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Young guns fire Saints into fourth round

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Saints vs HUD As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Will Smallbone scores on his senior debut as Saints advance in the Emirates FA Cup
  • Jake Vokins adds a late second on his home debut and first career start 
  • Shane Long finds the net in the first half, but it's ruled out for offside by VAR
  • Saints progress to the fourth round with victory

Vokins: I couldn't be happier

Read Jake Vokins's reaction to a dream day after scoring on his full debut at St Mary's 👏

17.51

Our report as Saints progress to round four 😇

Read our match report from St Mary's on a special day for two of our own!

17.48

FULL TIME: Southampton 2-0 Huddersfield Town

A day to remember for the Academy! Southampton progress to the Emirates FA Cup fourth round thanks to goals from two of their own, Will Smallbone and Jake Vokins. The teenage duo struck early and late in the second half respectively in a game in which Saints were rarely troubled. Job done for Ralph Hasenhüttl, who made 10 changes but still saw his team extend their unbeaten run to five matches.

+2’

Long goes close!

The Irishman, denied by VAR in the first half, threatens to score again but this time his shot is deflected narrowly wide.

+1’

Into added time...

Saints are nearly there! Now for the clean sheet...

GOALSCORER 29 Jake Vokins

THAT'S BOTH OF THEM!!! ⚽️⚽️

Vokins joins fellow youngster Smallbone in finding the net! The left-back marks his home debut and his first senior start with a vicious strike from 20 yards that takes a slight deflection but flies in off the underside of the bar! What a day for the Academy 👏

86’

GOOOAL!!!

Jake Vokins (86’) | 2 0

85’

Ward-Prowse shoots wide

The midfielder latches on to Long's lay-off, but the ball was bouncing awkwardly towards his left foot and it's a difficult chance. He keeps it down, but it bobbles off target.

82’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Josh Koroma replaces Lewis O'Brien

Third and final change for the visitors, who now have three strikers on the pitch, with eight minutes of normal time remaining.

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81’

Important block from Cédric

That's the first chance Grant has had - Chalobah escapes down the right and crosses to the far post, where the striker takes the ball down on his chest and shoots, but it cannons against Cédric and behind for a corner, which Saints defend.

78’

Southampton substitution: Michael Obafemi replaces Sofiane Boufal

Boufal trots off and it looks like Obafemi will play from the left in the closing stages.

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77’

Stanković tries his luck

The ball drops to the defender 20 yards out, and he can't resist the urge to have a go. It's a pretty clean strike, but veers a couple of yards wide of Gunn's left-hand post.

74’

Southampton substitution: Cédric replaces Kevin Danso

A straight swap at right-back - Danso has done himself no harm with plenty of positive runs up and down that flank.

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70’

Southampton substitution: Stuart Armstrong replaces Will Smallbone

A day to remember for Smallbone comes to an end. Armstrong is on to provide extra experience for the final 20 minutes.

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68’

Armstrong preparing to come on

It's all been a bit quiet here since the goal. Saints have got the lead they were searching for, but Huddersfield are still not prepared to commit many bodies forward, resulting in something of a stalemate. Ralph Hasenhüttl has turned to his bench and is ready to take action.

65’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Karlan Grant replaces Juninho Bacuna

Second change for the visitors. On comes top scorer Grant, who has 12 goals this season.

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61’

Huddersfield Town substitution: Steve Mounie replaces Fraizer Campbell

A straight swap up front in the first change of the game.

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One for the scrapbook 📸

Goalscorer Will Smallbone celebrates scoring on his senior debut. The dream! We've reached the hour mark at St Mary's, where his goal is all that separates the sides.

56’

What a chance for Schindler!

Huddersfield should be level. A fine delivery from the right from a free-kick finds captain Schindler on the six-yard line, but he can't adjust his body to divert the ball on target.

GOALSCORER 27 Will Smallbone

SMALLBONE SCORES ON HIS DEBUT!!!

What a moment for the 19-year-old! Danso crosses from the right and Long does brilliantly to keep the ball alive with an intelligent header back across goal. Smallbone shows his composure, waiting for it to drop and timing his strike perfectly on his left foot to bury the ball in the corner of the net from 12 yards! Get in!

46’

GOOOAL!!!

Will Smallbone (46’) | 1 0

46’

The visitors get us back under way

Saints were out early for the second half - Ralph Hasenhüttl will want to see more intensity from his team. Come on, lads!

HALF TIME: Southampton 0-0 Huddersfield Town

Boos around St Mary's at the break - not a reflection on Saints' performance, but dissent towards VAR, which intervened to deny the hosts an opener shortly before half time. Shane Long was ruled offside by a matter of millimetres from Will Smallbone's clever pass on his debut. Saints have certainly shaded it, but it has not been a classic, with chances at a premium at both ends. 

