Last Updated: 12/04/14 5:06pm
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It's all over at St Mary's Stadium where Cardiff City have defeated Southampton 1-0, thanks to Cala's brilliant goal in the second half. The win gives the Bluebirds a massive boost in their hopes for survival in the Premier League.
Campbell appears to be struggling with an injury at the moment, but he will carry on for the last few seconds of this contest. Almost over the line for the visitors.
We are now into injury time, as Cardiff fans endure the last few moments before they can start celebrating.
ZAHA! The attacker gallops down the left flank from midfield, cuts inside, gets the bettr of two defenders and then shoots on goal, but is denied by Paulo Gazzaniga.
Oh, Lambert is so so close to making it 1-1! The corner is knocked towards him at the far post by Morgan Schneiderlin, but the Saints striker fails to turn it towards goal.
The Saints earn a corner with just five minutes of normal time left. Meanwhile, Mats Daehli is replaced by Craig Bellamy.
David Marshall has probably been the best player on the pitch this afternoon. The Cardiff goalkeeper has made saves after saves, and has really kept his team in the game.
Marshall makes yet another sensational save, as he keeps out a ferocious effort from Nathaniel Clyne, who took the shot with his left foot really well.
The Saints have started to press on now and are looking desperate for an equaliser. The Blues are holding on for what would be a very precious away win.
Brilliant save from David Marshall! Morgan Schneiderlin sends in a lovely ball over the top for Sam Gallagher, who then takes a shot on goal, but it is wonderfully kept out.
Lapse in defending allows Campbell to pick up the ball just outside the Saints box and he takes a brilliant shot, but it goes just wide. The visitors are really looking very pumped up now.
Adam Lallana tries a spectacular shot from the edge of the Cardiff box after a ball is knocked down to him, but his effort goes wide of the goal.
Twenty minutes remain in this contest and Cardiff are on course to picking up three vital points in their quest for Premier League survival. The Bluebirds have a spring in their step now. It is hosts Southampton who look deflated and are lacking in ideas.
Cardiff have been under so much pressure, but it is them who have broken the deadlock and in brilliant fashion. And now they are pressing forward for their second goal of the match! Sensational!
The Saints make two quick changes. Sam Gallagher comes on for Ramirez, who appears to have hurt himself, while Nathaniel Clyne replaces Callum Chambers.
What a brilliant goal it is! The Saints fail to clear away a free kick and the ball falls to the defender outside the box from where he shoots with his left foot and into the Southampton box.
Southampton 0-1 Cardiff City: Cardiff take the lead much against the run of play and it is Cala who has scored for the visitors.
Ramirez is down injured on the pitch, but he will get up soon as it does not look a major one. The midfielder lose his footing while trying to head a delivery from Lallana and fell onto the ground.
Cardiff make their first change of the afternoon. Gary Medel is taken off and on comes Wilfried Zaha. A tactical change for the visitors.
Rickie Lambert goes close again for the Saints, as he turns a right-wing cross just over the cross from close range.
Sensational attempt from Cardiff that almost earns them a goal! Jordon Mutch goes on a rampaging run from midfield and then takes a fierce shot on goal, but it is kept out by Gazzaniga.
Ramirez's long-distance attempt just about sums up the second half so far. He goes for an audacious shot from over 30 yards out, but it hits a defender and goes out for a corner, which the Saints fail to capitalise on.
The second half has been rather flat so far, I have to say. The Saints are looking the more likely side to score, but everything has gone a bit dull actually.
Shaw and Lallana try to combine with each other on the left edge of the Cardiff penalty box, but Kim Bo-Kyung reads their movements and makes a good intervention.
It's back to normal proceedings now then, as Southampton have reasserted themselves on the match. Once again, Cardiff are being forced to go deep.
Shaw picks up the ball on the left flank, goes on a run towards the Cardiff penalty box and then shoots on goal, but his effort goes way wide.
Cardiff have started to slip up now as they are affording the Saints players so much of space. Luke Shaw gallops down the left flank unopposed and is able to pick out one of his teammates with ample time. The visitors simply cannot allow this to happen!
The visitors have made a positive start to the second 45 minutes, as they are controlling the ball well on the right side of the pitch.
So what have you made of the first half at St Mary's? Send me your thoughts and predictions for the second half and I will post them here. You can email me at Subhankar.Mondal@bskyb.com or send me a tweet @subhankarjourno.
