Southampton 1-1 Sheff Wed (6-5 pens): Jones sees new side scrape win

Southampton 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday (6-5 pens): New boss Nathan Jones watches Saints scrape past League One side on penalties after a James Ward-Prowse spot-kick had equalised

  • Southampton were under the caretaker charge of Ruben Selles on Wednesday
  • The Saints though were held to a draw at St Mary’s by Sheffield Wednesday
  • James Ward-Prowse penalty had cancelled out Josh Windass opener
  • Dominic Iorfa missed the crucial penalty kick after 11 straight conversions

New Saints boss Nathan Jones watched on from the directors’ box at St Mary’s as his team squeezed through to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup 6-5 on penalties over League One Sheffield Wednesday, for whom Dominic Iorfa missed the crucial kick.

The dismal form, which saw the long-serving Ralph Hasenhuttl sacked from the club on Monday, continued against Darren Moore’s side and will have left Jones under no illusions at the size of the task facing him.

Jones joins from Luton Town alongside his assistants Chris Cohen and Alan Sheehan and has the immediate task of preparing Saints for a daunting trip to Anfield on Saturday.

Incoming Southampton manager Nathan Jones looks on from inside St Mary’s on Wednesday to watch the home side defeat Sheffield Wednesday in the Carabao Cup third round

Southampton players mob keeper Alex McCarthy after his save won the game on penalties

The Saints keeper kept out the spot-kick from Dominic Iorfa to deny the Owls an upset

Saints coach Ruben Selles took charge and, despite making nine changes, picked a strong side which included captain and England hopeful James Ward-Prowse.

The free-kick specialist has struggled for form this season and looks set to miss out when Gareth Southgate announces his squad for Qatar later today.

Wednesday led when Fisayo Dele-Bashiru slid the ball into the path of Josh Windass and he finished crisply past Alex McCarthy.

Moore’s side were good value for that lead with Windass and Barry Bannan both coming close in the early stages.

James Ward-Prowse had scored a penalty at the end of the first half to draw the Saints level

Up until his goal, Southampton were in danger of being dumped out by the League One side


Southampton (3-4-3): McCarthy 6; Lyanco 6, Caleta-Car 7, Salisu 6 (Perraud 45, 7); Djenepo 7 (Maitland-Niles 60, 6), Ward-Prowse 6.5, Diallo 6.5, Edozie 6 (Elyounoussi 71, 6); A Armstrong 5.5, Mara 5.5 (S Armstrong 77, 6), Aribo 6 (Walcott 60, 6).

Subs unused: Caballero (g), Morgan, Lawrence, Payne.

Booked: Caleta-Car

Sheffield Wednesday (4-3-1-2): Stockdale 6; Iorfa 6, Ihiekwe 7, McGuinness 6, Johnson 5.5; Dele-Bashiru 7 (Smith 86, 6), Bannan 7, Windass 7 (James 76, 6); Bakinson 6.5 (Vaulks 76, 6); Gregory 6, Paterson 6.

Subs unused: Charles (g), Brown, Vaulks, Agbontohoma, Shipston, Smith, Cadamarteri, James.

Booked: Paterson

Referee: John Brooks


There was little for Jones to get excited about until the stroke of half-time when Moussa Djenepo skipped into the box and won a penalty when Marvin Johnson tripped him.

Ward-Prowse converted and, undeservedly, Saints were level.

There was an improvement from the home side after the break and sub Theo Walcott twice saw efforts cleared off the line as Wednesday defended bravely.

Moore’s side had a slice of luck when Stuart Armstrong’s shot bounced down off the crossbar but not over the line before John Brooks blew his whistle for penalties.

Josh Windass opened the scoring for the Owls with a neat finish past McCarthy

Windass wheels away to celebrate his goal, which came in the 24th minute of the cup tie

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