Southampton couldn’t find a way past West Ham United in Wednesday night’s 0-0 draw at St Mary’s, despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men for the final 30 minutes.
West Ham goalkeeper Adrian was shown a straight red card when he handled outside his box under pressure from Sadio Mane after a clumsy touch, but Sam Allardyce’s side held firm to claim their first clean sheet in 18 Premier League games.
Southampton had chances, with Mane earlier being denied by a goal-line clearance and Maya Yoshida seeing his close-range header narrowly sail over the bar, but their failure to finish forced them to settle for a point.
"If you play 30 minutes 11 against 10 then you have to score the goal but we didn't,” manager Ronald Koeman told the BBC. “Everybody was running and we didn't make the pitch wide to make the space. Too many crosses and I think that is the easy way for them to defend.”
There were nevertheless some impressive individual performances in the Saints side on the night, including from young midfielder Harrison Reed, who was brought back into the line-up after being dropped to the bench for the weekend’s trip to Queens Park Rangers.
The 20-year-old academy product has made just four league starts since earning his senior debut last season, but once again looked more than comfortable slotting into the centre of the pitch, impressing with his passing, composure and work-rate.
Eventually making way for James Ward-Prowse in the 66th-minute, it was a showing which certainly seemed to leave Saints fans looking forward to his future on the South Coast, with the following being some of the Twitter-based reactions to his performance.
Thought Reed was excellent again tonight. Turning into a cracking player #saintsfc— Grant Spencer (@gspencer84) February 11, 2015
Reed's interception, vision, passing range and strength is class. All round brilliant. #saintsfc— Matt Dettmer (@dettmer93) February 11, 2015
Harrison Reed - what a player that kid is gonna be. By the way JWP offers NOTHING, he's our Tom Cleverley. #saintsfc— Glen Vardy (@glennvardy) February 11, 2015
Love energy & drive of Reed & Davis. Koeman furiously encouraging urgency, & shouldn't need to with a shot at Champions League #SaintsFC— Macca (@bmcelevey) February 11, 2015
Harrison Reed best player AGAIN. Wrong decision to take him off. Don't get me started on Prowsey. #SaintsFC— Dan (@danbsfc) February 11, 2015
harry reed and ward-prowse future england stars #saintsfc— Max griffin (@maxlee_griffin) February 11, 2015
Harrison Reed truly is a talent. He's been making the most experienced midfielders look like the newbies #saintsfc— Saints VTRN (@SaintsViews) February 11, 2015
Reed has been fantastic. What a star in the making. #saintsfc— Lee Roberts (@Lee_R1989) February 11, 2015