An aggressive, end-to-end Premier League encounter between Southampton and Stoke City at St Mary’s Stadium somehow finished goalless despite numerous opportunities.
- Southampton 0 Stoke City 0
- Both teams commit plenty of fouls
- Boufal misses a gilt-edged chance
A match defined by strong tackling and wasteful finishing saw Mame Diouf stretchered off, seemingly in a lot of pain and plenty of chances saved or miss the target.
Both Alex McCarthy and James Butland had good games, but neither was tested as much as they should’ve been considering the number of chances created.
FULL-TIME Southampton 0-0 Stoke
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The Potters got off to the better start after Papa Ndiaye was set up expertly by Kostas Stafylidis, but his skidding shot was straight at McCarthy who made a comfortable save.
The niggle in the match then began to kick off. Mame Diouf was lucky to escape sanction for a cheeky stamp on Wesley Hoedt. The Dutch defender then went after some retribution by sliding into the striker nowhere near the ball, also escaping a yellow card and resulting in Diouf needing to be substituted.
The fouls then started to come thick and fast as referee Anthony Taylor appeared to be losing control and continued to refuse to go to his book for some very bad fouls.
In among the madness, Dusan Tadic blasted a good chance disappointingly over the bar and Ndiaye was denied by a fine low save from McCarthy.
After the break, it was the home side that started stronger as a mistake from Xherdan Shaqiri allowed Joshua Sims in to have a shot on goal, but it was saved by the feet of Butland.
Peter Crouch’s introduction made an instant impact on the match as he flicked on a Butland goal-kick for Maxim Choupo-Moting, but he took too long to get his shot away and Hoedt was able to get back and pressure him into blasting over the bar.
Boufal should have won the game for the home side in the 77th minute when Nathan Redmond lifted a perfect cross to him at the far post, but he somehow missed the target from less than six yards out and the heated encounter ended 0-0.