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Saints 1 West Brom 0
Updated 4:56pm Saturday 11th January 2014 in Football
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- Saints 1 (Lallana 66) West Brom 0
- Saints have ended a run of four home games without a home win at St Mary's thanks to Adam Lallana's sixth goal of the season.
- Mauricio Pochettino's side remain in ninth place in the Premier League
Saints 1 West Brom 0. Successive West Brom corners in injury time after Boruc palms away the first, but Howard Webb blows his whistle as goalkeeper Ben Foster attempts an acrobatic kick in the penalty area.
Guly Do Prado makes a rare appearance in place of Rodriguez
Wonderful point-blank save from Artur Boruc on his return, denying Shane Long following Ridgwell's precise pass from the left. That save was as good as a goal at the other end.
WBA sub: Striker Matej Vydra has come on for midfielder Amalfitano
Ward-Prowse on for Lallana
Ramirez attempts to find the far corner from the right-hand edge of the area, but misses the target by a big margin
WBA sub: Gera on for McAuley
WBA sub: Anelka off, Berahino on
Olsson booked for high studs-up challenge on Lallana
1-0! Lallana's broken the deadlock, sweeping in Gaston's first-time, left-footed pass from the right. 'Happy Birthday Mum' was shown to be writ large over the t-shirt underneath his shirt as he celebrated.
Gaston won a free-kick on the edge of the area following Anelka's challenge, but curled it tamely into the arms of Foster
It's not happening for Saints so far today but let's see if Gaston Ramirez can spark this game into life. He's on for Cork, so Davis drops into a holding role alongside Schneiderlin.
Shane Long booked for late tackle on Schneiderlin
Today's attendance is 28,610. Only the visits from Sunderland and Swansea have attracted fewer to St Mary's in the Premier League this season
Davis shot blocked. Saints have definitely gone up a gear since the break but we're still without a much-needed goal
Rodriguez did brilliantly to dispossess Mulumbu and then cut inside the covering defender. But after creating the opportunity he missed the target with just the keeper to beat
Great defending from Lovren to slide in and disposess Shane Long without giving away a corner
Saints 0 WBA 0. Rodriguez shinned a shot over the bar in injury-time. It's safe to say the second half will be an improvement
Wonder what new West Brom boss Pepe Mel is thinking as he watches from the director's box at St Mary's...
Jack Cork battles for the ball. Sums up the half really - a battle with very little action to speak of in the final third...
Two Clyne crosses fail to clear the first man but the second deflects to Steve Davis, whose clever outside-of-the-foot ball finds Lambert. The No 7 responds with a left-footed volley that flies high and wide. Goal of the season contender if it had gone in.
Lambert's cross is headed behind for a corner by Olsson. From the flag kick West Brom counter-attack, but it comes to nothing
Lambert's direct free-kick from the corner of the penalty area cannons into the 3-man wall. Sums up the game so far
Lambert thumps a 20-yarder at Ben Foster, who collects comfortably
Dejan Lovren booked for foul on Shane Long, one of the goalscorers when West Brom won the corresponding game last season 3-0, shortly after Steven Reid's free-kick flies over the bar
Luke Shaw's left-flank cross is delivered with pace into the six-yard box but Gareth McAuley deflects it skywards at the near post and Ben Foster holds on as it plummets with Lambert lurking
Jack Cork also fires wide from the edge of the area
Davis drills wide of goal after a mistake from Jonas Olsson
More Cruyff-like close control from Lallana was followed by a clever left-footed pass from inside the area for Rickie Lambert, who fired across goal and beyond the far post
Lallana's Cruyff turn created space, taking him away from two West Brom defenders. His shot was comfortably saved by Ben Foster.
Hands shaken, silly little jackets off...almost game time
All the players are off the field now with just over ten minutes until kick off
Adam Lallana is the first Saints player to head back down the tunnell as the warm-ups start to come to an end
West Brom have made seven alterations after their FA Cup exit to Crystal Palace, including the return of Youssouf Mulumbu after injury.
West Brom will have a new manager watching from the stands in the shape of Pepe Mel, who was appointed on Thursday night.
Keith Downing and Dean Kiely, who have led the Baggies with some credit for the five games since Steve Clarke's departure, are to assist Mel, whose coaching CV also lists the likes of Alaves and Getafe.
The pair will be on the touchline this weekend, with Mel in the stands.
Mel takes over a side out of the FA and League cups and 14th in the Premier League, some four points off the drop zone.
Artur Boruc straight back into the Saints side to face West Brom after a six week absence.
The Polish stopper had been ruled out with a fractured hand but has been brought immediately back into the team at the expense of Kelvin Davis.
That is one of five changes from the side that defeated Burnley in the FA Cup.
Regular centre halves Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren are back in, as were Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez with Maya Yoshida, Jos Hooiveld, James Ward-Prowse and Gaston Ramirez the men to miss out.
Guly do Prado is amongst the subs after two and a half months out following a knee operation.
WBA: Foster, Reid, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Amalfitano, Morrison, Mulumbu, Brunt, Anelka, Long.
Subs: Myhill (gk), Lugano, Berahino, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera, Yacob.
Subs: K. Davis (GK), Yoshida, Ramírez, Ward-Prowse, Guly, Hooiveld, Gallagher.
Saints: Boruc, Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Lallana (c), Rodriguez, Lambert.
Artur Boruc starts for Saints after a six-week absence
Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino in today's programme: "We are keen to get back on track with results and performances, especially at home, so it was good to get our first result of the New Year here with last wekeend's victory over Burnley in the FA Cup...as a square I feel we are stronger both in a mental and physical sense for our experiences over the busy December and Christmas schedule...we have learned the lessons from playing many of the top teams in a short space of time."
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