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Saints And Toffees In Stalemate

Mauricio Pochettino saw his career as Southampton manager get off to decent start as his side played out a lively 0-0 draw with Everton on Monday night.

The former Argentina defender took over from Nigel Adkins, who was surprisingly sacked by the Saints, and saw the team dominate in the first period.

South African Steven Pienaar was excellent in the second period as he constantly hunted down the ball but David Moyes' men were unable to make the most of their chances.

Time Howard was the busier goalkeeper in the first-half as he had to make saves to deny Gaston Ramirez and Rickie Lambert, with the latter then hitting the post with a long-range free-kick later on.

Phil Jagielka had to deflect Jason Puncheon's shot wide while Nikica Jelavic and Leighton Baines combined to block a Lambert header on the line. Ramirez latched onto the rebound but Howard flapped his effort away.

Jose Fonte should have put the hosts ahead just before the break but he sent a header just wide.

Everton improved after the break as Marouane Fellaini was denied by the leg of the goalkeeper early in the second period before sending a header straight Artur Boruc.

Jelavic missed a glorious chance soon after when Victor Anichebe had presented him with a tap-in and he mis-timed his effort.

Anichebe then forced a phenomenal save from Boruc but Southampton could have snatched the win late on as Lambert sent a header inches over.

In the end, neither side was able to make the most of their chances as the points were shared.

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