Saints seal first league win of season

Selhurst Park | Sat 01 Sep 3PM | Attendance: 25,495
Match Report Highlights

Palace vs Saints
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Palace vs Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Southampton beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park
  • Danny Ings put Saints in front early in the second half
  • Pierre-Emile Højbjerg netted second in added time
  • Charlie Austin missed a 64th-minute penalty

i thought we were excellent. i thought we were quicker, sharper and more dynamic in everything we did in comparison to palace.

mark hughes
southampton manager
17.43

Today's game in pictures 📸

Take a look through some of the best images from today's win, and be sure to check out our full gallery later on tonight on the homepage!

17.24

That winning feeling! 😆

Scorer Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, Matt Targett and Nathan Redmond celebrate the second goal against Palace.

17.07

Read our report from today's win!

A great day in south London for Saints, who are coming home with all three points! Click here to read our report from the game.

FULL TIME: Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton

THREE POINTS! Well played, lads! 🙌

GOALSCORER 23 Pierre-Emile Højbjerg

PIERRE SEALS IT ON THE BREAK!

Saints have been under a lot of pressure, but there's no need to worry now, as they break forward and Højbjerg finishes low past Hennessey to ensure all three points are heading back to Southampton!

+2’

GOOOAL!!!

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (+2’) | 0 2

+1’

Benteke denied by McCarthy's sensational stop

WHAT A SAVE! Benteke looks set to head in an equaliser from six yards, but Alex McCarthy makes a superb stop with his legs.

85’

McCarthy again denies Palace

The Saints keeper with another stop, tipping over James McArthur's shot, before Christian Benteke heads over from the corner.

84’

Palace penalty appeals waved away

Palace claim a handball in the Saints area against Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, but referee Martin Atkinson says no, with the replay showing the ball indeed hit the midfielder's knee.

82’

van Aanholt shot saved by McCarthy

Saints' keeper, fresh from his senior England call this week, makes another good stop, diving to his left to push away Patrick van Aanholt's well-struck shot from distance.

80’

Bertrand receives treatment

A worry for Saints, with Ryan Bertrand going down hurt shortly after the team's third and final sub had been made, but the captain is back on.

77’

Southampton substitution: Oriol Romeu replaces Danny Ings

Saints also make their final change of the afternoon.

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76’

Yellow Card for Jannik Vestergaard (Southampton)

Vestergaard is booked for a challenge on Christian Benteke.

76’

Crystal Palace substitution: Alexander Sørloth replaces Jordan Ayew

That's all of Palace's changes made now.

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76’

Crystal Palace substitution: Max Meyer replaces Jeffrey Schlupp

Palace's second change of the day.

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75’

McCarthy saves from Cheikhou Kouyaté

Saints keeper gets down well to tip away the Palace sub's shot.

75’

Crystal Palace substitution: Cheikhou Kouyaté replaces Andros Townsend

Palace make their first change.

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72’

Southampton substitution: Matt Targett replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi

It's a second change of the afternoon for Southampton.

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68’

Great defending from Cédric

Jordan Ayew slides in to meet a deflected cross six yards out, but Cédric matches him and manages to divert his effort wide for a corner, which comes to nothing.

67’

So close to a second for Saints

Nathan Redmond's excellent low shot across goal is saved by Wayne Hennessey. Mohamed Elyounoussi follows up on the rebound, but his effort clips the bar and goes over.

65’

Yellow Card for Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

Wan-Bissaka picked up a caution for handling for the penalty.

64’

Hennessey saves Austin's penalty

Charlie Austin steps up to take the spot kick, but he's denied by Wayne Hennessey, who saves his low effort. A huge chance goes begging.

63’

PENALTY TO SAINTS!

Aaron Wan-Bissaka is judged to have handled from Charlie Austin's shot, and Saints have a spot kick!

Ings celebrates the opener 📸

Danny Ings jumps for joy after netting the first goal of the game, early in the second half.

61’

Southampton substitution: Charlie Austin replaces Shane Long

It's a first change of the day for Saints, with Long going off after picking up an injury.

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59’

McCarthy keeps out Benteke

Close to an equaliser for the hosts, as Christian Benteke powers his way into space in the area, but Alex McCarthy makes an excellent save, before Saints manage to keep Palace out again in the ensuing scramble.

57’

Long goes close to a second for Saints

A nice ball in from Cédric picks out Shane Long in a central position. He leaps well to meet it, but his header is straight at Wayne Hennessey, who makes the save.

