Southampton draw 0-0 against West Brom in their first home match of the Premier League season

Saints held at home by West Brom

Saints held at home by West Brom

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Saints and West Brom played out a goalless draw in Ronald Koeman's first home Premier League game in charge of the club.

Both sides resisted the urge to bring in their big-money summer strikers as Shane Long and Brown Ideye were left warming the respective benches

The duo came on, but could not make telling contributions, with Baggies boss Alan Irvine no doubt the happier of the two managers to settle for a share of the spoils.

Koeman fielded other new signings, such as Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, but, despite signs of sharpness from the latter, neither could make the difference.

It was the visitors who started well at St Mary's, with Irvine's charges also looking to make an impact.

Baggies' captain Chris Brunt had a shout for a penalty as early as the second minute, but referee Roger East was unmoved as he fell inside the area while looking to turn the Southampton defence.

Brunt was involved again shortly afterwards as his cross was met by Victor Anichebe, who reacted quickest to swing a boot at the ball, only to see his effort fly wide.

With former West Brom striker Long again only starting from the bench for Koeman's side, fellow summer signing Pelle was given the responsibility of operating as the main forward.

The former Italy Under-21 international had Southampton's first chance of the game, but could only glance an eighth-minute header wide of a post.

But again it was the travelling fans who saw their side come close to breaking the deadlock as Graeme Dorrans had his low shot bravely blocked by Saints captain Jose Fonte.

Southampton started to turn the tide in their favour and it was Jonas Olsson who had to block Pelle's effort after good work down the left by Ryan Bertrand.

Pelle was again involved as Tadic's cross drifted just too high for the ex-Feyenoord man to reach, with West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster caught in no-man's land after a mix-up with Andre Wisdom.

England international Foster was on hand to make the first real save of the game as he pushed away Tadic's close-range effort after the Serbia international had done well to initially win the ball back.

Long was introduced at the break in place of Steven Davis, with Ideye brought on for his Baggies debut 10 minutes later.

But it was Tadic who wasted the best chance in the early stages of the second half, drifting inside unchallenged before rolling a tame shot at Foster.

West Brom hit their hosts on the break and Sebastien Pocognoli's deep cross was headed into the side-netting by Ideye.

That proved to be Pocognoli's last contribution as the Belgium international was forced off, with Jason Davidson, another debutant, taking his place.

Tadic was proving to be the man most likely to make something happen and he came close to his first Saints goal after drilling Long's knock-down narrowly wide.

With Southampton starting to ask more questions, James Ward-Prowse hit the outside of a post with a bending free-kick, with Foster seemingly well-beaten.

Irvine's side were dangerous when they went forward and Ideye continued to impress as he turned Fonte inside the box and forced the best save of the match out of a sprawling Fraser Forster.

But neither side could fashion a chance to take all three points with a late winner, with a point apiece a fair reflection of a forgettable afternoon.

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5:53pm Sat 23 Aug 14

GHamilton says...

First point under RK......but looks like we need another striker. I think if we don't go down that route, then I would play Lloyd Isgrove, up front.....fast and not afraid to put his head to the ball.
First point under RK......but looks like we need another striker. I think if we don't go down that route, then I would play Lloyd Isgrove, up front.....fast and not afraid to put his head to the ball. GHamilton
  • Score: 9

6:09pm Sat 23 Aug 14

StElsass says...

A very ordinary game played by 2 very ordinary teams.
I can't imagine that the Dutch holiday makers sitting in front me were very impressed. They'll be going back to their campsite wondering what this "best league in the world" malarkey is all about; especially at £36 a head....
A very ordinary game played by 2 very ordinary teams. I can't imagine that the Dutch holiday makers sitting in front me were very impressed. They'll be going back to their campsite wondering what this "best league in the world" malarkey is all about; especially at £36 a head.... StElsass
  • Score: 22

4:29am Sun 24 Aug 14

batesieboy says...

Plenty of empty seats...a big problem for the Club...they won't be filled serving up this very mediocre fayre. If RoKo noticed the lack of pace and urgency in attack, why didn't he try Taider?
Plenty of empty seats...a big problem for the Club...they won't be filled serving up this very mediocre fayre. If RoKo noticed the lack of pace and urgency in attack, why didn't he try Taider? batesieboy
  • Score: 5

7:26am Sun 24 Aug 14

talbot says...

I am OPTIMISTIC FOR THIS FOOTBALL CLUB
I am OPTIMISTIC FOR THIS FOOTBALL CLUB talbot
  • Score: -1

8:13am Sun 24 Aug 14

saintsfanfairoak says...

GHamilton wrote:
First point under RK......but looks like we need another striker. I think if we don't go down that route, then I would play Lloyd Isgrove, up front.....fast and not afraid to put his head to the ball.
Exactly my thoughts on the striker,fans have said no more strikers but we need some one whos got pace ,quick feet and can go straight in the box and cause havoc..
Surely with the money available we could have signed someone with these assets
[quote][p][bold]GHamilton[/bold] wrote: First point under RK......but looks like we need another striker. I think if we don't go down that route, then I would play Lloyd Isgrove, up front.....fast and not afraid to put his head to the ball.[/p][/quote]Exactly my thoughts on the striker,fans have said no more strikers but we need some one whos got pace ,quick feet and can go straight in the box and cause havoc.. Surely with the money available we could have signed someone with these assets saintsfanfairoak
  • Score: 2

8:41am Sun 24 Aug 14

franiow says...

Important not to lose again. Got first point on board. Let's do well on Tuesday.
Important not to lose again. Got first point on board. Let's do well on Tuesday. franiow
  • Score: 2

8:58am Sun 24 Aug 14

wellow saint says...

I am worried already about Tadic and Pelle. It is early days but Tadic final ball has been very poor and looks very one sided and Pelle looks slow and although a bit isolated not sure he will be up to this standard.Premiership is a big step up for both of these and early signs are not good.
I am worried already about Tadic and Pelle. It is early days but Tadic final ball has been very poor and looks very one sided and Pelle looks slow and although a bit isolated not sure he will be up to this standard.Premiership is a big step up for both of these and early signs are not good. wellow saint
  • Score: 3

10:03am Sun 24 Aug 14

spratt says...

After just two games it would be foolish to get too judgemental already. In one respect its "business as usual" - 58% possession, no win. I am not sure how much input Ron has with new players but, as yet, those we have acquired are not exactly that impressive. It seems to me that with all the money we had available (was it not 200m?) that no really outstanding striker has been found although this has been our glaring need even since last season. Wages probably being a stumbling block?. Its Reed and Krueger that worry me and the way they are doing things only fuel the fire that Saints lack ambition - hence all the unrest.
After just two games it would be foolish to get too judgemental already. In one respect its "business as usual" - 58% possession, no win. I am not sure how much input Ron has with new players but, as yet, those we have acquired are not exactly that impressive. It seems to me that with all the money we had available (was it not 200m?) that no really outstanding striker has been found although this has been our glaring need even since last season. Wages probably being a stumbling block?. Its Reed and Krueger that worry me and the way they are doing things only fuel the fire that Saints lack ambition - hence all the unrest. spratt
  • Score: -3

10:08am Sun 24 Aug 14

sparky130a says...

Based on that performance Isgrove deserves a lot more playing time on the pitch...
Based on that performance Isgrove deserves a lot more playing time on the pitch... sparky130a
  • Score: 2

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