Live: Southampton 2 Stoke 2

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FT: Southampton 2 Stoke 2. Another draw between these two in what was an entertaining match in awful conditions. Much better on the road from Stoke. One win in their last seven home wins for the Saints.Game petering out really, with both sides looking tired after a colossal effort. Conditions obviously not helping.Three minutes of added time...Odemwingie booked for a cynical foul on Lallana. No complaints.Late corner for the Saints is taken brilliantly by Begovic. Summed up this period for the visitors. Impressive defensive work.The rain is absolutely pouring down here. Saints still trying to play their football, to their credit. Stoke have been magnificent at the back after the break however.John Guidetti comes on for Assaidi. More of an attacking move from Hughes.N'Zonzi gives the ball away, with Schneiderlin almost making him pay, firing into the side-netting after a lofted ball in.Luke Shaw does well to work space for the cross, but he overhits it slightly, and it runs out for a throw.Clyne comes off, to be replaced by the promising Calum Chambers.Steven N'Zonzi comes on for the influential Charlie Adam. Defensive change from the visitors.Still no way through for the home side. Trying to find neat little through balls centrally, but Stoke standing firm.Saints not really using the width of the pitch, and their talented wide players, to their advantage. Just too narrow at the moment from the home side.Pieters in acres of space, but waits far too long to get the cross into the box, and he is dispossessed. A real waste.Stoke set up really well, and not allowing Rodriguez and Lallana especially much time on the ball as the game enters the last 20 minutes.Stoke enjoying much more of the ball now, but cannot get enough men forward to trouble Boruc in the Saints goal.Crouch and Fonte enjoying real tussle. Crouch shows his frustration by leaving his foot in on Jack Cork, and is the first player to go into the book.Cork fires just wide on the half-volley from a knock-down from Rickie Lambert. Never looked like going in.Lambert's shot is deflected over the bar and out for a corner, which Begovic claims really well in the wind.Lallana starting to exert more influence on the game. Cuts inside, but his shot is well blocked by Shawcross.Good tracking from all the Stoke players. Back to committing players froward again, but are getting back too. Still an excellent game.Stoke pressing really well. Two dangerous crosses just cleared by the Saints defence. Crouch lurking with intent.Pace of the game has slowed somewhat as Stoke seem content to sit on what they have, for a while at least.Really patient play from Southampton to try and find a way through a very well organised Stoke defence.Free-header for Rodriguez after excellent movement from a corner, but the former Burnley hitman glances his header wide.Uzman Shafiq Khan is confident on Twitter: "All credit to Adam!! I think Stoke can win here 4-3, more to come yet Adam & Guidetti to score for The Pride of the Potteries!!"Davis whips in a fine free-kick, which Begovic does just about enough to punch clear. Didn't look comfortable.We are underway once again.Ben Tansey is full of praise for a certain Stoke midfielder: "Charlie Adam really has turned his season around , we have a real game changer here!"Jordan is spellbound by Odemwingie on Twitter: "Can't believe @PeterOdemwingie couldn't score a goal with @WBAFCofficial."Don't forget you can get in touch via email: or via Twitter: @PeteHall86 and I will publish your views!Southampton 2 Stoke 2. Enthralling tussle between these two, with both sides willing to attack. Charlie Adam in the thick of it. Conditions causing problems.Two minutes of added time...Begovic and Rodriguez down and receiving treatment after a nasty collision in the box.What a game! Adam's excellent corner isn't dealt with, and Crouch bundles the ball in to equalise. Not sure how much he knew about it, but they all count!GOAL!!! Southampton 2 Stoke 2 (Crouch 44).Real shock to the system for the visitors. However, once again they have responded well, and are on the attack.All about the conditions really. Davis cuts inside, whips a excellent cross into the middle, which bounces, evades everyone, and is carried in by the wind!GOAL!!! Southampton 2 (Davis 41) Stoke 1.Deserved goal really. Stoke playing really well here, probing ever since the opener. Rare away goal for the Potters seems to have vitalised them yet further.Wonderful pass from Charlie Adam carves Southampton open, puts Odemwingie through, and the enigmatic forward slides the ball past the onrushing Boruc to equalise. Excellent goal.GOAL!!! Southampton 1 Stoke 1 (Odemwingie 38).Crouch lets the ball run, but there was nobody else advanced enough to join him in the attack. Stoke need to commit more bodies forward.Clyne's high ball causes all sorts of confusion, with Begovic all over the place. Lambert lurking, but can't latch onto to loose ball.Corner to Southampton after another slick passing move. Both teams playing some great football here, despite the awful weather.The heavens open here. Hail comes teeming down, with the wind and low temperatures adding to the uncomfortable feeling around the ground.Another Rickie Lambert free-kick is