Southampton 1-0 Reading- Report
Report of match 8th December 2012
Southampton 1-0 Reading- Report.
Puncheon lifts Saints out of bottom three
Southampton moved out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone for the first time this season after Jason Puncheon's second-half strike proved the difference against fellow strugglers Reading.
The Royals pipped Saints to the npower Championship crown last term but the hosts exacted some revenge.
The south-coast club started brightly at St Mary's but Reading looked dangerous on the break and had strong penalty appeals waved away when Jay Tabb appeared to be clipped in the box.
Southampton felt aggrieved themselves moments later when a Puncheon header was chalked off before they lost influential captain Adam Lallana to a knee injury.
Hal Robson-Kanu rattled a post in first-half stoppage time but Saints continued to threaten after the break, getting their just rewards in the 61st minute when Puncheon lashed home what proved to be the winner.
The main talking point coming into the match was goalkeeper Kelvin Davis' return, having not started in the Premier League since the 6-1 mauling at Arsenal in mid-September.
The club captain replaced the injured Paulo Gazzaniga while Gaston Ramirez dropped to the bench having spent the week in Uruguay on compassionate grounds.
Jay Rodriguez replaced him in the starting line-up and started brightly, firing just wide before Morgan Schneiderlin bundled a fierce Nathaniel Clyne cross inches wide.
Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici had to keep out a goal-bound Lallana prod and then stopped Rickie Lambert after Rodriguez was blocked off by Shaun Cummings.
Lallana curled over from the edge of the box but, for all of Saints' attacking intent, Reading looked menacing on the counter-attack.
Tabb's burst forward and strike that stung the palms of Davis epitomised that and the Royals felt they should have had a penalty when Jack Cork then caught the midfielder.
Saints soon felt hard done by themselves as Puncheon had a 34th-minute opener disallowed after an altercation between Federici and Maya Yoshida in the build-up.
Southampton boss Nigel Adkins was forced to shuffle the pack as half-time approached after captain Lallana suffered a knee injury, resulting in an early-than-planned introduction for Ramirez.
Puncheon had a shot deflected behind and Yoshida saw a header cleared off the line by Cummings as Saints pushed for a half-time lead, although Robson-Kanu saw a header rebound back off the post in stoppage time at the other end.
Reading were on top as the second half resumed but Saints soon found their feet, with Puncheon forcing Federici into action low to his left six minutes in.
Rodriguez's chest and volley rolled wide as Saints continued to press and, after Sean Morrison and Yoshida both received treatment, they had the lead.
Lambert played through Clyne and his ball was controlled by Puncheon, who continued to fire a right-footed strike across Federici into the far corner.
Rodriguez saw penalty appeals rejected moments after the 61st-minute goal, although a poor Clyne clearance would have cost Southampton immediately had Jobi McAnuff's shot been lower.
Morrison was replaced by Alex Pearce in the 65th minute after his earlier knock and Noel Hunt soon came on for Tabb as Reading boss Brian McDermott looked to claw a goal back.
The move to a three-pronged attack almost paid dividends immediately as Adam Le Fondre nodded just wide after a poor headed clearance by Clyne.
Federici almost sliced a backpass into his own goal and then did well to did well to hold onto a Clyne cross-shot.
Guly do Prado was booed by sections of the home fans when replacing Rodriguez 12 minutes from time, although he soon hushed those naysayers with a long-range effort that curled just over after Puncheon again came close.
Reading threatened from late set-pieces and Do Prado was denied from close range but it remained 1-0 as Saints collected their second clean sheet of the season.
|Competition: Barclays Premier League Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: St. Mary's Attendance: 29,331|
|1 - 0||Reading
|90+1||Short corner worked by Morgan Schneiderlin.|
|90+1||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey by Jason Puncheon. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.|
|88||Guly Do Prado takes a shot. Save by Adam Federici.|
|86||Unfair challenge on Jobi McAnuff by Jason Puncheon results in a free kick. Nicky Shorey crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Alex Pearce results in a free kick.|
|85||Free kick awarded for a foul by Morgan Schneiderlin on Garath McCleary. Nicky Shorey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Kelvin Davis.|
|84||Effort on goal by Guly Do Prado from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.|
|84||The ball is crossed by Luke Shaw.|
|83||Effort from outside the penalty box by Jason Puncheon goes wide right of the goal.|
|83||Unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Adrian Mariappa results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Jason Puncheon from right channel, Adrian Mariappa manages to make a clearance.|
|82||Adam Le Fondre sends in a cross, save by Kelvin Davis.|
|81||The referee blows for offside against Guly Do Prado. Alex Pearce takes the free kick.|
|80||Luke Shaw produces a cross, Alex Pearce makes a clearance.|
|79||Handball decision goes against Jobi McAnuff. Kelvin Davis takes the free kick.|
|77||Jay Rodriguez goes off and Guly Do Prado comes on.|
|76||Alex Pearce challenges Jay Rodriguez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Maya Yoshida takes the free kick.|
|76||Garath McCleary joins the action as a substitute, replacing Hal Robson-Kanu.|
|76||The ball is delivered by Nathaniel Clyne, save by Adam Federici.|
|72||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gaston Ramirez by Mikele Leigertwood. Morgan Schneiderlin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Alex Pearce.|
|70||A cross is delivered by Hal Robson-Kanu, Close range header by Adam Le Fondre misses to the right of the target.|
|70||Centre by Luke Shaw, clearance by Noel Hunt.|
