Southampton and Hull City played out to a uninspiring 0-0 draw in their English Premier League clash at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon.
- Southampton 0 Hull City 0
- Goalless at the break
- Jakupovic saves Tadic penalty
Both teams could only muster a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes as the score remained 0-0 at the break.
The second half proved to be a bit more lively with Dusan Tadic seeing his stoppage-time penalty saved by Tigers keeper Eldin Jakupovic, to earn visitors a crucial point.
Dušan Tadić sees his last-gasp penalty saved by Jakupović as the spoils are shared. pic.twitter.com/D2VuUfpzKM
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) April 29, 2017
The first half failed to live up to its pre-match billing as two attacking sides faced up in a must-win fixture for Hull.
They enjoyed decent possession in the opposition half for large spells of the first stanza, but constantly wasted patient build-ups with poor decision-making on the flanks and just outside the area.
The second half provided more of the same but at the hour mark there was it more freedom of expression from Claude Puel's men, which caused some high intensity end-to-end counter-attacks.
Despite the intentions of trying to find an opener from both sets of players, the decisions in the final third often let them down, with fatigue clearly taking its toll in the final run-in to the season.
With Marco Silva's side on course to earn a rare point away from home they were dealt a bitter blow, as midfielder Alfred N'Diaye inexplicably pulled down defender Maya Yoshida inside the area.
But Jakupovic proved to be the hero of the day as he produced an incredible reflex save to deny Tadic from 12 yards out.
The point keeps Hull out the danger zone on 34 points, three above 18th-placed Swansea, while the Saints remain in ninth spot with 41 points.
— Hull City (@HullCity) April 29, 2017