Southampton 0-0 Swansea: Dominant Saints held

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  • Yoshida goes close twice
  • Saints had 29 shots, 13 corners
  • Record six home PL games without a goal for Saints
  • Swansea without Sigurddson, Llorente

Southampton and Swansea City drew 0-0 at St Mary’s on Saturday as the away side somehow escaped with a point.

Saints went close on multiple occasions through Maya Yoshida but the center back couldn’t convert his chances and let the Swans off the hook.

New manager Mauricio Pellegrino will be impressed with Southampton’s display but will be ruing missed opportunities. New manager for Saints, but the same old story.

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Early on Manolo Gabbiadini hit the post with a header and Dusan Tadic side-footed wide from close range when the entire stadium thought he had scored and you got the sense it could be one of those days, once again, for Southampton.

A big chance then arrived for Swansea as a cross from the right was headed towards goal brilliantly by Tammy Abraham but the Chelsea loanee saw his effort fly inches wide.

Saints started to come into the game more and Gabbiadini got on the end of Ryan Bertrand‘s cross but the Italian striker couldn’t direct it goalwards.

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Alfie Mawson brilliantly blocked a James Ward-Prowse shot after Nathan Redmond‘s positive run, then Dusan Tadic went down in the box after a heavy challenge.

Saints kept pouring forward and came close before half time when Yoshida sent an acrobatic effort towards goal which flew just wide.

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In the second half there was wave after wave of Southampton attack with Gabbiadini dragging an effort wide, then Swansea broke and Abraham had an effort superbly blocked by Cedric and then Leroy Fer smashed the rebound wide in their only chance of the second half.

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Yoshida then somehow missed the target from close range a few yards out with the goal gaping, while Tadic curled over when he got free on the edge of the box.

Jack Stephens had a good shout for a penalty kick late on for a handball but the calls were waved away as the Swans frustrated the Saints with Yoshida and substitute Charlie Austin both going close late on.