A solitary Shane Long strike secured a 1-0 victory for Southhampton over Swansea City in their English Premier League encounter at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. A fairly uneventful first half saw both sides go through almost 42 minutes before they had any chances on goal. For the visitors it was Long who failed to direct his header past Lukas Fabianski and for the Swans it was Gilfy Sigurdsson who sent his shot over the crossbar as the half ended goalless.
In the second stanza both sides started well with early chances that just did not find the back of the net. For the hosts Sigurdsson bent his shot just inches wide of goal and for the Saints it was a disallowed goal due to Jose Fonte fouling Fabianski. They did manage to get one right as David Ward-Prowse found Long with a super cross and the striker made no mistake as he poked this one home for a 1-0 lead.
In the closing stages of the match the hosts threw everything at their opponents but were unable to find their breakthrough as Ronald Koeman’s side ran out 1-0 victors. As a result they move within one of Manchester United in fifth place while the Swans remain in 16th without adding to their tally.