Stoke substitute Peter Crouch spared Saido Berahino’s blushes as he came off the bench to score the winner against his old club Southampton. Having led through Mame Diouf’s header, Berahino then had the opportunity from the penalty spot to end a goalless streak that dates back to February 2016 However he missed his fourth spot-kick during that drought, as the Southampton goalkeeper Fraser Forster kept it out.
It looked like the miss would prove costly when Maya Yoshida headed in a 75th-minute equaliser, but Crouch, who had come on for Berahino, poked in the winner from close range to make it 2-1 and earn Stoke their first win in six. Berahino had been praised by his manager Mark Hughes on Friday and he was handed a recall for a Stoke side missing Jesé Rodríguez, who was on compassionate leave. There was also a first start of the season for Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk after the Liverpool target was denied a summer move away.