Match ends, Swansea City 0, Southampton 1.
Swansea City 0-1 Southampton
- Wilfried Bony sent off on return to side
- Wanyama's first Saints goal gives them the win
- Southampton up to second in the table
- Swansea have not scored in four games against Saints
Victor Wanyama came off the bench to score his first Southampton goal and continue their impressive start to the season with a win over 10-man Swansea.
The midfielder produced the game's one real moment of class with a neat 12-yard finish with 10 minutes remaining.
The Saints had dominated the second half thanks largely to the sending off of Swansea's Wilfried Bony for two clumsy fouls just before the break.
Swansea had started stronger but were unable to hold out with 10 men.
The win moves Southampton up to second in the table and continues what is a remarkable start to the campaign following a summer in which Ronald Koeman's predecessor as manager, Mauricio Pochettino, and five key players left St Mary's.
It represents only the third time that Saints have won three games in a row since returning to the Premier League in August 2012.
However, they were assisted hugely by the decision of Jonathan Moss to send off Bony. The striker made two challenges in his 38 minutes on the pitch - a body check and then late tackle from behind, both on Maya Yoshida - both of which were more clumsy than callous, and was booked for both.
Swansea boss Monk was irate at the decision, even more so when Jose Fonte escaped a second yellow card for a similar offence to Bony's.
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Last season's top scorer - who was dropped for last weekend's loss at Chelsea after returning late from international duty and is without a goal yet this season - clearly had a point to prove and almost did so in a positive fashion with a glancing header from a corner that would have found the net but for Ryan Bertrand on the goal-line.
Prior to the sending off, Swansea had the better of a closely-contested game.
Wayne Routledge flashed a volley narrowly wide then clipped the corner of the goalframe after he had been put through on goal by Gylfi Sigurdsson, who also had an effort saved by Fraser Forster.
Southampton's only real chance before the break was a tame shot on the turn by Graziano Pelle.
In the second half, though, Southampton, who had only lost one of their previous eight matches, were much more adventurous.
Pelle had two headers saved by Fabianski and fellow summer-signing Dusan Tadic fired a deflected shot on to the roof of the Saints net.
However, it looked as though Swansea were ultimately going to deny Southampton a third successive victory over them until Wanyama's late input.
In the 28th game of his Southampton career, the Kenyan produced his first goal by firing a rising shot into the far corner to give Koeman's side a healthy haul of 10 points from their five Premier League games.
Swansea manager Garry Monk: "I would question the first free-kick against Wilfried Bony. Whether it was a yellow or not I don't know. The second one was a foul but there was no malice in it. It puts us in a difficult position.
"We were by far the better team in the first half. And in the second, the only shot they really had on goal was the one they scored from, which was the one time we switched off and got punished. But we will pick ourselves up and go again."
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman: "It was difficult. We didn't play well in first 20 minutes. Swansea played well and we lost a lot of balls. It was complicated, but finally the result counts and it is a very good win.
"I don't like to talk about yellow and red cards. When it was 10 v 11 it was more easy for us. We didn't create a lot but we scored the goal."
- 4Ki Sung-yuengSubstituted forEmnesat 85'minutes
- 12DyerSubstituted forMonteroat 59'minutes
- 23G Sigurdsson
- 10BonyBooked at 39mins
- 6José FonteBooked at 21mins
- 3YoshidaBooked at 31minsSubstituted forGardosat 45'minutes
- 21BertrandBooked at 48mins
- 16Ward-ProwseSubstituted forWanyamaat 69'minutes
- 18CorkSubstituted forDavisat 64'minutes
- 4SchneiderlinBooked at 89mins
- Jonathan Moss
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Southampton 1.
Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Long.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.
Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton).
Jefferson Montero (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).
Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Ki Sung-Yueng.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.
Goal! Swansea City 0, Southampton 1. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.
Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Jefferson Montero (Swansea City).
Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Victor Wanyama is caught offside.
Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).
Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Attempt saved. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Shane Long (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt missed. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Substitution, Southampton. Victor Wanyama replaces James Ward-Prowse because of an injury.
Delay in match James Ward-Prowse (Southampton) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.
Federico Fernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by James Ward-Prowse (Southampton).
Substitution, Southampton. Steven Davis replaces Jack Cork.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.
Attempt missed. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dusan Tadic with a cross.
Neil Taylor (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shane Long (Southampton).
Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Nathan Dyer.
Attempt saved. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Graziano Pellè (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.
Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Angel Rangel.
Attempt blocked. Dusan Tadic (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Cork.
Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.