It was a game to forget at the Hawthorns on Saturday as West Brom and Southampton played out to a bore 0-0 draw in which mistakes were the dominant feature.
- West Brom 0 Southampton 0
- Tadic crossing a constant danger
- Berahino makes sub appearance
- Both sides struggled to hang on to possession
- Passing was sloppy all over the pitch
The two sides looked surprisingly rusty in the first game back after the international break and neither manager will be happy with what he saw at the Hawthorns.
One highlight for the visitors was the constant danger caused by Dusan Tadic's crossing and Ronald Koeman will be disappointed his forwards didn't make better use of the opportunities he was providing.
Southampton were probably the better side over the 90 minutes, but in truth the dominant feature of the match was the inability of both midfields to keep possession.
A point is better than none, but one feels neither team will be happy with their performance on Saturday.
Chances were few and far between throughout the match as neither side could hold onto possession long enough to create a goal threat.
Jay Rodriguez had the best chance of the first half, as Tadic found him in the center of the penalty area with an exquisite cross, but the striker will be extremely disappointed he was unable to hit the target.
The second half provided more chances but was similarly lacking in quality to the first 45 minutes.
Saido Berahino made a welcome return off the bench in the 55th minute, despite the striker stating on Twitter that he would never play for Jeremy Pearce again after the West Brom chairman repeatedly blocked a potential move to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window.
Maarten Stekelnburg nearly gifted the hosts the lead in the 57th minute when the Dutch goalkeeper fumbled a regulation catch. He gathered the ball at the second attempt right on the line under severe pressure from West Brom's forwards.
In the 64th minute Pelle broke down the wing and tried to square the ball for Rodriguez, but the ball went through the striker to Tadic, who beautifully picked out James Ward-Prowse, but the Englishman's shot went over the bar.
Berahino got involved in the 77th minute and attempted a shot from the edge of the area but Virgil van Dijk got across well to block the effort.
The game remained goalless for the final 13th minutes, as a thoroughly disappointing match petered out.