Alan Shearer has praised Jan Bednarek and Oriol Romeu in his Premier League Team of the Week for their performances as Southampton held Manchester City to a goalless draw.
The Saints claimed a point at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday to extend their unbeaten run to four games. Yet remain on the hunt for a first win of the season, with Ralph Hasenhuttl overseeing a string of draws. Only dropping points on the opening day in defeat at Everton.
Manchester City had welcomed the Saints looking to bounce back to winning ways after losing to Leicester. But a resilient defence showing from the south coast natives ensured the points were shared. Although they will have felt all three were up for grabs.
Jonathan Moss awarded Southampton a penalty and sent Kyle Walker off, but VAR Martin Atkinson suggested overturning both decisions. Moss agreed upon review, and retracted the red card issued to the Manchester City defender for colliding with Adam Armstrong.
The Citizens rallied late on to record their first and only shot on target in the 90th-minute. Raheem Sterling also thought he won the game after following up Phil Foden’s header, but was struck off for offside.
Bednarek and Romeu’s displays to hold Manchester City back and protect Southampton’s net impressed Shearer. The Newcastle United icon named both in his Team of the Week for the Premier League, and noted of Bednarek:
“The Poland defender handled everything Manchester City threw at him and made some heroic last-ditch blocks,” he wrote. Adding of Romeu: “Composed on the ball and a strong physical presence, he helped Southampton restrict Man City to just one shot on target.”
Romeu and Bednarek rightly earn Shearer praise for Southampton displays
Southampton and Manchester City’s stalemate was the only goalless draw in the Premier League last weekend, with Bednarek and Romeu key to the result to earn Shearer’s praise.
Bednarek, who was making his first start of the season, ended the day with a game-high four interceptions, per WhoScored. Only Ruben Dias (6) made more clearances than the 25-year-old (5), who also contested a team-high three defensive aerial duels.
Romeu, meanwhile, helped lock down the centre with three successful tackles – only Mohamed Elyounoussi (4) made more for Southampton. He also made two interceptions, and completed 90% of his 39 passes, only Bednarek (94%) completed more among those who played the full 90-minutes for the visitors, while no Saints player had a higher volume.
But Romeu stood out beyond his stats by drifting between midfield and defence to help Southampton shut out Manchester City. Dropping in to form a five-man unit that the Citizens were often unable to penetrate until the final stages.