Record signing Dani Osvaldo scored his first goal for Southampton as they beat Crystal Palace to climb to fourth in the Premier League.

Palace striker Marouane Chamakh was booked for diving when clean through while Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin saw his header cleared off the line.

Analysis

"A comfortable victory for Southampton who registered their first home win of the season against a Crystal Palace side who have now failed to score in four of their six games."

Osvaldo found the net shortly after the restart with a neat low finish from just inside the box.

Rickie Lambert made it 2-0 shortly after with a fine 25-yard free-kick.

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway called on his side to come out fighting like Muhammad Ali  ahead of this game, as he returned from a two-match touchline ban.

However, Holloway watched Chamakh waste their best chance by choosing to go to ground when rounding Saints keeper Artur Boruc rather than shoot.

Chamakh was booked for diving with Palace failing to trouble Boruc during a disappointing first half.

Pochettino praises strikers

Southampton were equally toothless up front with Joel Ward heading Schneiderlin's looping header off the line, while Lambert went close with a side-foot shot from inside the area that flew just wide of the angle.

Keeper Julian Speroni was forced into action moments later as he got down low to punch Lambert's driven free-kick away, but the first-half statistics told their own story: Crystal Palace without a single shot on target; Southampton with just one attempt.

However, Saints broke the deadlock two minutes after the restart and the goal came from £16m summer signing Osvaldo, who showed great strength and quick feet to find the net from just inside the area with a low finish.

It was Southampton's first goal from open play this season and within minutes they doubled their lead in spectacular fashion when Lambert, without a Premier League goal since the opening day of the season, scored with a free-kick which went in off Speroni's right-hand post.

Holloway bemoans defensive mistakes

It was the 200th league goal of the England striker's career and he went close soon after as Southampton chased a third while Palace struggled to get out of their own half.

Holloway introduced Cameron Jerome to provide a useful outlet for the Eagles and Dean Moxey saw a late half-volley blocked by the Saints defence.

Southampton brought on Jay Rodriguez for Lambert and he had a goal ruled out for offside after Luke Shaw's initial shot hit the post.

It was the last action of the match, with the Saints comfortable winners against a Palace side who failed to muster a single shot on target and who have not scored in four of their six league games this season.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think it is complete happiness for every manager is what happened today, a clean sheet and your two strikers getting on the scoresheet.

"In the second half we were much better than the first half and over the 90 minutes we were the better team.

"We struggled a bit in the first half to understand the set-up of the game but after the break we corrected certain things and that allowed us to play much better in the second half."

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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Osvaldo 47
  • Lambert 49

