The match between Stoke and Southampton at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday looked as if it would be tight due to both teams impressive defensive records.

However, the first goal came after just 13 seconds. Home goalkeeper Asmir Begovic punted a long ball forward and, with strong wind behind him and opposite number Artur Boruc misjudging the bounce, the ball ended up in the back of the net.

Stoke should have doubled their lead after Peter Crouch flicked a corner onto Ryan Shawcross but the defender mishit his attempt from the edge of the six-yard box.

The game continued at a fast pace and Southampton nearly equalised when Dejan Lovren headed wide at a corner. The equaliser eventually came just before half-time when James Ward-Prowse found space on the right and sent a looping cross which met the head of Rodriguez who headed down and over Boruc.

The Pole was called into action again soon after the restart, denying Marko Arnautovic. Shortly afterward, Stephen N'Zonzi carelessly gave away a free-kick on the edge of the area that Ward-Prowse curled onto the roof of the net as Southampton pushed forward.

The Stoke midfielder also had a late chance of his own before Southampton had a penalty claim turned down when Shawcross appeared to handle the ball in the area.

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