This live event has finished
- Saints get their first points of the season and a clean sheet
- James Ward-Prowse struck the post from a curled free kick
- Fraser Forster saved well from a close range shot by Brown Ideye
Saints 0 West Brom 0. On the plus, Saints pick up their first points of the season and get a clean sheet. On the minus, few chances were created in front of goal. Ward-Prowse hitting the post from a free kick was the closest Saints got to a goal. 0-0 it finishes here at St Mary's.
88: Final change for West Brom. Berahino is substituted for Stephane Sessegnon. [0-0]
84: In the closing stages, neither side have nailed down any firm possession. [0-0]
80: Pelle is struggling to hold on to possession when its played into his feet. The Italian has failed to provide a contribution to Saints' build-up play. The ball is easily taken away from his feet.
77: Jack Cork is on for James Ward-Prowse. Cork playing attacking midfield. He's instantly busy and looks to play in Tadic. Craig Dawson cuts out the pass. [0-0]
Both teams battle to draw first blood at St Mary's.
73: Close range save from Forster. Ideye worms through the Saints backline. He turns excellently past Fonte before going one-on-one with Forster. The new Saints keeper pulls off an excellent save to deny the striker. [0-0]
70: CLOSE: Ward-Prowse curls a wonderful free kick from the edge of the box onto the post. Saints inches away from a breakthrough. [0-0]
68: Good link up from Saints. Fonte chips up to Long who chests down for Tadic to shoot first time. His powerful shot goes wide. [0-0]
66: VANISHING SPRAY. Craig Gardener shoots from a free kick some way out. It deflects through the wall and into the clutches of Forster. [0-0]
60: West Brom: Pocognoli off for James Davidson.
58: CHANCE: Ideye back post. Pocognoli crosses to the back post. Ideye heads into the side netting. The travelling fans thought it had snuck past Forster and celebrated. [0-0]
56: Tadic, dangerous again, comes off the left flank. He shoots, but it isn't powerful enough to trouble Ben Foster, who has it covered.
A few images of Saints in action against West Brom.
54: Tadic delivers a crisp cross into the box from the left. Long connects with it at the back post but is unable to steer it anywhere near the goal. [0-0]
52: Brown Ideye - West Brom's new £10m striker - he makes ways for Victor Anichebe. [0-0]
51:Pelle taps back to Schneiderlin. The French midfielder passes out to Tadic. Some nice link-up, but again it doesn't result in anything [0-0]
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne (left) in action against West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt.
Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin (front) in action against West Bromwich Albion's Jonas Olsson.
46: Pelle looks for Long running into the box. His chip is easily cut-out by Olsson.
46: Saints keep the same formation for the second-half. Long has started out on the right with Ward-Prowse middle and Tadic right.
The teams are back out for the second half. Saints are bringing on Shane Long for his home Premier League debut. He replaces Steven Davis. [0-0]
And that's half time. Some reasonable build-up play by Saints at times, but neither side producing any real clear-cut chances. 0-0.
45: There will two minutes added time. Saints currently controlling play. Betrand crosses in before its reworked back to the right where Clyne lays to Tadic to deliver a cross that ends up easily in Foster's hands.
41: Saido Berahino runs with the ball down the West Brom right. He slots it into Anichebe, who can't control in the box. Maya Yoshida clears. [0-0]
39: Wanyama deep on the right near the corner flag wins a free kick. Tadic crosses it with Schneiderlin climbing highest against his marker Chris Brunt. He can't get his head on the ball however. [0-0]
37: Tadic pressures the West Brom defence in the box. He's able to block Youssuf Mulumbu's clearance. And Davis plays straight back into the box. Tadic picks and shoots straight at Ben Foster. [0-0]
28: CHANCE: Betrand goes on a run down the left. Plays to Tadic and he lays it superbly through to the advancing left back. Bertrand is clear in the box and delivers to Pelle. The Italian striker scuffed it with his left foot and it was cleared away by Jonas Olsson. [0-0]
25: Saints chasing possession as West Brom move it around the halfway line. Koeman's team are resolute and are comfortable holding off West Brom. [0-0]
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne (right) in action against West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt.
