English Premiership

Late Crouch strike sinks Saints

2017-09-30 18:38
Peter Crouch (AP)

Cape Town - Stoke City picked up a valuable three points with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Southampton in their English Premier League clash.

Stoke welcomed Southampton to their home on Saturday, having recorded only one league win this season, while the Saints for all their dominance in possession failed to score in four of their six fixtures.

And the trend continued in the wet and windy afternoon, with Mauricio Pellegrino's side probing for much of the opening half with nothing to show for it.

The Potters took the lead five minutes before the break against the run of play through Mame Biram Diouf with a powerful header, meeting the delivery of a Charlie Adam corner.

And they had the chance to double the lead two minutes later when returning defender Virgil van Dijk brought down Saido Berahino in the area. But the former West Bromwich Albion man saw his penalty saved by goalkeeper Fraser Forster, to see his wait for his first goal in Stoke colours continue.

In the second-half, it proved to be an even affair in terms of possession but it was the visitors who found an equaliser through defender Maya Yoshida in the 76th minute - after the Potters failed to clear their lines during a set-piece.

However, it was Mark Hughes' men who had the last laugh with second-half substitute Peter Crouch bundling home the winner five minutes from time.

The result puts Stoke in 13th place, while the Saints drop down to 12th in the Premier League standings.


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