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Pochettino: Debut draw

Pochettino: Debut draw

Mauricio Pochettino watched as Southampton were held to a goalless draw by Everton in his first game in charge on Monday evening.

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The Argentinian coach was drafted in late last week following the shock sacking of Nigel Adkins and, while they enjoyed the better of the first half, his players failed to find an elusive strike.

Everton improved after the interval but David Moyes' men could not find a winner as the two sides shared the spoils at St Mary's.

Phil Jagielka almost put the ball into his own net in the fourth minute when he cut out a low Rickie Lambert cross from the right.

Jagielka was then in the way of a Jason Puncheon strike from distance moments later, before Gaston Ramirez tested Tim Howard from 30 yards on 13 minutes as the Saints pressed early on.

Lambert tried his luck with a 25-yard free kick which he curled onto the Everton post with Howard at full stretch on 20 minutes.

Steven Naismith hit a low strike straight at Artur Boruc inside the area moments later in a rare chance for the visitors.

Southampton broke quickly on 27 minutes with Lambert cutting inside and forcing a parrying save from Howard.

However, the best chance of the game for the Saints came on 38 minutes after Howard pushed a Ramirez strike round the post for a corner.

The Uruguayan's flag kick was headed at goal by Lambert, but Nikica Jelavic blocked it on the line.

A follow up shot back into the box was chested down and volleyed at goal by Jos Hooiveld but Howard was equal to the task with a fine save.

Lambert then somehow managed to head wide a Puncheon cross from the left when unmarked in the middle of the area in the 40th minute.

Everton looked the more likely in the second half with a Seamus Coleman cross from the right dropping to the feet of Marouane Fellaini who saw his close-range strike turned round the post by Boruc on 51 minutes.

From the follow-up corner the Belgian midfielder could only send a header straight at the Saints' keeper.

On 61 minutes substitute Victor Anichebe put the ball on a plate for Jelavic who fluffed his lines with just the keeper to beat.

Seven minutes later Fellaini's neat pass played in Anichebe down the left side of the area and he forced a fine stop from Boruc.

Posted: 21/01/13 22:17

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