Saturday 16 December 2017

Southampton v Swansea: Story of the match

Dusan Tadic, left, missed a good chance for Southampton
Dusan Tadic, left, missed a good chance for Southampton

Southampton stretched their St Mary's goal drought to 545 minutes to labour to a frustrating Premier League stalemate with Swansea.

Saints wasted a host of chances to open their new league campaign with a galling goalless draw against insipid and limited visitors.

Mauricio Pellegrino's side dominated all but from start to finish, but lacked the killer instinct where they should have coasted to victory.

TWEET OF THE MATCH:

"Great point but awful performance. We look short and our lack of ambition going forward was very concerning" - Swansea fanzine editor and podcaster Steven Carroll (https://twitter.com/StevenSOS1987/status/896403941700898816).

STAR MAN:

Nathan Redmond, Southampton: One of the few bright lights in a hugely uninspiring affair. Redmond grafted hard and combined well with Ryan Bertrand to carve Swansea open down the left flank time and again.

MISS OF THE MATCH:

Dusan Tadic probably takes the unwanted gong for miss of the day, sidefooting the wrong side of the post from point-blank range.

STAT OF THE DAY:

Southampton have now laboured 545 minutes without a goal at St Mary's in a home drought stretching back to April 5.

RATINGS:

SOUTHAMPTON:

Fraser Forster 7

Cedric Soares 7

Jack Stephens 7

Maya Yoshida 6

Ryan Bertrand 7

Steven Davis 6

Oriol Romeu 5

James Ward-Prowse 5

Dusan Tadic 4

Nathan Redmond 8

Manolo Gabbiadini 4

Replacements:

Sam McQueen (for Bertrand, 85) 6

Charlie Austin (for Gabbiadini, 68) 5

Sofiane Boufal (for Ward-Prowse, 70) 5

SWANSEA:

Lukasz Fabianski 6

Kyle Naughton 5

Federico Fernandez 6

Alfie Mawson 6

Martin Olsson 5

Wayne Routledge 5

Leroy Fer 6

Leon Britton 5

Tom Carroll 5

Tammy Abraham 4

Jordan Ayew 4

Replacements:

Oliver McBurnie (for Routledge, 85) 5

Kyle Bartley (for Abraham, 80) 5

Jay Fulton (for Britton, 74) 5

WHO'S UP NEXT:

Southampton v West Ham, Premier League, Saturday, August 19

Swansea v Manchester United, Premier League, Saturday, August 19

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