Goals from Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez helped Southampton to victory over Swansea and into the Premier League's top four.

Lallana fired high past Michel Vorm early on, before Saints keeper Artur Boruc saved brilliantly from Michu while Nathan Dyer struck the post.

Swansea rallied after the break, but Rodriguez's late volley sealed the win.

It was a third consecutive win for the Saints, while Swansea have won only one in four and fall to 15th.

Pochettino 'delight' at Saints start

More broadly, Mauricio Pochettino's Saints have lost only three of their last 19, and have the tightest defence in the top flight, conceding only two goals this term.

Meanwhile, Swansea, playing their seventh game in 20 days, have lost on all four occasions that they have conceded the opening goal this season, though they may curse their luck after Dyer's first-half strike rolled across the goalline after hitting the post.

Dyer's effort was the closest Swansea came to scoring, but it was his old club who started the game sharply, with the trio of Rickie Lambert, Pablo Osvaldo and Lallana linking neatly.

Osvaldo went close from a tight angle, before Lallana went one better in the 20th minute.

The 25-year-old followed his own cross into the box and, after a botched clearance, was fed by Steven Davies to power the ball high into Vorm's net from 10 yards.

It was the first time the Saints had scored a first-half goal in the Premier League this season and it helped make for a more open game.

Saints in mean mood

Boruc saves an effort

Southampton have conceded two goals in their opening seven top-flight games. The last time they did that was in 1983-84, when they ended the campaign in second place, behind Liverpool.

Michu, who wore a headguard after being kicked in the Europa League win over St Gallen , led the Swansea response and headed at the back post to draw a fine save from Boruc, while Jonjo Shelvey had an effort from distance saved.

Michael Laudrup's Swans, chasing three consecutive top-flight away wins for the first time in 31 years, grew into the game and Dyer rattled the woodwork to start a 15-minute spell of pressure at the end of the first half.

He collected Wilfried Bony's back-heel to fire left-footed against the woodwork, only for the ball to roll across the line.

Bony himself was then denied as a header was brilliantly parried by Boruc before Michu headed straight at the Polish keeper.

Swansea's momentum was not hampered by the interval and Dyer - so often their first-half supply line - dragged a shot wide, but Saints did not concede a goal in September and absorbed the visiting pressure.

And, with a little over 10 minutes remaining, the hosts thought the points were sealed when Victor Wanyama bundled home from a corner, but referee Mike Dean had spotted shirt-pulling in the build-up.

The decision kept the Swansea hopes alive temporarily and Michu missed a headed chance from 10 yards before Rodriguez wrapped it up for the hosts.

Swansea deserved more - Laudrup

A long clearance from Boruc created chaos at the heart of the City defence and, when Chico and Jordi Amat failed to deal with the bouncing ball, Rodriguez volleyed home.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:

"There were different phases of the game where we commanded and then they did, but overall I'm delighted for the three points and it sets us up for the international weeks and the game against Manchester United.

"I don't know where we will finish, I don't have a crystal ball. The most important thing is to look to the next game and focus.

"Osvaldo is fine, he took a heavy challenge but taking him off was mainly a tactical challenge."

Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup:

"We performed very well. Apart from the first 15 minutes we dominated the game and had lots of chances.

"They got a good goal but the whole of the second half was all about us. We still need too many chances to score. After the St Gallen game, I said they deserved a little more. Today, I think we deserved a little more."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 13 Fox
  • 05 Lovren Booked
  • 02 Clyne
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 20 Lallana
  • 08 Davis (Do Prado - 89' )
  • 12 Wanyama Booked
  • 17 Osvaldo (Ward-Prowse - 58' )
  • 07 Lambert (Rodriguez - 68' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Rodriguez
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 22 Chambers
  • 01 Davis
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 18 Cork
  • 21 Do Prado

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel
  • 04 Chico
  • 02 Amat
  • 33 Davies
  • 12 Dyer
  • 21 Cañas Booked
  • 09 Michu
  • 15 Routledge (Pozuelo - 67' )
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 10 Bony

Substitutes

  • 19 Tiendalli
  • 07 Britton
  • 06 Williams
  • 26 Alvaro
  • 03 Taylor
  • 24 Pozuelo
  • 25 Tremmel
Ref: Mike Dean
Att: 28,570

Match Stats

Shots

12 17

On target

4 7

Corners

7 4

Fouls

13 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Southampton 2, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Swansea City 0.

90:00 +1:14

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

89:21

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

89:21

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:34

Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

88:34

Foul by Guly (Southampton).

88:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Steven Davis.

87:38

Attempt missed. José Cañas (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

85:35

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

83:52

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:52

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

82:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 2, Swansea City 0. Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

81:19

Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

80:42

Attempt blocked. Chico (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by José Cañas.

80:40

Attempt blocked. José Cañas (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

80:10 Booking

Booking Victor Wanyama (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80:04

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

80:04

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

77:58

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

77:58

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

77:16

Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:16

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

75:48

Chico (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

75:48

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

75:20

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Nathan Dyer.

71:43

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

71:43

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:16

Offside, Southampton. Morgan Schneiderlin tries a through ball, but Jay Rodriguez is caught offside.

70:42

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Victor Wanyama with a headed pass following a corner.

70:18

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

69:44

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Cañas.

68:00

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michu.

67:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Rickie Lambert.

66:16 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álex Pozuelo replaces Wayne Routledge.

65:53

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

65:28

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

64:12

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

64:12

James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:16

Offside, Swansea City. Michel Vorm tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

59:54

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

59:54

Steven Davis (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Pablo Osvaldo because of an injury.

56:05

Attempt blocked. Michu (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

54:41

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

53:35 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card.

53:30 Booking

Booking Dejan Lovren (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

53:22

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:22

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

52:15

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

51:26

Attempt missed. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

49:44

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

49:44

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

48:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

48:06 Booking

Booking José Cañas (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

47:20

Delay in match Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) because of an injury.

46:34

Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

46:34

Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:08

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.

45:19

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

45:19

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00

Second Half begins Southampton 1, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Southampton 1, Swansea City 0.

45:00 +1:02

Attempt saved. Michu (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

42:25

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

41:13

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

41:10

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer with a cross.

40:36

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a headed pass.

39:36

Attempt missed. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Adam Lallana with a cross following a set piece situation.

38:57

Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

38:57

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

37:53

Attempt saved. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

37:44

Attempt blocked. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Pablo Osvaldo with a headed pass.

35:53

Offside, Southampton. Adam Lallana tries a through ball, but Rickie Lambert is caught offside.

35:20

Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

34:39

Foul by Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton).

34:39

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:10

Foul by Adam Lallana (Southampton).

34:10

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:13

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Pablo Osvaldo is caught offside.

31:36

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

31:36

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

30:16

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

28:31

Attempt saved. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

27:30

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:30

Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).

25:39

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

24:59

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Artur Boruc.

24:58

Attempt saved. Michu (Swansea City) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.

23:42

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis.

20:50

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

19:50

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

19:50

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:15 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Southampton 1, Swansea City 0. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Steven Davis.

14:21

Offside, Southampton. Rickie Lambert tries a through ball, but Adam Lallana is caught offside.

11:56

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

10:11

Foul by Rickie Lambert (Southampton).

10:11

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:29

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

9:27

Attempt blocked. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

6:25

Attempt missed. Pablo Osvaldo (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Rickie Lambert.

4:41

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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