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Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Wilfried Zaha apologises for Andre Marriner dismissal

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Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Hodgson 'sympathy' for Zaha despite dismissal

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has apologised and says he will "learn" from his sending off for applauding a referee in a 1-1 draw at Southampton.

Zaha was dismissed for sarcastically clapping referee Andre Marriner, moments after being cautioned for tangling with James Ward-Prowse.

"All I can do is apologise to the team and the fans for my red card because I could have cost us.

"I will learn from it for sure."

Zaha's first goal since September had given the visitors a deserved lead four minutes before the interval, but Ward-Prowse's third strike in as many Premier League games earned Southampton a share of the spoils.

Palace boss Roy Hodgson said he had "empathy" with Zaha, stating the 26-year-old had been "fouled a lot".

"His reaction to not receiving a foul when he was clearly pushed off the ball - obviously people do get frustrated," said Hodgson. "But I can't condone, unfortunately, the applauding of the referee. That is something you can't do."

Mamadou Sakho missed two glorious opportunities to score Palace's second either side of Ward-Prowse's equaliser, the former Liverpool defender having a header cleared off the line by Jan Bednarek before sending another powerful header over the bar.

The two teams remain level in the table, four points above the Premier League's bottom three.

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Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace: Saints need patience not pressure - Hasenhuttl

Southampton fortunate to escape with a draw

Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said before the game that his side are capable of looking "beyond" just Premier League survival after collecting 13 points from their eight league matches since the Austrian replaced Mark Hughes at the start of December.

On this evidence, though, Southampton still have plenty of work to do to secure their top-flight status.

Other than routine saves from Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Danny Ings either side of half-time, Palace goalkeeper Vicente Guaita had little to do until Ward-Prowse's late leveller.

The 24-year-old midfielder has played an integral role in Southampton's recent revival under Hasenhuttl, and he delivered for the hosts again to rescue a point with a composed finish from Matt Targett's cross.

Saints threw caution to the wind in search of a late winner and Stuart Armstrong's curling effort was palmed to safety by Guaita, but 10-man Palace held on to claim a share of the spoils.

Hasenhuttl's side were perhaps lucky to finish the game with 11 men after Jack Stephens' lunging tackle on Andros Townsend in the first half, but the centre-back was not even booked.

James Ward-Prowse's late equaliser salvaged a point for Southampton against Crystal Palace St. Mary's
James Ward-Prowse's late equaliser salvaged a point for Southampton at St Mary's

Mixed evening for Zaha

Palace have impressed on the road in recent months, recording eye-catching victories at Wolves and Manchester City while running Liverpool close in a seven-goal thriller at Anfield.

Remarkably, 18 of their 24 Premier League goals this season have come away from Selhurst Park.

Zaha - who was making his 150th top-flight appearance for the club - had last found the net in a 1-0 victory at Huddersfield in mid-September, but the 26-year-old ended his barren run with a powerful finish past Alex McCarthy from the left-hand corner of the penalty area.

The Ivory Coast international undid his good work three minutes from time, however, when he was needlessly sent off.

Zaha was shown his first yellow card after squaring up to the Southampton goalscorer following an innocuous-looking challenge, and he was given his marching orders seconds later after clapping sarcastically in the direction of Marriner.

The former Manchester United forward will now miss Saturday's home match against Fulham through suspension.

Man of the match - James Ward-Prowse (Southampton)

James Ward-Prowse gestures to the Southampton fans following his equaliser against Crystal Palace in the Premier League
Ward-Prowse continued his fine recent form against Palace, scoring Southampton's late equaliser while completing 91% of his attempted passes

Saints held again - the stats

  • No Premier League side have drawn more games this season than Southampton (8).
  • Palace have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the Premier League this season - only Fulham and Southampton (15 each) have lost more.
  • Southampton have only lost one of their past 11 top-flight home meetings with Crystal Palace (W8 D2).
  • All four of Zaha's Premier League goals this season have been away from home. It's the highest number of goals scored by a player this season without netting in home games.
  • Zaha became only the second Palace player to score and be sent off in the same Premier League match, after Glenn Murray against West Ham in February 2015.
  • Ward-Prowse has scored three goals in 12 Premier League appearances this season, as many as he netted in 30 in the competition last term.

