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Swansea City 2-1 Southampton

Sigurdsson celebrates
Sigurdsson carried much of Swansea's threat on the night

Swansea boosted their Premier League survival hopes and secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a spirited victory over Southampton.

The Welsh side started slowly at the Liberty Stadium but grew into the first half and led when Alfie Mawson headed in Gylfi Sigurdsson's corner via a deflection off Oriol Romeu.

Recently installed manager Paul Clement threw his arms into the air and his side looked to have seized control but a slick Saints passing move after the break saw Shane Long prod in Ryan Bertrand's low cross.

Long's finish was just Southampton's fourth touch inside the area but although they then seized the momentum, the impressive Sigurdsson struck when Luciano Narsingh - coming off the bench for his debut - crossed on the counter-attack.

Saints rallied late on with Sofiane Boufal seeing a shot blocked and Maya Yoshida heading wide, but Claude Puel's EFL Cup finalists have now lost five of their past six Premier League games.

They drop to 12th, while Swansea stay 17th after a timely win on a night where relegation rivals Crystal Palace also picked up three points.

Thank goodness for Gylfi

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Back-to-back wins 'massive' for Swansea - Clement

"Performance was so-so, the result massive," said Clement, who turned towards fans and clenched both fists on the sound of the final whistle.

The club's major shareholders Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan were in the stadium and their decision to appoint the ex-Derby manager appears to be paying dividends.

This was a second win in three league games - to the delight of home fans, who faced the prospect of seeing the club suffer four consecutive home defeats for the first time in the top flight.

While the neat, intricate passing style that once defined Swansea in the Premier League was lacking, there was bite in midfield and resilience when called for.

Leroy Fer and Jack Cork offered aggression, while Mawson was solid at the back, not least when he bravely blocked Boufal's late shot in the area.

But there is no doubting the class act in Swansea's ranks. Sigurdsson made the opener, had a long-range effort held by Fraser Forster and a good drive tipped over before the break.

When his moment arrived, he coolly steered in the ball as new boy Narsingh showed rapid pace to lead a break and deliver a cross.

News of forward Jordan Ayew joining from Aston Villa, who will take Swans defender Neil Taylor in return, will offer further attacking options.

But new recruits will need to go some way to become more important than Sigurdsson. He has now either scored or created half of Swansea's goals this season and Clement will be desperate for more of the same.

Kudos for Clement and Gylfi

Alfie Mawson's header deflected off Oriol Romeu to give Swansea the lead
Alfie Mawson's header deflected off Oriol Romeu to give Swansea the lead

Former England winger Trevor Sinclair on Match of the Day: "I think Paul Clement has learnt from his mistakes when he was at Derby. He seems to have got the chemistry right and it is showing in Swansea's performances."

Former Tottenham midfielder Danny Murphy: "I am surprised Tottenham let Sigurdsson go. He loves scoring goals; he is technically superb. Without him they would be in a world of trouble."

Patched-up Saints need reinforcements

Shane Long brought Saints level but Lukasz Fabianski was forced to make just one other save on the night
Shane Long brought Saints level but Lukasz Fabianski was forced to make just one other save on the night

Poor league form, excellent EFL Cup form - Southampton pose questions for Puel, who admitted his side did not do enough in the first half to merit more on the night.

Long was wayward when sent racing into the area early on but their first-half highlights ended there, as they seemed to play in flurries throughout the 90 minutes - a trait that has run through much of their season.

Before kick-off, no Premier League side had more players injured than Saints, a predicament that had seen Puel rest 10 players in the 5-0 FA Cup loss against Arsenal at the weekend.

But there were still positives for his patched-up side. Romeu was destructive and classy in midfield - completing 92% of his passes - and Long's goal arrived from a fine move as Steven Davis slipped Bertrand clear to pick out a cross.

Nathan Redmond fired wide when well placed and saw Lukasz Fabianski tip another shot over - but two shots on target from 10 efforts perhaps shows why Puel has signed Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli.

Saints have scored only 23 league goals all season, so the £14m signing could be a huge help, as would the return of several players from the treatment room.

