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    Southampton 0-1 Stoke. Match Report

    Stoke City defeated Southampton for the first time since 1980 as Bojan Krkic scored in a 1-0 win for Mark Hughes side.

    The former Barcelona wonderkid steered in an Erik Pieters cross in the 10th minute. This latest victory for the Potters means they have only lost once in seven away matches in the Premier League to date.

    The return of captain Ryan Shawcross has been one of the reasons why Stoke have improved in the last few weeks.

    Southampton’s unbeaten run ended at six matches as they offered very little going forward. The Saints registered their first shot on goal in the 70th minute.

    Ronald Koeman’s decision to start with Shane Long ahead of Sadio Mane was an interesting decision as the Republic of Ireland striker has not played for his club in five weeks.

    Stoke rise into the top half due to today’s victory which is their fifth win in seven league matches as for Southampton they drop down to eighth.

    The Saints dominate possession against most teams and this was no different. They had 16 shots on the opponents goal but only one tested Jack Butland in the Stoke goal.

    Southampton failed to deal with the Potters attacking trio of Bojan, Xherdan Shaqiri and Marko Arnautovic as they had nine shots between them.

    Stoke have turned a corner after their poor start to the season. The Potters were once famed for making the Britannia a fortress but this season they have been a force on the road.

    Philip Wollscheid fouled Graziano Pelle in the penalty area but the claims for a penalty were waved away by Lee Mason.  That was the fortune Stoke deserved as Southampton were poor today.

    The stubborn rearguard of the Potters have not conceded an away goal since September 12 and this away win at Southampton where they have not won  for 35 years was fully justified.

    Southampton face Manchester City away from home next Saturday whilst Stoke face a trip to Sunderland.

    By Dominic Rust

    Bojan by Sergi Gispert.
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