West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Southampton: Baggies, Saints in stalemate

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  • Rondon went close for West Brom
  • Mane, Rodriguez waste chances for Saints
  • Van Dijk makes Saints debut
  • Berahino returns for Baggies
  • West Bromwich Albion and Southampton drew 0-0 at the Hawthorns on Saturday in a nervy encounter.

    Saints had the better chances in the first half, both of which fell to Jay Rodriguez but the forward wasted them. In the second half  Salomon Rondon went close for the home side and despite Saido Berahino coming on as a sub, neither team looked like nicking all three points.

    With the draw Saints are in 11th on six points, while West Brom are in 13th spot on five points.

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    West Brom had a good shout for a penalty kick in the first half as Callum McManaman ran into the box and Matt Targett lunged into a tackle. McManaman went flying and Tony Pulis was incensed as the referee turned down the calls for a PK.

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    Southampton’s defense held firm under pressure from set pieces and then almost went ahead twice in the first half through Rodriguez. First he wriggled free on the edge of the box but sent a tame shot in on goal, then Dusan Tadic clipped in a delightful cross but Rodriguez put his header wide of the post when he really should have scored.

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    Saints looked the brighter of the two teams at the start of the second half, but Salomon Rondon controlled well then fired over the bar as the goal beckoned.

    The arrival of Berahino off the subs bench rejuvenated the Baggies’ offense and Saints goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg was a lucky boy as he dropped the ball but collected it at the second attempt with Gareth McAuley lurking.

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    Victor Wanyama had a header at the back post which seem to strike the arm of a West Brom defender but the referee waved away PK calls from several Saints players.

    Sadio Mane went close to giving Saints a late lead as the Senegalese winger jumped off the bench to cause havoc. His pace got him in-behind West Brom’s defense but he fired his effort just over the bar at the near post.

    Late on Saints pushed hard but failed to find a way through as the spoils were shared.