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  1. Austin makes his first start of the year for Southampton
  2. Crouch comes in for the injured Arnautovic for Stoke

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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  1. Farewell..

    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    I will leave you with the stats.

    In a nutshell, Claude Puel - criticised by some Southampton fans for a lack of entertainment - got the worst result he could have wished for. A tame and somewhat blunt offering until the late stages.

    Thank you for joining me today and if you would like to read the report, click here.

    I wish you a lovely summer. Enjoy it, forget football for a while and come back fresh for next term. We will have plenty on offer for you again when the Premier League gets going.

    Well played.

    Southampton 0-1 Stoke
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    A dire end to the season for Southampton who have now gone over seven hours without a goal at home. Will that be the end for Claude Puel?


    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

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    The free-kick hits the wall which takes the sting out of things and though Steven Davis heads at goal, it's tame and held by Jack Butland.

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    Southampton will get one more chance as Jonathan Walters conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box.

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    Jack Stephens and Xherdan Shaqiri are arguing again and the Swiss international pushes his man, earning a booking.

    Saints come forward but tireless work from Joe Allen wins the ball for the away side.

    Four added minutes.

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    Joe Allen is teed up 18 yards out but hammers over the top. Stoke are closing in on a first away win since January.

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    It's the Jack Butland show right now. Sofiane Boufal the latest man to be thwarted. The substitute cuts in from the left and his low shot is again saved with the legs.


    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    Southampton should be level. The once hot Manolo Gabbiadini is now cold.

    He races into the clear for a ball over the top. It's a once versus one with Jack Butland and the keeper makes a superb save with his legs. What a chance.

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    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    Those Jack Butland saves aside, Southampton are hardly intent on pinning Stoke in. The away side win a corner and in truth this is tame.

    Remember, these sides earn £1.9m for every place in the table. Stoke are jumping two places, which is a nice little pick up.


    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    Jack Butland has just saved Stoke not once but twice. A brilliant double save. As a ball into his six-yard box is hooked away desperately, Steven Davis pounces to stab it at goal from six yards but the keeper saves low down and when James Ward-Prowse follows up, Butland does the business with his feet.

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    Jonathan Walters comes in for Mame Biram Diouf. Solid change as Walters is always going to graft and with a lead to protect, that will do little harm. Southampton are trying to up things but it doesn't look like that have another gear. Sofiane Boufal gets booked for losing the ball to Erik Pieters and instantly gripping the full-back's shirt as he raced away.

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    As it stands, Southampton will end the season ninth while Stoke will reach 12th with this win.

    Jack Butland smothers a ball which ricochets tamely into his six-yard box from a free-kick delivery.


    Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    Southampton come out busy in response to that opening goal, promoting Glenn Whelan to dive into a tackle and pick up a yellow.

    Manolo Gabbiadini is coming on, as is Sofiane Boufal.

  15. GOAL - Southampton 0-1 Stoke

    Peter Crouch


    I was just preparing a graphic to show he'd only had 16 touches in the whole match. I was going to say though that he was still a threat and boy is he that.

    Peter Crouch as scored many goals like this, they are food and drink to him. Geoff Cameron's hanging cross from the right just needs the treatment and Crouch duly nods it past the keeper at the back stick from six yards. Textbook.

  16. CLOSE!

    Southampton 0-0 Stoke

    Mame Biram Diouf leaps 10 yards out to meet a corner and he rises way higher than anyone else but the header is well wide.

    Stoke come again, Joe Allen down the left clips a lovely diagonal cross in to the box and Peter Crouch is getting ready to apply a finish but Maya Yoshida just about flicks the ball for a corner.


    Southampton 0-0 Stoke

    Joe Allen and his snazzy long hair are in the book. A tangle with James Ward-Prowse. Harsh.

    Allen fouls
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    Another big Stoke chance. Xherdan Shaqiri gets on the ball 35 yards out and dinks a lovely ball over the defence as Erik Pieters makes a diagonal run from left-back. Pieters will get there six yards out but he gets nothing on it. Fraser Forster's presence in rushing out seemed to put him off as he dangled a leg at the ball. A big chance gone.

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    Charlie Austin lashes the ball into the net smartly but he's gone too early and that is offside all day long. The crowd like it, no points though I'm afraid.

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    Southampton 0-0 Stoke

    This man has 149 Premier League wins. Only six managers have 150.

    Southampton 0-0 Stoke