Swansea City claimed a hard-fought 2-1 win over Southampton at the Liberty Stadium in the Premier League to ensure they would not drop in the relegation zone.
- Swansea 2 Southampton 1
- Mawson opens scoring
- Long levels
- Sigurdsson grabs the winner
The evenly-contested affair was blown wide open in the 38th minute with Alfie Mawson breaking the deadlock. Shane Long would pull the visitors level 12 minutes after the break before Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the winner with 20 minutes left on the clock.
A tepid start to the match produced very little by way of clear-cut chances but the action picked up as half time approached.
Leroy Fer went close in the 38th minute, forcing a smart save out of Fraser Forster, who pushed it out for a corner. From the resulting set piece, Sigurdsson delivered a beautiful cross for Mawson to head the Swans into the lead.
The Icelandic playmaker then almost doubled the lead on the stroke of half time but was denied by another stunning save from Forster.
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The away side was much improved after the break, with Ryan Bertrand delivering the cross for Long, who picked the ball up smartly before firing a snap shot into the bottom corner and draw the Saints level in the 57th minute.
However, parity did not last long, with Sigurdsson showing a poachers awareness to latch onto a pass from Luciano Narsingh into the box and hitting a first-time shot past Forster to reclaim the lead for the hosts and secure a 2-1 win.