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Southampton v Crystal Palace - story of the match

Maya Yoshida and James Ward-Prowse spared Shane Long's blushes as Southampton hit two goals in as many minutes to sink Crystal Palace 3-1 at St Mary's.

Republic of Ireland striker Long spurned a trio of gilt-edged chances and Saints were almost made to pay for that wastefulness, until Yoshida came to the rescue.

The Japan defender's tap-in seven minutes from time turned this Premier League tie, after Christian Benteke and Nathan Redmond had traded first-half goals.

TWEET OF THE MATCH

"Get in there. Massive result, well done boys #WeMarchOn" - Southampton's former Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy savours the home win.

MOMENT OF THE MATCH

Just when Saints feared labouring to a draw and paying for a host of chances missed, along came Yoshida. The Japanese centre-back kept himself onside neatly to tuck away Jack Stephens' flick across goal, and spark jubilant St Mary's scenes mixed with palpable relief.

STAR MAN

Dusan Tadic. Southampton's Serbian playmaker would have so many more assists if only he played for a team that could finish. At least three of his through-balls deserved goals here.

REFEREE BLUNDER

Had Southampton failed to win this match, it is a fair best all the post-match talk would have revolved around referee Roger East missing Jeffrey Schlupp's clear handball. The Palace full-back almost punched the ball as Tadic attempted to wriggle some space in the box.

RATINGS

Southampton:

Fraser Forster 6 (out of 10)

Cedric Soares 6

Maya Yoshida 8

Jack Stephens 7

Sam McQueen 6

Oriol Romeu 4

Steven Davis (capt) 6

James Ward-Prowse 7

Dusan Tadic 9

Nathan Redmond 7

Shane Long 3

Replacements:

Jay Rodriguez (for Redmond, 90) 6

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (for Davis, 87) 6

Crystal Palace:

Wayne Hennessey 7

Joel Ward 7

Mamadou Sakho 8

Martin Kelly 7

Jeffrey Schlupp 4

Yohan Cabaye 4

Luka Milivojevic 7

Andros Townsend 5

Jason Puncheon 5

Wilfried Zaha 6

Christian Benteke 6

Replacements

Mathieu Flamini (for Benteke, 88) 6

Bakary Sako (for Cabaye, 46) 6

Damien Delaney (for Schlupp, 57) 6

WHO'S UP NEXT:

West Brom v Southampton, Premier League, April 8

Crystal Palace v Arsenal, Premier League, April 10

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