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Stephens dissects “frustrating” tie | Southampton FC

Southampton’s defenseman Jack Stephens described a frustrated locker room at St. Mary’s after a second consecutive 0-0 draw.

Returning Danny Ings had the ball in West Ham’s net after just seven minutes, only for Saints they saw their third goal in two games excluded by VAR for offside.

An absent Ralph Hasenhüttl saw that his team dominated possession for most of the game, but did not find the decisive winner against a determined Hammers team.

Despite having a lot of possession, the game ended 0-0, which meant Jack Stephens was below the defensive line, who won their second straight clean sheet.

“We are happy with the two goals we conceded in the last two days,” he said. “But two 0-0 draws are frustrating.

That’s really a good point, but we would have liked to have scored three points tonight.

Jack Stephens

“We’re a little frustrated to be honest. The changing room is really disappointed. It’s a deserved point, we worked really hard there.

“We just didn’t create enough chances to win the game so it’s a little frustrating, but we’re taking the point.

“I think it shows how far we have come that the teams dismantle us and show us this respect. But on the other hand we have to get a little better. Be a little bit sharper, move the ball a little bit faster.

“We have to work really hard to create these opportunities because every game in the Premier League is so tough. So we have to sharpen up a bit in passing, move a little faster and then hopefully create a few better chances.

“It was a bit different not having the gaffer on the sidelines, but we were in constant contact with him through video calls throughout the day, including at halftime.

“He was still able to have his normal team talk and get his point across, but I don’t think it had too much of an impact on the game or the result. Think he suffered a little more than we did because it must have been frustrating to watch at home.


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