Player Ratings – Southampton
Jack Butland – 7
Was so quick off his line throughout the whole game and made some important saves, didn’t stand a chance with Southampton’s goal.
Mame Diouf – 7
Took his goal well with a lovely header and worked so hard down the right but was a little sloppy and also was hesitant at times.
Kurt Zouma – 8
Solid performance on his return to the side, became unbeatable in the final stages and played a huge part in securing the win.
Geoff Cameron – 7
Calm on the ball and always played his pass, wasn’t troubled defensively, good return.
Kevin Wimmer – 7
Another who wasn’t troubled defensively and an all round good display considering he was rushed back into the starting eleven after an injury.
Erik Pieters – 7
Noticed an improvement in Pieters recently, much better both on and off the ball, made good progress down the left.
Joe Allen – 7
Another one who has slightly improved, good stuck in from the first minute, picked up a silly yellow and was still a little sloppy at times but still an improvement given recent performances.
Darren Fletcher – 8
The usual consistent performance again, so good on the ball and showed his leadership qualities throughout.
Xherdan Shaqiri – 8
Basically all attacks went through him, looked dangerous every time he was on the ball and a perfect delivery for Diouf’s goal.
Saido Berahino – 5
Won the penalty and missed the penalty, didn’t do much more, will he ever score?
Maxim Choupo Moting – 7
Another who looked dangerous and did so well to keep it alive for Crouch’s winner, could’ve done more to prevent the cross that ended up being Southampton’s equaliser.
Peter Crouch – 6
Was at the right place at the right time to score yet another winner.
Ibrahim Afellay – N/A
Late arrival, didn’t have the time to make an impact.
Glen Johnson – N/A
Came on, got beaten far too easily then the final whistle thankfully went.
By Glenn Urwin
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