saved by Begovic, but this time it is much more comfortable for the Bosnian stopper.SAVE! Excellent save from Begovic after a swift Southampton counter-attack finds right-back Clyne, on the left, clean through, but his side-footed effort is well kept out.Luke Shaw centres well, hits Shawcross, with faint penalty appeals waved away for handball by the Stoke skipper.Cameron whips a high, swirling ball into the box, but Crouch cannot get on the end of it. Stoke have responded really well to going behind.Patient build-up from the home side, and they use the full width of the pitch to try and break Stoke down.Stoke unsurprisingly trying the aerial route, which seems to be causing the home side some problems at the back.Shaw and Davis trying to link up down the left, with some intricate passing, but it doesn't quite come off.Home side keeping the ball really well as they try and find a way through. Some excellent movement from front three.Jack Cork is putting in some shift as he looks to prove himself on his return to the side. Really looks like he has a point to prove.Southampton now kicking into gear. Excellent turn and shot from Rodriguez is dragged wide after a neat move.Stoke looking lively despite going behind, and are pressing well whenever Saints get the ball.Almost an immediate response from Stoke, but Odemwingie's fierce low shot is well blocked by Boruc to his left.Wonderful free-kick from a tight angle gives Saints the lead. Needless handball from Charlie Adam concedes the set-piece, and Lambert curls it beautifully into the top corner. No chance for Begovic.GOAL!!! Southampton 1 (Lambert 6) Stoke 0.Lallana and Rodriguez combine really well on the edge of the box, but a robust challenge from Charlie Adam puts a stop to any danger.Stoke with much of the early play, but neither side looking threatening in the early stages.Steven Davis is the first to fall foul of the weather, with his lofted pass getting carried harmlessly out for a goal-kick.And we are underway at St Mary's with the wind set to cause havoc all afternoon.Craig Pawson is our man in the middle this afternoon.Conditions are difficult, with the wind swirling round St Mary's. Both needs will need to get the ball done and play.The teams are in the tunnel...Southampton are only two places above Stoke in the Premier League table, but 10 points separate the sides.Don't forget you can get in touch via email: or via Twitter: @PeteHall86 and I will publish your views!Boruc is also key to Saints success. Southampton have collected 1.8 points per game when Boruc has played this season, compared to 0.7 when he has been absent.The England striker is in fine form. Is he the main danger? Get in touch.Jay Rodriguez has scored seven goals and assisted two more in his last 12 Premier League appearances.Southampton are yet to win a game after trailing this season in the Premier League, Stoke have done so twice.Southampton are 1/2 favourites to maintain their fine form on Saturday with Stoke 6/1 outsiders to record rare back-to-back victories.Subs: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Shotton, Palacios, Nzonzi, Ireland, Guidetti.Stoke XI: Begovic, Cameron, Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters, Odemwingie, Adam, Whelan, Assiadi, Walters, Crouch.SUBS: K. Davis (GK), Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Chambers, Hooiveld, Isgrove.Southampton XI: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert.Stoke also maKe two alterations, with Marc Muniesa and Oussama Assaidi replacing Marc Wilson and Marko Arnautovic.Pochettino makes two changes. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne is restored to the starting line-up in place of Calum Chambers, while Jack Cork replaces Victor Wanyama in midfield.The teams are in...Away from home, goals have been a problem. Stoke have failed to score in five of their last six Premier League away games and have gone 331 minutes without a goal.However, defensively Stoke are struggling. Mark Hughes men are without a cleansheet in their eight games.Adam has scored three of the Potters last four goals, and is in fine form.The visitors will be on a high from the surprise 2-1 victory over champions Manchester United last time out, with Charlie Adam's thunderbolt netting a famous win.Mauricio Pochettino's men have really turned things around after a difficult spell. They have amassed eight points from their last four games.In fact, each of the three Premier League meetings between these two have ended in stalemate.The Saints had one of the meanest defences in Europe at the time, and did not concede again, snatching a 1-1 draw.The Bosnian 'keeper opened the scoring in bizarre circumstances, with his goal-kick bouncing over the head of opposite number Artur Boruc and going straight in!Amsir Begovic will be hoping to repeat his heroics of the fixture between these two earlier in the season.Tweet me: @PeteHall86 and I will do my best to air your views!I want to hear your thoughts and opinions before kick-off, and throughout the match.I'm Pete Hall, and I will be taking you through the action, as it happens, live!Hello and welcome to our live minute-by-minute commentary of Southampton's clash with Stoke from St Mary's Stadium.Updates will appear here...

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