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4:56pm

Frustrating defeat for Palace and the 25,073 fans at Selhurst Park today. They showed a lot of intent but still didn't really look like winning the game.

That's all from us here today. Thanks for reading.

4:54pm

FULL TIME. 1- 0 Southampton

4:52pm

Tense moments, as Palace throw themselves forward. There's plenty of fight out there, but finally Boruc gets his hands back on it and Saints work on slowing the game down again.

4:51pm

Corner Crystal Palace as four minutes of added time is announced.

Rodriguez clumsily deflects behind a searching ball from Ince.

4:49pm

SUB: Davis comes off for Southampton, Ward-Prowse comes on.

4:48pm

YELLOW CARD: Nathaniel Clyne. For a handball, miles out, I think. Not too sure , to be frank.

 

4:47pm

87 - When Palace go forward, they really do so with hammer and tongs. For a brief second, Jerome's ballooning header looked like it might just have evaded Saint's keeper Artur Boruc but he ended up with a rather nonchalant one-handed grab.

4:43pm

Still 1 - 0 Southampton.

4:43pm

82 - Plenty of boos as Murray goes down on the edge of the area while trying to create some magic. No foul is given.

4:42pm

SUBSTITUTION: Bolasie does come off now, and on comes Jerome Thomas.

4:39pm

78 - The Eagles still chasing hard all over the pitch - Glenn Murray industrious as ever. Noticeably, Cameron Jerome too.

4:36pm

BREAKING NEWS! I can't spell substitution. And many other words.

4:35pm

SUBSITIUTION: Rickie Lambert comes off for Southampton and the youngster Sam Gallager comes on.

4:34pm

Still 1 - 0 to Southampton.

4:34pm

73 - Luke Shaw finds himself in space near the edge of the Crystal Palace area and aims a tame shot goalwards, which is picked up easily by Speroni.

The game has come down a gear or two in the last 10 minutes or so.

4:31pm

Comfortably cleared.

4:30pm

70 - Adam Lallana wipes out Ince on the touch line. Free kick Palace.

4:29pm

My mistake, Bolasie's still busy out there. It was Kagisho Dikgacoi that went off. It all happened while I was trying to work out who was getting the yellow card! 

4:27pm

And the subs are in action straight away as Jerome forces a corner from Inces hard work.

4:26pm

64 - YELLOW CARD: Schneiderlin smites Jedinak in the middle of the park.

SUBSTITUTIONS - Ince and Jerome on for Puncheon and Bolasie

 

 

4:18pm

57 - YELLOW CARD. Jedinak swots a Saints attacker down. Chorus of You Don't Know What You're Doing from the Holmesdale.

Rickie Lambert boshes the free kick from five yards outside the area just over/wide.

4:15pm

55 - YELLOW CARD. Davis in the book for an unnecessary body check on Joe Ledley in the middle of nowhere.

The games is noticeably more physical in this second half.

4:12pm

50 - Bolasie acting like he's hit the R3 stick on FIFA there, dancing around defenders with impressive skill on the edge of the Southampton penalty area. It's leads to nought, however.

4:10pm

A splendid way to end National Pie Week too - a hearty feast with big chunks of steak.

4:09pm

I've finished the pie now, by the way, and typing with two hands again. Just thought you should know.

4:09pm

48 - Jedinak plops it a long way over the bar. Waste.

4:08pm

YELLOW CARD: Lovren brings down Bolasie, who was streaking through towards the goal.

Free kick to Palace in a great spot 30 yards out.

4:04pm

We've got a problem. More specifically, I have a problem. The teams are back out and I've got approx 27 per cent of pie left.

3:51pm

Southampton have dominated possession, but their goal came fortuitously on the break as Rodriguez charged down the field after Puncheon's slack header.

It was end to end stuff as we went into half time, and there's sure to be plenty more in this game in the next 45.

But, for now, I need a pie.

3:49pm

HALF TIME: Crystal Palace O - 1 Southampton.

3:49pm

45- Good save from Boruc. The corner bobbles around with the ball landing at Bolasie's feet at the edge of the area. He fires low through the crowd but the Saint's keeper gets down to it.

 

3:48pm

YELLOW CARD - Jose Fonte goes in the book for a foul five yards from the Palace area. The resultant free kick is nudged over for a corner.

3:46pm

44 - Lambert hits the post with a deft flick from an innocuous-looking cross from Lallana!

3:44pm

Jason Puncheon seems to be at least a bit culpable for that goal, as Pulis shakes his head on the sidelines.

Here's what our reporter Andrew McSteen just tweeted:

Andrew McSteen ‏@awmcs  5m
37 - 1-0 to Saints. A poor/lazy header from Puncheon to Scott Dann saw Rodriguez chase down the ball and nick it pass Speroni.

 

3:38pm

Hard on Palace, that. After absorbing all the Saints pressure, they had just seized the initiative.

