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Sunday 27 May 2018

Swansea v Southampton – Story of the match

The result edged Southampton to safety, pushed Swansea closer to the drop and confirmed West Brom’s relegation.

Manolo Gabbiadini (left) scores for Southampton
Manolo Gabbiadini (left) scores for Southampton

By Press Association Sport Staff

Southampton took a huge step towards safety as a 1-0 win at Swansea inched their Welsh rivals towards the Premier League trapdoor and relegated West Brom into the bargain.

After 72 minutes of frenetic action, substitute Manolo Gabbiadini, who had only been on the pitch for five minutes, provided the decisive moment when he reacted quickest to Charlie Austin’s parried shot in a crowded goalmouth.

West Brom needed a draw here to stay alive until the final game, but their brave bid under caretaker manager Darren Moore is over and the Baggies will spend next season in the Sky Bet Championship.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Charlie Austin

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Charlie Austin (left) looked the man most likely for Southampton

Austin was the focal point of the Saints attack, and although he adopted a shoot-on-sight policy, was a threat throughout. He should have done better with a low shot in the first half, while a free header in the second was also straight at the goalkeeper.

Moment of the match

Manolo Gabbiadini was only on the pitch after Southampton goalkeeper Alex McCarthy had wiped out Jan Bednarek – his own team-mate. The young defender went off and Mark Hughes threw on attacker Gabbiadini. The Italian was quickest to react when Charlie Austin’s acrobatic effort was pushed out by Lukasz Fabianski and converted via a slight deflection.

View from the bench

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Mark Hughes was a happy man at the end of the game

Mark Hughes was ecstatic at the end of a hugely professional away display. Usually so calm and composed, the Welshman’s relief was palpable at the final whistle. By contrast, Carlos Carvalhal, who had earlier clashed with Wesley Hoedt, looked dejected as he applauded the Swansea fans.

Ratings

Swansea: Lukasz Fabianski 6, Kyle Naughton 6, Federico Fernandez 6, Alfie Mawson 7, Connor Roberts 6, Sung-Yeung Ki 6, Andy King 6, Sam Clucas 6, Martin Olsson 6, Andre Ayew 7, Jordan Ayew 8. Substitutions: Tammy Abraham (62, for Olsson) 7, Luciano Narsingh (75, for Naughton) 6, Tom Carroll (82, for King) 6.

Southampton: Alex McCarthy 7, Jan Bednarek 7, Jack Stephens 7, Wesley Hoedt 7, Cedric 6, Oriol Romeu 6, Pierre Hojbjerg 6, Ryan Bertrand 6, Dusan Tadic 6, Nathan Redmond 6, Charlie Austin 8. Substitutions: Shane Long (64, for Redmond) 6, Gabbiadini (68, for Bednarek) 7, Sam McQueen (83, for Tadic) 6.

Who’s up next?

Swansea v Stoke, Premier League, Sunday May 13
Southampton v Manchester City, Premier League, Sunday May 13

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