53’

McArthur hits the bar!

So nearly an equaliser for Palace, but James McArthur's curling shot from outside the area strikes the bar and cannons to safety.

48’

Long receiving treatment

Shane Long took a knock as he attempted to get onto the ball from Cédric that led to Danny Ings's goal, and, after a period of treatment, the striker is back on his feet.

GOALSCORER 9 Danny Ings

GET IN! DANNY DOES IT AGAIN!

A speculative long ball from the right from Cédric ends up drifting through the Palace backline, and Ings reacts quickest to reach it and poke it past Wayne Hennessey!

46’

GOOOAL!!!

Danny Ings (46’) | 0 1

Second half gets under way...

We're off again at Selhurst Park, as both sides search for a winner in the second half.


COME ON, SAINTS! 👊

First-half images 📸

Take a look through some of our pictures from the opening 45 minutes at Selhurst Park.

HALF TIME: Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

There's the whistle, and it's all square as we head into the break. Saints have had the better of the half, but, as yet, no way through.

+1’

Milivojevic denied by McCarthy

Luka Milivojevic sends in a fierce volley, but Alex McCarthy is well positioned to make the save, as he is tested for the first time in the game.

Half-time approaching...

Saints have looked the better of the two sides so far, but are yet to find a breakthrough. Just one minute left in the first half now.

Lemina hoping for a birthday to remember

Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina turns 25 today, and will be hoping to mark the day with three points this afternoon.

33’

Almost an own goal from Milivojevic

Luka Milivojevic almost heads into his own net from Mohamed Elyounoussi's free-kick, but Wayne Hennessey makes a spectacular save to tip it over the bar.

30’

Benteke's penalty appeal waved away

Christian Benteke goes to ground in the area under a challenge from Ryan Bertrand, but referee Martin Atkinson instantly dismisses the Palace striker's claims.

27’

Hennessey saves from Højbjerg

A fierce strike from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from 25 yards out, but Wayne Hennessey makes a flying stop to tip it over, with the Palace keeper then claiming the resulting corner.

26’

Benteke misses a good chance 

Aaron Wan-Bissaka sends in a cross from the right, which Alex McCarthy comes for, but doesn't get to. Christian Benteke gets his head to it, but sends it wide.

24’

Højbjerg slices wide from distance

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg tries his luck from a long way out, but he slices his effort well wide of the far post.

20’

Long denied by Palace defence

Saints so close to an opener, as Mohamed Elyounoussi turns in the area and clips in a cross that Shane Long controls nicely into space, but his shot is brilliantly blocked by two Palace defenders who threw themselves in the way.

18’

Cédric's effort blocked

Nice interplay between Cédric and Danny Ings leads to the latter opening up a shot from the edge of the area for the former, but the Saints full-back's shot is well blocked.

15’

Ayew fires well over from distance

Jordan Ayew tries his luck from about 25 yards out, but he gets it all wrong and sends it sailing high and wide.

All square after ten minutes

No goals yet at Selhurst Park, although both teams have shown a bit of a threat as they search for the breakthrough.

4’

Redmond tests Hennessey

Nathan Redmond sends in a shot from just outside the box, which takes a deflection and loops towards goal, forcing Wayne Hennesey to tip it over for a corner, which comes to nothing.

2’

Benteke heads wide for Palace

Jordan Ayew swings in a cross from the right, with Christian Benteke winning the header ahead of Cédric, but he glances wide.

0’

We're under way!

We're off and running at Selhurst Park! Come on, Saints!

Teams in the tunnel!

Kick-off is closing in, with the teams about to head out onto the pitch!

14.56

Warm-ups nearly done!

The two teams are finishing up, as kick-off at Selhurst Park approaches!


Stay with us for live updates from the game and free commentary of the match.

14.44

Redmond speaks ahead of kick-off 🎥

Hear from Nathan Redmond, as he gave his pre-match thoughts at Selhurst Park today.

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Hughes's pre-match thoughts 🎥

Watch as Mark Hughes gives his thoughts ahead of kick-off at Selhurst Park.

14.22

we've had a lot of discussion between ourselves and looked back at footage from our last couple of games. we could have done better in areas, but each game is a new opportunity to grab three points.

nathan redmond
saints forward
14.22

Team news recap

So, it's an unchanged line-up for Southampton from the side that played Leicester in the Premier League last weekend.


The big news of the day is on the Palace teamsheet, with star man Wilfried Zaha a surprise absence for the Eagles.