'A very, very important point' - what the managers said

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson: "We had chances [to win], there's no doubt about that.

"Especially in the second half we had balls cleared off the line and several other very good opportunities.

"Of course we're going to be a bit disappointed, and to lose a player through a sending-off is even more disappointing."

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl: "I think the second half was much better.

"After 10 days without a game it took time for us to get into the rhythm to create chances.

"We always want to play forward but sometimes it's not possible, mainly against balanced and well organised teams.

"We have to wait until the right moment comes."

What's next?

Southampton travel to Burnley this Saturday (15:00 GMT), while Palace take on 19th-placed Fulham at Selhurst Park at the same time.

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 1McCarthy
  • 35BednarekBooked at 59mins
  • 5Stephens
  • 4VestergaardSubstituted forElyounoussiat 75'minutes
  • 43ValerySubstituted forArmstrongat 62'minutes
  • 23HøjbjergBooked at 37minsSubstituted forSlatteryat 84'minutes
  • 14Romeu
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 33Targett
  • 22Redmond
  • 9Ings

Substitutes

  • 7Long
  • 11Elyounoussi
  • 15Gallagher
  • 17Armstrong
  • 28Gunn
  • 55Slattery
  • 66Ramsay

Crystal Palace

  • 31Guaita
  • 29Wan-BissakaBooked at 47mins
  • 5TomkinsSubstituted forDannat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Sakho
  • 3van Aanholt
  • 8KouyatéSubstituted forSchluppat 71'minutes
  • 4MilivojevicBooked at 35mins
  • 18McArthur
  • 10Townsend
  • 14J Ayew
  • 11ZahaBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 6Dann
  • 7Meyer
  • 13Hennessey
  • 15Schlupp
  • 17Benteke
  • 21Wickham
  • 34Kelly
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
28,339

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamCrystal Palace
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1.

Foul by Callum Slattery (Southampton).

Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Scott Dann replaces James Tomkins because of an injury.

Foul by Danny Ings (Southampton).

James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Second yellow card to Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Booking

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt blocked. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Callum Slattery replaces Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Attempt missed. Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Matt Targett.

Attempt saved. Luka Milivojevic (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jack Stephens.

Attempt saved. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Redmond.

Attempt blocked. Danny Ings (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stuart Armstrong.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Goal!

Goal! Southampton 1, Crystal Palace 1. James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Matt Targett.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Mohamed Elyounoussi replaces Jannik Vestergaard.

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace).

Attempt blocked. Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Ayew with a headed pass.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Jan Bednarek.

Attempt blocked. Jeffrey Schlupp (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Wilfried Zaha.

Attempt missed. Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a set piece situation.

Substitution

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Jeffrey Schlupp replaces Cheikhou Kouyaté.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Stuart Armstrong (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Attempt missed. James Tomkins (Crystal Palace) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luka Milivojevic with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Oriol Romeu.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

James McArthur (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Liverpool24194155144161
2Man City24182463194456
3Tottenham24180650242654
4Arsenal24145550331747
5Chelsea24145540231747
6Man Utd24136548351345
7Wolves2410593031-135
8Everton249693533233
9Watford249693334-133
10Bournemouth24103113742-533
11Leicester2495103030032
12West Ham2494113037-731
13Brighton2475122736-926
14Newcastle2466122132-1124
15Crystal Palace2465132433-923
16Southampton2458112641-1523
17Burnley2465132545-2023
18Cardiff2454152046-2619
19Fulham2445152553-2817
20Huddersfield2425171341-2811
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