    Southampton

    Substitutes

    Crystal Palace

    Substitutes

    Ref: AtkinsonAtt: 30,699
    SOUTHAMPTON
    CRYSTAL PALACE

    Possession

    • Southampton 62%
    • Crystal Palace 38%

    Attempts on target

    • Southampton 3
    • Crystal Palace 0

    Attempts off target

    • Southampton 9
    • Crystal Palace 8

    Corners

    • Southampton 8
    • Crystal Palace 2

    Fouls

    • Southampton 11
    • Crystal Palace 12
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+5:10 The game is over, as the referee blows the whistle.
    • 90:00+4:32 Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+4:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Kevin Phillips.
    • 90:00+2:58 Clearance made by Jose Fonte.
    • 90:00+2:57 The ball is crossed by Marouane Chamakh.
    • 90:00+2:35 Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+2:02 The referee blows for offside against Marouane Chamakh.
    • 90:00+1:45 James Ward-Prowse challenges Marouane Chamakh unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 90:00+1:05 Shot by Cameron Jerome cleared the bar.
    • 90:00+1:02 Dean Moxey sends in a cross.
    • 89:31 Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.
    • 89:29 Mile Jedinak delivers the ball.
    • 89:22 Jerome Thomas crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 88:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Jose Fonte.
    • 88:29 Shot by James Ward-Prowse went wide right of the net.
    • 85:49 Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 85:40 Substitution Gaston Ramirez comes on in place of Adam Lallana.
    • Correction - 84:57 Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.
    • 84:57 The ball is swung over by James Ward-Prowse.
    • 84:51 Clearance made by Joel Ward.
    • 84:47 Corner taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 83:44 Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.
    • 83:39 Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
    • 83:07 The referee blows for offside.
    • 83:03 Dean Moxey takes a shot. Blocked by Jose Fonte.
    • 83:01 Clearance made by James Ward-Prowse.
    • 82:57 Corner taken by Jerome Thomas.
    • 82:17 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:01 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 82:01 Centre by Jerome Thomas.
    • 79:19 Free kick taken by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 79:11 Free kick awarded for a foul by Jerome Thomas on Jay Rodriguez.
    • 76:55 Substitution Jay Rodriguez comes on in place of Rickie Lambert.
    • 76:31 Shot by Dean Moxey went over the bar.
    • 76:28 Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.
    • 76:24 Mile Jedinak crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 75:35 Nathaniel Clyne challenges Jerome Thomas unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 74:23 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 72:59 The ball is crossed by Joel Ward.
    • 72:14 Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 72:01 Substitution Kevin Phillips comes on in place of Jimmy Kebe.
    • 71:38 Cameron Jerome is penalised for a handball.
    • 71:24 Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
    • 71:21 The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas.
    • 70:41 Pablo Osvaldo makes a clearance.
    • 70:38 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 70:34 Free kick crossed by Joel Ward.
    • 70:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Shaw on Jimmy Kebe.
    • 70:04 Victor Wanyama takes the free kick.
    • 68:47 Morgan Schneiderlin fouled by Kagisho Dikgacoi, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 68:02 Luke Shaw sends in a cross.
    • 67:52 Free kick taken by Luke Shaw.
    • 67:35 Adrian Mariappa is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 67:35 Booking
    • 67:29 Adrian Mariappa concedes a free kick for a foul on Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • 66:42 Substitution Steven Davis goes off and James Ward-Prowse comes on.
    • 65:02 The ball is delivered by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 64:56 Clearance by Steven Davis.
    • 63:43 The ball is delivered by Dean Moxey.
    • 63:43 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 63:17 Clearance by Adam Lallana.
    • 62:48 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 62:15 Clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 60:07 Clearance by Mile Jedinak.
    • 60:04 Adam Lallana crosses the ball.
    • 59:59 Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.
    • 59:56 The ball is sent over by Adam Lallana.
    • 59:56 Mile Jedinak manages to make a clearance.
    • 59:50 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 58:39 Joel Ward produces a cross.
    • 58:20 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 57:48 Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
    • 57:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren by Cameron Jerome.
    • 57:10 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 57:02 Substitution Jerome Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Dwight Gayle.
    • 56:50 Substitution Barry Bannan leaves the field to be replaced by Cameron Jerome.
    • 54:54 Steven Davis takes the chance to get an effort at goal and missed to the right of the goal.
    • 54:51 The ball is delivered by Pablo Osvaldo.
    • 54:43 Luke Shaw takes the free kick.
    • 54:38 Unfair challenge on Dejan Lovren by Marouane Chamakh results in a free kick.
    • 54:33 Marouane Chamakh is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
    • 54:22 Clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 54:21 Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Blocked by Morgan Schneiderlin.
    • Correction - 54:19 Shot by Dwight Gayle. Morgan Schneiderlin gets a block in.
    • 53:58 Dwight Gayle takes a shot. Adam Lallana gets a block in.
    • 53:50 Free kick taken by Barry Bannan.
    • 53:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marouane Chamakh by Victor Wanyama.
    • 52:56 Shot by Rickie Lambert went wide left of the goal.
    • 52:52 Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.
    • 52:09 Julian Speroni restarts play with the free kick.
    • 51:49 Unfair challenge on Dean Moxey by Nathaniel Clyne results in a free kick.
    • 51:01 Steven Davis takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Marouane Chamakh gets a block in.
    • 51:00 Clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
    • 50:57 Corner taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 50:30 Clearance made by Kagisho Dikgacoi.