+2’

VAR Decision: Goal awarded for Southampton [Shane Long] was cancelled

And it's been chalked off! Have to feel for Long, who is denied his first goal of the season, and Smallbone, who is denied an assist on his debut.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

LONGY!!!

It's the opening goal for Saints! Smallbone's first-time pass releases the striker, who makes no mistake. But now VAR is checking a possible offside...

44’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (44’) | 1 0

44’

Stanković receiving treatment

A bizarre incident here, as Stanković collides with his own player as Huddersfield prepared to deliver the free-kick that followed Long's yellow card. There's a bit of a break in play as the defender receives treatment, so there's likely to be a couple of added minutes before the interval.

41’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)

The striker goes into the book for an unintentional trip on Chalobah as he passed him.

38’

Danso goes close!

The Austrian attacks a wonderful Ward-Prowse corner, but his header powers into the Saints fans behind Coleman's goal.

37’

Huddersfield break again

The Terriers have hardly carried any threat, but on the rare occasions they have the opportunity to break, they do so at pace and in numbers. Hadergjonaj finds space on the right, but his cross seeking Bacuna at the far post is wayward.

35’

Smallbone has a chance

That was a big moment for the debutant. Long's pressure forces an error for Coleman, whose clearance is pounced upon by Ward-Prowse, who releases Smallbone before Huddersfield are back in position. It opens up for the midfielder on his left foot, but that's not his strongest, and his shot is high and wide. Cue a rueful smile from the youngster.

33’

Long penalised 😩

Danso attacks down the right and plays the ball inside for Long, who allows the pass to run across his body, but is penalised for a foul on defender Schindler as Boufal sticks the loose ball into the bottom corner to no avail.

30’

Campbell goes close...

A rare counter-attack for the visitors, as O'Brien plays in Campbell - that's Fraizer Campbell, once of Manchester United and England. He takes the shot early, from 20 yards, and it whistles narrowly over the angle of post and bar.

27’

Adams denied by Coleman!

A super burst down the left by Ward-Prowse, who does well to keep the ball in play and then drives at the Huddersfield defence, slipping the ball in behind for Adams, but he's forced wide on his left foot and his shot is comfortably stopped by keeper Coleman.

22’

Vokins involved again

The 19-year-old looks confident out there. He takes a couple of touches to control a long pass out to the wing, but then delivers a peach of a cross, only for the incoming Danso to be penalised for climbing on his man.

16’

Vestergaard goes down...

After Boufal's trickery wins Saints a free-kick, Ward-Prowse's delivery is in towards Vestergaard. The big defender goes down claiming a push and wants a penalty, but referee Tim Robinson isn't interested.

12’

Huddersfield threaten for the first time

Campbell drives into the box and looks to pull the ball back across goal for Hadergjonaj, but Yoshida intercepts and Saints safely negotiate the visitors' first attack.

9’

Boufal's pass is just overhit

This time the Moroccan picks up a pocket of space in the number 10 position, turns and threads the ball through the defence for Long, but out comes goalkeeper Coleman, who beats the Irishman to it.

6’

A sight of goal for Smallbone!

First involvement for Boufal, who gets away down the left and crosses to the far post. Danso is there to nod the ball back across goal towards Smallbone, but it's just intercepted before he can make a connection from six yards.

4’

Ward-Prowse sends Vokins on the run

The midfielder looks up and sends a raking diagonal pass for the youngster to chase, and he does well to dig out a first-time cross before the ball runs out of play.

2’

A couple of early touches for Smallbone

The 19-year-old debutant looks neat and tidy in possession and happy to receive the ball in tight areas with a couple of sharp one-touch passes.

0’

We're up and running!

Skipper James Ward-Prowse gets the action under way. Come on you Saints! 💪

Warm-ups complete! 🔥

The players are in the tunnel and we're closing in on kick-off here at St Mary's!

14.56

Faith in this guy! 👊

Is today the day for Ché Adams? 44% of you think the striker will be Saints' key man this afternoon - let's hope he can get off the mark in red and white! ⚽️

14.39

🔟 changes for Saints!

The one survivor? James Ward-Prowse, who captains the side! Otherwise it's all change from the New Year's Day win over Spurs 🔄

14.19
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man today? ��

SAINTS POLL: Who will be our key man today? ��

The results so far:

  • Jake Vokins
    0%
  • Will Smallbone
    3%
  • James Ward-Prowse
    22%
  • Sofiane Boufal
    22%
  • Ché Adams
    43%
  • Shane Long
    10%

Senior debut ↔️ Home debut

A landmark day for two Academy graduates! It's a first-team bow for midfielder Will Smalbone, while fellow 19-year-old Jake Vokins gets a first start at left-back, after a very late substitute appearance at Man City in the Carabao Cup.

14.07

Huddersfield team confirmed

Starting XI: Coleman, Simpson, Schindler, Stanković, Brown, Hadergjonaj, Bacuna, Chalobah, Hogg, O'Brien, Campbell.

Subs: Schofield, High, Daly, Kachunga, Koroma, Grant, Mounié.

