Southampton kicked off their pre-season fixtures with a 0-0 draw against St Gallen.
Truth be told, it was a pretty shocking game. Neither side could really take control of the match and neither really posed all that much of a threat.
Saints probably had the better of the chances from open play, but couldn’t take advantage of them. It was a good chance for Mauricio Pellegrino to assess the tools at his disposal and it was a match that will go down as one for fitness, above all else.
The first-half was promising, but the second-half was dull to say the very least. Here are our match ratings for every Saints player that took to the pitch today.
Fraser Forster – 7
Forster parried a few shots into the danger zone but aside from that, made some good stops and played well.
Jake Flannigan – 7
Flannigan played at right-back and showed signs of maturity. He was aggressive and was solid defensively.
Aaron O’Driscoll – 7
The young defender had a good game. His tackling was clean and he was comfortable on the ball.
Maya Yoshida – 7
Yoshida had a similar game to O’Driscoll. He was composed and didn’t let a lot past him.
Sam McQueen – 6
McQueen was okay. He didn’t contribute as much as he would have liked to have done but he was rather solid.
Oriol Romeu – 6
Romeu was quite quiet. Neat and tidy, but nothing too standout.
Jordy Clasie – 6
Clasie was also quiet. A couple of good passes were levelled by a few wayward ones.
Nathan Tella – 7
Tella came off with injury just before the end of the first-half. However, he looked good upon his first game in Saints colours at senior level. He drew fouls well and made good runs. He linked up well with Flannigan.
Dusan Tadic – 6
Tadic didn’t stand out, as such, but didn’t do a lot wrong. He came close with a free-kick and was neat and tidy.
Sofiane Boufal – 6
Boufal glides past players with such ease, but feels the need to go back and try to do it again. It was a similar story for him – he needed to keep things simple. Not a bad performance at all, though.
Charlie Austin – 5
Didn’t quite have the impact he should have done. Failed to really involve himself in the game and although he worked hard, didn’t show a lot of dynamism.
Tyreke Johnson – 5
Not great. Failed to get into the game and was less than effective on the ball.
Alex McCarthy – 7
Made a seriously smart stop towards the end, but was rather unchallenged aside from that.
Jeremy Pied – 5
A little wasteful on the ball. Solid enough defensively, but poor going forward.
Alfie Jones – 6
Jones didn’t do a lot wrong. Nothing special, a bit too safe, but not bad.
Florin Gardos – 6
Gardos was the same, really. He’s very rusty and his capabilities are limited, but he wasn’t too bad.
Armani Little – 6
Little played in the unfamiliar role of left-back, but was fairly good. He was far too safe on the ball but retained possession well.
Steven Davis – 6
Davis was his usual self. Neat and tidy and efficient.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 8
I’m so relieved that the rest of the team weren’t all 6’s. Hojbjerg was really good on the day. He made a lot of neat touches in the middle, was ambitious on the ball and turned defence into attack with ease. More of the same, please.
Callum Slattery – 6
Faded in and out of the game. Didn’t do anything wrong.
Shane Long – 5
Forgot he was playing until around about the 70th minute.
Sam Gallagher – 6
Put himself about but didn’t really influence the game.
Manolo Gabbiadini – 7
Gabbiadini was probably Saints’ most dangerous attacker. He had a couple of efforts well saved.