Southampton 3-0 West Brom (16.01.2016) Live Commentary

The game hasn’t been exhilerating, but it hasn’t been totally boring either. There have been a few nice movements on both sides. The hosts were superior today. The home side attempted to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. The away team, on the other hand, played long-ball football.
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
A clumsy foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton) and Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. West Brom will take a free kick nearby the side line.
A pass from Oriol Romeu (Southampton) is intercepted by Boaz Myhill and the move breaks down.
Rough tackle by Shane Long (Southampton). The referee blows his whistle for a foul.
Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and it is Craig Gardner (West Brom) who is penalised for an offensive foul. Good decision by the referee.
3 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
Craig Dawson (West Brom) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat.
Handball by Claudio Yacob (West Brom).
Craig Gardner (West Brom) whips in the resulting set piece which has been cleared.
The game is interrupted. James McClean (West Brom) has violated the rules in the battle for the ball. No protests or gestures are being made as he is quite aware of what he did. A free kick to Southampton. They can move closer towards the goal.
That will be all from Alves Cedric who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Cuco Martina (Southampton).
Chris Brunt (West Brom) launches a cross from the corner, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) is alert to thwart the effort.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) takes the corner and sends it into the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence is ready and makes a good clearance. West Brom will take a corner kick.
An unsuccessful cross into the box by Craig Dawson (West Brom). The opponent’s defence clears the ball away to safety. West Brom earn a corner.
Shane Long (Southampton) is able to continue to play.
Shane Long (Southampton) is asking for medical treatment after picking up an injury.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) delivers a promising cross into the box which is cleared.
James McClean (West Brom) whips a promising cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence intercepts the ball.
Alves Cedric (Southampton) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
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A pass by Craig Gardner (West Brom) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) sends a pass into the box, but the opposition’s defence is alert to the danger and makes a clearance.
Substitution. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) on for Steven Davis.
Goal! Steven Davis produces a great pass which finds Dusan Tadic (Southampton) inside the penalty area, who takes advantage of the situation to fire into the right side of the goal. 3:0.
Steven Davis (Southampton) can’t slip the ball through and the move breaks down.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) finds himself in a promising position after receiving an excellent pass into the box, but one of the defenders produces timely intervention to avert the threat.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) delivers a low pass into the box which is intercepted.
Victor Anichebe (West Brom) released a superb first-time shot from the edge of the box. His effort flies narrowly wide of the left post. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Southampton.
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) looks to break free, but his touch lets him down and loses the ball. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Brom.
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
Claudio Yacob (West Brom) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick near the sideline to Southampton.
Tony Pulis has decided to make a change. Saido Berahino (West Brom) replaces Stephane Sessegnon.
The referee gives a time for a substitution. Sadio Mane will be replaced by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).
Sadio Mane (Southampton) comes up with a dangerous chip pass into the box and attempts to set up an ideal shooting position for his teammates, but the effort is intercepted by one of the defenders.
The free kick from long range. Craig Gardner (West Brom) sends over a cross but the defence is alert.
The game is interrupted. One of the players from West Brom is cautioned for his agressive play. Southampton earn a free kick.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) receives a well-taken pass inside the penalty area and shoots. His effort sails far wide of the left post.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) is unable to feed a through ball into the path of his teammates.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) takes the responsibility and fires a first-time shot from about the 30 metres out, but he doesn’t hit the ball properly and it flies high over the crossbar.
A cross into the penalty area from Matt Targett (Southampton) would have to be more accurate in order to create a goal-scoring opportunity for his team. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Brom.
Martin Atkinson blows his whistle and signals a foul after Craig Dawson (West Brom) brought his opponent down. A free kick is given to Southampton.
Jose Rondon (West Brom) is adjudged to have been offside when making his run.
Some great controlled play and passing in the middle of the pitch from West Brom.
Alves Cedric (Southampton) latches onto a lofted pass on the edge of the penalty box and unleashes a volley towards goal, but it goes high over the crossbar.
The defence is alert as they clear a dangerous cross from Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom).
Excellent touch by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes high above the bar. Poor effort.
Martin Atkinson blows the whistle. Jose Rondon (West Brom) commits a foul after a dangerous play.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) takes the corner kick, but Fraser Forster (Southampton) reads it well and stops the effort.
James McClean (West Brom) sends a cross into the box, but the opposition’s defence quickly intercepts the ball. The ball goes behind for a corner. West Brom will have an opportunity to endanger the opposition’s goal.
Victor Anichebe (West Brom) climbs high to connect with a cross near the penalty spot and plants a header which goes high over the bar.
Half-time substitution. Jonas Olsson is replaced by Jose Rondon (West Brom).
Tony Pulis makes a switch. Chris Brunt (West Brom) is coming on in place of Darren Fletcher at the start of the second period.
The half-time break is over and the second half is about to start.
Not the best game in the world so far but certainly not the worst either. Chances have been few. In most features so far, the hosting team dominated the game and made the opponent struggle to keep up. The home side attempts to hold onto the ball for as long as possible. The away team’s main weapon are fast counter-attacks.
