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Ten-man Stoke battle to earn draw with Southampton
December 14, 2016 / 10:58 PM / in 10 months

Ten-man Stoke battle to earn draw with Southampton

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STOKE CITY 0 SOUTHAMPTON 0

Dec 14 (Reuters) - Mark Hughes endured a difficult night in his 400th match as a Premier League manager but ended up proud as his Stoke City side battled for over an hour against Southampton with 10 men to earn a 0-0 draw on Wednesday.

Marko Arnautovic was shown a straight red card in the 23rd minute for a studs-up challenge on Sofiane Boufal, leaving the home side with an uphill task.

Yet Southampton, who moved up to ninth a point ahead of 12th-placed Stoke, could not take advantage despite dominating proceedings.

Nathan Redmond had one effort cleared off the line, Ryan Bertrand forced a great save from Lee Grant and Jay Rodriguez almost got on the end of a Boufal cross but the Saints finishing was blunt without injured striker Charlie Austin.

Reporting by Ian Chadband, editing by Ed Osmond

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