Southampton 0-0 West Brom (23.08.2013) Live Commentary

Both squads’ performance today has been far from perfect and failed to satisfy the fans. There wasn’t any significant dominance on either side in this game. The home side attempted to create scoring opportunities mostly with long balls, while the away team tried to prevail using combination football.
The referee checks his watch and blows his whistle to signal the end of this match.
The resulting corner, taken by Chris Brunt (West Brom), comes to nothing.
A pass, produced by Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom), ends up in the no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The ball is out of bounds. West Brom win a corner kick.
3 additional min. will be played.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) was trying to latch on to a defence-splitting pass, which could have put him in a promising position, but one of the defending players intercepted the effort.
The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Saido Berahino goes off the pitch and Stephane Sessegnon (West Brom) comes on in his place.
Jason Davidson (West Brom) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Graham Dorrans (West Brom), but he can’t get on the end of a pass.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) produces a lovely ball into the penalty area in order to find one of his teammates. The opposing defender manages to intercept and comfortably averts the danger.
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A yellow card for a tackle by Craig Gardner (West Brom). Roger East doesn’t hesitate at all to make this decision.
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) attempts to send a cross in order to find one of his teammates. The opposition’s defence averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
James Ward-Prowse will be replaced by Jack Cork (Southampton).
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Chris Brunt (West Brom).
Ideye Brown (West Brom) comes close to scoring. He connected with a pass inside the box, and he perhaps should have done better than direct his shot straight at Fraser Forster.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) gets to the rebound outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to fire on goal. It was a promising attempt, but one of the defending players got in its way and blocked it.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) strikes from the free kick from a promising position, just outside the box. This amazing shot goes in a good direction, but only rattles the left post.
Youssouf Mulumbu (West Brom) with an overly-aggressive challenge, and referee Roger East blows his whistle for a foul. Southampton with a free kick.
Excellent touch by Dusan Tadić (Southampton)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box but produces a miskick that goes well wide of the right post. Poor effort.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) strikes the ball goalwards from a mid-range free kick, but his effort goes towards the middle of the goal. Not a big deal for the goalkeeper.
Today’s referee Roger East rightly decides to book Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) for his harsh tackle. A mid-range free kick is given away to West Brom.
Good movement by Saido Berahino (West Brom), but he can’t find any of his teammates with a poor cross.
Ideye Brown (West Brom) can’t control an accurate defence-splitting pass very well, and thus one of the defending players reacts well to rob him of the ball.
Alan Irvine has decided to introduce fresh legs, with Jason Davidson (West Brom) replacing Sebastien Pocognoli.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) overhits a cross from the corner, and none of his teammates can get his head on it.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) tries to send a pass but it’s blocked. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Southampton.
Great ball in from Sebastien Pocognoli. Ideye Brown (West Brom) should really do better with a close-range header, but he heads it by a whisker wide of the right post.
Great solo effort by Dusan Tadic (Southampton) as he beats two defenders before unleashing a low drive from just outside of the box, directed towards the middle of the goal. The goalkeeper is ready and makes a decent save.
Shane Long (Southampton) misses a good chance to score. A perfect cross into the box finds Shane Long (Southampton) who rises for a header, but he sends the ball well over the bar.
That will be all from Victor Anichebe who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Ideye Brown (West Brom).
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) whips the ball into the penalty area, but one of the opposition’s defenders makes a quick reaction and spanks it away.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) gets to the rebound outside the box and doesn’t hesitate to fire on goal. It was a promising attempt, but one of the defending players got in its way and blocked it.
Half-time substitution. Ronald Koeman decided to make a change. Steven Davis is replaced by Shane Long (Southampton).
The whistle blows and Roger East starts the second half.
The players have certainly not shown us their best yet in this clash. Let’s hope the next 45 minutes will be much more attractive. They both struggle for the dominance over the game. The home side’s tactic is what is called kick and rush football, exact opposite of the away team which makes a lot of passes and attempts to maintain possession.
That is it for the first half after the referee blows his whistle and the players head to their dressing rooms.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
Fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) is caught offside!
Chris Brunt (West Brom) can’t be surprised. Good decision by the referee who cooled the situation down. I have seen yellow cards, or worse, given in these situations before.
Dusan Tadic (Southampton) attempts to find the head of one of his teammates with a cross from a free kick. His effort is a bit too strong and the ball flies behind for a goal-kick.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) with a rough challenge, Roger East blows his whistle for a foul.
Ben Foster pulls off a great save to deny Dusan Tadic (Southampton), who makes himself some space inside the box and unleashes a quick low drive to the bottom left corner.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) does his best to catch the ball into the box from a cross, but he isn’t successful.
What a goal-scoring opportunity! Graziano Pellè (Southampton) makes a good run into the box to collect a killer pass and slams the ball on goal, but the shot is blocked by the defender with an amazing slide tackle.
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) latches on to a pin-point through ball, but one of the defending players dispossess him. Brilliant defending.
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) sprays a pass out to Graham Dorrans (West Brom), but he can’t beat his man to get to the ball.
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) is able to continue to play.
Sebastien Pocognoli (West Brom) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) launches a cross from the corner, but Fraser Forster is alert to thwart the effort.
Craig Gardner (West Brom) rose like a stag to produce a header from the resulting corner, but one of the defending players intercepts the ball and averts the threat. The assistant referee makes a right call and West Brom will have a corner.
Chris Brunt (West Brom) goes over to take a corner kick that has been awarded by the referee.
What a great touch by Graham Dorrans (West Brom) as he controls a fine pass into the box and takes a shot to the right side of the goal, but an opposing player makes a clearance. Great defending. It will be a corner kick for West Brom.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance.
Graham Dorrans (West Brom) launches the ball from the resulting corner, but one of the defenders is first to the ball and averts the threat.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) sends a pass which fails to reach any of his teammates. Good work from West Brom as they win a corner.
Dusan Tadic sends a terrific cross into the box. Graziano Pelle (Southampton) gets on the end of it but his header from the centre of the box goes just wide of the right post.
The resulting set piece, sent into the penalty area by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton), was easily averted by one of the defenders.
Saido Berahino (West Brom) should know this behaviour is beyond the rules. He was too careless with his challenge and made Roger East blow the whistle. Southampton will take a free kick nearby the side line.
Victor Anichebe (West Brom) was in a good opportunity when he latched on to a cross from the side, but his strike from the six-yard box isn’t accurate enough, and the ball goes within a few inches of the right post.
Victor Anichebe (West Brom) fails to beat the offside trap and the linesman puts his flag up.
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