Southampton 3-0 Norwich (30.08.2015) Live Commentary

Most of the fans probably aren’t overly pleased with the development of the game. It hasn’t been very exciting show. The home side dominated the game. The home team tried to prevail using combination football unlike the away players who attempted to beat the opposition’s defence using mostly counter-attacks.
There will be no more action today because the referee signals for the end of the match.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich) picks up a pass, lines up a shot and strikes from 20 metres out, but Maarten Stekelenburg (Southampton) thwarts the effort which is headed to the right side of the goal.
Dangerous play by Maya Yoshida (Southampton). Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) was in a good position and inches away from getting on the end of a through ball.
There will be a minimum of 3 min. of added time.
The substitution is prepared. Gary Hooper (Norwich) joins the action as a substitute, replacing Cameron Jerome (Norwich).
Robbie Brady (Norwich) takes the corner kick but the ball finds only the head of an opponent.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) produces a solo run, but he fails to create a chance as the opposition player cuts him out. The ball is out-of-play, and the assistant referee points at the corner flag. Norwich will take it.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) sends the corner into the box, but John Ruddy (Norwich) intercepts it and averts the threat.
A fine lofted pass into the box, sent by Graziano Pellè (Southampton), is intercepted by the opposition’s defence. The main referee and one of his assistants signal for a corner kick. It will be taken by Southampton.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) receives a pass and tries his luck with a long-range powerful effort. His poorly placed shot lacks accuracy and flies way over the crossbar.
The current number of shots on goal is 8:1.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) executes a nice mid-range free kick. His effort only flies inches wide of the left post. Today is obviously not his lucky day.
Substitution has been made. Sadio Mane (Southampton) is replaced by Juanmi (Southampton).
Jonathan Howson (Norwich) brings his opponent down with a tackle, and Jonathan Moss blows a whistle for a foul. Southampton are awarded a free kick.
Bradley Johnson (Norwich) commits an offensive foul and referee Jonathan Moss immediately signals a set piece.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) sends a pass into the box, but his attempt is thwarted and cleared.
An accurate pass to the edge of the box is well received by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton), who flashes an instinctive shot towards goal, but it goes inches over the top.
Ronald Koeman prepares a substitution. Cedric Soares (Southampton) is replaced by Cuco Martina (Southampton).
Close! Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) picks it up in space and from inside the penalty area sends a shot that sails inches wide of the right post.
That will be all from Graham Dorrans (Norwich) who is being replaced by the fresh legs of Bradley Johnson (Norwich).
The attendance for today’s match is 29573.
Goal! Dusan Tadic (Southampton) is quickest to react to the rebound and stabs the ball into the back of the net. It’s 3:0.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) rises above the opponent’s defence to head the precise cross towards the goal. His effort, directed to the middle of the goal, is blocked by John Ruddy (Norwich) who pulls off a comfortable save!
It’s 2:0! Sadio Mane feeds Dusan Tadic (Southampton) inside the box, who finds himself unmarked and fires the ball into the top right corner.
Graziano Pellè (Southampton) connects with the corner but his looping header goes well over.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) is about to take a corner kick.
Cedric Soares (Southampton) crosses the ball into the box, but one of the defending players averts the threat. Southampton have been awarded a corner kick. The main referee and one of the assistants point at the corner flag.
The resulting corner from Robbie Brady (Norwich) is cleared by the defence.
The defence clears the ball to safety after a dangerous cross from the corner, taken by Robbie Brady (Norwich). The ball is out-of-play. Norwich win a corner kick.
Andre Wisdom (Norwich) sends the ball into the box from the side of the pitch, but his cross is blocked. The ball goes out-of-play. Norwich have been awarded a corner kick.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) links up with Graziano Pellè (Southampton), who fires just wide of the right post from the edge of the box.
Superb touch by Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) as he receives a precise pass inside the box. He finds the keeper prepared as he unleashed his shot to the left side of the goal. Wonderful save!
Sadio Mane (Southampton) produced a promising shot after his wonderful solo run, but John Ruddy (Norwich) thwarted his effort, which went to the middle of the goal, with a fabulous save, and the score doesn’t change.
A lofted cross from Graham Dorrans (Norwich) was unsuccessful as the opponent’s defence quickly gets the ball out of the penalty area.
An offensive foul by Cameron Jerome (Norwich) was seen by Jonathan Moss who didn’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
This one will not go through. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) lines up a shot from the edge of the box and goes for goal, but the effort is well blocked by a defender.
Graham Dorrans (Norwich) produces a dangerous lofted cross into the box which is intercepted.
Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) makes a run beyond the last defender, but he is offside.
Ronald Koeman has decided to make a substitution during the half-time break. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) comes on the pitch for Steven Davis (Southampton).
The referee blows his whistle to signal the start of the second half.
