Swans down Saints in Wales

Liberty Stadium | Tue 31 Jan 7.45PM
Match Report Highlights

Swansea v Saints Match Centre

Swansea v Saints As It Happened

Key moments so far

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson put the hosts back in front on 70 minutes
  • Shane Long had made it 1-1 before the hour mark
  • Hosts went in front through defender Alfie Mawson with a first half header
  • Sofiane Boufal replaced Dušan Tadić shortly into the second half
Photo by Matt Watson

Full Time analysis

Saints looked likely to go on and win the game after equalising, but Sigurdsson's goal on the break sees Claude Puel's men beaten the road. Report and reaction to come on southamptonfc.com

21.38
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FULL TIME

Swansea City 2-1 Southampton

+3’

Two free-kicks in the closing stages

Swansea attempt to keep the ball in the corner as they play it short to protect their lead late on.

+1’

Bertrand volleys wide

Boufal's trickery causes Swansea problems again, but this time his cross is cleared and Bertrand can't get his shot on target from the edge of the area.

90’

Three minutes added on

Stoppage time allocated at the Liberty Stadium.

87’

Fabianski on form again

Sims races down the right and almost finds Long inside the area from close range, but the Swansea 'keeper is out quickly to deny him.

86’

Yoshida heads narrowly wide!

Romeu delivers an arching cross from a deep position and Yoshida rises at the far post to head the ball across the face of goal and just wide.

85’

Boufal influential

The substitute is at the heart of every move forward from the visitors as Swansea drop further back.

83’

Yellow Card for Federico Fernandez (Swansea City)

82’

Yellow Card for Shane Long (Southampton)


81’

Boufal denied

Brilliant turn and shot from the Moroccan, whose low shot is blocked en route to goal.

79’

Saints pile on the pressure

The visitors swarm all over the Swansea backline with Bertrand and Cédric each flashing inviting crosses into the area, before the hosts clear.

76’

Southampton substitution: Josh Sims replaces Nathan Redmond

Final two changes for Saints made too.

76’

Southampton substitution: Sam McQueen replaces Jordy Clasie

75’

Swansea City substitution: Angel Rangel replaces Martin Olsson

Final change for the hosts.

75’

Fabianski collects

Cédric with another teasing delivery from the right, and the 'keeper comes off his line to sweep up the danger.

72’

Swansea City substitution: Sung-yueng Ki replaces Leroy Fer

72’

Long claims for a penalty

The striker tries to reach Cédric's cross at the far post and appears to have his shirt tugged by Naughton inside the area, but nothing is given.

Sigurdsson puts Swansea in front again

A breakaway led by Luciano Narsingh sees the substitute beat Bertrand before finding Gylfi Sigurdsson inside the area, whose acrobatic finish finds the bottom corner,

70’

Goal

Gylfi Sigurdsson (70’) | Swansea City 2 1 Southampton

Photo by Matt Watson

Long's goal

The moment Shane Long drew Saints level at the Liberty Stadium.

66’

Davis fires over

More neat approach play from Saints with Long teeing up Davis, but the shot from the Northern Irishman goes over the bar.

64’

Redmond goes closer

Terrific rising shot from Redmond just outside of the area, and Fabianski gets fingertips to the strike to push it over the bar.

62’

Concern for Llorente

The Swansea striker stays down clutching his head, but is soon back on his feet again as play continues.

61’

Opportunity for Redmond

Saints almost punish Swansea on the break as Boufal does well to keep the move alive and tees up Remdond, but the forward skews his shot wide.

60’

Swansea City substitution: Luciano Narsingh replaces Wayne Routledge

Swansea make their first change of the night by introducing the former PSV man.

GOALSCORER 7 Shane Long

Long levels!

Neat move from Saints sees Davis play in Bertrand, whose low cross into the near post is tucked away by Long for 1-1.

57’

GOOOAL!!!

Shane Long (57’) | Swansea City 1 1 Southampton

55’

Southampton substitution: Sofiane Boufal replaces Dušan Tadić

The first change of the evening for Saints.

54’

Clasie gets a talking to

The midfielder has a lengthy discussion with match official Roger East without a booking, before play continues.

52’

Davis down inside the area

The midfielder goes to ground after a coming together with Cork, but play carries on.

49’

Redmond penalised

The forward robs Fernandes of the ball as he chased him down the left side and appears to win the ball fairly, but a free-kick goes against him.

