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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

Live Reporting

By Andy Cryer

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    You can get all the reaction to Southampton's win and all the action elsewhere here.

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

  2. Post update

    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.

  3. 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."

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    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.

  5. FULL-TIME

    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

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    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.

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    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Puncheon

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

  8. 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.

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    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Four minutes of added time but Southampton have possession.

  10. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

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

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    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

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

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    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

    Alan Pardew

    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?

  13. Post update

    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace

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

  14. GOAL

    Southampton 1-0 Crystal Palace - Sadio Mane

    Mane goal

    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.

  15. Post update

    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...

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Wanyama

    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.

  17. 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.

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    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?

  19. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  20. 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.

  21. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Pelle on his knees

    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.

  22. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Bolasie

    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.

  23. Post update

    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.

  24. SUBSTITUTION

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

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

  25. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

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

  26. HITS THE WOODWORK

    Zaha through

    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.

  27. Post update

    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.

  28. Text us on 81111

    Southampton

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

  29. 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.

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    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...

  31. 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.

  32. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    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...

  33. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Mark: Woeful game at St Mary's.

    The understatement of the evening right there.

  34. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Southampton

    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.

  35. 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.

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    SAINTS

    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.

  37. 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Southampton

    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.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Crystal Palace defending relentlessly. Not giving to any pressure from Southampton who fail to make better use of set pieces.

  42. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Jason Puncheon's left-wing corner is headed back into the penalty area by Yannick Bolasie but Jose Fonte clears.

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    A first corner of the game for Crystal Palace....

  44. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace have half-hearted appeals for a penalty as Dwight Gayle goes down in the penalty area under Jose Fonte's challenge. Never a penalty.

    At the other end, Sadio Mane is looking Southampton's danger man with his pace causing Palace a few problems.

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Southampton

    For all Southampton's possession, main striker Graziano Pelle has only touched the ball once inside the penalty area and has yet to have a shot on goal.

  46. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Filipe Djuricic stands over a free kick on the right flank. Instead of delivering the ball, he attempts some training ground move and it comes to nothing. Get it in the box.

  47. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Some frustration from the home fans as Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle attempt to combine on the edge of the penalty area but, once again, it is too intricate and the chance is gone.

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    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace

    Southampton have enjoyed 74% of possession so far but Palace look quite happy to let them have it before trying to hit them on the break.

    Sadio Mane's low cross from the right is easily cleared by Palace. Another poor final ball.

  49. Crisis of confidence?

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Graziano Pelle

    Southampton's big problem in their recent slump has been finding the back of the net with just one goal in five matches.

    Summer signing Graziano Pelle personifies that problem. The Italian striker, who scored eight goals before Christmas, has failed to bag in 10 Premier League matches.

    His confidence looks to be at rock bottom.

  50. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    A very low-key opening. Southampton are having all of the ball but Palace's defence has been untroubled. Just as I say that Victor Wanyama's scuffed shoot falls to the feet of Filip Djuricic but, after a poor first touch, he shoots horribly over from 18 yards.

    Southampton's goal woes go on...

  51. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Zaha

    Palace's first attack as Wilfried Zaha advances down the right but his low cross is easy for Maya Yoshida to hack clear.

  52. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    More patient passing from Southampton forces as corner as Wilfried Zaha runs the ball out under pressure from Graziano Pelle. The initial delivery is cleared before Eljero Elia fires wildly over the bar from 30 yards.

  53. Post update

    Southampton 0-0 Crystal Palace

    Southampton start on the front foot with some patient passing football. Little to trouble Crystal Palace so far though as Saints fans attempt to get their side going.

  54. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Pete Cash: Saints lose tonight, I think they can kiss goodbye to the top 4 dream !

  55. Palace Formation

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Crystal Palace
  56. Southampton Formation

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton
  57. KICK-OFF

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton XI: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Djuricic, Elia, Mane, Pelle.

    Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward, McArthur, Ledley, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle.

    We are under way.

  58. Post update

    Southampton v Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace midfielder Mile Jedinak has been banned for four matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct for elbowing West Ham striker Diafra Sakho on Saturday.

    Jedinak, 30, elbowed Sakho near the end of Palace's 3-1 victory at Upton Park.

    The incident was missed by the match officials but caught on video, allowing the FA to take retrospective action.

    Jedinak's ban begins immediately.

  59. Manager view

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman: "There is always room to improve for players and the whole team but we still believe in the way we play football and it's always about scoring goals and the energy you need to win games.

    "It's all about ability, spirit and confidence but the best medicine for confidence is to win games."

  60. Newcastle's loss is Palace's gain

    Alan Pardew

    Saturday's 3-1 success at West Ham means Crystal Palace have won all five away matches under Alan Pardew - including a 3-2 victory at Southampton in the fourth round of the FA Cup in the club's first ever win at St Mary's.

    Pardew though was on the end of a 4-0 drubbing at St Mary's as Newcastle boss in September. It is fair to say he has found a more sympathetic audience in London and it is no wonder.

    Stuck in the relegation zone when Pardew arrived, the Eagles are now eight points above the bottom three.

    Here come the teams.

  61. Text us on 81111

    Southampton

    Bella Lake from Cornwall: Watch out a Gayle will strike in Southampton tonight.

    Dwight Gayle I presume?

  62. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Neil Stone: The race for 4th. ie scramble for an average league position to get the chance to fail in Europe again next season.

  63. The race for the Champions League

    The race for the Champions League

    The destination of the Premier League title looks to be a straight shootout between Chelsea and Manchester City but the race for the top four and a Champions League spot is anything but sorted.

    Southampton get the opportunity to steal a march on those teams above them this evening, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal not in action until tomorrow.

    Don't rule out seventh-placed Tottenham either who, just two points behind the Saints, will also look to pounce on any slip tomorrow evening.

  64. Post update

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Good evening and welcome to a live text on Crystal Palace's trip to the South Coast.

    There is plenty of other action for you to keep across this evening with live text on every game plus a service to keep you updated with all the matches in one - a good excuse from some split-screen action - but for a dedicated Southampton v Crystal Palace commentary this is where you want to be.

  65. Team news

    Southampton v Crystal Palace (19:45 GMT)

    Ronald Koeman makes two changes to his Saints side as Dusan Tadic drops to the bench and is replaced by Serb Filip Djuricic. Eljero Elia comes in for Florin Gardos. For Crystal Palace, Joe Ledley and Dwight Gayle replace the suspended pair of Mile Jedinak and Glenn Murray. James McArthur is also in for Jordon Mutch.

    Southampton XI: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Djuricic, Elia, Mane, Pelle.

    Crystal Palace XI: Speroni, Kelly, Delaney, Dann, Ward, McArthur, Ledley, Zaha, Puncheon, Bolasie, Gayle.

  66. Post update

    Southampton v Crystal Palace

    That is easier said than done.

    Alan Pardew

    Visiting St Mary's this evening are an in-form Crystal Palace - totally transformed since the arrival of Alan Pardew as manager in January.

    The ex-Newcastle boss has overseen four wins and 13 points from seven games, with the Eagles only managing three wins in 20 games before he took charge.

    Pardew has won all five of his away matches and will have his eyes on a Premier League top 10 finish.

    Southampton you have been warned.

  67. Post update

    Ronald Koeman

    They have won just once and scored one goal in the last five Premier League matches.

    It is five hours and four minutes since they last found the net at St Mary's.

    Southampton though are still just four points off the Champions League pace. A win tonight and the dream will very much be back on.