Report: Saints 0-0 Swansea

By SFC Media Sat 12 Aug Saints v Swansea
Photo by Matt Watson | Dušan Tadić
Sat 12 Aug 3.00PM
Premier League
Southampton
0
Swansea City
0
Redmond (16') Romeu (33')
Fulton (90')
Referee: Mike Jones | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 31,447

Southampton were held to a goalless draw with Swansea City on the opening day of the 2017/18 Premier League season.

Despite creating a number of good opportunities, including Manolo Gabbadini striking the woodwork, Saints were unable to find the goal that would have earned all three points.

Mauricio Pellegrino named an unchanged starting eleven from the side that saw off Sevilla 2-0 in the final pre-season friendly at St Mary’s.

And Saints soon fashioned an early chance to take the lead. After just two minutes James Ward-Prowse crossed for Gabbiadini at the near post, but the Italian saw his header bounce clear off the woodwork.

Moments later Saints had another opportunity to take the lead. Nathan Redmond sent Ryan Bertrand scarpering down the left and the full-back crossed for Tadić at the near post, but he was unable to adjust his feet quickly enough and struck wide.

Having rode their luck early on, the visitors were soon creating some chances of their own. Tammy Abraham had the whole goal to aim at as he connected with Wayne Routledge’s cross inside the Saints box, but the Chelsea loanee steered his header wide of the post.

Saints were continuing to cause Swansea real issues down the left and Redmond drove to the byline to cut back for James Ward-Prowse once again, but his shot was blocked off the line by a sea of Swansea players.

Redmond and Ward-Prowse then both tried their luck from distance within five minutes each other; with Redmond’s left-footed strike heading over the crossbar and Ward-Prowse’s safely into the arms of Lukasz Fabianski.

It continued to be Saints creating all of the chances. On 37 minutes a deep cross from the left was headed back across goal by Jack Stephens and into the path of Maya Yoshida, but the centre back’s acrobatic volley flew wide of the post in what was the final chance of the half.

Swansea arrived back after the break with added impetus and Abraham almost amended for his earlier miss to fire them ahead. The 19-year-old spun perfectly into space inside the Saints area and looked certain to score before his effort was well blocked by Cédric.

On 69 minutes Pellegrino made his first changes of the afternoon, as Gabbiadini and Ward-Prowse made way for Charlie Austin and Sofiane Boufal.

Tadić and Yoshida then had good chances to earn Saints all three points with ten minutes remaining. First, Tadić saw his 30-yard fierce strike parried behind by Fabianski before Yoshida then headed over from close range following the subsequent corner.

With five minutes remaining Pellegrino made his final substitution of the afternoon, as Sam McQueen replaced Bertrand.

In the final minutes of the game Saints had two chances to take all three points. Yoshida saw his 25-yard free-kick scrape the outside of the side-netting before substitute Austin then struck the same part of the goal with a clean hit to ensure a draw on the opening day of the season. 

Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Swansea City
  • Possession (%)
    60
    40
  • Shots
    29
    4
  • Shots on target
    2
    0
  • Corners
    13
    0
  • Passes Complete
    432
    284

Southampton

44
Fraser Forster (GK)
3
Maya Yoshida
5
Jack Stephens
21
Ryan Bertrand
Sam McQueen (86′)
2
Cédric Soares
22
Nathan Redmond
16
James Ward-Prowse
Sofiane Boufal (71′)
8
Steven Davis (C)
11
Dusan Tadic
14
Oriol Romeu
20
Manolo Gabbiadini
Charlie Austin (69′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
18
Mario Lemina
28
Stuart Taylor
38
Sam McQueen
35
Jan Bednarek
7
Shane Long
10
Charlie Austin

Swansea City

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
33
Federico Fernández
16
Martin Olsson
26
Kyle Naughton
6
Alfie Mawson
7
Leon Britton (C)
Jay Fulton (74′)
8
Leroy Fer
14
Tom Carroll
10
Tammy Abraham
Kyle Bartley (81′)
18
Jordan Ayew
15
Wayne Routledge
Oliver McBurnie (86′)
22
Angel Rangel
51
Roque Mesa
27
Kyle Bartley
62
Oliver McBurnie
11
Luciano Narsingh
13
Kristoffer Nordfeldt
56
Jay Fulton
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