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Muller and De Silva back in the side as Barnsley get a point at St. Mary's from a professional display away from home, but still struggling to find the net.
First news started with the team sheet, as Davey made two important changes to the line up, Heinz Muller was named in the starting eleven, unfortunately for Luke Steele, who found himself on the bench despite putting in some good quality performances so far this season, but should increase the ongoing quality, as neither keeper will want any mishaps due to competition for places.
Anderson De Silva also made his long awaited return to the side, and making it through unscathed for 75 min's of the game. Jon Macken was relegated to the bench following an ineffective, very sluggish display on Tuesday, he doesn't look to have the ideas and pace to make an impact in this division, at this stage lets hope competition for places spurs him on to better form.
A bit of a messy start, had some good work from Jamal Campbell-Ryce providing some good crosses, once finding Odejayi not too unfamiliarly in an offside position and another time Howard getting his head onto another Campbell-Ryce cross, but his effort went over. In between these two efforts Darren Moore, cut out a shooting chance with a good defensive block.
On ten minutes Muller got down well to save from Bradley Wright-Phillips
Iain Hume chased onto a Odejayi flick on 21 minutes, but the tight angle beat him, lobbing the ball out of play. Later a Southampton mistake let in Campbell-Ryce who got the byline and pulling the ball back to Steve Foster who's low drive was blocked by Chris Perry, then Anderson De Silva had a good effort from 30 yards, which beat the keeper, but also beat the goal as well.
Muller was called into action, although the reds were giving off comfortable vibes at the back, saving from Simon Gillett on 39 minutes. And then the defence blocked out another effort from Wright-Phillips.
In the second half Barnsley attacked through Hugo Colace, providing a cross for Ode who again was caught offside again. Muller continued to do his stuff when called on from shots from an header from Pekhart and a shot from Lallana.
On 69 minutes Suram was looking like he was clear on goal, but for good tackling from Rob Kozluck, and the final clear up from Foster.
Campbell-Ryce was replaced by Devaney (who scored the winner at St Mary's last year) and then Ode and De Silva made way for Jon Macken and Bobby Hassell.
On 83 minutes Kozlucks slip almost gifted Southampton the winner but once again Muller was in the right place when called on from Jake Thompson, then the reds had their best chance and should have won it, a lovely through ball pass to Iain Hume, who rounded the keeper, did all the hard work but didn't quite find the angle and hit the ball into the side netting.
It was Southampton's turn to nearly snatch the win in stoppage time as Pekhart came out on top in a scramble with the Barnsley keeper, but thanks to the defence his shot was blocked.
Devaney then went close with half a chance,hoping to emulate his last minute winner last season, but his volley flew over the bar. Result, an hard fought lively encounter that ended goalless.
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