Cardiff have been forced to play much of the game inside their own half, but they have come close on a couple of occasions. However, the Bluebirds need to step up their game in the second 45 minutes if they want to even earn a point this afternoon.
It's half time at St Mary's Stadium where Southampton and Cardiff City have played out a goalless first half. The Saints were the dominating team in the opening 45 minutes and had a number of chances to take the lead. The hosts were also denied by the Cardiff crossbar on one occasion.
Marshall has to scramble out of his line to keep out a delivery into the danger area and moments later he has to claim the ball again when the Saints put in another cross into the box. He has been a busy man this afternoon!
Terrible effort from Jack Cork, as he gallops down the right flank, cuts inside and then tries to curl one in, only to send the ball way wide and high.
Cardiff go agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock, as Paulo Gazzaniga turns away a corner that was swinging into the near post. The Bluebirds earn another corner, but once again Gazzaniga punches the ball away.
Handball appeal from the Saints players as Steven Caulker brings down a cross with his chest, but the referee waves play on.
Cardiff manager Solskjaer seems relaxed at the moment, as his side continue to stave off the Saints attacker. A draw today will not be a bad result for them, but the Bluebirds do need to finally get back to winning ways.
Good defending from Fabio, as he shrugs off Callum Chambers on the left and makes sue that the opponents cannot get inside their penalty area.
Ten minutes to half time at St Mary's Stadium. Will we get a goal before the break? The Saints are edging closer and closer to it.
Another brilliant save from Marshall, as he denies Lambert yet again. Ramirez is in the thick of the action and releases his teammate down the left, whose effort on target is kept out by the Cardiff keeper.
Half an hour gone in this contest and it remains goalless between Southampton and Cardiff. The hosts have been by far the best player in the match and it looks very likely that they will be the one to break the deadlock.
Free kick to the Saints around 25 yards from goal. Lambert takes it and gets it on target, but Marshall dives to his right and makes a brilliant save!
Good move from Cardiff that ends with Fraizer Campbell heading just wide. Fabio, K m Bo-Kyung and Mats Daehli combine brilliantly on the left flank and the latter's final cross is flicked onto Campbell, who fails to get a proper head on the ball.
Cardiff are really struggling at the moment and are being forced to defend deep. They cannot do much really if they do not have the ball! Southampton are simply not letting go of possession.
OFF THE CROSSBAR! Southampton are so so unlucky not to surge ahead as Ramirez's shot takes a deflection of the defender and then comes back off the crossbar, with Marshall beaten.
Another chance and again it goes abegging. This time it is Shaw who floats in a great cross from the left flank that Lambert heads just over the crossbar.
Now Rickie Lambert tries to go for goal from distance, but his effort is high and wide and does not trouble Marshall at all.
Adam Lallana is really looking up for it this afternoon and tests Marshall in the Cardiff goal with a ferocious shot from outside the box. Morgan Schneiderlin tees up the England international, whose shot is hit straight at the Cardiff goal.
Free kick to Cardiff on the edge of the box on the right that is shot straight at Gazzaniga. That propels the Saints to launch a counter-attack, but they fail to make the most of it.
Brilliant one-touch football from Southampton that culminates in Lallana releasing Steven Davis inside the Cardiff box, but the midfielder's shot goes across the face of David Marshall's goal.
Lallana is once again making the most of his brilliant right foot. The creative midfielder floats in a cross at the far post for Callum Chambers, but under the pressure of Mats Daehli, he fails to get his header on target.
Gaston Ramirez has looked very lively in these opening minutes of the match, despite being a largely bit-part player for the hosts this campaign. He is certainly going to make the most of this afternoon.
Momentary confusion inside the Southampton box as a long delivery over the top is not cleared away and eventually bounces just in front of Paulo Gazzaniga and inside the six-yard box, but Jose Fonte makes the important clearance.
Another good move from the Saints that Cardiff do manage to cut off. This time it is Rickie Lambert on the right who tries to create confusion inside the visitors' box, but eventually the danger is cleared.
Southampton have already asserted themselves on the match, as Cardiff are struggling to even get hold of the ball. The home side look, well, at home when it comes to keeping control of the ball.
Brilliant play from Adam Lallana, who controls the ball nicely on the left flank and then releases Luke Shaw, who drives in a cross for Steven Davis, but the Cardiff defence hack it away.
The Saints have possession of the ball and are trying to build up attacks from inside their own half. The Bluebirds are struggling to find the ball at the moment.
