Premier League

Stoke City 0-0 Southampton

Marko Arnautovic
Arnautovic's red card was the fastest sending off in the Premier League this season

Stoke held Southampton to a goalless draw despite having Marko Arnautovic sent off in Mark Hughes' 400th match as a Premier League manager.

The away side had plenty of possession but struggled to create chances in a poor game, with Arnautovic seeing red for a studs-up challenge in the 23rd minute.

Saints substitute Jay Rodriguez missed the game's best opening when he failed to make contact with Sofiane Boufal's second-half low cross.

James Ward-Prowse had a chance to strike the winner from close range after a Glen Johnson error, but his shot was deflected wide.

The point moves Southampton up to ninth, while Hughes' Stoke stay in 12th.

Saints fail to take advantage

After the red card, Southampton dominated possession but they failed to make the numerical advantage tell.

Claude Puel's side were tidy on the ball and there was some lovely build-up play, but at the end of every well-constructed move the final delivery was lacking.

Ryan Bertrand tested Lee Grant with a powerful drive from the edge of the box in one of the few times Southampton went direct, but Rodriguez's miss was the crucial moment.

Southampton's shots on goal
Southampton had 15 shots on goal - with only four on target. In the graphic above, those are green, shots off target are red and blocked shots are yellow

After Joe Allen was robbed by Steven Davis, Boufal's cross only needed a simple finish, but the 27-year-old forward failed to connect, seemingly caught in two minds over which foot to go in with.

One for Stoke to forget too

Arnautovic's red card was greeted with jeers by the home crowd, but his studs were up high on Boufal's thigh and his challenge was late.

Hughes will argue that his side were hamstrung by the sending off, but Stoke did not threaten at all after Allen's low prod at the near post was put behind by Fraser Forster's boot inside six minutes.

Xherdan Shaqiri put in a disappointing performance and pummelled one of the seats in the Stoke dugout with his fist after being replaced by Mame Biram Diouf in the second half, having contributed very little.

In truth, Stoke were fortunate to hold on, and the draw owed more to Southampton's poor finishing than their own defending.

Johnson's heavy touch in his own box should have been punished with a better finish from Ward-Prowse, and Allen's hesitancy led to the game's only true clear-cut opportunity.

Hughes' 400 Premier League games

It was not a happy occasion for Hughes on a landmark night.

The former Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR boss' 400th match in charge in the English top flight will not live long in the memory.

Hughes' win percentage is 36%. That puts him level with Alan Pardew but below Harry Redknapp (37%) and David Moyes (41%).

Man of the match - (Sofiane Boufal)

Sofiane Boufal
Southampton's brightest performer in front of Stoke's deep defensive lines showed some impressive touches

What they said

Stoke manager Mark Hughes on Arnautovic's red card: "It's unfortunate because he obviously caught him high on the thigh but the ball was bouncing around and it wasn't a violent movement to take the player out.

"The ref wasn't great on the night, he missed a number of decisions and clearly missed an elbow from Shane Long on Bruno Martins Indi - that needs looking at again.

"Overall the ref put us in a situation and we had to show real work ethic and understanding of what was required. Given the circumstances, the point we gained was magnificent."

Southampton manager Claude Puel: "We're disappointed. Eleven against 10 you have to do better. In the first half we were too nervous, in the second half we were better and created a few possibilities, but it was not enough.

"There were good crosses and good combinations, but our play was too slow and not effective in the final third. It was two points lost and it's a shame."

On Arnautovic's red card: "I think it's a important foul, it was very dangerous, he does not play the ball."

The stats

  • The Potters mustered just five shots in this game, their lowest haul in a Premier League game since 23 January (three v Leicester City)
  • Southampton have won just one of their past eight away games in the Premier League (D3 L4)
  • Southampton had 71.3% possession, their highest in a Premier League game since December 2013 (78.8% v Aston Villa)

What's next?

Stoke next play on Saturday at home to Leicester in a 15:00 GMT kick-off. Southampton are away to Bournemouth on Sunday at 13:30.



  • 33Grant
  • 8Johnson
  • 17Shawcross
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 3Pieters
  • 6Whelan
  • 16AdamSubstituted forMuniesaat 88'minutes
  • 22ShaqiriSubstituted forDioufat 57'minutes
  • 4AllenBooked at 34mins
  • 10ArnautovicBooked at 23mins
  • 19Walters


  • 5Muniesa
  • 12Bony
  • 18Diouf
  • 21Imbula
  • 24Given
  • 25Crouch
  • 27Bojan


  • 1Forster
  • 15MartinaSubstituted forMcQueenat 83'minutes
  • 6José Fonte
  • 17van Dijk
  • 21Bertrand
  • 14RomeuBooked at 27mins
  • 8Davis
  • 16Ward-ProwseBooked at 90mins
  • 19Boufal
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forRodriguezat 66'minutes
  • 7LongSubstituted forTadicat 66'minutes


  • 3Yoshida
  • 4Clasie
  • 9Rodriguez
  • 11Tadic
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 28Taylor
  • 38McQueen
Anthony Taylor

Match Stats

Home TeamStokeAway TeamSouthampton
Shots on Target

Live Text

Match ends, Stoke City 0, Southampton 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stoke City 0, Southampton 0.


James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Oriol Romeu.


Substitution, Stoke City. Marc Muniesa replaces Charlie Adam.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City) because of an injury.

Attempt saved. Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Charlie Adam.


Substitution, Southampton. Sam McQueen replaces Cuco Martina.

Oriol Romeu (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mame Biram Diouf (Stoke City).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Attempt blocked. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Attempt saved. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Cuco Martina.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

Glen Johnson (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.


Substitution, Southampton. Dusan Tadic replaces Shane Long.


Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Nathan Redmond.

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Southampton).

Erik Pieters (Stoke City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jonathan Walters.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Charlie Adam.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lee Grant.

Attempt saved. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Cuco Martina.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Joe Allen.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Glen Johnson.

Corner, Stoke City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Shawcross (Stoke City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Adam with a cross.

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

Charlie Adam (Stoke City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Virgil van Dijk following a set piece situation.


Substitution, Stoke City. Mame Biram Diouf replaces Xherdan Shaqiri.


As It Stood

4Man City16103334191533
6Man Utd167632217527
7West Brom166552319423
15West Ham164481831-1316
16Crystal Palace164392831-315
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