Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini headed against the crossbar in the opening two minutes and has not scored in nine Saints matches

A wasteful Southampton side were held by Swansea at St Mary’s Stadium in new manager Mauricio Pellegrino’s first competitive match in charge of the Saints.

The hosts created the better opportunities in an entertaining stalemate but were denied by poor finishing and good goalkeeping as chance after chance was spurned, particularly in a one-sided first half.

Striker Manolo Gabbiadini hit a post with a header after only 90 seconds, Dusan Tadic fired wide from four yards and Maya Yoshida failed to find the target with an acrobatic volley and a late close-range header, while Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski also denied James Ward-Prowse.

Sub Charlie Austin hit the side-netting with a chance deep in stoppage time.

The Swans’ best opportunities were spurned when Tammy Abraham headed wide after 10 minutes and Leroy Fer blasted a volley off target just after the interval, but they will be grateful for a point after being on the back foot for large spells.

The Saints have not won a home opener since 1988-89 and have been victorious only twice in 19 seasons of Premier League football on the opening day.

More to follow.

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