Stoke zero-zero Southampton: Mark Arnautovic despatched off however cussed Potters maintain on for some extent


Mark Hughes’S four-hundredth match as a Premier League supervisor was not one he’ll overlook. 

The Stoke Metropolis boss noticed ahead Marko Arnautovic despatched off within the twenty fourth minute earlier than Saints striker Shane Lengthy escaped the identical destiny for what seemed to be an elbow in a feisty goalless draw. 

‘Referees assume they’ve to return right here and calm Stoke gamers down and that’s value us,’ stated Hughes. ‘All you ask is that they get selections proper. I used to be disillusioned. It was a mistimed deal with. He’s clearly caught him however I don’t assume it was carried out with intent or violence.’  

Mark Arnautovic seems up on the referee after going into Sofiane Boufal (backside) together with his studs displaying

Referee Anthony Taylor (third left) confirmed no hesitation in displaying a straight purple card to the Austrian ahead (2nd left)

Arnautovic makes his approach off the pitch after being dismissed for the reckless problem within the twenty third minute

Potters supervisor Mark Hughes grew more and more annoyed as selections continued to go towards his group

Shane Lengthy seems as much as the skies after narrowly lacking an opportunity to interrupt the impasse on Wednesday night time

Southampton supervisor Claude Puel was left annoyed as his workforce failed to interrupt down their 10-man opposition


STOKE CITY (four-three-2-1): Grant 7; Johnson 6, Shawcross 6, Martins Indi 6, Pieters 6; Whelan 5.5, Adam 5.5 (Muniesa 88), Allen 6.5; Shaqiri 5.5 (Diouf fifty seven, 5), Arnautovic four (OFF 24); Walters 5.5 

Subs not used: Bony, Imbula, Given, Krkic

Booked: Allen 

Despatched off: Arnautovic 

SOUTHAMPTON (four-three-three): Forster 6; Martina 6 (McQueen eighty four), Van Dijk 6, Fonte 6.5, Bertrand 5.5; Davis 5.5, Romeu 6, Ward-Prowse 6; Redmond 6 (Rodriguez sixty six,5), Lengthy 5.5 (Tadic sixty six,5), Boufal 7 

Subs not used: Yoshida, Clasie, Hojberg, Taylor, 

Booked: Romeu

Referee: Anthony Taylor 5.5

Man of the Match: Boufal


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Hughes has typically spoken of his view that the Potters will not be precisely the person within the center’s favorite. He may have seen little right here to vary his thoughts however shall be delighted with some extent.

The house aspect made three modifications from Saturday’s barely unlucky three-1 defeat at Arsenal and made a speedy begin right here, with Fraser Forster utilizing his legs to disclaim Joe Allen from shut vary and Charlie Adam putting an formidable overhead kick over the bar from the ensuing nook.

Saints made 4 switches from Saturday’s 1-zero win over Middlesbrough for the 185-mile journey north.

Within the construct-up, the Stoke Sentinel had listed certainly one of their new faces, Nathan Redmond because the opposition participant to boo, given he selected the south coast over the Potteries when he made his £10m transfer from Norwich Metropolis in the summertime.

He virtually made a sudden influence, teeing up Sofiane Boufal who drilled harmlessly large from distance in a vibrant opening beneath the bet365 lights.

Energetic Morocco worldwide Boufal got here shut to creating amends when he robbed Glenn Whelan however was denied by a great cease low to his left by Lee Grant earlier than Shane Lengthy fired broad from a promising place. 

Ryan Bertand (proper) prepares to dam as Stoke midfielder Charlie Adam (centre) makes an attempt a flying overhead kick

Stoke supporters have been stepping into the Christmas spirit on a chilly night on the bet365 Stadium

English ahead Nathan Redmond (proper) is introduced down by Swiss winger Xherdan Shaqiri (left) on the wing

Enter the actual pantomime villain. The final time referee Anthony Taylor was in these elements he despatched a livid Mark Hughes to the stands for stepping out of his technical space in a match Stoke would go on to lose four-zero to Tottenham Hotspur. This time he went one higher and confirmed pink to considered one of his gamers.

On 24 minutes, Marko Arnautovic went in studs up on Boufal as he managed Cuco Martina’s throw-in and caught him on the thigh. Taylor did the remaining. ‘He performs for Stoke, ship him off,’ roared the aggrieved house followers. The problem was lazy and mistimed, and the Austrian, in contrast to his supporters within the stands, can have few complaints.

It created a well-known siege mentality setting and an offside flag waved in favour of the house aspect shortly earlier than half-time was greeted with an ironic standing ovation all through the stadium.

Their temper, and that of their supervisor, wouldn’t have improved when Lengthy went unpunished after an obvious elbow left Bruno Martins Indi pole-axed. 

Shane Lengthy and Co discovered it troublesome to interrupt via the host’s cussed defence through the first half

English centre-again Ryan Shawcross (proper) rises excessive to beat Irish striker Lengthy (centre) to a header

Glen Johnson of Stoke (left) slides in to deal with full again Ryan Bertrand through the scrappy Premier League conflict

Southampton had scored in every of their final 14 visits to Stoke, a run stretching again to a 1-zero defeat in August 1977.

Redmond virtually prolonged that run however was denied by Grant earlier than the identical man flicked a nook goalwards just for Erik Pieters to clear off the road.

The strain got here in droves from the guests. Grant produced a nice flying save to disclaim Ryan Bertrand, whereas Virgil van Dijk headed a nook over.

Sub Jay Rodgriguez was inches from connecting with Boufal’s cross however the 10 males one way or the other managed to hold on.

Southampton have scored simply 4 objectives of their final eight Premier League matches, and supervisor Claude Puel stated: ‘It was a disappointment. We must be extra aggressive.’ 

In the meantime Hughes, at fifty three, will need to add much more to his spectacular four hundred. He won’t, nevertheless, fancy many extra nights like this.

Ryan Bertrand’s ferocious 30-yard strike was saved brilliantly by Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant (proper)

Stopper Grant (proper) fees out to disclaim Jay Rodriguez (left) a goalscoring probability together with his fingertips

Grant pumps his fist in celebration of a clear sheet and some extent after the referee had blown his remaining whistle