    • 50:29 Adam Lallana delivers the ball.
    • 48:44 GOAL - Rickie LambertSouthampton 2 - 0 Crystal Palace Rickie Lambert scores direct from the free kick. Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace.
    • 48:02 Foul by Kagisho Dikgacoi on Pablo Osvaldo, free kick awarded.
    • 46:47 Adam Lallana provided the assist for the goal.
    • 46:47 GOAL - Pablo OsvaldoSouthampton 1 - 0 Crystal Palace Pablo Osvaldo scores a left footed goal. Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace.
    • 45:13 Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
    • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+1:08 The referee blows for half time.
    • 44:52 Shot by Victor Wanyama missed to the right of the net.
    • 44:10 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 43:34 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:16 Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
    • 42:04 Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.
    • 42:02 Jimmy Kebe crosses the ball.
    • 40:35 Clearance by Mile Jedinak.
    • 40:27 Luke Shaw takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Gabbidon.
    • 40:25 Mile Jedinak makes a clearance.
    • 40:23 Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.
    • 40:19 Corner taken by Adam Lallana from the right by-line.
    • 39:53 Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.
    • 39:50 Shot by Jose Fonte. Danny Gabbidon gets a block in.
    • 39:48 Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 39:18 Clearance by Danny Gabbidon.
    • 39:16 Steven Davis delivers the ball.
    • 39:09 Corner taken short by Pablo Osvaldo.
    • 38:50 Steven Davis makes a clearance.
    • 38:45 Victor Wanyama makes a clearance.
    • 38:35 Clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 38:31 Joel Ward crosses the ball.
    • 38:27 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 38:23 Corner from the right by-line taken by Barry Bannan.
    • 37:56 Joel Ward takes a shot. Blocked by Dejan Lovren.
    • 37:37 Luke Shaw makes a clearance.
    • 36:28 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 36:00 Corner taken by Adam Lallana from the right by-line.
    • 34:37 Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
    • 34:36 Pablo Osvaldo delivers the ball.
    • 34:25 Victor Wanyama restarts play with the free kick.
    • 34:23 Mile Jedinak challenges Victor Wanyama unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 33:19 Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
    • 33:03 Victor Wanyama takes the free kick.
    • 32:49 Foul by Jimmy Kebe on Victor Wanyama, free kick awarded.
    • 32:33 Clearance by Joel Ward.
    • 32:31 The ball is swung over by Adam Lallana.
    • 32:00 Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 31:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw by Jimmy Kebe.
    • 30:03 A cross is delivered by Jimmy Kebe.
    • 29:10 The ball is crossed by Dwight Gayle.
    • 28:55 Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.
    • 28:53 Luke Shaw delivers the ball.
    • 28:21 Danny Gabbidon makes a clearance.
    • 28:19 Adam Lallana produces a cross.
    • 28:08 Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
    • 27:31 Marouane Chamakh booked for unsporting behaviour.
    • 27:31 Booking
    • 27:08 Free kick taken by Julian Speroni.
    • 27:08 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 26:24 Marouane Chamakh fouled by Jose Fonte, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 26:21 Adam Lallana crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 25:39 Jimmy Kebe challenges Luke Shaw unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 25:28 Rickie Lambert produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Julian Speroni parries the ball away.
    • 24:33 Mile Jedinak is penalised for a handball.
    • 24:29 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis.
    • 24:22 Clearance made by Joel Ward.
    • 22:59 Clearance by Dejan Lovren.
    • 22:17 Rickie Lambert takes a fantastic shot and went wide of the right hand upright.
    • 21:33 Clearance by Dean Moxey.
    • 20:46 Joel Ward manages to make a clearance.
    • 18:21 Danny Gabbidon manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:52 Clearance by Mile Jedinak.
    • 17:26 Adam Lallana manages to make a clearance.
    • 17:23 Clearance by Jose Fonte.
    • 17:18 Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 16:45 Steven Davis is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.
    • 16:45 Booking
    • 16:41 Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Jimmy Kebe.
    • 15:05 Clearance by Barry Bannan.
    • 15:03 The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 14:06 The ball is delivered by Rickie Lambert.
    • 13:20 Barry Bannan takes a shot. Blocked by Nathaniel Clyne.
    • 11:15 Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
    • 11:03 The referee gives a free kick against Dwight Gayle for handball.
    • 10:59 Shot by Kagisho Dikgacoi. Jose Fonte gets a block in.
    • 10:54 The ball is sent over by Dean Moxey.
    • 10:50 Jose Fonte makes a clearance.
    • 10:40 Barry Bannan restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 10:09 Marouane Chamakh fouled by Jose Fonte, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 10:09 Foul by Victor Wanyama on Marouane Chamakh, free kick awarded.
    • 9:32 Luke Shaw delivers the ball.
    • 8:23 Clearance by Luke Shaw.
    • 8:18 Barry Bannan takes the free kick.
    • 7:29 Victor Wanyama challenges Kagisho Dikgacoi unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 6:26 Luke Shaw takes the free kick.
    • 6:24 Luke Shaw fouled by Marouane Chamakh, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 6:06 Clearance by Barry Bannan.
    • 6:02 Clearance by Marouane Chamakh.
    • 5:59 Corner from the left by-line taken by Adam Lallana.
    • 5:27 Clearance by Mile Jedinak.
    • 5:22 Chance falls to Morgan Schneiderlin who heads at goal. Blocked by Joel Ward.
    • 5:20 Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.
    • 4:08 Dwight Gayle sends in a cross.
    • 4:07 Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:46 Clearance by Steven Davis.
    • 3:44 Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
    • 3:40 Julian Speroni takes the free kick.
    • 3:10 Victor Wanyama concedes a free kick for a foul on Mile Jedinak.
    • 0:10 Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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