03-Mar-2018 17:10:12 | The Guardian
Time really is running out for Southampton and Stoke. This stalemate does few favours for either side, with both teams seemingly frozen with fear in a dour meeting of few clearcut chances. After Jack Butland’s error against Brighton last weekend, Paul Lambert’s side had the goalkeeper to thank for a couple of smart saves but Southampton’s attack was nothing short of slapstick in nature at times.
Saints supporters have had little to shout about on home turf for a while – they have won just four league games here in the past 13 months. This result meant a club-record eight winless Premier League games on the spin and, with nine games left – three of which are at home, including Manchester City on the last day of the season – the numbers are simply not adding up for Mauricio Pellegrino. Still, this stalemate at least keeps his side teetering above the relegation zone, where Stoke remain.