Swansea keep Manolo Gabbiadini at bay to frustrate wasteful Southampton

Southampton had hopes of welcoming a new era under Mauricio Pellegrino but this stalemate with Swansea City felt all too reminiscent of last season. They had a stupendous total of 28 shots on goal but only two were on target. Playing at St Mary’s has been Southampton’s achilles heel for too long, all of last season in fact, and this was a record sixth successive home league match without scoring in front of their own supporters. It is more than 545 minutes since they last scored here, against Crystal Palace on 5 April.

The absence of any goals did little to prevent the Southampton manager’s first competitive match in charge being overshadowed by those missing parties. Neither Virgil van Dijk, the Saints captain, nor Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Swansea midfielder, featured as questions rumble on over their immediate futures.

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