Southampton were held to a 0-0 draw against Swansea City in their season opener despite having 29 shots on goal with 13 on target at St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
- Southampton 0 Swansea City 0
- Gabbiadini hits woodwork
- Abraham headers just wide
- Tadic penalty appeal
- Austin late chance
Southampton started the game dominantly and had two early chances through Manolo Gabbiadini and Dušan Tadic before Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham came within inches of scoring on the other end, heading just wide.
Southampton had two penalty appeals turned down by Mike Jones but a lack of clinical finishing meant that Swansea managed to survive the Saints onslaught to take a point away from their first game of the season.
Mauricio Pellegrino almost had a dream start to his Saints managerial tenure as Gabbiadini got onto the end of a Ryan Bertrand corner to see his glancing header smack the post before Tadic missed a good chance in the middle of the box.
It was the Swansea’s turn as 19-year-old striker Abraham, on loan from Chelsea, headed inches wide from a fantastic ball by Wayne Routledge to complete an exciting first 10 minutes.
Southampton looked great attacking down the right as Redmond found himself being played in behind the Swansea defence on a few occasions but neither Tadic nor James Ward-Prowse could convert his crosses.
A few minutes before the 30-minute mark, Tadic managed to beat Federico Fernández who then brought down the Saints midfielder in the box but referee Mike Jones waved play on.
The replays showed that Tadic was brought down but the officials were unmoved and Swansea continued to keep Southampton at bay.
The Saints continued to hit Swansea with wave after wave of attacks but to no avail and both teams returned to the shed at half-time with the scoresheet still 0-0.
Abraham almost managed to split the deadlock immediately in the second half as he turned well and shot but Cédric was well positioned to make the block.
Gabbiadini then had a go at goal five minutes later after a good Saints build up but their poor finishing continued as his left footed effort curled too wide.
After a relatively quiet second half, Tadic tried his luck from range as he hit hard towards Lukasz Fabianski who managed to deny the Serbian midfielder with a good save.
Southampton followed this effort up with another chance as Oriol Romeu flicked the ball into a good position but Maya Yoshida could not convert at close range.
With five minutes left, Southampton had a second penalty appeal denied as replacement Charlie Austin’s volley struck Kyle Bartley’s arm at close range.
Austin had a final chance to grab the win in extra time after he was played in on goal by Redmond but his effort could only find the side netting as the spoils were shared at St Mary’s Stadium.