Stoke ends Saints’ un­beaten run

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Bo­jan Kr­kic scored the only goal of the af­ter­noon to con­tinue Stoke City’s im­pres­sive run with their first win at Southamp­ton in 25 years yes­ter­day. Southamp­ton had not lost a home league game to Stoke since Oc­to­ber 1980, but that statis­tic fell early when Span­ish striker Bo­jan flicked in an Erik Pi­eters cross for his third goal of the sea­son. Mark Hughes’ side have lost just once away this term and climb to tenth, a point be­hind Southamp­ton who suf­fered their first de­feat in their last seven league matches.

In an evenly-matched tie in St Mary’s, Southamp­ton’s Jordy Clasie had the first shot at goal but sent wide with Du­san Tadic also off tar­get. Bo­jan missed a chance on nine min­utes but a minute later made no mis­take fol­low­ing a charge by Swiss winger Xher­dan Shaqiri down the right to play to Marko Ar­nau­tovic. Aus­trian Ar­nau­tovic passed to full-back Pi­eters, whose cross was flicked in at the near post by the un­marked Bo­jan. Saints had lit­tle to of­fer in at­tack, with Tadic miss­ing a couple of chances and Vir­gil van Dijk head­ing Steven Davis’ free­kick over.

Sa­dio Mane came on with 20 min­utes to go and came close only for Pot­ters goal­keeper Jack But­land to save his curl­ing ef­fort from out­side the box. Ibrahim Afel­lay and Char­lie Adam both missed chances to add to Stoke’s tally late in the game with a header from Saints’ Jose Fonte com­ing close to get­ting the equal­izer. Af­ter a slow start to this sea­son Stoke are hit­ting form with five wins in their last seven league games, in­clud­ing their 1-0 de­feat of cham­pi­ons Chelsea, los­ing just once in seven away games this sea­son at Arse­nal. Ron­ald Koe­man’s Saints drop to eighth af­ter their third de­feat at St Mary’s this sea­son. — AFP

SOUTHAMP­TON: Stoke City’s Bo­jan Kr­kic scores his side’s first goal, dur­ing the English Premier League soc­cer match be­tween Southamp­ton and Stoke City yes­ter­day. — AP

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