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West Bromwich Albion 0 – Southampton 1: Lambert’s late penalty seals win (Video)

Aug 17, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Southampton left it late to grab a deserved win at West Bromwich Albion after dominating for large spells of the game.

Rickie Lambert continued his storybook week by slamming home the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 89th minute.

The Saints controlled large portions of the match and just couldn’t find a way to break West Brom down until late on. While West Brom struggled to get hold of the ball, as the Saints took all three points on the first day of the season.

Southampton impressed early on, with Lambert having a shot blocked in the 19th minute as they continued to knock the ball around nicely. The England international turned and hit a volley goalwards but West Brom’s defense somehow cleared their lines.

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It was at times an end to end game but Saints were on top for most of the first half.

Southampton thought they had scored after 33 minutes but their strike was ruled out for offside. Adam Lallana tapped in at the back post after Lambert headed a cross over, but the linesman flagged for an offside. There was some debate over the decision, as goalscorer Lallana was definitely onside. The Saints certainly felt hard done by.

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Lambert’s penalty gave Saints a crucial win.

Southampton dominated the first half, with West Brom having just one shot on goal and the Saints had 63 percent of possession.

The second half continued in the same vein, as the Saints pressed for the opening goal. Jay Rodriguez went close and plenty of chances were spurned by the away side.

Then Lambert struck late on from the penalty spot, as Shaw was pulled down by Mulumbu. The 31-year-old forward has had a dream week, after the birth of his third child was followed by his first-ever England call up and then he scored the game-winner for the Three Lions against Scotland with his first touch.

His heroics continued at the Hawthorns on Saturday.

Yet Southampton also had goalkeeper Artur Boruc to thank, after a tremendous point-blank save from Billy Jones shot in stoppage time to seal the 1-0 win and send the Saints fans home happy.

Lineups

West Brom: Foster; Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Dorrans; Anelka (Rosenberg 83) , Long (Vydra 83). Subs not used: Myhill, Brunt, Dawson, Berahino, Popov.

Southampton: Boruc, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse (Cork 90), Lallana (Ramírez 70), Rodriguez (S. Davis 78), Lambert. Subs not used: K. Davis (GK), Clyne, Mayuka, Hooiveld.

  1. prie4930 - Aug 17, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Just frustrating from the WBA side, I try to not overreact (especially after just one game) but more performances like that puts the dangerous “r-word” out there as a possible outcome for this unit. I love Steve Clarke, but by calling the Mulumbu foul “soft”, it adds to my frustration. It was a dumb challenge for one, and if anything was “soft”, it was the team out there on the pitch today. SCOTT SINCLAIR PLZ

  2. funsunrunning - Aug 17, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    West Brom needs more creativity in the middle of the pitch and they need their outside mids/wingers to really create and have more speed. These are 2 places I see we have a definite need right now for West Brom. Sell Odemwingie as he is obviously not gonna play here anymore and use those funds to bring in Moses who’s unsettled at chelsea or someone creative like benayoun who can create and run the pitch from central midfield. I was waiting all day for Yacob to do something, but absolutely nothing……

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