Man of the match - Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sigurdsson had six shots and was the focus of Swansea's good attacking play as he created their first with an excellent corner and scored their second with a controlled finish
Sigurdsson had six shots and was the focus of Swansea's good attacking play as he created their first with an excellent corner and scored their second with a controlled finish

'A massive win' - what the managers said

Swansea boss Paul Clement: "A massive result for us - to back the great away win at Liverpool with a home win in a really hard game. They peppered our box with crosses. We showed big character. Our second goal was fantastic, a great counter. We have done more than I expected. Since the heavy loss to Arsenal we have taken one or two really important games."

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Puel 'frustration' at Swansea defeat

Southampton boss Claude Puel: "A good second half but perhaps it was too late. We cannot take a positive when you lose a game. It was not sufficient for us in the same half without a good concentration and application of our football. The second half was a good reaction, a good try, but they played clinically tonight and have been rewarded."

Clean sheets lacking - the stats you need to know...

Bottom of the Premier League
  • Gylfi Sigurdsson has been involved in 14 Premier League goals this season (seven goals, seven assists) equalling his tally for last season.
  • The Swans have only kept one clean sheet in their past 14 Premier League games, conceding 37 goals.
  • Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in their past eight away Premier League games.

Up next?

Swansea host Manchester City for a lunchtime kick-off on Sunday, while Southampton entertain West Ham on Saturday (15:00 GMT).

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 26Naughton
  • 33FernandezBooked at 82mins
  • 6Mawson
  • 16OlssonSubstituted forRangelat 76'minutes
  • 8FerSubstituted forKi Sung-yuengat 72'minutes
  • 24CorkBooked at 44mins
  • 42Carroll
  • 15RoutledgeSubstituted forNarsinghat 60'minutes
  • 9Llorente
  • 23G Sigurdsson

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 4Ki Sung-yueng
  • 10Bastón
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 22Rangel
  • 28Narsingh

Southampton

  • 1Forster
  • 2Cédric Soares
  • 24Stephens
  • 3Yoshida
  • 21Bertrand
  • 8Davis
  • 14Romeu
  • 4ClasieSubstituted forMcQueenat 76'minutes
  • 11TadicSubstituted forBoufalat 56'minutes
  • 7Long
  • 22RedmondSubstituted forSimsat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Gardos
  • 18Reed
  • 19Boufal
  • 23Højbjerg
  • 28Taylor
  • 38McQueen
  • 39Sims
Referee:
Roger East
Attendance:
20,359

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamSouthampton
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home12
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away4
Fouls
Home10
Away19

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Southampton 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Southampton 1.

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

Sam McQueen (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ki Sung-yueng (Swansea City).

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

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

Foul by Jack Stephens (Southampton).

Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Maya Yoshida (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Oriol Romeu with a cross following a set piece situation.

Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Carroll (Swansea City).

Attempt blocked. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Shane Long.

Booking

Federico Fernández (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

Hand ball by Sofiane Boufal (Southampton).

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Alfie Mawson.

Attempt blocked. Sofiane Boufal (Southampton) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Josh Sims replaces Nathan Redmond.

Substitution

Substitution, Southampton. Sam McQueen replaces Jordy Clasie.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Angel Rangel replaces Martin Olsson.

Maya Yoshida (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Ki Sung-yueng replaces Leroy Fer.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Southampton 1. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luciano Narsingh following a fast break.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Kyle Naughton.

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Shane Long.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jack Stephens.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Sofiane Boufal.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Luciano Narsingh replaces Wayne Routledge.

Foul by Oriol Romeu (Southampton).

Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Southampton 1. Shane Long (Southampton) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ryan Bertrand with a cross.

goal

As It Stood

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1Chelsea23182348163256
2Tottenham23138245162947
3Arsenal23145451252647
4Liverpool23137352282446
5Man City22134543281543
6Man Utd22118333211241
7Everton22106633231036
8West Brom239683129233
9Burnley2392122533-829
10Stoke227782834-628
11West Ham2284102936-728
12Southampton2376102328-527
13Watford2376102739-1227
14Bournemouth2375113241-926
15Middlesbrough2349101926-721
16Leicester2356122438-1421
17Swansea2363142852-2421
18Crystal Palace2354143241-919
19Sunderland2344152042-2216
20Hull2244142047-2716
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