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Summary

  1. Mane scores only goal after Speroni parry
  2. Southampton now one point off top four
  3. Second Saints win in six league matches
  4. Palace had won four of last seven games
  5. Pardew had won every away match as Eagles boss

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By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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It's goodbye from me though as the Saints move into fifth in the Premier League. Thanks for your company.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton certainly dominated for long periods. They had 63% possession and 23 attempts on goal, compared to Palace's nine. They may only have hit the target three times but it was enough - just.

Player reaction

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton match winner Sadio Mane: "It was so difficult, the last two or three games. The win is good for the confidence and we keep going. Confidence was a little bit low but today finally we win."

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton are applauded off the field. They stayed patient, they kept their composure and, ultimately, did just enough to win the match. That stops the rot as they score their first goal at St Mary's for more than six hours.

FULL-TIME

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

What is Yannick Bolasie doing? The ball falls to him inside the penalty area but, instead of shooting, he dinks a cross to no-one at the far post. Terrible.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

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Jason Puncheon's delivery is punched back to him by goalkeeper Fraser Forster and he then bends a shot wide.

CLOSE!

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

So close. Yannick Bolasie's low cross from the right is cleared just inches past his own post by Maya Yoshida. Corner Palace.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Four minutes of added time but Southampton have possession.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Into the last minute of the 90 as Palace launch the ball forward again.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Palace are now pouring forward but it all looks a little desperate. Into the last three minutes.

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew
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Forget that. Dwight Gayle whips in the free-kick himself and it is too hard and away for a goal-kick. Is Pardew heading to his first away defeat as Palace boss?

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

Dwight Gayle wins a free-kick for Palace on the byeline. Chance...

GOAL

Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace - Sadio Mane

Mane goal
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At last. Substitute James Ward-Prowse drives forward, shoots low from the edge of the penalty area and Sadio Mane is on hand to chip home the rebound after Julian Speroni's weak parry.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Shane Long heads Dusan Tadic's cross over. The former West Brom striker hasn't scored in the Premier League for four months...

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Wanyama
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Victor Wanyama looks to force the issue as he attempts to juggle the ball through Crystal Palace's defence. The midfielder is crowded out though and the resulting corner is cleared.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Dusan Tadic curls a 25-yard free-kick over the bar. Not a bad effort but Julian Speroni was never troubled. On comes midfielder James Ward-Prowse for the hosts and he will slot straight into the centre in place of Filip Djuricic.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton are coming forward strongly but it is still all too intricate. What is wrong with being a bit more direct at times?

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lfcway: Surely anything from now on will be a bonus for Southampton. They shouldn't be too disappointed.

CLOSE!

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

So close to the opener. Graziano Pelle's header is flicked towards goal by Dusan Tadic but the ball is inches wide of the post.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman has seen enough. He replaces striker Pelle with striker Shane Long.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

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Brilliant from Filip Djuricic. Absolutely sublime. The Serb produces some lovely skill to beat Martin Kelly, races into Palace's half before setting Nathaniel Clyne free down the right. His low cross is cleared by Scott Dann with Graziano Pelle on his heels.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Bolasie
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Crystal Palace are far more of an attacking threat this half. Yannick Bolasie and Wilfried Zaha are combing well and the home fans might be starting to fear the worst - again.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Dusan Tadic's first contribution is to swing a dangerous corner in from the right but, with Graziano Pelle waiting to nod home, Palace clear. Signs of this coming to life at last.

SUBSTITUTION

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Dusan Tadic replaces Eljero Elia for Southampton and will slot in just behind lone striker Graziano Pelle.

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Hobbsie: Get Pelle off and get Long on; we need a goal !!

HITS THE WOODWORK

Zaha through
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So lucky for Southampton. Wilfried Zaha plays Yannick Bolasie through on goal and his smart strike is parried away by goalkeeper Fraser Forster. From the loose ball, Zaha himself advances on goal but strikes a low shot against the far post.

Palace looking the more likely to open the scoring now.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

A sustained spell of pressure for Southampton as they force a second successive corner... The home fans do their best to lift their team with a chorus of "Come on you Saints" but the corner is easily cleared. Another anti-climax.

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Adam from Southampton: It's becoming painful watching saints try to thread a ball into the net . Shoot damn it !!!

GREAT SAVE!

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Almost an opener from the visitors. Jason Puncheon receives the ball inside the area with his back to goal from Yannick Bolasie, he turns and hits a powerful strike that is blocked by goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Palace's first shot on target.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has won all five away games he has been in charge of as Crystal Palace boss and he will fancy grabbing the three points again here. Palace start the half on the attack...

KICK-OFF

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton are in real danger of dropping down the Premier League table after a campaign that has surprised many.

With one just win in five league matches, they know the importance of getting things back on track and to do that they need to score. They won't care how.

Game on.

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ayotunde sobogun: I guess Southampton now need some of the goals against Sunderland back.

Hard to believe this Southampton scored eight against Sunderland earlier in the season. They did though...

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Mark: Woeful game at St Mary's.

The understatement of the evening right there.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton
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A glance at the touch map of striker Dwight Gayle shows how little attacking Crystal Palace did in that half.

The Eagles had just one attempt at goal - and that was Wilfried Zaha's very weak header - compared to Southampton's nine. Having said that, the Saints only had one shot on target.

HALF-TIME

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

There will be few disappointed that that 45 minutes has come to an end. Crystal Palace's defence look solid, Southampton have played some neat football at times - but entertainment? There's been none. An awful half.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

SAINTS
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Plenty of possession for Southampton still but, as you can see from the graphic above, most of the play has been in the middle third. Both goalkeepers have had a very, very quiet half.

One minute of added on time.

CLOSE!

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Better from Southampton as Ryan Bertrand combines well with Eljero Elia and his cross is headed clear at the near post by Damien Delaney with Graziano Pelle waiting. Seconds later, Elia's fierce strike on the turn is palmed out by goalkeeper Julian Speroni and again Pelle is just beaten to the rebound.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Sadio Mane drives through Crystal Palace's midfield but his 25-yard shot is woeful. The ball flies yards wide of the goal.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Almost a disaster for Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Yannick Bolasie's ballooned cross looks easy for Forster but, under no pressure, he fumbles and just manages to grab the loose ball before Wilfied Zaha gets there.

Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

Southampton
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Crystal Palace fans launch into a rendition of "Champions League, you're having a laugh" towards Southampton. On this toothless showing, they have a point.