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Southampton 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

By Luke ReddyBBC Sport
Adam Lallana

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.

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."

Line-ups

Southampton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Clyne
  • 23Shaw
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 6José Fonte
  • 5LovrenBooked at 27mins
  • 8Davis
  • 18CorkSubstituted forRamírezat 62'minutes
  • 7Lambert
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 84'minutes
  • 9RodriguezSubstituted forDo Pradoat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Davis
  • 3Yoshida
  • 10Ramírez
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 21Do Prado
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 40Gallagher

West Brom

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Foster
  • 2Reid
  • 6Ridgewell
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 23McAuleySubstituted forGeraat 81'minutes
  • 3OlssonBooked at 72mins
  • 18AmalfitanoSubstituted forVydraat 86'minutes
  • 7Morrison
  • 9LongBooked at 58mins
  • 39AnelkaSubstituted forBerahinoat 77'minutes
  • 11Brunt

Substitutes

  • 5Yacob
  • 10Sinclair
  • 13Myhill
  • 14Lugano
  • 20Vydra
  • 22Gera
  • 38Berahino
Referee:
Howard Webb
Attendance:
28,610

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamWest Brom
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home18
Away4
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Southampton 1, West Bromwich Albion 0.

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

  5. Post update

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

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Jay Rodriguez.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

  12. Substitution

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gastón Ramírez (Southampton).

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Hand ball by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Dangerous play by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

  19. Post update

    Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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2Arsenal20143339182145
3Man City20142457233444
4Everton21118234191541
5Tottenham2112452625140
6Liverpool20123546232339
7Man Utd21114635241137
8Newcastle2010372925433
9Southampton218672723430
10Hull2165102227-523
11Aston Villa206591925-623
12Stoke205781930-1122
13Swansea2156102630-421
14West Brom214982328-521
15Norwich2155111735-1820
16Fulham2161142246-2419
17West Ham2146112130-918
18Cardiff2146111534-1918
19Sunderland2145121934-1517
20Crystal Palace2152141331-1817
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