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- Saints fall to a surprise defeat against relegation battlers Cardiff
- Cala's second-half strike proves the difference between the teams
- Saints lose despite dominating much of the match
- Mauricio Pochettino's side remain eighth in the Premier League
Cardiff hold on for what could be a vital three points. It's a frustrating result for Saints, who dominated much of the game, but the result is far from a disaster for Mauricio Pochettino's side, who remain eighth in the table. Thanks for joining us. We will have a full report and reaction for you on the website shortly, and make sure to see tonight's Sports Pink for even more.
SAINTS 0 CARDIFF 1
CHANCE (89 mins): Wilfried Zaha nearly seals it, breaking clear and bursting between Jose Fonte and Dejan Lovren, only to be denied by Paulo Gazzaniga one-on-one.
CHANCE (82 mins): Another stunning David Marshall stop denies Saints, this time diving low to his left to keep out Nathaniel Clyne's fierce left-footed drive from the edge of the area.
Cardiff: Fabio off, McNaughton on (79 mins).
Saints: Cork off, Do Prado on (79 mins).
CHANCE (77 mins): Saints go close to an equaliser. Morgan Schnedierlin's stunning chipped ball over the top finds Sam Gallagher, but he's denied by a brilliant David Marshall save.
Saints: Chambers off, Clyne on (67 mins).
Saints: Ramirez off, Gallagher on (66 mins).
SAINTS 0 CARDIFF 1 (Cala 65)
It's a goal from out of nowhere, but a huge one for Cardiff, as Cala controls a ball on the edge of the area, moving it into space, before firing a stunning left foot strike into the far corner that gives a diving Paulo Gazzaniga no chance.
Cardiff: Gary Medel off, Wilfried Zaha on (61 mins).
CHANCE (61 mins): Calum Chambers delivers a good cross from the right, which Rickie Lambert glances just over the bar.
CHANCE (60 mins): A rare break forward from Cardiff ends with Jordon Mutch running into space, before firing in a well-struck shot from 25 yards that Paulo Gazzaniga does well to parry away.
The second half is underway.
SAINTS 0 CARDIFF 0
Saints have a penalty appeal waved away by the referee, after claims that Luke Shaw's cross had hit Steven Caulker's arm (38 mins).
CHANCE (27 mins): Rickie Lambert forces David Marshall into a diving save, bending a free-kick over the Cardiff wall from 20 yards after Cala had been judged to have fouled Adam Lallana.
Adam Lallana finds Gaston Ramirez in space on the left side of the area, with the Uruguayan's fierce left-foot shot deflecting off Steven Caulker and crashing against the bar (22 mins).
CHANCE (17 mins): Cardiff have their best effort of the game so far. Fraizer Campbell is fouled by Dejan Lovren just outside the corner of the area. Peter Whittingham takes the resulting free-kick, curling it towards the near post, with Paulo Gazzaniga punching clear. Not a convincing save, but it got the job done.
CHANCE (14 mins): Steven Davis gets slipped in down the right side by Adam Lallana's pass, but his angled shot deflects off Fabio and drifts wide of the far post.
Referee Jon Moss gets the game underway after a minute's silence was held before kick-off to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Apologies for the lack of updates in the build-up. We have been suffering from technical difficulties.
The Saints keepers have come out to warm-up and each of them is wearing a training top with the number nine on the back, in support of injured forward Jay Rodriguez.
Just one change for Saints this afternoon, with Gaston Ramirez overcoming an ankle injury to start in place of Jay Rodriguez.
SAINTS: Gazzaniga; Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Cork, Schnedierlin; S Davis, Lallana, Ramirez; Lambert.
Subs: Cropper, Clyne, Hooiveld, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Gallagher.
CARDIFF: Marshall; Theophile-Catherine, Caulker, Cala, Fabio; Medel; Kim, Mutch, Daehli, Whittingham; Campbell.
Subs: Lewis, Turner, Eikrem, Gunnarsson, McNaughton, Zaha, Bellamy.
Referee: Jon Moss.
Jay Rodriguez is at St Mary's to watch this afternoon's match, following his horror injury at Manchester City last weekend. The forward has been ruled out for about six months after suffering a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino had this to say in today's programme notes...
We will give him all of the support he needs, and I know that the players have rallied around him this week, which is typical of the great group of players that we have here.Mauricio Pochettino
Today's match will kick-off at the later-than-normal time of 3.07pm, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.
Hello and welcome to this Daily Echo blog covering this afternoon's Premier League match between Saints and Cardiff, at St Mary's. Mauricio Pochettino's side are searching for a third conscutive home win today, and they will fancy their chances against a Cardiff team who possess the worst away record in England's top four divisions. The Welsh club desperately need all three points today, as they are currently second-from-bottom and six points adrift of safety. Stay with us for the build-up, team news and match updates.