Well, it hasn’t been the most exciting game in the world but there has been some nice football on display. We hope that the second period will bring more action. In most features so far, the hosting team dominated the game and made the opponent struggle to keep up. The home side have dominated the possesion and midfield so far. The visitors have spent most of their time defending and waiting for the correct moment to launch the counter-attack.
The referee blows his whistle to end the first half, so the players are now heading to their dressing rooms.
GOAL! Superb work from Sadio Mane (Southampton), who plays vital role in the build-up. He squares it up for Graziano Pelle (Southampton), who beats John Ruddy (Norwich) with a brilliant shot into the right side of the net. 1:0.
Cedric Soares (Southampton) delivers a fine lofted cross into the penalty area which is cleared by an opposing player.
We will have 2 min. of added time.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. How serious is his injury is yet to be found out.
8:2 – the statistics of total goal attempts.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) tries to find Graziano Pelle, but he put too much power on that pass.
Oriol Romeu (Southampton) makes a rough challenge and Jonathan Moss blows his whistle for a foul.
Norwich seem to be finding their feet as they enjoy some possession. They are waiting for the right moment to create new attacking opportunities.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) launches an inaccurate corner kick into the penalty area.
Alex Neil has decided to make a change due to red card. Andre Wisdom (Norwich) is brought on as a substitute for Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich).
Cedric Soares (Southampton) gets on the end of a pass on the edge of the box and has a shot blocked. The ball is out-of-play. A goal-scoring opportunity from a corner for Southampton.
Jonathan Moss blows the whistle and Steven Whittaker (Norwich) is shown a second yellow card for his foul. His manager will not praise him and the teammates either. Leaving the pitch, he has lot of time to think about it.
What a big chance! Dusan Tadić (Southampton) picks up an inch-perfect pass inside the box and fires the ball by a whisker of the right post.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) fizzes over a cross which can’t cause any danger.
The expression of the main referee Jonathan Moss is crystal clear. This behaviour won’t be tolerated. Steven Whittaker (Norwich) is shown a yellow card.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) clips a neat ball into the box in the direction of Graziano Pellè (Southampton), whose header from the centre of the box goes by a whisker wide of the right post.
Nathan Redmond (Norwich) finds some space for a shot after collecting the ball and unleashes a rocket of a shot from long distance towards the net. The goalkeeper thwarts the effort.
The Norwich players are exchanging some short passes.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) connects with a cross from the side, but produces a header which goes miles wide of the left post.
Excellent touch by Graziano Pellè (Southampton)! He latches on to a precious pass on the edge of the box and produces a shot goalwards which goes way wide of the left post.
Robbie Brady (Norwich) gives away foul for a clumsy challenge. Referee Jonathan Moss saw the whole situation.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) bursts into the box, and latches on to a pin-point long through ball, but one of the defenders steps in to clear the ball to safety.
Sadio Mane (Southampton) fashions a shot from the edge of the box after receiving an accurate pass. John Ruddy (Norwich) makes a stunning save and denies the effort which is headed for the left side of the goal.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) is offside and the linesman raises his flag.
Graziano Pelle (Southampton) finds enough space to climb high and plants a header well wide of the left post. What a poor effort.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) takes the ball to the corner flag to send it into the box from there.
Cedric Soares (Southampton) dinks a cross into the box as he attempts to find one of his teammates, but the defence manages to make a clearance. Now Southampton with a corner.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) sends in a cross from a free kick, but John Ruddy (Norwich) leaps up to intercept it.
Steven Whittaker (Norwich) was trying to get to the ball but hit the legs of the opponent as well. Jonathan Moss blows the whistle for infingement. Southampton have a free kick.
Wesley Hoolahan (Norwich) quickly takes the corner kick with a short pass.
Cameron Jerome (Norwich) slaloms his way past challenges, but an opposing player does well to get the ball away. The referee signals for a corner kick, Norwich are awarded.
Jose Fonte (Southampton) darts into the box and immediately fires a first-time effort. He produces a poor shot which goes well over the crossbar.
The horde of the players waited inside the penalty area for a cross from the corner, but Dusan Tadic (Southampton) takes it with a short pass.
Matt Targett (Southampton) races towards goal but the defender gets back well to make a challenge. The ball goes out for a corner. Southampton can continue in their attacking effort.
A cross from the corner kick arrives at the feet of Oriol Romeu (Southampton), giving him an opportunity to shoot. He misses completely, way over the bar.
Dusan Tadić (Southampton) will take a corner kick.
James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) fires the resultant free kick towards the left post, but the keeper makes a brilliant save and gives him no chance to score! The main referee points to the corner flag, Southampton will take a corner.
Jonathan Moss couldn’t ignore the harsh tackle of Sebastien Bassong (Norwich) and blew the whistle. Southampton are given a free kick. Will they create any chance from that?
The match has just begun.
The Southampton players will kick-off.
The referee of today’s match will be Jonathan Moss.
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