December 26, 2020 is a day Southampton won’t look again on fondly as they performed out a goalless draw at Fulham in a match the place two of their objectives weren’t given, whereas VAR opted to not award them a penalty.
However their largest frustration got here within the first half as Che Adams managed to overlook an open objective from lower than six yards out.
A soccer blunders DVD is one thing many soccer followers get for Christmas – so Adams’ sitter towards Fulham has come a day too late! The Saints striker actually received’t be feeling like that as he did not convert despite the fact that an open objective was gaping.
His humiliating second got here within the 27th minute as James Ward-Prowse’s sometimes menacing free-kick was excellently saved onto the put up by Alphonso Areola.
However in pulling off this spectacular save, Areola was stranded and will solely helplessly look on as Adams raced in to tuck dwelling the rebound.
With the entire objective to purpose for it appeared unimaginable for Adams to overlook – however the 24-year-old had a kind of moments that may certainly make it onto all of the soccer blunders DVDs subsequent 12 months.
Clearly performed by the spin of the ball, Adams did not make contact and the hazard was subsequently cleared away.
Beneath you possibly can see how Adams catapulted himself into being the ‘miss of the season’ title entrance runner.
To compound the visiting aspect’s frustration they’d two objectives, scored by Shane Lengthy and Theo Walcott, not given for offside.
VAR stepped in to disallow the Walcott objective however determined to not give Saints a penalty earlier within the second half as Ryan Bertrand’s cross on the volley struck Ole Aina on the arm, nevertheless, it was deemed the Cottagers full-back didn’t prolong his arm.
Southampton did get some first rate luck at Craven Cottage although, with Fulham equally responsible of being wasteful in entrance of objective.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa ought to’ve given the house aspect the lead moments earlier than Adams’ miss as a fast counter-attack left the Saints stretched. The ball fell to Ademola Lookman contained in the field who unselfishly laid it off to Anguissa, nevertheless, the Cameroonian may solely fireplace a contemporary airshot and the large probability was gone.
Ivan Cavaleiro missed an enormous alternative initially of the second half, heading over a shocking Antonee Robinson cross regardless of being unmarked contained in the Southampton field.
Lookman’s curling effort touched Jan Bednarek and flew simply broad of objective, whereas Jack Stephens brilliantly blocked Aina’s drive within the remaining minute of stoppage-time.