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Southampton 0 v 0 Burnley
Barclays Premier League
Sunday, 12th August 2018 Kick-off 13:30
halftimeorange added 18:44 - Aug 12
Wrong system played in the first half. Much better in the second and the team needs to blend. Build-up play too slow. McCarthy still making brilliant saves but this business of passing out from the back is really risky - not just for Saints but many sides trying to emulate the Spanish. Either be sure or don't do it.

aceofthebase added 19:59 - Aug 12
The presence of Ings and Ely changed the whole attitude of Saints. At last they look like they can weave through a defence. Redmond did his bit , goals must surely come.

aceofthebase added 20:45 - Aug 12
The presence of Ings and Ely changed the whole attitude of Saints. At last they look like they can weave through a defence. Redmond did his bit , goals must surely come.

TimSaint added 22:05 - Aug 12
Took us quite a while to get going and get organised at the back, preferring to panic and hoof it clear, or f@nny around with it on the edge of our own box and then have to hoof it.

16 mins before our first shot, but despite our shape and formation, still carved out some decent chances with Lemina's flying header (well saved), Armstrong's cross shot across the face of goal, a possible penalty from a corner and a couple of blocked shots.

That said, we needed McCarthy to save us on a few occasions in the first half. His best was with his feet after a defensive header set up the best chance of the half. He also saved well at the far post at the end of the first half and also in injury time.

The injury to Armstrong (hope nothing serious) prompted personnel and formation changes. 442 proved a lot more lively and we suddenly had players willing to run at Burnley, take people on, intricately pass in and around the box and create chances.

Much better all round, apart from that final ball and a little bit of luck. Hart made some good saves and when we did hear him, a defender was on hand to head it off the line. Ely, Bert and on a few occasions, Stephens, all should have put in better balls or crosses but chose the wrong options.

Still, probably a fair result against the team playing it's 4th competitive game of the season, but why they have to dive so much is beyond me. Cork, Lennon and even the biggest culprit Wood !!

No real stand outs for Saints apart from perhaps Lemina, but the 2 subs were lively and we were a different side with them.

JimmyMeliaPhD added 23:20 - Aug 12
Not sure why we'd start out the season, and at home, and to a low scoring team, with such a defensive formation and such predictable tactics. But Hughes changed it at half-time and the second half approach was much more positive. Some real pluses from the match: include Ings looking as though he has goals in him, Vestergaard able to cover up the inadequacies of the other two CBs, and more smart goalkeeping. Trying to remain optimistic!

Bettwsresident added 10:03 - Aug 13
Sitting in Chapel end side of Kingsland with my family coming to their first Saints game to , so it was predictable that all the action was down the other end! A draw was a fair result, but it would have been nice to be be 1-1 for the sake of the family. It was not a boring 0-0. We dodged a bullet when Jack Corks goal was ruled offside when Burnley were completely dominating the game and we seemed to have no out ball. Got better as game progressed and 2nd half was great...the goal was coming, but never came.

I was really impressed with the new signings, loved the way Vestergaard exerted his presence. Looks a really good player capable of making opponents forwards think twice. Ely looked tidy, Ings potentially providing the attacking pivot we haven't had since Pelle, Lemina was our fulcrum, distributing really well and showing some superlative touches. Armstrong was our best player until he went down. I hope it is not too serious.

Burnely looked like a side that had played 3 competative games but by the last 20 mins we were all over them and Redmond had found his mojo..actually running at defenders and beating them.

All in a very encouraging 0-0. Only real negative was with the execption of a brilliant long range 1-2 with Armstrong in the first half that was inches from coming off and a superb last second tackle from Mee as he was chesting down to volley, CA looked pretty toothless and far to keen to fall over and win a free kick.

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