Southampton and West Ham played out a drab 0-0 draw on a gloomy day at St Mary's in a game full of fiercely competitive tackles, but a game severely lacking in quality.
Both sides point means nothing to the Premier League table with West Ham remaining in 10th and Southampton remaining in 11th.
West Ham manager Sam Allardyce was in the end disappointed to only walk away with a point saying: "We could have won it at the end when Ginge [James Collins] had his chance - that was the best chance of the game. It was a bit unlucky that it fell to our centre-half, but from that far out he should hit the target.
"Overall, it was a decent performance. Defensively we showed how good we are but we can't hit the back of the net. That's my concern at the moment."
Here we assess the performances of all twenty-seven men to step out onto St Mary's rain drenched turf on Sunday....
Artur Boruc: Following an early near post save from Mohamed Diame, the Pole had very little to do. His distribution from goal kicks was sometimes off, but not nearly as called on as his goalkeeping counterpart in the opposite net. 6.
Nathaniel Clyne: Defended impressively by completely nullifying Matt Jarvis with tight defending. Didn't offer much threat offensively, but also did well at left-back following the arrival of Calum Chambers. Solid display. 6.
Dejan Lovren: The Croat has arguably been Southampton's most impressive summer acquisition to date and continued that impressive display today too. Despite seeing a lot of possession across the backline and the Saints being often static, Lovren performed his defensive duties well by not offering Maiga a chance in possession and dominating West Ham's attack. 7.
Jose Fonte: Encouraged by the manager to split with defensive partner Dejan Lovren and distribute the ball from the back, although his distribution was questionable at times. Progressed forward into midfield impressively and helped quell West Ham's attack. 6.
Luke Shaw: Had a nervous start to proceedings when he couldn't deal with the physical power of Diame, resulting in a chance which West Ham could have scored from. Displayed maturity as the game wore on with his composure in possession, while largely nullifying Diame. Went off with an injury with 13 minutes to go. Continues to impress with his mature performances. 7.
Victor Wanyama: Played as the deepest midfielder with everyone in midfield ahead of him and struggled at that role in the first-half with the front four very static in their movement, often suffering poor touches or committing impetuous fouls. Second half was far more impressive however, with Wanyama imposing himself on the game more and advancing with the ball. Went close with a rasping 30-yard effort. 6.
Morgan Schneiderlin: Played advanced ahead of Wanyama and struggled at times in this role when being in more advanced areas. The Frenchman is ever reliable, but saw a lot of moves in the final third break down with awry passes. Took up a fair few goalscoring opportunities in the second half however. 6.
Adam Lallana: Southampton's captain was more of an open option than English compatriot Jay Rodriguez and took up space quite well at times, but offered little offensively. Second half was a better showing with sharper movement. Went off for Ward Prowse with 20 minutes to go. 6.
Jay Rodriguez: He and Lallana had to drop into areas to support Wanyama and the central defence by providing an option to advance up the pitch, but failed to do so. Very static performance in the first half from Saints' front four, but it was a lot more fluid and free-flowing showing in the second half. Poor first touch on a few occasions with one particular chance possibly ending in a goal if Rodriguez controlled the ball better. 5.
Rickie Lambert: England's new international striker was deployed in a deeper role than he is usually accustomed too and with the lack of support that Lallana and Rodriguez showed to link-up with the central midfield more emphasis was on Lambert. Found areas occasionally and also went close capitalising on a James Collins error. Went close from hitting the bar and a curling effort into the top right hand corner. 6.
Dani Osvaldo: The Italian's tenacity and enthusiasm was never in question with constant pressing, while dispossessing West Ham players on a few occasions. Southampton's record signing was on the periphery of the game, but showed promising signs as the game wore on with some impressive link-up play, epitomised by an audacious piece of skill to set Lallana free. At the hard of a lot of Southampton's best attacks in the second half too. 6.
James Ward-Prowse: In a game full of poor crossing and delivery of the ball, Ward-Prowse impressed since his arrival with two inviting free-kick deliveries and a few corners. 6.
Calum Chambers: An injury to the continually impressive Luke Shaw meant youngster Chambers got further minutes under his belt and had little to contest with due to Southampton striving for the winning goal. 5.
