STOKE CITY were indebted to a large slice of good fortune as they held in-form Southampton to a 1-1 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Saturday.
The Saints, who arrived at the Britannia Stadium with a record of keeping five clean sheets from their last six encounters, fell behind just 14 seconds into the game as a long punt forward from Asmir Begovic caught hold of the wind and left Artur Boruc red faced at the other end of the pitch.
Opportunities came and went to double the advantage with both Ryan Shawcross and Marko Arnautovic guilty of missing the target from 6-yards.
Southampton played the more eye-catching football in the treacherous conditions however, and were rewarded for their efforts with a clinically taken Jay Rodriguez header prior to the half-time interval.
The two side's each had second-half opportunities to win the game, but neither managed to forge what would have been a crucial breakthrough.
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