Southampton Edge Closer To Safety, West Brom Relegated
English Premier League Report: Swansea City v Southampton 08 May 2018
English Premier League
Result: Swansea City 0-1 Southampton
Date: 08 May 2018
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Southampton edged closer to safety in the Premier League after beating Swansea City 1-0 on Tuesday, while West Bromwich Albion were relegated in the process.
Andy King almost grabbed the lead for the Swans in the seventh minute with a stinging low strike from outside the area but his effort was smothered by goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.
Jordan Ayew had a chance to find the opener for City in the 25th minute with a looping header inside the box but he was unlucky to see his effort sail over the bar.
Charlie Austin almost broke the deadlock for Mark Hughes’ troops on the half-hour mark but fired his low shot straight at the hosts' goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.
Sam Clucas came closest to finding the breakthrough for the Swans nine minutes before time with a glancing header inside the box that went agonisingly wide.
Austin should have done better for the Saints three minutes from the end of the first half after having time to strike a volley free inside the box but his shot went straight at Fabianski.
The two sides went into the break goalless in an emotionally charged half.
Ayew again came close to breaking the deadlock for the Swans two minutes into the second stanza after beating his marker on the left wing and cutting inside but his curling strike that was reaching for the top corner was tipped over the bar by McCarthy.
The Saints were absorbing the pressure for the most part, looking to spring forward on counter-attacks with Austin particularly dangerous.
Manolo Gabbiadini broke the deadlock for Hughes’ men 20 minutes before time, just four minutes after coming on as a substitute, pouncing on a rebound inside the box after Fabianski parried Austin’s strike into his path, 0-1.
City started finding their groove again towards the end in the closing minutes but they could not really create clear chances as time was running out.
The Swans threw everything forward in search of an equaliser in the latter stages of the half, but Saints held on for the win.