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The referee brings the game to a close.
Clearance by Artur Boruc.
Free kick crossed by Chris Brunt.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Luke Shaw.
Guly Do Prado joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jay Rodriguez.
Gaston Ramirez has an effort at goal. Ben Foster blocks the ball.
Shot by Shane Long. Artur Boruc fumbles the ball.
Chris Brunt crosses the ball.
James Morrison has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
Short corner taken by Matej Vydra.
Steven Reid restarts play with the free kick.
Matej Vydra is brought on as a substitute for Morgan Amalfitano.
Gaston Ramirez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Morrison.
Saido Berahino is adjudged to have handled the ball.
James Ward-Prowse on for Adam Lallana.
Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Davis.
Centre by Chris Brunt.
Gaston Ramirez has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the net.
Zoltan Gera joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gareth McAuley.
Clearance by Jonas Olsson.
Luke Shaw manages to make a clearance.
(West Brom) makes a substitution, with Saido Berahino coming on for Nicolas Anelka.
Youssouf Mulumbu takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano by Adam Lallana results in a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morgan Amalfitano by Steven Davis.
Artur Boruc takes the free kick.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Nicolas Anelka.
Steven Reid manages to make a clearance.
Jose Fonte restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Jonas Olsson.
Foul by Steven Reid on Jay Rodriguez, free kick awarded.
Shane Long is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Youssouf Mulumbu restarts play with the free kick.
Clearance made by Dejan Lovren.
Adam Lallana scores a right footed goal. Southampton 1-0 West Brom.Assist by Gaston Ramirez.
Gaston Ramirez fouled by Nicolas Anelka, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is crossed by Luke Shaw.
Nathaniel Clyne produces a cross.
Gaston Ramirez on for Jack Cork.
Clearance made by Jonas Olsson.
Rickie Lambert takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
Free kick taken by Luke Shaw.
Free kick taken by Jack Cork.
Shane Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Morgan Schneiderlin.
The ball is crossed by Nathaniel Clyne.
Nicolas Anelka is flagged offside by the assistant referee.
Unfair challenge on Luke Shaw by Shane Long results in a free kick.
Jack Cork restarts play with the free kick.
Nicolas Anelka concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Clyne.
Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell.
Steven Davis takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Reid.
Jack Cork makes a clearance.
Liam Ridgewell makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Adam Lallana by Nicolas Anelka results in a free kick.
Nicolas Anelka sends in a cross.
Dejan Lovren makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Gareth McAuley by Rickie Lambert results in a free kick.
The referee gets the second half underway.
Shot by Jay Rodriguez cleared the target.
The match has reached half-time.
Handball decision goes against Nicolas Anelka.
Jack Cork takes a shot. Blocked by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Clearance made by Chris Brunt.
The ball is swung over by Nathaniel Clyne.
Corner taken by Steven Davis.
Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Steven Davis.
Steven Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Rickie Lambert.
Clearance made by Youssouf Mulumbu.
Strike comes in from Rickie Lambert from the free kick. Nicolas Anelka gets a block in.
Foul by Shane Long on Morgan Schneiderlin, free kick awarded.
Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
Morgan Amalfitano gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Shaw.
Rickie Lambert has an effort at goal.
Shane Long challenges Dejan Lovren unfairly and gives away a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Liam Ridgewell fouled by Rickie Lambert, the ref awards a free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Shane Long by Dejan Lovren.
Strike comes in from Steven Reid from the free kick which clears the crossbar.
Morgan Schneiderlin challenges Nicolas Anelka unfairly and gives away a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Nathaniel Clyne.
Steven Davis takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Youssouf Mulumbu on Morgan Schneiderlin.
Jonas Olsson makes a clearance.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Nicolas Anelka.
Jack Cork takes a shot and missed to the left of the goal.
Clearance made by Jack Cork.
Jose Fonte takes the free kick.
Liam Ridgewell gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Lallana.
Clearance made by Luke Shaw.
Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Chris Brunt.
Adam Lallana produces a cross.
Jack Cork fouled by Nicolas Anelka, the ref awards a free kick.
The ball is sent over by Rickie Lambert.
Clearance made by Nathaniel Clyne.
Jonas Olsson manages to make a clearance.
The referee gets the game started.
Negative press irritates Lallana
Adam Lallana was irritated by the criticism aimed at him following Southampton's complaint against referee Mark Clattenburg, according to goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.
The club's complaint about Clattenburg's alleged remarks during the Premier League defeat by Everton on December 29 was thrown out by the Football Association and the referees' governing body Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL). The official was accused of telling Lallana: "You are very different now, since you've played for England - you never used to be like this."
Despite the club rather than the player raising the matter, Lallana has been widely ridiculed, something that initially upset the attacking midfielder.
However, club captain Davis has been impressed by his response, highlighting his decisive strike in last weekend's 4-3 FA Cup defeat of Burnley as a sign of his resilience.
"I think for the first day he was a bit like 'why is everyone coming for me?'," he said.
"He made a remark after the game, conversations happen and the end result was the end result.
"But anyone that knows Adam knows that first of all he is a good pro, a good lad, a good person. I think after the first day or two he realised that himself, that he hadn't done anything wrong, he shouldn't be feeling anything negative about himself and then he banged a goal in against Burnley. That kind of epitomises where he is mentally."
Davis captained the side at Goodison Park and hopes everyone can "move on" from the Clattenburg debate, allowing team-mate Lallana's talent to be focused upon.
A place in England's World Cup squad is looking increasingly likely for the Saints academy graduate as his rise from League One to be one of the country's best continues apace.
"As he gets older, he has got that bit of belief that what he was doing in the Championship he can step up and do at a higher level," Davis, in goal when Lallana made his Saints debut against Yeovil in August 2006, said.
"I think as well when he first had the Southampton armband, you could see it kind of held him back a little bit. But now the way he has matured, he doesn't find that a weight now. Again, that comes down to belief.
"The manager coming in at the time he did and working closely with him has helped.
"The way he has been treated from the very top of the club with his new contract has helped the way he has developed, with the England call-up probably that final turning point in his head.
"He has a real opportunity to really become a very good player at this level, so he is obviously great to have around the place."
Lallana will no doubt be key on Saturday if the Saints are to overcome West Brom when they return to league action.
Artur Boruc could be available and challenging Davis' place. The Poland goalkeeper fractured his hand in the defeat at Chelsea on December 1 and may be fit for Saturday - a match Dani Osvaldo (suspension) and Victor Wanyama (shin) will definitely miss.
Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert are recovering well after sustaining knocks in the FA Cup.
Keith Downing is relishing "exciting times" for West Brom as he prepares to hand the reins over to new head coach Pepe Mel after the trip to Southampton.
Assistant head coach Downing has done a stellar job steadying the ship since Steve Clarke's sacking last month and will aim to bow out on a high at St Mary's, before Spanish coach Mel takes over next week after signing an 18-month contract on Thursday.
Albion sit 14th in the Premier League, four points above the relegation zone, after a creditable run of three draws and a win under the likeable Downing.
Mel's appointment is an intriguing one, with the 50-year-old having never worked outside of his native Spain.
However, the former Real Betis boss fits Albion's criteria due to his history as a coach, rather than a traditional British manager, and his reputation for playing attractive football.
"It's exciting times and an appointment that's gone full circle," Downing said.
"I'm pleased it got settled and there's someone in place on an 18-month contract, which brings the stability that's needed.
"It's been unsettling, particularly in the last week with a lot of rumours flying around. The players try to get on with things and I wasn't sure if I was focusing on the Southampton game or whether the appointment was going to be made earlier."
He added: "I haven't had chance to meet Pepe yet, I'm going to meet him over the weekend. I'm aware he is going to be at the game against Southampton and then we'll crack on next week.
"I've heard good things about the job he did at Real Betis, when he got them up into La Liga and stabilised them. The Spanish press like him. It's a name I wasn't aware of until a few weeks ago but he plays exciting, attacking football."
Much will be made of Mel's reported lack of English but Downing foresees no major problems.
"My Spanish is worse," he said.
"It'll be an interesting time. We're aware he'll need some help in terms of translations but football is a 'universal language' and we look forward to some different ideas."
The caretaker boss admits Mel's appointment is a gamble - but no more so than any other.
"Any appointment is a gamble, you're never sure," he said.
"I always look at the positives. There will be new ideas, his own slant on it and it'll be exciting times."
Downing will be without full-back Billy Jones again for his last game in charge.
Jones has had an operation on a recent injury to his eye while fellow defender Goran Popov (neck) is out. Recent absentees Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe are back in training but unlikely to feature.
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