Report: Saints 1-0 Swansea

By SFC Media Sun 18 Sep Saints vs Swansea
Sun 18 Sep 2.15PM
Premier League
Southampton
1
Swansea City
0
Austin [64']
Long (41')
Naughton (89')
Referee: Mike Jones | Venue: St Mary's Stadium | Attendance: 29,087

Charlie Austin came off the bench to net his third goal in two games and earn Southampton victory against Swansea City.

Saints made it back-to-back wins with a 1-0 success which came courtesy of second half substitute Austin, who produced an unerring close range finish from Dušan Tadić’s cross ensured that Claude Puel’s men picked up their first Premier League win of the season.

Added to the two draws against Sunderland and Watford, Saints maintained their unbeaten home start to the season, and ensured that their own fine record against Swansea continues, having lost only one of their previous nine encounters with them.

Defenders Cédric, José Fonte and Ryan Bertrand were among those who returned to the side as changes to the team that started against Sparta Praha on Thursday night. Youngsters Harrison Reed and Lloyd Isgrove were brought into the squad and took up places on the bench.

Swansea named former Saint Jack Cork in their side as captain, with club skipper Leon Britton named among the substitutes.

Oriol Romeu on the attack against Swansea City.

Saints took control of possession early on, but it was the Welsh side who drew the first chance of the game on six minutes when Kyle Naughton drove in a low drive at the far post, which drew a smart save from Fraser Forster.

Swansea, in their changed strip of light blue shirts and navy shorts, forced a couple of early half chances, but Saints had the best chance to open the scoring inside quarter of an hour when Shane Long’s shot from the edge of the box was too hot to handle for Fabianski, but the offside flag was raised as a combination of Redmond and Davis tried to turn in the rebound.

On 19, Tadić struck a free-kick which had to be tipped over the bar by Fabianski, with the Swansea ‘keeper called upon again to keep out a deflection from a corner soon after.

Fernando Llorente went close to getting an effort on target for the visitors with a near post flick, but Fonte got across to make a fine block on the Spanish striker.

Saints made a big push for the opening goal inside the last five minutes of the half, but their luck was out.

First, on 41 Shane Long was adjudged to have dived by referee Mike Jones as he was brought down inside the area by Federico Fernandez.

Both Redmond and Clasie had half chances from range, with the former having an even better chance right at the end of the 45 when he was put through by Tadić, and his effort cleared the bar from a promising looking position.

Saints came out fired up at the start of the new half, and went dangerously close when Shane Long slipped in behind the defence to poke the ball towards goal from Redmond’s pass, but Naughton was there to save Swansea with a clearance from the line.

Puel made a double substitution less than ten minutes after the restart with Charlie Austin and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg entering the action.

Cédric was back in the side after missing the game against Sparta Praha.

And the former, smashed the frame of the goal with a shot from Redmond’s cross just past the hour mark, but went one better moment s later to put the hosts in front.

From Tadić’s deflected cross, Austin was on hand to turn home a fierce shot past Fabianski to put the hosts in front.

Saints maintained their pressure on the visitors to try and kill the game off, though there was a brief rally when Barrow forced a low save from Forster at his near post.

Forster was at his best again inside the last five minute to keep out Sigurdsson’s low shot, but the hosts got what they deserved on the balance of play to earn all three points.

Celebration time for Charlie Austin.
Southampton

Head to Head Stats

Swansea City
  • Possession (%)
    53
    47
  • Shots
    19
    9
  • Shots on target
    6
    3
  • Corners
    7
    1
  • Passes Complete
    365
    315

Southampton

1
Fraser Forster (GK)
6
José Fonte (C)
21
Ryan Bertrand
2
Cédric Soares
17
Virgil van Dijk
8
Steven Davis
11
Dusan Tadic
Cuco Martina (81′)
14
Oriol Romeu
4
Jordy Clasie
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (54′)
7
Shane Long
Charlie Austin (54′)
22
Nathan Redmond
23
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg
18
Harrison Reed
15
Cuco Martina
13
Alex McCarthy
10
Charlie Austin
3
Maya Yoshida
27
Lloyd Isgrove

Swansea City

1
Lukasz Fabianski (GK)
2
Jordi Amat
35
Stephen Kingsley
Angel Rangel (45′)
26
Kyle Naughton
33
Federico Fernández
24
Jack Cork (C)
Borja Bastón (82′)
8
Leroy Fer
4
Ki Sung-yueng
Jefferson Montero (66′)
17
Modou Barrow
23
Gylfi Sigurdsson
9
Fernando Llorente
15
Wayne Routledge
20
Jefferson Montero
10
Borja Bastón
13
Kristoffer Nordfeldt
7
Leon Britton
5
Mike van der Hoorn
22
Angel Rangel
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