A minute's silence will now be observed ahead of kickoff as a mark of respect to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster.
Friendly gesture from Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, who comes out of the tunnel and shakes the hands of Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The pair exchange a few friendly words.
The two sets of players are now coming out onto the pitch led by the officials. The crowd applauses their arrival.
The Saints will be favourites for this match and will be hoping to pick up a win to enhance their chances of a top-10 finish in the Premier League.
The stadium has filled up and the fans are all pumped up for this match. There are some Cardiff fans wearing 'Tan Out' T-shirts, as they continue to show their disdain towards the club's owner Vincent Tan.
Kickoff is just over 10 minutes away at St Mary's. Cardiff will be keen to pick up an important away win and boost their slim chances of survival. But can they do it?
There would be no lack of motivation for Cardiff today against Southampton, but what about the hosts? Their season is pretty much over, isn't it? This is what Pochettino said: 'The motivation is always there, because we have to defend to the death our colours, our shirt. That's what we aim to do in every single game. We want to get the maximum number of points out of any season and it's a motivation for these players to be the first players at this football club to get this maximum number of points in the Premier League. We also need to look at the growth of this team and of every single player. Those two factors are a massive motivation for us.'
And speaking of possibilities, how does Solskjaer see his side's chances of retaining their Premier League status for next season? After Cardiff's 3-0 defeat to Palace, he told Sky Sports: 'I'm very disappointed for the fans and the players, who have worked hard all week. We were really looking forward to this, and you end up with a disappointing result and performance.This result and performance makes it very difficult, but you have to be full of fight.'
Asked about the Spurs reports, Pochettino said: 'In football I am very much accustomed to living with these rumours. I have been living with and hearing these rumours all my life, firstly as a player, and then as a manager. I am just calm. I am not reacting to these rumours. I am fully focused on the job ahead. My job ahead is these last five games of the season with Southampton to try and get as many points as we can. Tottenham still have a manager, I still have one more year on my contract. I don't talk about rumours and I'm focused on this job. I said back in January that, at the end of the season, I will be speaking to the club. The possibilities are open.'
Southampton's pre-match talks involved the future of their highly-rated Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino. There have been suggestions that he could leave the Saints in the summer and move to Tottenham Hotspur, but he played down those rumours.
The build-up to this game from Cardiff's perspective was dominated by the alleged leaking of team information to Crystal Palace last weekend. It emerged on Friday that chairman Mehmet Dalman has complained to the Premier League that Cardiff's starting line-up was leaked to their opponents ahead of the match. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted that none of his players were involved, and the investigation is going on.
The Welsh outfit have recalled Cala, Fabio and Kim Bo-kyung, while Andrew Taylor, Ben Turner and Wilfried Zaha miss out.
So for Southampton, Gaston Ramirez does start today. The midfielder has been linked with a move away from the Saints in the summer and he will be happy to get some playing time today.
So what do you make of that lineup? Send me your thoughts by emailing me at Subhankar.Mondal@bskyb.com or tweet me @subhankarjourno.
CARDIFF XI: Marshall, Caulker (c), Whittingham, Medel, Campbell, Kim, Mutch, Cala, Theophile-Catherine, Daehli, Fabio
SOUTHAMPTON XI: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw, Cork, Schneiderlin, S. Davis, Ramirez, Lallana (c), Lambert
The Saints are also looking to bounce back this afternoon, having lost 4-1 to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium last weekend.
Cardiff have not won in their last four Premier League matches and are coming on the back of a 3-0 drubbing by fellow strugglers Crystal Palace at home.
The teamsheets have yet to be released, so let's continue our build-up to the fascinating contest at hand.
Today's kickoff is at 3.07pm and not at the regular 3pm. This is to show respect to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster. All matches in the Premier League, the Football League, the Football Conference and the FA Cup will kick off seven minutes later than planned, as a mark of respect to those who lost their lives in the disaster 25 years ago.
On the other hand, Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton are comfortably in eighth place with 48 points from 33 matches and are well on course to finish in the top 10 this campaign.
Heading into this afternoon's match, visitors Cardiff find themselves second from bottom in the Premier League table with just 26 points from 33 matches. The Bluebirds are six points from safety and with just five more rounds of matches remaining, they have a real challenge on their hands.
I am Subhankar Mondal and I will be taking you through the game this afternoon. You can send me your pre-match predictions and comments and I will post them here. You can email me at Subhankar.Mondal@bskyb.com or you can tweet me @subhankarjourno.
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