"Neither side is easy to beat" - Three things learnt from Huddersfield 0-0 Southampton
Huddersfield and Southampton played out a tight encounter in Yorkshire in which neither side could quite find a breakthrough. Both goalkeepers were in good form, whilst neither set of strikers quite had their shooting boots on.
James Ward-Prowse had a tentative penalty appeal turned down and the Saints again went close as Huddersfield full-back Tommy Smith cleared off the line to deny a late winner.
Here is what The Boot Room learnt from the game…
Huddersfield have what it takes to stay up
Having become one of a select few sides to win their first two games in the top flight, the Terriers surprised many with their strength and guile. Against the Saints, many expected that honeymoon to come to an end, but David Wagner’s side stood firm.
Still yet to concede a goal in the Premier League, that will please the German given their style of building from the back. Having put three past Crystal Palace and another past Newcastle, he should not be overly concerned about drawing a blank against a defensively strong side like Southampton.
Southampton desperately lack creativity
Four games into the season, Southampton have scored just three goals, all coming in one game and with one of the coming from the penalty spot. A concern for much of last season under Claude Puel, Mauricio Pellegrino has not done much to improve the situation.
Whilst Jay Rodriguez may not have been first choice, he was sold to West Brom and has not been replaced, with holding midfielder Marco Lemina the most attacking player signed this summer. If the Saints are to get the likes of Manolo Gabbiadini and Charlie Austin firing again, they need to add creativity in midfield rather than steel.
Neither of these sides will be easy to beat
Last season, Southampton were one of the Premier League’s strongest defences, and this season they have begun the season in similar vain. With two 0-0 draws from three Premier League games, they are not easily beaten and it would only take a little more creativity to start turning one point into three on a regular basis.
Huddersfield too have proven a hard side to get past. Many expected them to be blown away by the quality of the top flight, but they have stood up to the strength and quality of the division and not been intimidated. Instead, they have made themselves look at home and competitive.
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