towards Bothroyd puts Saints under a bit of pressure until they win the ball back on the touchline.

4
Poor clearance from Samba from a Lallana cross, but he gets away with it as Lambert fails to capitalise. It's all Saints so far.

3
Southampton look very happy to play the ball around on the deck, despite their position in the league, on what looks like a superb pitch.

2
Adam Lallana causes a nuisance on the left after a neat spell of play from Saints, who have hardly allowed QPR to have the ball yet.

1
They make nothing of the opportunity, the ball falling back to Puncheon who crosses over the heads of everybody.

1
Lallana crosses within a few seconds and Samba stretches out a leg to concede a corner.

Harry Redknapp takes his place and gets a less-than-friendly welcome from some Saints fans, but thankfully we are ready and about to kick off.

The teams emerge into the sunlight, still no sign of the managers...

There's a phalanx of photographers by the tunnel pitchside, all waiting to snap Harry Redknapp on his return to this ground after seven and a bit years.

It's a bright & sunny day down on the south coast, will the weather match the mood of one of these sides at the end of the match? Let me know what you think by emailing me at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

The QPR side have headed for the dressing room, there's been no sign of Harry Redknapp out on the pitch, ramping it up even more for kick-off. I don't think there'll be a rendition of "Happy birthday" today, somehow...

Today's referee? It's none other than Howard Webb, currently going through his warm-up routine. Send me your thoughts on today's game to me at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com.

Only one away win for QPR this season, at Chelsea at the turn of the year, so if Harry is to mastermind a Great Escape they are going to be leaving it very, very late.

The last time Southampton played at the St Mary's they ended Manchester City's title hopes with a 3-1 victory and punters are heavily backing the Saints at 8/11 to secure another three points against bottom club QPR. Harry Redknapp's men have scored just four goals in their last 10 league outings, while Southampton boast the division's top scoring Englishman in Rickie Lambert (12). It's 4/1 for Lambert to net first against the Hoops and evens anytime. Loic Remy starts for the visitors and he's 8/1 to break the deadlock. If you fancy a flutter, pop over to www.skybet.com.

Southampton's home form is decent, they are unbeaten in their last three on their home patch. The sacking of Nigel Adkins was controversial, to say the least, but the upward curve has continuied under Mauricio Pochettino.

QPR fans should take heart, their side has never lost at St Mary's, but then again the overhaul of their squad shows that the only survivor from the 0-0 draw here four years ago, Adel Taarabt, is on the bench today.

Four changes for QPR from the side that lost to Man United with Park, Hoilett, Bothroyd and Remy in for Taarabt, Townsend, Mackie and Zamora. What do you make of those selections? Let me know at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com, and let me know where in the world you are!

Saints make four changes to the side that lost at Newcastle, with Fonte, Fox, Ramirez and new contract-sporting Jason Puncheon replacing Hooiveld, Shaw, Steven Davis and Rodriguez.

Here are the teams:

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Fox, Puncheon, Cork, Schneiderlin, Lallana, Ramirez, Lambert. Subs: K. Davis, S. Davis, Shaw, Rodriguez, Richardson, Guly, Ward-Prowse

QPR: Cesar, Traore, Samba, Hill, Bosingwa, Granero, Park, Hoilett, Bothroyd, Mbia, Remy. Subs:Green, Taarabt, Mackie, Onouha, Jenas, Fabio, Townsend.

Harry Redknapp wants six wins out of the final 11 games to secure safety, and he's done it before of course, but with just two victories all season in the league that will be a tall order. Saints, by contrast, have clambered out of the relegation zone and beat champions Man City with a superb performance in that 3-1 last time at home.

Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage of Southampton v QPR in the Barclay's Premier League. There is an awful lot hanging on this game today, and just to up the ante it will be the first time Harry Redknapp has returned with a team to St Mary's since his ill-starred 12 months here in 2004 & 2005 - and on his 66th birthday! We'll have the team news soon, but email your thoughts to me at tim.oscroft@bskyb.com, and I'll put the best up on here.

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Premier League Fixtures

Sunday, 21 September 2014
13:30
Leicester v Man Utd
Tottenham v West Brom
16:00
Everton v C Palace
Man City v Chelsea
Saturday, 27 September 2014
12:45
Liverpool v Everton  
15:00
Chelsea v A Villa  
C Palace v Leicester  
Hull City v Man City  
Man Utd v West Ham  
Southampton v QPR  
Sunderland v Swansea  
17:30
Arsenal v Tottenham  

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 4 9 12
2 Southampton 5 6 10
3 A Villa 5 0 10
4 Arsenal 5 4 9
5 Swansea 5 2 9
6 Man City 4 3 7
7 Tottenham 4 2 7
8 West Ham 5 1 7
9 Hull City 5 0 6
10 Liverpool 5 -1 6
11 Man Utd 4 3 5
12 Everton 4 -1 5
13 Leicester 4 -1 5
14 Stoke 5 -1 5
15 Sunderland 5 -1 4
16 QPR 5 -8 4
17 Burnley 5 -3 3
18 Newcastle 5 -6 3
19 C Palace 4 -3 2
20 West Brom 4 -5 2

Updated Sat, 20 Sep 2014

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