Southampton boss Pellegrino frustrated with Swansea stalemate
Aug 14 2017
The home side demanded a penalty on the half-hour as Gabbiadini was felled by Federico Fernandez, but referee Mike Jones waved away their protests and a dominant Southampton then saw Maya Yoshida's acrobatic strike go wide before the break.
Southampton have won six of their last eight meetings with Swansea in the Premier League. Clement has already added exciting young striker Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea and bought midfielder Roque Mesa as well, but needs more additions to ensure safety again.
Swansea, without the injured Fernando LLorente and the unsettled Gylfi Sigurdsson looked even more toothless.
At least Clement could take heart from Abraham's first Premier League start, with the 19-year-old leading the line willingly despite the lack of support he needed to seriously trouble Southampton.
- Swansea are unbeaten in their last four Premier League season openers (W2 D2).
It ends goalless, as Mauricio Pellegrino's side have to settle for a point on the opening day. "We couldn't, because football is like this - sometimes with a couple of chances you can score, but today we couldn't".
Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino stated afterwards: "This is football, it is something that we have to keep going and we have to improve, but parallel we play a game that we thought we had to play".
"As a manager, you can work on the way to create chances, on the way to control the game, but to have the courage to score goals is something that is hard".
Swansea manager Paul Clement admitted the game had been devalued by the absence of the best players.
The new season offered little to be excited about from an attacking perspective as Swansea only managed two shots - neither on target - in the entire 90 minutes at St Mary's.
"I don't really understand why it goes to the end of August". The last-gasp defending was good but we didn't use the ball well enough further up the pitch.
"We controlled the game, we controlled the opponent, especially in the second half".
"We are pleased we have got out of here with a draw".
"As much as I love training, there's no better buzz as a footballer than stepping out on the pitch and playing".