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Rogers' late goal dents Saints' title bid

18 Apr 2019
Morgan Rogers, West Brom

Sixteen-year-old's equaliser stops Southampton from claiming top spot in Division 2 with one match to play

West Bromwich Albion dented Southampton’s title hopes in Premier League 2 Division 2 and set up an exciting finale to the season. 

A Southampton victory would have sent them top and put their fate in their own hands ahead of the final round of fixtures.

They took the lead through Will Smallbone's 48th-minute penalty.

But 14 minutes from time a free-kick from 16-year-old Morgan Rogers, the PL2 Player of the Month for February and a nominee for the March prize, secured a point for Albion.

PL2 D2

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
1 WOL 22 +23 43
2 SOU 22 +16 43
3 RDG 22 +12 40
4 NEW 22 +9 40

Southampton moved level with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Reading on 40 points but are third, trailing both on goal difference. 

Wolves and Reading play first, facing trips to Manchester United and Stoke City respectively on 26 April.

Southampton will take on Division 2's bottom side Sunderland three days later, knowing what they need to do to get the sole automatic promotion place. If unsuccessful, they will enter the promotion playoffs.

See: Southampton report

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