20: Pocognoli - now recieving boos from the Saints fans after going down from Pelle's challenge earlier on - skips past Clyne and swings into the box. Bertrand is knocked down the process. [0-0]
[0-0] Ryan Bertrand and Nathaniel Clyne are pushed right forwards, with Schneiderlin and Wanyama busy in the deep midfield.
16: Pelle fouls West Brom defender Sebastien Pocognoli. He looks to have clipped him as they challenged for the ball. Play has completely haulted as they deal with him. He's hobbling but doesn't seem to be too damaged. Boos from Saints fans as the game slowly gets restarted.
14: West Brom have two corners. Brunt swings them both in. Neither cause too much danger. Saints keeper Fraser Forster came out well to collect as Craig Dawson headed back across goal from the back post. [0-0]
[0-0] Saints are settling in well. Pelle is getting the ball put up to him and attempting to play off to the attacking midfielders - Ward-Prowse, Tadic and Steven Davis.
9: A corner from West Brom's Graham Dorrans is cleared. Tadic shows some lovely skill to skip past a couple of defenders as Saints break. That break is cut out.
8: That free kick is cleared but re-worked by Saints, who deliver a cross from the left, which Pelle is unable to get a head on with pressure from West Brom defence. Saints looking to get the ball into Pelle where possible.
7: Some superb link up play by Saints. Morgan Schneiderlin pings it forwards with Pelle controlling. He plays to James Ward-Prowse and into Ryan Betrand who wins a free kick deep on the left flank.
3: The energetic start continues as West Brom find Victor Anichebe in the box. Again nothing comes of it.
2: From there Saints take control and the ball is swung out to Dusan Tadic who is able to swing a cross into Graziano Pelle. He awkwarly connects with ball with his midrift and it is cleared. [0-0]
1: West Brom work the ball well from kick off. A spell of possession ends in the Chris Brunt almost sneaking a shot away [0-0]
West Brom get us under way. Saints shooting left to right.
Saints supporters reveal individual banners with 'We march on' plastered on them.
Jose Fonte leads Saints out. A real buzz at St Mary's.
Here we go, the opening home game of the Premier League season. Teams are in the tunnel.
Saints fans get their picture taken taken alongside the murals outside St Mary's Stadium ahead of today's match.
Saints will appear in their red and white shirts for the first time this season in the Premier League today. As the stadium fills up it is clear that the new shirt has been popular among supporters.
We are just over half-an-hour away from kick off. Saints will be hoping to build on a good performance against Liverpool last weekend. Ronald Koeman has named an unchanged starting XI. But Florin Gardos appears on the bench after signing for £6 million from Steaua Bucharest after recovering from a hamstring injury. Former Brom forward Shane Long is also a substitute.
Saints fans get ready for today's Barclay's Premier League match against West Brom.
To make a text donation from your mobile phone text “BIGR55 followed by the amount you would like to donate EG £1, £3, £5, £10” To text number 70070. For example if you wanted to donate £10. Text BIGR55 £10 to 70070
@SouthamptonFC to get their first 3 points of the season today! Pelle to score on home PL debut! #COYR #saintsfc #MarchingIn 👍— @FrannyBenali 23 August 2014
Today’s opponents West Brom drew 2-2 with Sunderland last weekend in Premier League. Young Englishman Saido Berahino scored both, one from the spot. He could, once again, be their danger man and will be one to watch today.
If you’re up-to-date with the current situation at The Hawthorns, Alan Irvine is currently manager. He’s somewhat inexperienced and takes charge of a side that has suffered a lot upheaval this year.
Irvine has managed Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End, but this is first Premier League management job.
This summer they’ve signed nine players. Former Saints defender Chris Baird is among them – arrived from Burnley on a free.
