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Mar 3, 2018 at 3pm UK at St Mary's Stadium
Attendance: 30,335
StokeStoke City

Result: Southampton, Stoke City both left frustrated after goalless draw

Neither Southampton nor Stoke City can find a way through as the relegation-threatened sides play out a goalless draw at St Mary's Stadium.

Southampton and Stoke City remain in the bottom four of the Premier League following a frustrating goalless draw at St Mary's Stadium this afternoon.

On an afternoon of few clear-cut chances, neither side could find the quality required in front of goal to turn one point into all three.

The Saints now have just one win in their last 15 matches and are a point above the dropzone, while Stoke - beaten just once in six games since Paul Lambert arrived - are a point worse off in 19th.

Both teams struggled to muster a serious attempt on target in an uneventful opening 45 minutes, with Badou Ndiaye's attempt down the middle for Alex McCarthy to keep out pretty much as good as things got.

That shot arrived just a few minutes in, and Ndiaye would squander a better opportunity later in the half when glancing Xherdan Shaqiri's shot wide of the target.

There was a lengthy stoppage midway through the half for striker Mame Biram Diouf to receive treatment to a suspected shoulder injury, having been clattered into by Wesley Hoedt.

Kostas Stafylidis was next to try his luck, sending the ball high and wide following some nice interplay from City, as the two sides went into the break all square.

Stoke, who had the joint-worst away record in the division ahead of today's match, made a second change at the break as Peter Crouch - boasting four goals against his former club - came on for Stafylidis.

Josh Sims, handed a first top-flight start of the season, was twice kept out by Jack Butland in the opening 15 minutes of the second period.

Half-time sub Crouch was making an impact, meanwhile, firing a volley over the crossbar and then flicking the ball on for Maxim Choupo-Moting, who could not keep his composure when through on goal.

Home boss Mauricio Pellegrino, who has now seen his side go eight home matches without a win, rolled the dice 25 minutes from time by bringing on Jese Rodriguez and Manolo Gabbiadini, the latter of whom ended a 16-game wait for a goal last time out.

The changes almost had an instant impact as, with their fans now firmly behind them, Cedric Soares put his foot through the ball from range and forced Butland into making a big stop.

Shots on target from Gabbiadini and Nathan Redmond followed, both of which Butland was equal to, and the best chance of the lot fell to another substitute in Sofiane Boufal.

Redmond sent in a delightful cross from the right and Boufal did the hard work by outjumping his man, only to send the resulting header wide of the target from eight yards on an afternoon when the ball did not ever look like ending up in the back of the net.

SOUTHAMPTON (4-3-3): McCarthy; Cedric, Stephens, Hoedt, Bertrand; Lemina, Romeu, Sims (Boufal 76'); Tadic (Gabbiadini 65'), Redmond, Carrillo (Long 79')

STOKE CITY (4-3-3): Butland; Bauer, Martins-Indi, Zouma, Stafylidis (Crouch 46'); Cameron, Ndiaye, Allen; Shaqiri, Diouf (Pieters 23'), Choupo-Moting (Jese 65')

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