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.

 

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