• Forster, Bertrand, Tadic and Pelle make full home debuts
  • Shane Long comes on against former club in second half
  • West Brom remain unbeaten this season with two draws
  • Brown Ideye makes debut for the Baggies

Southampton claimed their first Premier League point under Ronald Koeman but were left frustrated as West Brom held them to a goalless draw at St Mary's.

It was a dour game of few chances, with the West Brom defence proving too stubborn for a shot-shy home side.

James Ward-Prowse came closest for the Saints with a 25-yard free-kick that flicked the outside of a post.

Brown Ideye could have won the game on his Baggies debut but was denied by a save from home keeper Fraser Forster.

Saints lacked flair - Koeman

It was a tough afternoon for the Saints, who remain without a win under Koeman but have at least now got their season up and running.

Mauricio Pochettino's replacement had suggested before kick-off that this game would prove more difficult than the opener at Liverpool, a match few expected them to win but in which they impressed in a 2-1 defeat.

And so it proved as a hard-working and disciplined Baggies display stifled the Saints.

It was inevitable that a team under new management, looking to integrate so many new players following the sale of key personnel, would struggle for fluency.

All change at St Mary's

Only four players who started Southampton's first home game of the 2013/14 season started today's match against West Brom: Jose Fonte, Morgan Schneiderlin, Victor Wanyama and James Ward-Prowse.

Last season, Adam Lallana provided the creative spark and Rickie Lambert the finishing touch to overcome stubborn teams such as West Brom.

But with those two now on Merseyside, the Saints lack the attacking prowess to break down disciplined opponents.

Dusan Tadic demonstrated his potential to fill Lallana's boots with another lively display.

Brown Ideye of West Brom heads the ball wide of the goal

Ideye joined West Brom this summer for a club record £10m fee from Dynamo Kiev

The Serb was responsible for most of the home side's positive contributions, producing a series of dangerous crosses as well forcing Ben Foster to save a low shot in the first half.

However, Graziano Pelle was less impressive as a replacement for Lambert.

The Italian spurned two good headed chances in the first half before fading into obscurity in the second, when he was paired with the equally ineffectual former Albion striker Shane Long.

That Ward-Prowse's dipping free-kick - which clipped the outside of a post - was the closest the hosts came to scoring after the break is a testimony to the stranglehold the visitors had on the home attack.

Baggies a work in progress - Irvine

West Brom may have claimed only three away victories last season but already appear to be developing into an efficient unit under new manager Alan Irvine.

They offered little in attack, but Foster was relatively untroubled in their goal as they held the home side at arm's length.

Record signing Ideye had two good chances to give Albion only their fifth win of 2014 but put the first - a header at the back post - into the side-netting, before seeing the second saved superbly by Forster after he turned away from two defenders for a clear sight of goal.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "We didn't have the quality to create a lot. I was disappointed by the level we had today in an offensive way.

"The first 45 minutes we built up too slowly and didn't surprise them in attack. I tried to change it but in the second half it still wasn't good."

West Brom manager Alan Irvine: "I think both teams had their spells when they controlled things. We perhaps didn't create enough when we did have the ball.

"We are a work in progress. It is not where we want to be right now but we are hoping for better going forward."

Saints fans hold up signs during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion

The Saints fans remain defiant following a summer that has seen the club sell a host of key players

Saido Berahino of West Brom holds off a challenge from Ryan Bertrand of Southampton

Berahino (right) scored twice last weekend but was barely given a glimpse of goal at St Mary's

Dusan Tadic of Southampton (centre) tries to find a way through the West Brom defence

Tadic joined Southampton from FC Twente this summer and has impressed in his two games so far

Fraser Forster of Southampton hugs Ben Foster of West Brom

Clean sheets all round: England colleagues Forster and Foster share an embrace at full-time

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Southampton

  • 23 Forster
  • 02 Clyne Booked
  • 21 Bertrand
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 06 Fonte
  • 03 Yoshida
  • 08 Davis (Long - 45' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 19 Pellè
  • 16 Ward-Prowse (Cork - 78' )
  • 11 Tadic

