Adam Lallana struck to earn Southampton only their second win in 10 league matches as they dominated West Brom in a scrappy affair at St Mary's.

The England midfielder shot under Ben Foster after a clever pass from substitute Gaston Ramirez.

Rickie Lambert and Lallana had shots saved in the first half, before Jay Rodriguez fired wide after the break.

Mauricio Pochettino on Saints victory

West Brom, with new head coach Pepe Mel in the stands, were denied late on when Artur Boruc saved from Shane Long.

Mel, who will take charge when the Baggies host Everton in their next league game, will inherit a side with one win in 11 matches and their lacklustre display on the south coast underlines the job in hand.

West Brom's effort could not be questioned and emphasised why caretaker boss Keith Downing had suffered defeat just once in four matches ahead of kick-off, but his side's attacking intent was almost non-existent.

All too often they invited pressure, before changing tack after Lallana scored his sixth goal of the season to cap a typically busy display.

Downing's side opened the game in disjointed fashion and Steven Reid's wayward shot from 35 yards was all they had to show for their first-half endeavour.

Lallana a marked man

Ahead of kick-off, Adam Lallana had been dispossessed 48 times this campaign, more than any other player in the Premier League.

Southampton, despite their positivity, were unable to penetrate their opponents' defence, prompting wayward efforts from range by Lambert and Rodriguez.

Since the 4-1 rout of Hull in November, Mauricio Pochettino's side have slipped from third to ninth, but they showed more willing in a second half in which their visitors looked happy to settle for a point.

Rodriguez seized upon a loose Youssouf Mulumbu pass but smashed a shot wide as the visiting defenders retreated, but Southampton were yet to forge a clear opening.

West Brom frustrated their hosts. often keeping 10 men behind the ball, but it was the introduction of Ramirez which led to their defence being breached.

The Uruguayan's lofted first-time pass from out wide found Lallana in space and the midfielder, who scored his first senior goal against West Brom in 2008, drilled home from 12 yards.

West Brom didn't do enough - Downing

The introduction of Baggies top scorer Saido Berahino offered the away side a much-needed edge late on, but it was Long who nearly equalised.

Liam Ridgewell's cut-back found the striker unmarked five yards from goal but Boruc, back after eight games out injured, produced a stunning save with his left leg.

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"I think the evolution as of late has been good, I think the team has progressed a lot.

"I think the team as of late has been playing better, but it has been lacking defensive solidity.

"Today we recovered that, we recovered that winning spirit, we recovered that solidity at the back."

West Brom caretaker manager Keith Downing:

"I think Pepe Mel would have seen us an organised side. Without the ball we restricted Southampton to not many opportunities, not clear-cut opportunities anyway.

"We are all disappointed about what we did with the ball and credit to the opposition, they don't give you time and quickly press you as soon as they lose it.

"I think he will work on us in terms of possession and creativity, but I thought there was commitment in terms of the team defensively."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 06 Fonte
  • 05 Lovren Booked
  • 08 Davis
  • 18 Cork (Ramírez - 62' )
  • 07 Lambert
  • 20 Lallana (Ward-Prowse - 84' )
  • 09 Rodriguez (Do Prado - 91' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 10 Ramírez
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 40 Gallagher

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Reid
  • 06 Ridgewell
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 23 McAuley (Gera - 81' )
  • 03 Olsson Booked
  • 18 Amalfitano (Vydra - 86' )
  • 07 Morrison
  • 09 Long Booked
  • 39 Anelka (Berahino - 77' )
  • 11 Brunt

Substitutes

  • 05 Yacob
  • 10 Sinclair
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Lugano
  • 20 Vydra
  • 22 Gera
  • 38 Berahino
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 28,610

Match Stats

Shots

18 4

On target

5 2

Corners

4 4

Fouls

11 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +3:42 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +3:22

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

90:00 +2:32

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

90:00 +2:32

Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Jay Rodriguez.

89:19

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. James Morrison tries a through ball, but Matej Vydra is caught offside.

89:05

Attempt saved. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jay Rodriguez.

88:53

Attempt saved. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Liam Ridgewell.

87:52

Attempt missed. James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Saido Berahino.

86:55

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

85:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Matej Vydra replaces Morgan Amalfitano.

85:34

Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Southampton).

85:34

James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:29

Hand ball by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

83:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Adam Lallana.

83:15

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:15

Dangerous play by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

82:35

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

81:47

Attempt missed. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

80:17 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Zoltán Gera replaces Gareth McAuley.

79:52

Offside, Southampton. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

76:39 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Saido Berahino replaces Nicolas Anelka.

75:57

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

75:57

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:34

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

75:34

Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:36

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth McAuley tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

73:13

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

71:59 Booking

Booking Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

71:55

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:55

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

70:01

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:01

Foul by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion).

67:25

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Gareth McAuley tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

67:07

Offside, Southampton. Luke Shaw tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

65:58 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, West Bromwich Albion 0. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Gastón Ramírez.

65:17

Attempt saved. Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

64:21

Gastón Ramírez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:21

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

61:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Gastón Ramírez replaces Jack Cork.

60:49

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

60:10

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

59:29

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Steven Reid tries a through ball, but Chris Brunt is caught offside.

57:51 Booking

Booking Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

57:46

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:46

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

55:32

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

54:59

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:59

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

54:03

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:03

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

52:58

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

52:58

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:13

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

50:33

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right following a fast break.

48:24

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:24

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

48:15

Attempt saved. Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nicolas Anelka with a cross.

47:17

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

47:17

Gareth McAuley (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:29

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +1:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +0:18

Attempt missed. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

44:42

Hand ball by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

43:01

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Steven Davis.

42:43

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

41:03

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Gareth McAuley.

40:27

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Jonas Olsson tries a through ball, but Shane Long is caught offside.

39:50

Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).

39:50

Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:34

Rickie Lambert (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

38:34

Foul by Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion).

36:57

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

36:04

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

36:04

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

35:02

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:02

Foul by Morgan Amalfitano (West Bromwich Albion).

34:10

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

31:25

Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:25

Foul by Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion).

30:36

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

30:36

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:09

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

29:09

Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

28:02

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Youssuf Mulumbu tries a through ball, but Gareth McAuley is caught offside.

27:00 Booking

Booking Dejan Lovren (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

26:49

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

26:49

Shane Long (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:15

Attempt missed. Steven Reid (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

25:23

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

25:23

Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:22

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

19:22

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

17:39

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Liam Ridgewell tries a through ball, but Nicolas Anelka is caught offside.

16:57

Attempt missed. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis following a corner.

16:44

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Youssuf Mulumbu.

16:19

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Steven Reid.

13:57

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:57

Foul by Liam Ridgewell (West Bromwich Albion).

12:38

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

11:26

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

10:15

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

8:55

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

7:29

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

5:51

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:51

Foul by Nicolas Anelka (West Bromwich Albion).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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