Premier League: Swansea City 0 Southampton 0
By Football News
Southampton added a point to their late surge for a top-half finish in the Premier League with a scoreless draw at Swansea on Saturday.
The hosts started well but failed to create any clear-cut chances, before Southampton came back into the game and tested Michel Vorm on a number of occasions, as well as having a goal disallowed, in a largely uninspiring first half.
The second period was much the same as neither side really tested the opposition's goalkeeper - though Nathan Dyer did see an effort blocked off the line.
Swansea dominated the opening 15 minutes as they looked comfortable and relaxed in possession.
Dyer in particular caused Southampton problems on the right wing, and produced numerous decent deliveries, but Michael Laudrup's side failed to create any clear openings.
Jack Cork - who was making his 100th appearance for Southampton - forced Vorm into a decent save from a strike from range, but it was the hosts that continued to see the better of the play.
However, their final ball was still lacking and Southampton goalkeeper Artur Boruc had little to do apart from handle some dangerous crosses.
As the game passed the 20 minute mark the visiting side managed to get more of a foothold in the contest. Jay Rodriguez called Vorm into action again with a half volley, but chances largely remained few and far between as the two sides matched each other.
And with the momentum behind them Mauricio Pochettino's side turned up the pressure as the half came to a close. Rickie Lambert's free kick was acrobatically kept away from the top corner by Vorm, before Adam Lallana had a goal ruled out as he was adjudged to have fouled the hosts' goalkeeper before tapping home from close range.
Wayne Routledge replaced the quiet Luke Moore for Swansea at the break - with Michu shifting up front - and it almost paid dividends instantly as the winger crossed for the Spaniard who headed just over Boruc's bar.
Despite the early chance the second half continued as the first ended, with little goal-mouth action. It was Swansea again who did finally carve out another chance - though they were helped largely by a miss-placed Lallana pass - as Maya Yoshida blocked Dyer's shot off the line.
Swansea managed to mount some meaningful pressure in the last 20 minutes, and created a sight at goal after some neat play in midfield but Jonathan de Guzman was denied by a fantastic stop by Boruc's boot.
The hosts put a number of late moves together but failed to break down a hard-working Southampton defence, while Vorm then denied substitute Emmanuel Mayuka from grabbing a win for the visitors.