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Southampton still looking for first win after West Brom draw

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Southampton welcomed Alan Irvine's West Bromwich Albion to St. Mary's for their opening home game of the season, but it was the visitors who will have left the happier at the end with the 0-0 draw.

In a even encounter on the south coast, neither side created many clear cut chances, although record signing Brown Ideye saw two chances go begging for the away side, whilst James Ward-Prowse went closest for the Saints.

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The point was Southampton's first under new manager Ronald Koeman, but he will be left frustrated that his side did not reach the same level's as their impressive performance against Liverpool last week.

Forster to the rescue

Following a first half which was easily forgotten but for a couple of chances which Graziano Pelle failed to capitalise on, it was Dusan Tadic who caught the eye most. The Serbian has replaced Adam Lallana this summer and certainly seems Southampton's most creative player so far.

The second half opened up slightly and the best chance of the game came to West Brom substitute Brown Ideye who got away from the Southampton defense only for goalkeeper Fraser Forster to make a fine save to deny him.

Ideye might already have opened the scoring after joining the play just seven minutes after the break, but he could only head Sebastian Pocognoli's header into the side netting from close range.

Lacking the killer instinct

The home side's best chance came from a set-piece, as another highly rated youngster from the famed Southampton academy James Ward-Prowse clipped the outside of the post from 25 yards out.

With Pelle replacing talisman Rickie Lambert this summer, Southampton fans might have been expecting a little more from the Italian, but he has so far failed to adapt to the English game and wasted a couple of half chances normally snapped up by his predecessor.

Former-Baggie Shane Long entered the match at half-time for the Saints, but his entrance could not stir up any extra cutting edge that they seemed to be lacking.

Disappointingly for the home fans, last week's impressive performance levels at Anfield were not matched and they had to settle for a clean sheet and their first point of the season, despite coming into the match as favorites.

Southampton player ratings:

Forster - 8 MOM
Clyne - 7
Fonte -7
Yoshida - 6
Bertrand -7
Wanyama - 6
Schneiderlin - 6
Davis - 5
Ward-Prowse - 5
Tadic - 7
Pelle - 5

Subs
Long - 6
Cork - 5

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