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Southampton 1-1 Derby

Relegation-threatened Southampton were denied a vital win by a late Steve Davies equaliser for Derby.

The Rams missed a number of chances before Chris Perry put Saints ahead when he smashed in a shot from six yards after Jason Euell's knock-down.

Andrew Surman had a great chance to double Saints' lead but shot wide.

And the home side paid the price when Martin Albrechtsen played Davies through on goal and he produced a neat finish to level on 83 minutes.


Southampton manager Mark Wotte:

"That was a great opportunity but I do not want to blame Andrew too much because he has been fantastic for us this season.

"But today was not his best game for us and I think he is suffering from fatigue like a lot of our players.

"We were the only team playing to win until we scored and then Derby began to come forward and change their system to play with two attackers.

"Derby's was a sloppy goal. I cannot blame my defenders either because they were outstanding for most of the match and deserved better."

Derby manager Nigel Clough:

"We are not out of trouble yet by any means and the situation at the bottom of the table is so tight it will take more than 50 points to be sure of safety.

"That is one defeat in the last eight games which is a lovely run and good for our confidence.

"We only started playing after we had gone a goal behind and that is disappointing.

"When Southampton scored, it seemed to spur us into action and in the end we might even have got all three points if Davies' shot had gone in."


Southampton: Davis, James, Saeijs, Perry, Skacel, Schneiderlin (Lallana 46), Gillett, McGoldrick, Surman (Wotton 69), Saganowski (Paterson 90), Euell.
Subs Not Used: Bialkowski, Liptak.

Goals: Perry 59.

Derby: Bywater, Connolly, Albrechtsen, Nyatanga, Todd, Sterjovski (Ellington 63), Savage, Eustace (Kazmierczak 86), Teale, Hulse (Davies 77), Barazite.
Subs Not Used: Carroll, Villa.

Goals: Davies 83.

Att: 17,567

Ref: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire).



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