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Late Mane strike gives Southampton scrappy win over Crystal Palace
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Late Mane strike gives Southampton scrappy win over Crystal Palace

Fola Akintomide

Premier League, St Mary’s Stadium – Southampton 1 (Mane 82) Crystal Palace 0
Sadio Mane’s close-range chip eight minutes from time gave Southampton a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, lifting the Saints back up to fifth in the table.

Alan Pardew’s side had less of the ball but the majority of the chances as Jason Puncheon’s shot on the turn was well saved by Forster before Zaha hit the post.

Southampton dominated the ball but were mostly restricted to long shots until Maya Yoshida sent Graziano Pelle’s flick-on from a corner inches wide. The Saints got the goal they had been waiting for, their first at home in the Premier League since beating Arsenal 2-0 on New Year’s day, with just eight minutes remaining and largely thanks to some poor goalkeeping from Julian Speroni.

Midfield substitute James Ward-Prowse had only been on the pitch for five minutes when he turned past Dann and saw his low shot from 20-yards out parried towards Mane who calmly chipped into the net.