Substitutes

  • 01 Davis
  • 05 Gardos
  • 07 Long
  • 17 Taïder
  • 18 Cork
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 27 Isgrove

West Bromwich Albion

  • 01 Foster
  • 02 Wisdom
  • 15 Pocognoli (Davidson - 60' )
  • 08 Gardner Booked
  • 25 Dawson
  • 03 Olsson
  • 18 Berahino (Sessegnon - 89' )
  • 21 Mulumbu
  • 10 Anichebe (Ideye - 52' )
  • 17 Dorrans
  • 11 Brunt Booked

Substitutes

  • 04 Baird
  • 05 Yacob
  • 09 Ideye
  • 13 Myhill
  • 14 Davidson
  • 23 McAuley
  • 29 Sessegnon
Ref: Roger East
Att: 27,598

Match Stats

Shots

9 8

On target

2 2

Corners

1 5

Fouls

14 15

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +3:12 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

90:00 +1:22

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Morgan Schneiderlin.

89:17

Foul by Dusan Tadic (Southampton).

89:17

Stéphane Sessegnon (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Stéphane Sessegnon replaces Saido Berahino.

86:58

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:58

Foul by Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion).

83:57

Foul by Jack Cork (Southampton).

83:57

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:55

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

82:55

Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:52 Booking

Booking Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

79:48

Jack Cork (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:48

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

78:15

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

78:15

Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jack Cork replaces James Ward-Prowse.

75:44

Attempt missed. Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

75:05

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

72:42

Attempt saved. Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graham Dorrans.

72:03

Attempt blocked. Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

71:24

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

71:24

Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

70:30

Attempt missed. Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Gardner.

69:25

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) hits the left post with a right footed shot from outside the box from a direct free kick.

68:33

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:33

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

67:50

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:50

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

67:08

Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Shane Long.

66:12

Attempt saved. Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:11 Booking

Booking Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

65:07

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

65:07

Jason Davidson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

63:38

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:38

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

62:16

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

62:16

Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:47

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:47

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

59:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Jason Davidson replaces Sébastien Pocognoli because of an injury.

58:17

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Andre Wisdom.

57:35

Attempt missed. Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sébastien Pocognoli with a cross.

56:53

Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

56:02

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

56:02

Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:42

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:42

Foul by Brown Ideye (West Bromwich Albion).

53:17

Attempt missed. Shane Long (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.

51:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, West Bromwich Albion. Brown Ideye replaces Victor Anichebe.

47:28

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:34

Delay in match Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

46:14

Attempt blocked. Shane Long (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by James Ward-Prowse.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Shane Long replaces Steven Davis.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +2:30 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 0, West Bromwich Albion 0.

45:00 +1:44

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:44

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

43:54

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:54

Foul by Youssuf Mulumbu (West Bromwich Albion).

42:46

Offside, Southampton. Maya Yoshida tries a through ball, but Graziano Pellè is caught offside.

41:17 Booking

Booking Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion) is shown the yellow card.

41:11

Dusan Tadic (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

41:11

Foul by Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion).

37:45

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

37:45

Foul by Chris Brunt (West Bromwich Albion).

36:11

Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis with a headed pass.

32:22

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:22

Foul by Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion).

30:56

Victor Wanyama (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:56

Foul by Craig Gardner (West Bromwich Albion).

28:11

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

28:11

Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:40

Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand.

25:56

Foul by Maya Yoshida (Southampton).

25:56

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

24:41

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

24:41

Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

23:30

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

23:30

Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

22:09

Graziano Pellè (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:09

Foul by Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion).

18:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

16:17

Delay in match Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) because of an injury.

15:50

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Southampton).

15:50

Sébastien Pocognoli (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:24

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Ryan Bertrand.

13:49

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

13:45

Attempt blocked. Graham Dorrans (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andre Wisdom with a cross.

9:19

Corner, West Bromwich Albion. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

8:04

Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross following a set piece situation.

7:00

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:00

Foul by Saido Berahino (West Bromwich Albion).

5:30

Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).

5:30

Jonas Olsson (West Bromwich Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:21

Attempt missed. Victor Anichebe (West Bromwich Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Brunt with a cross.

0:36

Offside, West Bromwich Albion. Sébastien Pocognoli tries a through ball, but Victor Anichebe is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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