Three tackles; 79% pass-accuracy: Decent display from Matthew Targett in first league start

Southampton Fans

Making his first Premier League start for Southampton, Matthew Targett experienced an eventful afternoon as his side welcomed Chelsea to the south coast.

A frustrating afternoon for Chelsea saw two points dropped against Southampton with the match finishing 1-1 at St Mary's. 

Sadio Mane had opened the scoring for Saints but Eden Hazard found an equaliser just before half-time. A Chelsea winner looked inevitable as they enjoyed total domination after the interval, but the visitors fell short in their search for a second.

Replacing first-team regular left-back Ryan Bertrand, who was ineligible through being on loan from the visiting team, Matthew Targett earned a first Premier League start against Jose Mourinho's league leaders. 

The 19-year-old cut a composed figure throughout his cameo, despite coming face-to-face with some of the English top flight's most talented players. He appeared comfortable competing with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard and Diego Costa; the division's very best. 

He will, of course, be eternally grateful that the referee didn't give a penalty for his collision with Cesc Fabregas, which ultimately proved to be the incorrect decision. As the pressure mounted, with Chelsea searching for a second-half winner, this could have been a very costly moment for the south-coast club. 

  TeamPass Accuracy (%)ShotsKey PassesDribblesTacklesInterceptionsClearancesFouls
Matt Targett Southampton 79 1 0 2 3 2 3 0
Premier League Average Defender 77 0.4 0.45 0.42 1.98 2.08 5.84 0.86

On the whole, he dealt well with this continuous wave of Chelsea pressure. He made three tackles, two interceptions and three clearances, while blocking one of the Blues' attempts at goal. 

Although restricted in an attacking capacity, he pushed forward whenever possible. He found success with two dribbles down the left-flank, drawing a further two fouls, while managing one inaccurate attempt at goal.

In terms of his distribution he also proved competent, completing 79% of his attempted passes. 

It was a steady full Premier League debut for the 19-year-old, and after this showing, it wouldn't be a surprise if he earned more appearances as the season progresses.

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