Southampton 1-0 Swansea City

18 Sep

Southampton striker Charlie Austin scores for his side against Swansea


Southampton striker Charlie Austin scores against Swansea for his third goal in two games

Southampton manager Claude Puel celebrated his first Premier League win at the fifth attempt as his side beat Swansea at St Mary’s.

The dominant home side had endured a frustrating time as Nathan Redmond missed from 12 yards before a Charlie Austin strike hit the crossbar.

But just past the hour substitute Austin chested down the ball and sent in a rising shot to put Saints ahead.

Gylfi Sigurdsson had a late Swansea chance but saw his low shot saved.

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Austin to the rescue for Southampton

Southampton, who sold forwards Graziano Pelle and Sadio Mane in the summer, started with Shane Long and Redmond in attack but they struggled as the home side failed to turn their superiority into goals.

Long did go close when a low curling shot was saved and was unhappy when Redmond sent an effort high instead of squaring to him.

Redmond has been switched from a winger role at former clubs Birmingham and Norwich to striker’s duties since his summer switch to St Mary’s and showed the lack of a finishing touch.

He wasted a glorious chance when he gathered a Dusan Tadic ball and cut inside a defender only to shoot horribly high from 12 yards.

Puel brought on Austin for Long and the the move paid off as he added to his two goals in the midweek Europa League win over Sparta Prague.

He had gone close when a shot from a Redmond cross hit the bar and bounced to safety off keeper Lukasz Fabianski’s head, but he made amends with a clinical finish after a Tadic cross reached him at the far post.

“I should have had three,” said Austin. “I’m frustrated, of course, [to be on the bench] as I scored twice in midweek but if the manager wants to rotate then he is the boss. We have a strong squad.”

Swansea form a worry for Guidolin

Swansea were clearly hoping to frustrate their hosts and catch them on the counter-attack or with a set-piece but Francesco Guidolin’s side lacked the quality to do either.

Such was their lack of threat, Southampton comfortably kept their first clean sheet in 17 games, their last one having also come against Swansea in February.

Visiting forward Fernando Llorente was provided with little service and when he did get a touch to a Modou Barrow cross Jose Fonte was on hand to block his effort.

The next noteworthy chance for the visitors fell to Sigurdsson after 86 minutes – and he would have snatched an undeserved draw had Forster not smartly saved before Oriol Romeu cleared the loose ball to prevent Jefferson Montero turning it in.

Swansea are now winless in the league since their opening day victory over Burnley.

The stats you need to know

  • Charlie Austin’s goal was his first in the Premier League since he scored on his Southampton debut against Manchester United in January.
  • Claude Puel earned his first Premier League win, becoming the seventh Frenchman to achieve this feat (Alain Perrin, Arsene Wenger, Gerard Houllier, Jacques Santini, Jean Tigana and Remi Garde the others).
  • Swansea have not scored a first-half goal this season, firing five blanks so far.

More to follow.

Live Text

Match ends, Southampton 1, Swansea City 0.

Second Half ends, Southampton 1, Swansea City 0.

Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

Offside, Southampton. Steven Davis tries a through ball, but Nathan Redmond is caught offside.

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Naughton (Swansea City).

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Fernando Llorente.

Charlie Austin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

Foul by Cédric Soares (Southampton).

Kyle Naughton (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Swansea City. Borja Bastón replaces Jack Cork.

Substitution, Southampton. Cuco Martina replaces Dusan Tadic.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

Ryan Bertrand (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Modou Barrow (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Offside, Swansea City. Angel Rangel tries a through ball, but Modou Barrow is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Southampton) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Austin.

Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Fernando Llorente.

Attempt saved. Modou Barrow (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

Foul by Ryan Bertrand (Southampton).

Angel Rangel (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Oriol Romeu (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Lukasz Fabianski.

Attempt saved. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dusan Tadic.

Attempt missed. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a headed pass.

Substitution, Swansea City. Jefferson Montero replaces Ki Sung-yueng.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Fernando Llorente (Swansea City).

Goal! Southampton 1, Swansea City 0. Charlie Austin (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Leroy Fer.

Attempt blocked. Virgil van Dijk (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cédric Soares with a cross.

Charlie Austin (Southampton) hits the bar with a right footed shot from the centre of the box. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Foul by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg (Southampton).

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