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VOTE NOW
Who are you backing to score first for Saints?

Who are you backing to score first for Saints?

The results so far:

  • Danny Ings
    53%
  • Shane Long
    13%
  • Nathan Redmond
    19%
  • Mohamed Elyounoussi
    9%
  • Ryan Bertrand
    0%
  • Other
    6%

Crystal Palace team announced

Starting XI: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Kelly, Sakho, van Aanholt, Townsend, Milivojevic (c), McArthur, Schlupp, Ayew, Benteke.


Subs: Guaita, Ward, Riedewald, Kouyate, Meye, Puncheon, Sørloth.

14.04

SAINTS TEAM CONFIRMED!

Starting XI: McCarthy, Cédric, Vestergaard, Hoedt, Bertrand (c), Lemina, Højbjerg, Redmond, Elyounoussi, Long, Ings.


Subs: Gunn, Yoshida, Targett, Romeu, Davis, Ward-Prowse, Austin.

14.00

The lads have arrived! 

Southampton's players have arrived at Selhurst Park ahead of today's game. Team news will be coming at 2pm!

13.42

PALACE LOST EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE TEN MATCHES THEY PLAYED WITHOUT wilfried zaha IN 2017/18, COLLECTING ALL OF THEIR 44 POINTS WITH HIM PRESENT. HE REDEFINES 'KEY MAN'.

sam tighe
tactics writer on the palace forward
13.33

YELLOWS! YELLOWS! 💛

The boys are in the new Under Armour yellow away shirt today, for the first time in the Premier League.


If you haven't seen the news, the kit goes on sale from 8am next Friday!

13.14

we want to get back on track. we want to get that first win on the board – that's the key, it just settles everybody down, and then we can build our season.

mark hughes
southampton manager
12.51

Saints get set for today's game! 📸

Take a look through some of our photos from training, as Southampton prepared for the clash with the Eagles.

12.32

Saints aiming for back-to-back wins this week

Mark Hughes's men have already enjoyed one success on the road this week, with Tuesday night's Carabao Cup win at Brighton. Watch back the pick of the action with our 90-second highlights, as Charlie Austin came off the bench late on to net the winner.

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Mark Hughes previews today's game

Watch our interview with the manager, as he gives his thoughts ahead of this afternoon's clash.

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Check out our Match Pack

Get everything you need to know ahead of today's game, including team news, form guide, top performers and key statistics in our Match Pack, in association with SportPesa. Click here to read it.

11.53

IT'S MATCHDAY! 😇

Southampton are on the road today, as they visit Crystal Palace in the Premier League! Mark Hughes's team are aiming for a first league win of the season, and will be looking to build on Tuesday night's Carabao Cup victory at Brighton. We'll have all the build-up, team news, match updates and also free commentary for you from the game, so stick with us throughout the day!

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Palace vs Saints Line Ups

Crystal Palace

13
Wayne Hennessey (GK)
3
Patrick van Aanholt
12
Mamadou Sakho
34
Martin Kelly
29
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
10
Andros Townsend
Cheikhou Kouyaté (72′)
15
Jeffrey Schlupp
Max Meyer (76′)
4
Luka Milivojevic (C)
18
James McArthur
14
Jordan Ayew
Alexander Sørloth (76′)
17
Christian Benteke
9
Alexander Sørloth
31
Vicente Guaita
2
Joel Ward
42
Jason Puncheon
44
Jairo Riedewald
8
Cheikhou Kouyaté
7
Max Meyer

Southampton

1
Alex McCarthy (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand (C)
6
Wesley Hoedt
4
Jannik Vestergaard
2
Cédric Soares
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Mario Lemina
11
Mohamed Elyounoussi
Matt Targett (73′)
22
Nathan Redmond
9
Danny Ings
Oriol Romeu (78′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (62′)
3
Maya Yoshida
8
Steven Davis
16
James Ward-Prowse
14
Oriol Romeu
33
Matt Targett
28
Angus Gunn
10
Charlie Austin

Palace vs Saints Match Stats

Crystal Palace

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    51
    49
  • Shots
    20
    19
  • Shots on target
    6
    6
  • Corners
    7
    4
  • Passes Complete
    338
    326

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Shots On Target
2
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Chances Created
3
Cédric
Cédric
Passes Completed
65
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
Tackles
4
Mario Lemina
Mario Lemina
Clearances
7
Jannik Vestergaard
Jannik Vestergaard
Saves
6
Alex McCarthy
Alex McCarthy