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Southampton 0-1 Cardiff City

Cardiff defender Juan Cala watches on as his shot beats Southampton keeper Paulo Gazzaniga

Cardiff sneaked a win at Southampton to edge to within three points of 17th-placed Norwich in the Premier League.

The home side dominated possession and went close when a Gaston Ramirez shot was deflected onto the crossbar.

But Saints struggled to make the most of their play and were punished when Juan Cala powered in a 22-yard effort.

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says side right in the fight

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Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says side right in the fight

Cardiff endured a nervous finish and needed excellent David Marshall saves from Sam Gallagher and Nathaniel Clyne strikes before securing victory.

Wilfried Zaha had the chance to ease Cardiff's anxiety late on but, after out-muscling Jose Fonte and sidestepping Dejan Lovren, his shot was saved by Paulo Gazzaniga.

Nevertheless, the team with the worst top-flight away record before the weekend earned only their second victory on the road this season.

The result also came on the back of a turbulent week for Cardiff, one which has been clouded by allegations of their team line-up allegedly being 'leaked' ahead of their defeat by Crystal Palace last weekend.

Southampton beat Cardiff 3-0 in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day, but lacked the same ruthlessness on this occasion.

The home side got into their smooth passing-and-moving stride quickly, only to be kept at bay by a visiting side defending deep and in numbers.

Saints did almost find a way through when Adam Lallana played in Ramirez, but the Uruguayan's shot was deflected onto the crossbar by the outstretched leg of Steven Caulker.

Goalkeeper Marshall has been one of Cardiff's better players amid a troubled campaign, and he was at full stretch to palm away a dipping 22-yard Rickie Lambert free-kick before parrying away a stabbed effort from the same player.

Southampton had 66.4% of possession and managed 10 attempts on goal - four on target - in the first half, but the disciplined defending of the Bluebirds was keeping the game level.

Cardiff's strategy was to try to catch Southampton out on the counter-attack, and the tactic almost reaped reward when Jordon Mutch raced at the home defence and had a 20-yard shot beaten away by Gazzaniga.

However, that proved a warning sign that the home side did not heed as Juan Torres Ruiz, commonly known as Cala, scored the winner.

The south-coast side cleared a corner only as far as the centre-back, who chested the ball down and sidestepped Steven Davis before sending a powerful shot past Gazzaniga.

Southampton continued to apply the pressure on Cardiff's defence, and would have equalised had it not been for the impressive Marshall.

Morgan Schneiderlin's chipped ball released Gallagher and his stabbed shot was saved by the Scot, who also palmed away a low shot from Clyne, before Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could enjoy his first away win in charge.

Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Mauricio Pochettino says Saints not clinical enough

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Southampton 0-1 Cardiff: Mauricio Pochettino says Saints not clinical enough

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettiono:

"We are disappointed. If you analyse the game we didn't deserve to lose but it is a learning curve.

"In football it's not just enough to play well. You have to be more clinical and aggressive and that is what we lacked.

"We were dominating the game but in final third we were lacking the attacking edge we needed and their keeper was also making some outstanding saves."

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Line-ups

Southampton

  • 25Gazzaniga
  • 22ChambersSubstituted forClyneat 67'minutes
  • 23Shaw
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 6Fonte
  • 5Lovren
  • 8Davis
  • 18CorkSubstituted forDo Pradoat 79'minutes
  • 7Lambert
  • 10RamírezSubstituted forGallagherat 66'minutes
  • 20Lallana

Substitutes

  • 2Clyne
  • 12Wanyama
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Do Prado
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 40Gallagher
  • 41Cropper

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 28Théophile-Catherine
  • 35FabioSubstituted forMcNaughtonat 78'minutes
  • 8MedelSubstituted forZahaat 61'minutes
  • 4Caulker
  • 27Torres Ruiz
  • 13Kim Bo-kyung
  • 18Mutch
  • 10Campbell
  • 7Whittingham
  • 29DaehliSubstituted forBellamyat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Turner
  • 15Wolff Eikrem
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 25McNaughton
  • 34Berget
  • 36Zaha
  • 39Bellamy
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
30,526

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home68%
Away32%
Shots
Home19
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 0, Cardiff City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 0, Cardiff City 1.
Offside, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
Offside, Cardiff City. Jordon Mutch tries a through ball, but Wilfried Zaha is caught offside.
Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.
Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cala.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Craig Bellamy replaces Mats Daehli.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Cala.
Attempt saved. Guly (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by David Marshall.
Attempt saved. Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kim Bo-Kyung (Cardiff City).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Jack Cork.

Substitution

Substitution, Cardiff City. Kevin McNaughton replaces Fabio.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Steven Caulker (Cardiff City) because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Sam Gallagher (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin with a through ball.
Attempt missed. Fraizer Campbell (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.
Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Rickie Lambert with a headed pass.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3323555074
2Chelsea3322654172
3Man City3122455570
4Everton3319952266
5Arsenal3319771664
6Tottenham3418610060
7Man Utd33176101857
8Southampton3413912548
9Newcastle3414416-1446
10Stoke34111013-1043
11West Ham3310716-737
12Crystal Palace3311418-1537
13Hull3310617-636
14Aston Villa339717-1434
15Swansea338916-433
16West Brom3361512-1133
17Norwich348818-2732
18Fulham349322-4030
19Cardiff347819-3429
20Sunderland326719-2525
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