In a good opening game where the 2 men in the spotlight had been absent, Southampton and Swansea Town found themselves sorely lacking celebrity quality in a goalless stalemate.
All the talk around these types of clubs this summer has centered on the futures of Virgil van Dijk and Gylfi Sigurdsson. Here, neither played â? plus those that did shut every other out.
Southampton created a lot of chances but lacked the clinical edge, while Swansea had been often camped in their very own half and looked devoid associated with creativity. Not a great examine for a year of possible success for either side.
Dusan Tadic reacts within frustration as he is thwarted by the Swansea rearguard, faltering to capitalise on his chance
The Swansea players mind off the pitch at Saint Mary’s after earning a stage against Southampton within a stalemate
Lukasz Fabianski palms the golf ball clear as Charlie Austin chases up in the hope associated with a rebound during the 2nd halfÂ
MATCH FACTS, PLAYER RANKINGS AND MATCHZONEÂ
SOUTHAMPTON (4-2-3-1): Forster 6; Cedric 7, Stephens 7, Yoshida six, Bertrand 7. 5 (McQueen 86); Davis 6, Romeu 6; Ward-Prowse 7 (Boufal 71mins), Tadic six. 5, Redmond 6. 5, Gabbiadini 6 (Austin 69)
Subs not utilized: Taylor, Bednarek, Lemina, Long
Booked: Redmond, Romeu
Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino six. 5
SWANSEA (4-3-2-1): Fabianski 7; Naughton 6, Fernandez 7, Mawson six. 5, Olsson 6. 5; Britton 6 (Fulton 74), Fer seven, Carroll 6; Routledge 5. five (McBurnie 86), Ayew 6; Abraham 7 (Bartley 81)
Subs not utilized: Â Nordfeldt, Narsingh, Rangel, Mesa
Manager: Paul Clement 6
Referee: Mike Jones 6
Man of the particular match: Bertrand
Attendance: 31, 446Â
Oriol Romeu impressed within the heart of midfield for the hosts and this particular was his heat map. With regard to more from our brilliant MATCHZONE, click here
New Saints manager Mauricio Pellegrino made little change to precursor Claude Puel’s set-up â? Manolo Gabbiadini for Charlie Austin has been the only switch from in order to the team that started the particular last game of last period.
What did appear different intended for Saints, though, was a restored attacking verve that they therefore sorely lacked here last period, scoring just 17 goals in St Mary’s. The switch-up demonstrated from the beginning as they twice proceeded to go close to scoring in the particular first four minutes.
First, Thomas Bertrand’s corner was flicked upon to the top of the particular crossbar by the head associated with a back-pedalling Gabbiadini. Moments later on the England left back was your provider again, bursting to the particular byline to pull back in order to Dusan Tadic six yards away who inexplicably scuffed a tap-in wide with St Mary’s rocking.
In the opposing dugout, John Clement had gone with simply one starting debutant himself, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham getting a good outing up front.
Tammy Abraham wriggles free plus manages to get a photo away but the Swansea striker sees his effort saved
Referee Mike Jones shows Nathan Redmond a yellow card within after a reckless challenge in the Southampton forward
Having hit 23 Tournament goals at Bristol City final season, he should have snapped up an initial in the Premier Little league on 10 minutes, rising higher at the near post in order to direct Jordan Ayew’s cross directly wide with a free header.
Otherwise though, Saints were upon top and having plenty associated with joy down the left exactly where Nathan Redmond, Tadic and Bertrand could link-up. A combination associated with the former two created one more pulled-back chance from the byline, on this occasion for James Ward-Prowse â? denied by Lukasz Fabianski. Southampton managed 13 attempts at objective within the opening period but that will turned out to be the only one in order to test the Polish goalkeeper.
Swansea looked to be relying upon Abraham to nick them the goal after half-time he nearly did, brilliantly turning away through a challenge in the region after taking in Leroy Fer’s pass before his eventual photo was blocked.
Saints, meanwhile, carried on to frustrate inside the container as another Gabbiadini effort drifted wide and a series associated with low crosses failed to discover their targets.
Martin Olsson will take off in pursuit associated with Jack Stephens as the New Orleans Saints player surges forward with the particular ball at his feetÂ
Manolo Gabbiadini heads towards objective but fails to break the particular deadlock within a first half which usually finished goallessÂ
Olsson jumps for a header in competitors with Saints defender Cedric Soares in a tightly fought encounterÂ
SIGNS FOR THE SEASONÂ
Plenty of creativity but this has been another occasion where Southampton was missing an objective threat. A clinical advantage must emerge or else lower-mid-table mediocrity beckons. Manolo Gabbiadini experienced a brilliant streak last period but was not enough of the threat here.
Without Gylfi Sigurdsson’s guile Swansea look in order to be facing another relegation fight. Tammy Abraham looked a danger and can get goals but the particular service isn’t great and John Clement’s side spent long means trapped within their own final 3rd.
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City)
Very limited service but looked the danger when the ball do come his way. Sent a single dangerous free header wide whenever he perhaps should have have scored and then saw another wise effort blocked. Â
Pellegrino hauled the Italian centre ahead off and replaced him along with Austin but the story has been more of the same till Swansea’s staunch defence became available intended for Maya Yoshida.
A corner gained by a Tadic drive through distance was flicked on simply by Oriol Romeu and suddenly japan defender was free, alone in the back post six yards away â? only to head more than.
Swansea, clearly happy to keep with a point, dropped much deeper as Clement brought Abraham away from for