Southampton’s goal drought at St Mary’s stretched to 545 minutes as they laboured to a frustrating Premier League stalemate against Swansea.
Saints wasted a host of chances to open their new campaign with a galling 0-0 draw against the insipid and limited visitors.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s side dominated virtually from start to finish, but lacked the killer instinct needed to clinch the three points.
What they saidSouthampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino on the transfer window: “What would be a better situation would be if the transfer window closed before the start of the season.
I don’t really understand why it goes to the end of August. I know there’s talks about that changing in future. And that’s my opinion that it should do.”Swansea manager Paul Clement on the transfer window: “The only situation that’s important at the moment is the Gylfi Sigurdsson transfer situation. If that does go through then we can start acting on potential targets.
I want to do that kind of stuff in private until there’s something certain. There’s a situation where both clubs have not agreed, there’s a difference of opinion on the valuation of the player. But I don’t think it’s far away now.”
Tweet of the match
Star man – Nathan Redmond
One of the few bright lights in a hugely uninspiring affair. Redmond grafted hard and combined well with Ryan Bertrand to carve Swansea open down the left flank time and again.
Miss of the match
Dusan Tadic probably takes the unwanted gong for miss of the day, sidefooting the wrong side of the post from point-blank range.
Stat of the day
Southampton have now laboured 545 minutes without a goal at St Mary’s in a home drought stretching back to April 5.
Player ratingsSouthampton: Fraser Forster 7, Cedric Soares 7, Jack Stephens 7, Maya Yoshida 6, Ryan Bertrand 7, Steven Davis 6, Oriol Romeu 5, James Ward-Prowse 5, Dusan Tadic 4, Nathan Redmond 8, Manolo Gabbiadini 4. Substitutes: Sam McQueen (for Bertrand, 85) 6, Charlie Austin (for Gabbiadini, 68) 5, Sofiane Boufal (for Ward-Prowse, 70) 5.Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski 6, Kyle Naughton 5, Federico Fernandez 6, Alfie Mawson 6, Martin Olsson 5, Wayne Routledge 5, Leroy Fer 6, Leon Britton 5, Tom Carroll 5, Tammy Abraham 4, Jordan Ayew 4. Substitutes: Oliver McBurnie (for Routledge, 85) 5, Kyle Bartley (for Abraham, 80) 5, Jay Fulton (for Britton, 74) 5.
Who’s up next?
Southampton v West Ham, Premier League, Saturday, August 19
Swansea v Manchester United, Premier League, Saturday, August 19