14.02

Southampton team confirmed 😇

Starting XI: Gunn, Danso, Vestergaard, Yoshida, Vokins, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Smallbone, Boufal, Adams, Long.

Subs: Lewis, Stephens, Cédric, Slattery, Armstrong, Obafemi, Ings.

14.02
Southampton FC

Who’s up for the CUP? 🏆 It’s #SaintsFC against #HTAFC at St Mary’s 👊

13.55

3️⃣0️⃣ minutes until team news! ⏳

It promises to be an interesting team selection from both managers this afternoon, with plenty of changes expected. Stay with us for the full line-ups at 2pm GMT!

13.29

Fancy a repeat, Nathan Redmond? 🚀

It's only been eight months since Huddersfield's last visit to St Mary's, when Nathan Redmond did THIS to sign off the 2018/19 season in style! 🤩

13.23

Get clued up ahead of kick-off 🤓

We've got all the facts and stats you need, along with team news and manager quotes, in our detailed Match Pack! Check it out to get yourself game-ready 👊

13.21

The players are here! 👋

There's a mixture of youth and experience on show as the Saints assemble in the home dressing room!

12.39

The stage is set! ⏳

We're counting down to kick-off here at St Mary's, which is a beautiful sight on the first Saturday of 2020! 🏟

12.36
VOTE NOW
SAINTS POLL: How do YOU look at today's tie?

SAINTS POLL: How do YOU look at today's tie?

The results so far:

  • Up for the cup! This could be our year ��
    45%
  • Keep building momentum for the league ��
    25%
  • Take the opportunity to give youth a chance ��
    30%
  • I only care about Premier League games ��
    0%

the message is a very clear one: we want to go to the next round. the fa cup is a very important competition for us. we will find a team that is able to win."

ralph hasenhüttl
southampton manager
12.06

The boss talks team selection! 🎥

It's been a very busy Christmas period for Saints, but 10 points from four games represented a handsome return for Ralph Hasenhüttl's men. Now the boss recognises the need to give some of those players a rest, whilst handing an opportunity to others to stake a claim...

12.03

Why Saints will 'Take A Minute' before kick-off 💭

Why is every Emirates FA Cup tie kicking off one minute later? Each club will 'Take A Minute' as part of the Heads Up campaign. It is hoped the initiative will raise awareness of the importance of looking after our mental health, with 60 seconds representing just the first step in the journey to improved wellbeing 💪

12.01

The FA Cup is back! 🏆

Southampton's road to Wembley starts here! Today, Huddersfield Town of the Championship are the visitors for a 3.01pm GMT kick-off at St Mary's, as both sides eye a place in the fourth round. Saints are looking to extend their unbeaten run to five matches after a fruitful festive period. Stay with us for all the build-up, team news, live match updates and free commentary! 😇

11.49

Saints vs HUD Line Ups

Southampton

28
Angus Gunn (GK)
38
Kevin Danso
replace Cédric Soares (75′)
29
Jake Vokins goal
4
Jannik Vestergaard
3
Maya Yoshida
16
James Ward-Prowse (C)
19
Sofiane Boufal
replace Michael Obafemi (78′)
27
William Smallbone goal
replace Stuart Armstrong (71′)
14
Oriol Romeu
7
Shane Long yellow card
10
Che Adams
30
Callum Slattery
5
Jack Stephens
9
Danny Ings
20
Michael Obafemi
17
Stuart Armstrong
41
Harry Lewis
2
Cédric Soares

Huddersfield Town

13
Joel Coleman (GK)
26
Christopher Schindler (C)
27
Jon Gorenc Stankovic
17
Danny Simpson
28
Jaden Brown
7
Juninho Bacuna
replace Karlan Grant (66′)
8
Trevoh Chalobah
6
Jonathan Hogg
39
Lewis O'Brien
replace Josh Koroma (83′)
33
Florent Hadergjonaj
22
Fraizer Campbell
replace Steve Mounie (61′)
37
Kian Harratt
31
Ryan Schofield
41
Matty Daly
24
Steve Mounie
16
Karlan Grant
19
Josh Koroma
43
Scott High

Saints vs HUD Match Stats

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Huddersfield Town
  • Possession (%)
    70
    comparison angle
    30
  • Shots
    7
    comparison angle
    5
  • Shots on target
    3
    comparison angle
    1
  • Corners
    5
    comparison angle
    1
  • Passes Complete
    481
    comparison angle
    154

Top Saints Player Stats

shots on target
Goals
1
Jake Vokins
Jake Vokins
shots on target
Shots On Target
1
Jake Vokins
Jake Vokins
chances created
Chances Created
3
James Ward-Prowse
James Ward-Prowse
passes completed
Passes Completed
98
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
tackles
Tackles
4
Kevin Danso
Kevin Danso
clearances
Clearances
6
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
saves
Saves
1
Angus Gunn
Angus Gunn