Ronald Koeman hailed debutant Virgil van Dijk after Southampton’s ‘disappointing’ draw with West Brom.
Neither side threatened to create much at The Hawthorns on Saturday, with both defences undeniably on top.
Van Dijk, a deadline day signing from Celtic, put in an assured performance at the heart of the Saints defence, and Koeman, speaking to Sky Sports, was delighted with his £13million man.
“I’m very pleased. Virgil was impressive today.
“He was very strong in defence and very comfortable on the ball. It’s a great signing and it makes the team stronger.”
Koeman did admit that he was slightly “disappointed” by the deadlock against West Brom, with his side struggling to create many meaningful chances.
“We are a little bit disappointed because out of a lot of ball possession today we didn’t create enough.
“I think we had one big chance with Rodriguez in the first half. It was difficult to create and to score.
“We were not good enough in attack. We didn’t have enough quality and we were not clinical enough to score the winning goal today but overall I’m happy about the performance and another clean sheet.
“That’s important but out of all that ball possession we had to score today.”