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Crystal Palace 0-1 Southampton

Crystal Palace slipped closer to the relegation zone as Jay Rodriguez earned Southampton victory at Selhurst Park.

The England striker chased a poor Jason Puncheon headed backpass to challenge Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni and turn the ball into an empty net.

Rickie Lambert also struck the post for Saints as Palace failed to create a clear opening with their direct style.

Yannick Bolasie drew a save from Artur Boruc, as the Eagles ended the day only two points above the bottom three.

Tony Pulis's side had taken 10 points from 18 before Saturday to bolster their survival hopes but home defeat, coupled with Cardiff's win over Fulham, means they are far from safe.

The Eagles have never survived a season in the Premier League and, on 27 points, are 10 adrift of the tally that was enough to stay up last year, with 10 games remaining.

Without the injured Marouane Chamakh, Palace frequently aimed long balls at Glen Murray but the tactic drew a blank, and they are now the top flight's lowest scorers with 19 goals.

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Southampton centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Jose Fonte coped consistently with the hosts' long balls and throw-ins - though the former might have been fortunate not to be sent off for a foul when he looked to be the last man.

It was actually during Palace's best spell of pressure in the first half that Southampton got the decisive goal, Rodriguez pouncing for his 11th league strike of the season.

Puncheon's poorly judged header saw Rodriguez race clear and, after a sliding challenge on Speroni, he rolled the ball home.

The goal sparked life into the contest and Lambert controlled a poor headed clearance from the impressive Adam Lallana's cross to volley against the post with Speroni beaten.

Three years ago this weekend, Lallana and Lambert were playing against Yeovil in League One, but the England pair were at the heart of their side's good work as Southampton consolidated ninth place in the table.

A Bolasie strike from 18 yards on the stroke of half-time, saved by Boruc with his legs, was the closest the London side came in the first period.

And it was Bolasie again, powerful and busy throughout, who was at the heart of the game's most controversial moment when Lovren, who appeared to be the last man, upended him 20 yards from goal.

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The Croatia international received only a yellow card from referee Howard Webb, who was a central figure in the second half as a series of fouls made for a disjointed contest.

But, flanked by full-backs Luke Shaw and Nathaniel Clyne, Lovren and Fonte dealt well with the physical presence of Murray - and the introduction of substitutes Thomas Ince and Cameron Jerome - as Palace failed to score at home for the sixth time this season.

Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all yet to visit Selhurst Park, and Palace travel to 18th-placed Sunderland next Saturday knowing they will need to find goals from somewhere if they are to stay clear of trouble.

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Line-ups

Crystal Palace

  • 1Speroni
  • 2Ward
  • 21Moxey
  • 15JedinakBooked at 57mins
  • 6Dann
  • 27Delaney
  • 13PuncheonSubstituted forInceat 66'minutes
  • 8DikgacoiSubstituted forJeromeat 66'minutes
  • 17Murray
  • 28Ledley
  • 7BolasieSubstituted forThomasat 83'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Ince
  • 14Thomas
  • 16Gayle
  • 19Gabbidon
  • 26Hennessey
  • 30Jerome
  • 46Bannan

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 2ClyneBooked at 88mins
  • 23Shaw
  • 4SchneiderlinBooked at 66mins
  • 6FonteBooked at 45mins
  • 5LovrenBooked at 48mins
  • 8DavisBooked at 55minsSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 89'minutes
  • 18CorkSubstituted forWanyamaat 34'minutes
  • 7LambertSubstituted forGallagherat 75'minutes
  • 20Lallana
  • 9Rodriguez

Substitutes

  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Ramírez
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 22Chambers
  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 40Gallagher
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
25,073

Match Stats

Home TeamCrystal PalaceAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home36%
Away64%
Shots
Home6
Away11
Shots on Target
Home1
Away3
Corners
Home8
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 0, Southampton 1.
Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).
Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jay Rodriguez.
Offside, Crystal Palace. Mile Jedinak tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Steven Davis.

Booking

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
Hand ball by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).
Offside, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas tries a through ball, but Cameron Jerome is caught offside.
Attempt missed. Jose Fonte (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dean Moxey.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jerome Thomas (Crystal Palace).

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jerome Thomas replaces Yannick Bolasie.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).
Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt blocked. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Foul by Sam Gallagher (Southampton).
Joel Ward (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sam Gallagher replaces Rickie Lambert.
Dejan Lovren (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).
Attempt saved. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Cameron Jerome (Crystal Palace).
Attempt blocked. Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.
Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).
Thomas Ince (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).
Dean Moxey (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Thomas Ince replaces Jason Puncheon.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Cameron Jerome replaces Kagisho Dikgacoi.

Booking

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) because of an injury.
Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).
Damien Delaney (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner from a direct free kick.

Booking

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
Glenn Murray (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Steven Davis (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Steven Davis (Southampton).
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).
Joe Ledley (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace).
Hand ball by Adam Lallana (Southampton).
Attempt missed. Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Booking

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Chelsea2920633466
2Liverpool2818553859
3Arsenal2818552459
4Man City2618354257
5Tottenham291658053
6Man Utd2814681548
7Everton2713951148
8Newcastle2813411-243
9Southampton291199442
10West Ham288713-431
11Aston Villa288713-731
12Stoke2971012-1431
13Hull288614-530
14Swansea287813-429
15Norwich297814-2229
16Crystal Palace288317-1927
17West Brom2841311-1125
18Cardiff296716-2825
19Sunderland266614-1624
20Fulham296320-3621
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