Southampton were once again unable to make their chances count at vital times in a match as they were held at home by a resilient Sunderland side after a host of late drama.

The Saints finished with ten men after Jose Fonte was given his marching orders by stand-in referee Neil Swarbrick after the Portuguese defender scythed Fabio Borini down in the 79th minute as the Italian headed goalwards.

A late strike from Jermain Defoe looked to have sealed an all-important three points for the visitors, however, a 93rd-minute thunderbolt from Virgil van Dijk was enough to narrowly scrape a point for the struggling Saints.

Things simply have to be better in Saints’ next few outings, as they face opposition that could prove to be even harder, with Stoke away from home being their next fixture, as well as the visit of Liverpool in two weeks’ time.

Here are five things that I feel as though we can take from yesterday’s draw.

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