3:38pm

GOAL! It's scrambled clear. Rodriguez sprints downfield like a hare, tussles with last man Speroni - whose had to leave his area - and then scoops it goalwards from the floor.

3:36pm

Straight into the hands of Boruc, who clears. But it lands at Bolasie's feet and he charges forward and wins another corner. Selhurst erupts.

3:35pm

34 - Crikey blimey. From nowhere another Eagles corner.

It's nudged away but not well enough and the Eagles have another.

3:34pm

34- Cork confirmed as going odd. Victor Wanyama comes on.

3:33pm

32 - Here's a stat which summarises what we've been seeing: Southampton have made 204 passes to Crystal Palace's 68 after 32 minutes.

Neither side has scored a goal, though.

3:32pm

30 - Man down. Jack Cork is receiving attention for a leg injury after landing awkwardly clearing downfield. He's gone off for now.

 

 

3:29pm

It all turned a bit frantic there as Palace swarmed the Saints box, only for Luke Shaw to break, Lallana to square it and Rodriguez's shot to get blocked out for a throw.

3:26pm

The official possession stat, Palace have had 28 per cent. Still 0-0.

3:25pm

Half way through the first half and it's pretty even. Saints have had the most of possession, while Palace have been full of effort. Neither goalkeeper has seen much action.

3:21pm

Straight into the hands of Boruc, who got hold of the ball despite being fouled.

3:20pm

20 - Palace corner. Some pretty pedestrian lead up, but a good chance at the set piece, nevertheless.

3:17pm

After a little bit of back-and-forth, it ends safely in Speroni's hands.

3:16pm

It scoots across, helped by a Palace head, for a throw on the other side.

But the pressure's still on and Saints now have a corner.

3:15pm

15 - Bolasie judge to have handled in the far corner. Davis to whip in the free kick.

3:14pm

12 - Saints passing it around nicely for the most part but some good chasing and some sloppy touches giving the Eagles a decent sniff of posession.

And they look to go on the attack as soon as they get it too.

A couple of nice, insightful touches from Jedinak early on.

3:11pm

The crowd at Selhurst Park in fine voice, as ever. It's a sell out too.

3:11pm

10 - A long ball from Jedinak in the deep seemed to give Murray some space behind the defenders. If only he hadn't have been off side too.

3:09pm

9 - I was off my seat there as Saints piled on a load of pressure in the box. Speroni looked to have pulled off a wonder save...but there had been an offside int he middle of the box long before. 

3:03pm

2 - At the other end, another speculative crack as Murray boofs one over his own head and 20m or so over the goal.

3:02pm

A Lallana cross to the edge of the area leads to a speculative volley from Rodriguez. Well wide.

 

3:00pm

Here we go, Palace kick off. Palace shooting towards the Holmesdale in the first half.

2:59pm

Nothing compared to what every Palace player's getting, though. Obviously.

2:58pm

Nice applause from the home fans as Clyne and Fonte's names read out in the Saints line-up.

2:56pm

Crowd on their feet as the teams come out. *Glad All Over*

2:55pm

The Eagles sit 16th after 27 games, with 27 points. It's tight at the bottom with just 10 points separating 10th and last place, so despite their upturn in form under Pulis, there's still a scrap to stay up.

In their last five league games, Palace have won two, lost two and drawn one.

Saints are comfortably in a rut in 9th on 39 points. Newcastle in 8th are on 43 points and West Ham in 10th have 31. That said, it's been a bit disappointing of late for Southampton three losses, a draw and a solitary win against Hull in their last five. 

The Eagles should fancy their chances here.

2:49pm

As the Crystals do their dancing in the middle, here's a reminder of how the teams are doing...

2:47pm

There's no spot in the squad today for Marouane Chamakh, who clearly didn't come through fitness tests after injuring his hamstring in last week's 1-1 draw with Swansea.

2:43pm

And Saints:

Artur Boruc (GK), Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Shneiderlin, Dejan Lovren, Jose Fonte, Rickie Lambert, Steven Davis, Jay Rodriguez, Jack Cork, Adam Lallana (c), Luke Shaw.

 

Subs: Paula Gazzaniga, Maya Yoshida, Gaston Ramirez, Victor Wanyama, James Ward-Prowse, Calum Chambers, Sam Gallagher.

Referee: Howard Webb

2:40pm

Here we go, let's start with Palace:

1. Julian Speroni

2. Joel Ward

6. Scott Dann

7. Yannick Bolasie

8. Kagisho Dikgacoi

13. Jason Puncheon

15. Mile Jedinak

17. Glenn Murray

21. Dean Moxey

27. Damien Delaney

28. Joe Ledley

subs: 26. Wayne Hennessey, 11. Thomas Ince, 14. Jerome Thomas, 16. Dwight Gayle, 19. Danny Gabbidon, 30, Cameron Jerome, 46. Barry Bannan.

2:34pm

Hello. It's a lovely afternoon here at Selhurst Park and it looks like Spring may finally be here at last.

We've got some team news coming next...

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