|69||Hal Robson-Kanu takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.|
|68||Nicky Shorey takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Morgan Schneiderlin makes a clearance.|
|68||Jay Tabb leaves the field to be replaced by Noel Hunt.|
|66||Luke Shaw crosses the ball, Mikele Leigertwood manages to make a clearance.|
|64||Effort from inside the area by Jobi McAnuff misses to the right of the target. Alex Pearce is brought on as a substitute for Sean Morrison.|
|64||Adam Le Fondre produces a cross, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.|
|62||The ball is delivered by Gaston Ramirez, clearance by Adrian Mariappa.|
|60||Jason Puncheon finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Southampton 1-0 Reading.Assist by Nathaniel Clyne.|
|56||Maya Yoshida concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. Free kick crossed left-footed by Nicky Shorey from right channel, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.|
|55||Jay Rodriguez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes wide left of the goal.|
|51||Corner from the right by-line taken by Morgan Schneiderlin, Jack Cork has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.|
|51||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Adam Federici makes a save.|
|50||Luke Shaw delivers the ball, Adrian Mariappa makes a clearance.|
|49||Nathaniel Clyne sends in a cross, Hal Robson-Kanu manages to make a clearance.|
|49||Jason Puncheon crosses the ball, Sean Morrison makes a clearance.|
|45||Shaun Cummings delivers the ball, Luke Shaw gets a block in. Corner taken short by Nicky Shorey. The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Rickie Lambert manages to make a clearance.|
|44||Jason Roberts produces a cross, blocked by Luke Shaw. Nicky Shorey decides to take a short corner. The ball is swung over by Jobi McAnuff, Header from close range by Hal Robson-Kanu bounces off the post.|
|42||Shot from just outside the box by Rickie Lambert misses to the left of the goal.|
|41||Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in. Jason Puncheon takes the inswinging corner, Maya Yoshida takes a shot. Mikele Leigertwood makes a clearance.|
|40||Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Clyne by Jason Roberts results in a free kick. Jack Cork takes the direct free kick.|
|39||Gaston Ramirez on for Adam Lallana.|
|35||Jay Rodriguez challenges Jay Tabb unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Morrison restarts play with the free kick.|
|34||A cross is delivered by Adam Lallana, blocked by Shaun Cummings. Jay Rodriguez concedes a free kick for a foul on Sean Morrison. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.|
|32||Adam Lallana takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Jason Puncheon on Shaun Cummings, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Adam Federici.|
|32||Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Lallana, save made by Adam Federici.|
|32||Centre by Adam Lallana, Shaun Cummings gets a block in.|
|30||Foul by Adrian Mariappa on Jay Rodriguez, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Maya Yoshida.|
|29||Effort on goal by Adam Lallana from 18 yards. Blocked by Sean Morrison. The ball is crossed by Jason Puncheon.|
|28||Jay Tabb fouled by Morgan Schneiderlin, the ref awards a free kick. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.|
|28||Jay Tabb takes a shot. Save by Kelvin Davis.|
|26||Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rickie Lambert by Nicky Shorey. Rickie Lambert restarts play with the free kick.|
|25||Jason Roberts produces a cross, save by Kelvin Davis.|
|24||Jason Roberts is ruled offside. Maya Yoshida restarts play with the free kick.|
|23||A cross is delivered by Shaun Cummings, comfortable save by Kelvin Davis.|
|22||Foul by Jay Rodriguez on Adrian Mariappa, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.|
|22||Adam Lallana has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.|
|21||The assistant referee signals for offside against Adam Le Fondre. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.|
|21||Unfair challenge on Adam Le Fondre by Jack Cork results in a free kick. Adrian Mariappa restarts play with the free kick.|
|20||Shot by Rickie Lambert from 18 yards. Adam Federici makes a save.|
|17||The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey. The ball is sent over by Jason Roberts, Effort from deep inside the area by Jay Tabb misses to the right of the goal.|
|16||Free kick awarded for a foul by Adrian Mariappa on Jay Rodriguez. Morgan Schneiderlin takes the free kick.|
|15||Adam Lallana takes a shot. Save made by Adam Federici.|
|15||Adam Le Fondre is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Kelvin Davis.|
|14||The ball is sent over by Jobi McAnuff, Jose Fonte manages to make a clearance.|
|13||Maya Yoshida concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Roberts. Nicky Shorey delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Jose Fonte makes a clearance.|
|12||Hal Robson-Kanu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw. Kelvin Davis restarts play with the free kick.|
|11||Jason Puncheon handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Adam Federici.|
|11||Jobi McAnuff is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Jose Fonte takes the free kick.|
|10||Inswinging corner taken by Jason Puncheon, clearance made by Sean Morrison.|
|7||Nathaniel Clyne sends in a cross, Morgan Schneiderlin has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target. Jay Rodriguez is ruled offside. Adam Federici takes the direct free kick.|
|6||Drilled right-footed shot by Jay Rodriguez. Sean Morrison gets a block in. Rickie Lambert produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the target.|
|5||The ball is crossed by Jason Puncheon, blocked by Nicky Shorey.|
|2||Foul by Jason Roberts on Luke Shaw, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jack Cork.|
|1||The ball is swung over by Luke Shaw, Shot from close range by Jay Rodriguez misses to the right of the goal.|
|-||Jason Puncheon takes a inswinging corner.|
|-||Rickie Lambert delivers the ball, Adrian Mariappa gets a block in.|