Craig Gardner and Joleon Lescott both arrived on frees also, from Sunderland and Manchester City. Andre Wisdom came in on loan from Liverpool.
West Brom broke their transfer record by signing Brown Ideye for £10 million from Dynamo Kiev – the striker will unlikely appear today.
Australian defender Jason Davidson also came in from Heracles Almelo, Costa Rica defender Cristian Gamboa switched from Rosenborg. Left back Sebastien Pocognoli came in from German outfit Hannover.
Their most recent arrival came in the form of Greek striker Georgios Samaras, who left Celtic this summer. The Former Manchester City player won’t feature today.
Last time out against Sunderland at The Hawthorns: Foster, Wisdom, Pocognoli, Gardner (Yacob 84), Dawson, Olsson, Dorrans, (Sessegnon 84), Mulumbu, Anichebe, Berahino, Brunt (Baird 77)
Pitch is looking glorious as usual. As can be seen in James Ward-Prowse's selfie earlier on.
Big game today #WeMarchOn #saintsfc http://t.co/Kr8QT0MRqD— @Prowsey16 23 August 2014
The keepers are out warming up at St Mary's. No Artur Boruc, with Kelvin Davis on the bench today. Youngster Cody Cropper joining in with the senior stoppers.
Ronald Koeman names an unchanged line-up from the side that started last week's 2-1 defeat at Liverpool. The most notable aspect of the teamsheet today is that centre half Florin Gardos, a £6m summer signing from Steaua Bucharest, is included on the bench after recovering from a hamstring injury. Ex-West Brom striker Shane Long joins him anong the subs. For the Baggies, former Saints player Chris Baird is on the bench.
SAINTS: Forster, Clyne, Fonte, Yoshida, Bertrand, Wanyama, Schneiderlin, Ward-Prowse, S Davis, Tadic, Pelle.
Subs: K Davis, Gardos, Long, Taider, Cork, Hooiveld, Isgrove.
WEST BROM: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Olsson, Pocognoli, Mulumbu, Gardner, Berahino, Dorrans, Brunt, Anichebe.
Subs: Myhill, McAuley, Davidson, Ideye, Sessegnon, Yacob, Baird.
Referee: Roger East.
The week that followed the Liverpool match has seen a comparable quiet week at Staplewood to many over the summer.
The focus of attention has turned away from St Mary’s after a summer full of words like ‘meltdown’, ‘turmoil’ and ‘exodus’ as well as constant speculation over players.
Now, it seems, Koeman’s squad are settling down.
Last weekend was the opening fixture of the Premier League season, and, with many expecting Saints to struggle, Koeman’s side were the better side as they lost 2-1 to Liverpool at Anfield. A performance the manager wants to build on.
There they were reunited with ex-Saints Dejan Lovren – who received a frosty reception from the travelling fans – and Rickie Lambert who got a hero’s welcome from both sets of supporters after their respective summer moves. Adam Lallana did not feature due to injury.
Nathaniel Clyne got the first goal of the season for Saints after linking up with Dusan Tadic, who sold Lovren a treat with a cheeky back-heel, before Clyne leathered it top right from inside the box.
England pair Daniel Sturridge and Raheem Sterling netted for the Merseyside outfit to give them a narrow win.
A good last training for tomorrow! #Saintsfc-WBA! Hope for great support and 3 points!— @RonaldKoeman 22 August 2014
Lloyd Isgrove came off the bench at Anfield last week to make his Premier League debut. The winger spoke to the Daily Echo this week about the occasion and the prospect of walking out at St Mary's today.
Hello and welcome to the Daily Echo’s live blog from St Marys. Today Saints take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League – 3pm kick off. New manager Ronald Koeman will take charge of his first competitive home game in charge as Saints look for their first points of the season. We’ll be bringing you team news from around 2pm and updates throughout the match. But before then we take a look at the build-up to today’s match.