47’

Early pressure from the hosts

A corner is cleared and then is delivered back into the area, where Sigurdsson scuffs a low shot wide.

HT

Swansea take kick-off

The hosts get the game restarted.

HT

Teams return

Saints and Swansea are back out on the pitch at the Liberty Stadium.

First half action

A selection of images from the opening 45 minutes at the Liberty Stadium.

HT

Half Time analysis

Saints are behind in Wales following a header late in the half from Alfie Mawson. The visitors had the better of the opening exchanges, but Swansea applied pressure and were rewarded before the break.

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HALF TIME

Swansea City 1-0 Southampton

45’

Sigurdsson tests Forster again

The midfielder creates space again, and sees a low shot deflected towards the Saints goal, but Forster is equal to it.

45’

Fabianski collects

Saints press with a free-kick following a foul on Redmond, but the delivery into the area is held by the Swansea 'keeper.

44’

Yellow Card for Jack Cork (Swansea City)

Swansea midfielder cautioned for a series of challenges

40’

Saints seek immediate response

Prolonged spell of possession for the visitors, but the ball doesn't quite run for them in the final third.

Mawson scores

The defender gets to the ball at the near post from Sigurdsson's corner to head home the opening goal.

37’

Goal

Alfie Mawson (37’) | Swansea City 1 0 Southampton

37’

Fer goes for goal

After some deep defending from the visitors, the ball falls to Leroy Fer outside of the area, but his low shot is brilliantly pushed behind by Forster.

33’

Centre backs tidy up

Alfie Mawson clears Long's cross into the area, before Fernandes does enough to shepherd the ball away from Romeu's delivery towards the far post.

28’

Carroll fires over

Tom Carroll shoots over the bar after a corner from Sigurdsson came his way outside the area.

26’

Sigurdsson takes aim

The midfielder receives a pass from Leory Fer before creating space to hit a fierce strike at goal, but Forster is behind it all the way and makes the save.

24’

Forster makes a save

Sigurdsson's free-kick is met by an offside Fernando Llorente, but Forster makes a fine reaction save nevertheless from his header, before claiming the ball back to take the resulting free-kick.

19’

Swansea appeal for a penalty

The visitors make claims for handball against Cédric and then Jack Stephens from the following corner, but the referee waves the appeals away.

17’

Cédric with the block

The defender throws himself in front of Gylfi Sigurdsson's low drive at goal to make a successful block as Kyle Naughton's cross found the Icelander inside the area.

14’

Concern for Long

Shane Long stays momentarily stays down following a challenge from Fernandes as Saints tried to break down the left side. The striker now back on his feet and involved again.

10’

Fernandes with the clearance

The Swansea defender concedes the first corner of the game as he deals with Ryan Bertrand's dangerous delivery into the area.

7’

Cédric wins the battle

The full-back ushers the ball out of play for  goal kick via the on-rushing Martin Olsson. Stood his ground well there.

3’

Opportunity for Long

The striker gets into the area down the right and receives fine pass, but can't keep his shot down as it goes over the bar.

3’

Saints make early inroads 

The visitors take the game to Swansea from the off, with Redmond and Bertrand pushing down the left side early on.

Saints take kick-off

The visitors get the game under way, defending the end housing the away supporters.

19.45

Teams are out

Swansea and Southampton take to the field at the Liberty Stadium, with kick-off fast approaching.

19.41

Warm-ups complete

Watch the Saints players go through their final preparations ahead of kick-off here at the Liberty Stadium.

19.38

Forster on Swans trip

Goalkeeper Fraser Forster discusses tonight's game on arrival in south Wales.

19.02

Players make their way in

The squad arrive at the stadium and head to the away dressing room for an early look around.

18.57

They're here!

The Southampton players arrive at the Liberty Stadium for this evening's game.

18.52

Boufal's back!

The Moroccan international is named among the substitutes for the first time since recovering from injury. Former Saints pair Jack Cork and Nathan Dyer are in the Swansea squad this evening.

