Neither side managing to gain a foothold on proceedings this half - with the conditions beginning to make this very hard to keep the ball on the ground.
Begovic again does well to deny Lambert.
I certainly can't see this game ending 2-2 as both sides continue to press forward in search of a third goal.
Rodriguez meets the centre and plants his header inches wide of goal. A great chance for the hosts to restore their lead.
Corner for Southampton...
The players are back out on the field for the start of the second half. Let's hope they can keep the performance levels up and take something from the game. Come on Stoke.
It does - and it is 2-2 at the break.
Pieters defends well to thwart Lallana andwins his side a throw in. That should take us into half-time.
The Bosnian is back up and running again thankfully. He isn't too pleased with the challenge though.
Beovic goes down under a heavy challenge from Lambert, but looks as though he should be ok.
2 minutes of additional time confirmed by the fourth official
You have to say that it is no more than Stoke deserve. because most of the questions being asked have come from the away side.
Get in!! It's 2-2 thanks to Peter Crouch. He nods home from 4-yards after meeting Adam's corner.
Another corner for Stoke. Can we grab a second goal here...
Stoke immediately fall back behind though in incredibly fortuitous circumstances. Davis' crosses the ball into the area, it evades everyone in the box and nestles in the far corner. So unlucky there.
Get in!! Stoke are level through Odemwingie, who runs through on goal and dinks the ball past Boruc. Superb ball from Adam to free him on goal.
Southampton are pressing forward now with Lambert proving to be a real nuisance. Stoke need to hold them out otherwise you feel the game could be taken away from Stoke before the break.
Another corner for the home side but Stoke do well to clear the danger.
A chance for Stoke to test the hosts...
Some nice play from Stoke culminates in Walters being fouled midway inside the Saints half.
Thankfully, his centre is poor and Odemwingie ushers the ball out for a goal-kick.
Another corner for the home side - who are beginning to dominate the opening exchanges.
Jay Rodrigues manages to find some space for himself 25-yards out, but doesn't manage to hit the target with his effort.
Stoke press forward straight away and Walters tees up Odemwingie, but his effort is saved well by Artur Boruc.
That was possibly aided by the wind swirling around inside the bowl, but there was nothing Begovic could have done about that at all.
Disaster for Stoke as Rickie Lambert hammers a thunderous free-kick into the top corner of the net to give the home side the lead after just six minutes.
Free-kick in a dangerous area for the hosts following an Adam handball right on the edge of the penalty area
Southampton playing a bit of keep ball at the back at the moment, but without really threatening
It goes long, Walters does well but eventually goes out for a goal kick.
Early throw in for Stoke City deep in the Saints half.
There is the threat of showers at some point today, but hopefully they will steer clear until the final whistle has blown.
I'm sure my colleagues in the press box here would vouch for that, because it is absolutely freezing, but that said, I'm sure we will all warm up once the game gets underway in around about 20 minutes time.
I must admit that I never thought I would witness quite as cold and windy conditions as at the Brit, but today's weather at St Mary's isn't too far behind...
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