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Southampton 2-0 Swansea City

Adam Lallana scores

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.

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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.

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.

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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."

Line-ups

Southampton

  • 31Boruc
  • 6FonteBooked at 54mins
  • 13Fox
  • 5LovrenBooked at 54mins
  • 2Clyne
  • 4Schneiderlin
  • 20Lallana
  • 8DavisSubstituted forDo Pradoat 89'minutes
  • 12WanyamaBooked at 81mins
  • 17OsvaldoSubstituted forWard-Prowseat 58'minutes
  • 7LambertSubstituted forRodriguezat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Rodriguez
  • 26Hooiveld
  • 22Chambers
  • 1Davis
  • 16Ward-Prowse
  • 18Cork
  • 21Do Prado

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 4Chico
  • 2Amat
  • 33Davies
  • 12Dyer
  • 21CañasBooked at 49mins
  • 9Michu
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forPozueloat 67'minutes
  • 8Shelvey
  • 10Bony

Substitutes

  • 19Tiendalli
  • 7Britton
  • 6Williams
  • 26Alvaro
  • 3Taylor
  • 24Pozuelo
  • 25Tremmel
Referee:
Mike Dean
Attendance:
28,570

Match Stats

Home TeamSouthamptonAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home12
Away17
Shots on Target
Home4
Away7
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 2, Swansea City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Southampton 2, Swansea City 0.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

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

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

Foul by Guly (Southampton).

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Guly replaces Steven Davis.

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

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

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

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

Goal!

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

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.

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

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

Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).

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

Foul by Victor Wanyama (Southampton).

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

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Nathan Dyer.

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

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

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

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.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by José Cañas.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Jay Rodriguez replaces Rickie Lambert.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álex Pozuelo replaces Wayne Routledge.

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

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Angel Rangel.

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

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

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

goal

As It Stood

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1Arsenal7511616
2Liverpool7511616
3Chelsea7421614
4Southampton7421514
5Man City7412913
6Tottenham7412113
7Everton7331112
8Hull7322-111
9Man Utd7313110
10Aston Villa7313110
11Newcastle7313-310
12West Brom723219
13West Ham722328
14Cardiff7223-28
15Swansea7214-37
16Stoke7214-37
17Fulham7214-47
18Norwich7214-47
19Crystal Palace7106-83
20Sunderland7016-111
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