18.48

Swansea team news

Starting XI: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandes, Mawson, Olsson, Cork (c), Carroll, Fer, Routledge, Sigurdsson, Llorente

Subs: Nordfelt (GK), Ki sung-yeung, Amat, Borja, Narsingh, Rangel, Dyer

18.45

Southampton team announced

Starting XI: Forster, Cédric, Yoshida, Stephens, Bertrand, Romeu, Clasie, Davis (c), Redmond, Tadić, Long

Subs: Taylor (GK), Reed, Boufal, Højbjerg, Gardos, McQueen, Sims

18.45

THEY'LL HAVE THAT LIFT FROM THE NEW MANAGER. THE WAY HE'LL SET HIS TEAM UP IS THAT THEY'LL BE HARDER TO BEAT I THINK. THEY'LL WANT TO PICK UP THE POINTS, BUT IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE FOCUS ON OURSELVES

FRASER FORSTER
SOUTHAMPTON GOALKEEPER
18.33
Photo by Matt Watson

Team news coming up

The Saints and Swansea line-ups will be released within the next half an hour

18.24
Photo by Matt Watson

The scene is set

The Liberty Stadium awaits the arrival of the Southampton squad ahead of tonight's game.

18.21

Puel press conference

Hear more from Claude Puel ahead of tonight's game, as he faced questions from broadcasters at Staplewood yesterday.

17.50

Mouez Hassen signs

It's also transfer deadline day today, and we'll bring you up to date with all the latest news. If you missed it earlier, Saints completed the loan signing of goalkeeper Mouez Hassen. Read more here

16.54
Photo by Naomi Baker

Puel's team news

Claude Puel provided an update on the fitness of his squad ahead of tonight's game in this story.

13.31

Long on Swansea test

Fresh from his strike which secured Saints' trip to Wembley later this month, we spoke with Shane Long about the trip to Swansea where he scored the winner in last season's encounter.

13.25

The Inside Track

Get the lowdown on Swansea with insight from South Wales Evening Post journalist Mat Davies, who gave his thoughts to us here

13.22

Opposition View

Read more from Swansea boss Paul Clement on the test he feels Southampton will pose his side, here

13.19

THEY ARE A GOOD SIDE AND I EXPECT A GOOD GAME BETWEEN TWO SIDES WHO TRY TO PLAY FOOTBALL. CLAUDE PUEL HAS DONE REALLY WELL THERE. HIS TEAM ARE GOOD TO WATCH AND PLAY GOOD FOOTBALL.

PAUL CLEMENT
SWANSEA MANAGER
13.18

IT'S IMPORTANT TO FIND A GOOD REGULARITY NOW IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE. THERE'S A GOOD ATTITUDE, A GOOD SPIRIT AND WE NEED TO KEEP THE CONFIDENCE AGAINST SWANSEA.

CLAUDE PUEL
SOUTHAMPTON MANAGER
13.15

Puel previews Swansea clash

Hear from Southampton boss Claude Puel on tonight's fixture as he seeks a league 'double' over the Swans this season.

13.13

Staplewood watch

See how the Southampton players were put through their paces at the club's training ground ahead of tonight's game.

13.08

It's matchday!

Watch our preview of this evening's Premier League clash in south Wales.

13.04

Swansea v Saints Line Ups

Swansea City

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
33
Federico Fernández
6
Alfie Mawson
26
Kyle Naughton
16
Martin Olsson
Angel Rangel (76′)
8
Leroy Fer
Ki Sung-yueng (72′)
42
Tom Carroll
24
Jack Cork (C)
15
Wayne Routledge
Luciano Narsingh (60′)
23
Gylfi Sigurdsson
9
Fernando Llorente
13
Kristoffer Nordfeldt
2
Jordi Amat
10
Borja Bastón
28
Luciano Narsingh
12
Nathan Dyer
4
Ki Sung-yueng
22
Angel Rangel

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
3
Maya Yoshida
24
Jack Stephens
8
Steven Davis (C)
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
Sam McQueen (76′)
7
Shane Long
11
Dusan Tadic
Sofiane Boufal (56′)
22
Nathan Redmond
Josh Sims (76′)
19
Sofiane Boufal
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Harrison Reed
38
Sam McQueen
28
Stuart Taylor
39
Josh Sims
5
Florin Gardos

Swansea v Saints Match Stats

Swansea City

Head to Head Stats

Southampton
  • Possession (%)
    43
    57
  • Shots
    12
    10
  • Shots on target
    5
    2
  • Corners
    5
    4
  • Passes Complete
    340
    469

Top Saints Player Stats

Goals
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Shots On Target
1
Shane Long
Shane Long
Chances Created
2
Shane Long
Shane Long
Passes Completed
74
Maya Yoshida
Maya Yoshida
Tackles
7
Oriol Romeu
Oriol Romeu
Clearances
5
Steven Davis
Steven Davis
Saves
3
Fraser Forster
Fraser Forster