The referee blows his whistle for half-time, so nothing more will happen in the first half of this match.
Fourth official shows 1 min. of added time.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) is penalised. He knocks an opponent down.
Martin Atkinson couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Darren Fletcher (West Brom) and blew the whistle.
The ball is cleared after Sadio Mane (Southampton) attempted to dribble past an opposing player.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) produces a lovely chip pass into the box, but one of the opposition players cuts it out.
Craig Dawson (West Brom) crosses into the box from near the side line, but he doesn’t hit it as he wanted, and it’s averted by the well-organized defence.
The statistics of shots on goal are at the moment – 4:0.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) sends a killer pass from the edge of the box, but one of the defenders reacts at the last minute and thwarts his effort.
Attempted cross from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is cleared.
Matt Targett (Southampton) is first to the rebound but his shot is blocked. Wow, what an escape there for the opposition.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) converts the penalty with ease by slotting the ball into the bottom left corner of the goal after the goalkeeper guesses wrong and dives the opposite way!
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is going to take the penalty!
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) makes a rough challenge and Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul.
Darren Fletcher (West Brom) was too aggressive in his challenge. The referee blows his whistle.
Craig Dawson (West Brom) is penalised for tripping, a poor challenge. Martin Atkinson, blowing his whistle for a foul, makes it clear he won’t tolerate such behaviour. The referee gives a penalty to Southampton!
The Southampton players keep the ball and are exchanging a combination of passes. They are waiting for gaps in defence to open up.
James McClean (West Brom) is trying to get into the box. He sends a low pass, but it’s blocked and cleared.
Boaz Myhill displays his ability to read the game and clears the danger after Sadio Mane (Southampton) was about to latch on a through ball.
Boaz Myhill makes a good save! Shane Long (Southampton) weaves through the defence easily and fires from long range. His low shot goes towards the middle of the goal, but it is denied by the goalkeeper!
Jonny Evans (West Brom) sends a lofted cross into the penalty area. Unfortunately for him, the opponent’s defence deals with his cross comfortably and intercepts it.
The resulting corner from James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is averted by the opposition’s defence.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) wins some space for himself around the penalty spot and manages to produce a promising header. One of the defenders denies his effort before it gets to the goalkeeper and thus spares him a lot of work. Southampton win a corner.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) skips past his man but can’t keep the ball in play.
The assistant referee raises his flag. Shane Long (Southampton) is adjudged offside.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) is caught offside!
Matt Targett (Southampton) serves in a nice cross, but the defence clear the danger.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) cracks a volley from just outside the box, but his miskick goes into the sky.
Shane Long (Southampton) with a through ball, but overhits his pass.
James McClean (West Brom) is moving again okay after that injury scare.
James McClean (West Brom) is down injured and the referee stops play so that he can receive medical treatment.
A pass by Steven Davis (Southampton) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The ball is out of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for West Brom.
Alves Cedric (Southampton) swings in a cross, but the ball is cleared to safety by one of the defending players.
A cross from the side of the pitch flies into the box, but it doesn’t reach its intended target. Alves Cedric (Southampton) would have to aim better in order to get more out of it. The ball goes out-of-play and West Brom will have a goal kick.
Gareth McAuley (West Brom) carelessly plunged himself under the feet of his opponent and couldn’t expect to avoid punishment. This time, Martin Atkinson keeps the cards in his pocket, but he blows for the foul. Southampton will take a free kick.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) attempts to find one of his teammates with a fine lofted pass, but the defence reacts well to intercept the effort.
Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) attempts to send a low pass into the box from the edge of the penalty area, but the opposition’s defence knocks the ball to safety.
Steven Davis (Southampton) received a clever through ball which could have put him in a promising position, but the defence was alert to the danger.
Alves Cedric (Southampton) and Steven Davis combine well with a quick one-two pass to trick their opponent.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot, but it goes narrowly wide of the left post!
Victor Wanyama (Southampton) sends a cross into the box. However, the opponent’s defence eliminates the danger by clearing the ball out.
Neat passing move from Southampton in order to create new attacking opportunities.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the free kick and beats the goalkeeper with a shot which goes inside the left post. Simply stunning!
Craig Dawson (West Brom) jumps into tackle, but Martin Atkinson blows his whistle for a foul. There is a free kick given to Southampton.
Alves Cedric (Southampton) produces a cross into the box. The opposition’s defence clears the ball to safety.
Virgil Van Dijk (Southampton) sends a beautiful cross into the penalty area. The opposition’s defence manages to clear the ball to safety.
The Southampton players are exchanging some short passes to open the opposition’s defence to hit them swiftly on the break.
The linesman’s flag has already been raised for offside when Victor Anichebe (West Brom) headed on.
The first half has started.
The players are out at last! West Brom will take the kick-off.
Martin Atkinson got the nomination for today’s game and will try his best to be a fair judge and not to do any mistake.
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