West Ham XI:
Jussi Jaaskelainen: The experienced former Bolton stopper was easily West Ham's star man and one of the few impressive players in an overall drab affair. Maybe a number of quality reaction saves from Osvaldo and Lambert. 8.
Guy Demel: Endured an uncomfortable afternoon, with plenty of misplaced passes while being susceptible defensively on a few occasions when ball-watching and struggling with the pace of the wideman he faced. Went off with 30 minutes to go. 5.
Winston Reid: The more impressive out of West Ham's two central defenders and while his distribution from the back was often questionable at times, he continued to impress into second half by winning a lot of aerial duels and last ditch tackles. Went off injured toward the end of the match when falling awkwardly after contesting for a high ball. 7.
James Collins: Often guilty of carelessness and being far too casual. Could have found his side down with two opportunities in which he would have been culpable. Osvaldo nicked possession from him to launch an attack and a missed interception gifted Southampton one of their best chances. More impressive showing in the second half, but missed a gilt-edged chance. 6.
Joey O'Brien: Had little to contend with for the large majority of the first half, due to widemen Lallana and Rodriguez struggling to get into the game. Did his part to ensure a clean sheet and moved to right-back for the last half-hour of the game. Reckless challenge on Lallana earned a booking. 6.
Mohamed Diame: Played in an unnatural right wing position and struggled in the role, which was highlighted by a frustrated and cynical lunge on Lallana resulting in a booking for the Senegalese international. Went close with an early near post effort displaying his power and pace, but regressed as the first half wore on. Did fairly well in the second half. 6.
Ravel Morrison: Showed some intelligent touches and an acceleration of pace at times, but struggled to assert much influence against the combative duo of Schneiderlin and Wanyama. Was on the periphery of the game in the second half however, with Southampton exploiting more space in midfield. Subbed off for Matt Taylor with 13 minutes to go. Impressive at times. 6.
Mark Noble: Added composure to an often wasteful West Ham side with his ability to play out of danger and retain possession with simple, effective and precise passing which in turn benefited highly rated midfield partner Morrison. 6.
Matt Jarvis: Disappointing match from the flying winger. Largely anonymous performance from West Ham's left-sided man and didn't make the most of his opportunities in possession with uncharacteristic inaccurate and over-hit crosses. 5.
Kevin Nolan: Can feel slightly unfortunate to have a goal ruled out for offside in the first half when Jarvis' saved shot rebounded to the Scouser. Had to play a bit deeper and slotted into defence towards the end of the match when Winston Reid went off injured. Could have also had a penalty go against him for hand ball. 6.
Modibo Maiga: The man who is deputising for Andy Carroll endured a torrid afternoon, summed up by just 13 touches in a bleak first half. His most telling contribution was a few aerial duels won in the air. Made way for Ricardo Vaz Te just after the hour mark. 5.
Razvan Rat: Contributed to West Ham's clean sheet following his introduction. Retained possession efficiently. Made a clumsy tackle toward the end of the game which could have resulted in a sending-off however. 6.
Ricardo Vaz Te: The want-away West Ham forward arguably made a bigger impression than the man he replaced in his brief cameo on the pitch. Had a lot of work to do, being isolated up front, but won a few balls and corners for his side. 6.
Matt Taylor: Arrived on the pitch for Morrison to help sure up the midfield after Southampton saw more of the ball in attacking areas. Will be content with his introduction. 5.
Mauricio Pochettino: Will be disappointed with his teams first half performance which was very laboured and disjointed. The movement of his front four was very static and the Saints struggled to advance with the ball.
Saw his side improve in the second half however showing their usual vibrance and fluidity in midfield. The addition of Ward-Prowse almost heralded a goal from his delivery, but Pochettino will be disappointed with just the one point. 6.
Sam Allardyce: Will quite clearly be the more happier out of the two managers heading to St Mary's without key players such as Andy Carroll, Stewart Downing and Jole Cole. His side were completely void of creativity and forward Maiga was an anonymous figure, but they defended stoutly and resolutely.
The addition of Rat and Taylor helped weather a brief storm when Southampton started to exploit space between West Ham's midfield and defence. 7.
Feel free to offer your verdict on how the two sides fared and who in particular caught your eye.
Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/130seMa
DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms