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20 April 2013
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: M. Halsey
• Attendance: 20561
Shots on Target
And that's it! Mark Halsey blows the full-time whistle.
Anyway, that's all from me, Ryan Bailey. Thanks for following the game with me this afternoon and be sure to check Goal.com for all your post-match reaction needs. Until next time, farewell!
Swansea will be extremely disappointed not to have taken all three points from this game considering their complete dominance but Southampton held firm and picked up a valuable away point.
Three minutes of added time have been signaled.
Southampton nearly nick it! Davis gets to the by-line before cutting it back for Mayuka, who has just come on, but Vorm parries his effort behind.
Superb defending and positioning from Hooiveld and then Fox as Southampton resist a late onslaught.
The home fans are urging their side forward and Swansea are piling forward in an attempt to find a winner but Southampton hold firm.
Both sides have lacked the cutting edge at the business end of the pitch and a draw seems a fair result.
Referee Mark Halsey causes the biggest cheer of the day as he finds himself on the turf after getting caught between two Southampton players.
The home side are pushing for the opening goal which would probably earn them all three points but Boruc is quick off his line to deny De Guzman after a swift Swansea break.
It's been a frustrating afternoon for Michu, who drags his latest effort wide.
Big appeals for a penalty as the ball appears to strike Danny Fox's arm but the ball was fired at him at point-blank range and his arm was by his side.
Both sides have cancelled each other out with very few goalscoring opportunities at either end.
Chico gets a warning from referee Halsey for a reckless late challenge on Jack Cork.
Swansea are just showing signs of making the breakthrough for the first time this afternoon with a little over twenty minutes remaining.
Nathan Dyer exchanges passes with Michu before poking the ball goal wards but Yoshida is there to clear off the line.
Lambert was carrying a slight knock and was replaced as a precaution.
Goal.com's John Stammers reports from the Liberty Stadium; "A bold substitution from Mauricio Pochettino as Southampton top scorer Rickie Lambert is replaced by Gaston Ramirez. The big man has been fairly quiet today, but is always a threat, however the Argentine is clearly going for a different approach."
Southampton have been very impressive on the ball so far and have looked resolute in defence, remember they're on a five game unbeaten run.
Swansea earn their third corner in quick succession but Michu's header goes wide.
The home side beginning to apply the pressure now as Du Guzman sends in a deep cross but Chico doesn't connect cleanly.
Pablo Hernandez does brilliantly to evade the challenges of Clyne and Lallana before firing in a low cross across goal but there isn't a white shirt inside the six yard box.
Southampton are enjoying a large amount of possession as we approach the hour mark but the hosts are looking to hit their opponents on the counter-attack.
Swansea have been extremely wasteful today as Nathan Dyer opts to ignore the lung-busting run of Angel Rangel, much to the anger of the full-back.
Saints fans have traveled to Wales in good numbers and they're in fine voice behind Boruc's goal.
Once again a Swansea passing move breaks down in the final third, much to the frustration of the home fans. However, manager Michael Laudrup looks very calm as he watches on from the dug-out.
Routledge has made an instant impact but at the other end, Chico makes an important interception to deny Lallana's pass finding the unmarked Rickie Lambert.
And, the change almost pays immediate dividends as Routledge's cross is headed just over by Michu.
Michael Laudrup has made a change at the break with Luke Moore being replaced by Wayne Routledge. The substitution should push Michu further forward into his preferred lone striker role.
The two sides re-emerge from the confines of the dressing rooms for the second period. Mauricio Pochettino will be the happier of the two managers at the interval.
Swansea bossed the opening exchanges but failed to make their possession count as they hardly troubled Arthur Boruc. However, Southampton have had the better of the first-half chances with Lambert's set-piece the pick of the first forty-five minutes.
And that's half-time - goalless at the break.
There will be one minute of added time, the visitors won't want to hear the half-time whistle.
Southampton are screaming for a penalty as Lambert goes down when competing for a header with Williams. Lambert was backing into Williams at a long ball before he went down but the latter did have an arm over his opponent's shoulder. Referee Halsey waves play on.
Southampton are finishing the half strongly and are pushing for the opening goal before the break.
It was in fact the linesman who flagged for the foul on the Swansea 'keeper.
The game has suddenly come to life in the last few minutes. From the following corner Adam Lallana prods in after Vorm drops the ball - and he is unlucky to see the effort chalked off. Not sure there was much contact there.
Chico brings down Lallana on the edge of the area and Lambert needs no second invitation to have a shot on goal but his dipping 25-yard drive is tipped over by Vorm.
Goal.com's John Stammers at the Liberty Stadium; "Yawn. You could be excused for drifting off at the sunny Liberty Stadium this afternoon. We've had no real chances of note and very little conviction from either as Swansea and Southampton continue to cancel each other out."
There have been a few groans around the Liberty Stadium as the Swans resort to a long ball in attempt to break down a resolute looking Southampton rearguard. However, Angel's ball is too flat and straight for Michu.
Yoshida nearly puts his side in trouble after carelessly giving the ball away but once again Dyer's cross is over-hit.
Leon Britton, who missed last week's 2-2 draw at Norwich, makes his 400th appearance today for Swansea but he's been quiet in the opening half hour.
More nice build-up play from the home side but Davies misplaces his attempted pass to Dyer.
Southampton are enjoying a good spell with Rodriguez looking particularly dangerous.
Jay Rodriguez turns brilliantly on the edge of the box and forces Vorm to save down low to his left.
Swansea started brightly but have been pegged back by the Saints in the last ten minutes or so. However, both sides have been limited to shots from long range.
Rickie Lambert wastes a good chance to test Vorm in the Swans goal as he blasts a free-kick straight into the wall.
Du Guzman sends in another set-piece but again the delivery is poor and Boruc collects under no pressure.
Swansea's build-up play has been excellent so far but they have lacked that killer ball in the final third so far.
It's been a lively start to the game with both sides looking to get forward at every opportunity.
Hernandez goes down after clashing with Morgan Schneiderlin and requires treatment but is fine to continue.
Cork, who is making his 100th Saints appearance today, did brilliantly to create a yard of space for himself in a heavily congested midfield before unleashing that swerving effort but Vorm did just enough.
Out of nothing, Jack Cork nearly catches Michel Vorm off guard with a speculative effort from way out but the Swansea shot stopper gathered at the second attempt.
Southampton have yet to put a string of passes together in the opening exchanges as the hosts continue to dominate proceedings.
Dyer chips in yet another cross, this time aimed at Michu, but Southampton keeper Boruc gets there first to take the ball off the Spaniard's head.
Dyer links brilliantly with Pablo Hernandez before the latter cuts it back for Jonathan de Guzman but his effort is well blocked.
Nathan Dyer is causing plenty of problems already for Danny Fox before Angel Rangel tries his luck from long-range with a volley but it was never going to trouble Arthur Boruc.
Swansea have started well and are controlling the possession.
It's been a pretty scrappy start to the game as both sides look to get hold of the ball in midfield.
Just three points separate the two sides before kick-off and both will be hopeful of boosting their chances of finishing in the top ten with victory here today
Positive start from the home side as they quickly find their passing rhythm but Nathan Dyer over hits his cross after patient build-up
The home side get us underway, playing in their traditional all white kit from left to right
Both sides emerge from the dressing rooms to a warm welcome on a glorious Saturday afternoon at the Liberty Stadium. We'll be underway very shortly...
Another piece of team news; Swans left-back Neil Taylor, who broke his ankle back in September, is named on the bench.
There are just under ten minutes till kick off in Wales and if you want to get in touch with your predictions or comments, you can tweet me @RyanBailey37
Southampton, on the other hand, are undefeated in their last five Premier League matches and victory today would boost their chances of a top ten finish.
Michael Laudrup's Swans have experienced a dip in form since lifting the Capital One Cup in February and have picked up just four points from their last five Premier League games.
Meanwhile, Southampton make just the one change from their draw against West Ham, with Jay Rodriguez replacing Gaston Ramirez.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup has made three changes to the side which drew at Norwich, with Angel Rangel, Leon Britton and Pablo Hernadez coming in for Dwight Tiendalli, Wayne Routledge and Ki Sung-yeung.
Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Fox, Schneiderlin, Cork, Steven Davis, Lallana, Rodriguez, Lambert. Subs: Kelvin Davis, Fonte, Ramirez, Ward-Prowse, Shaw, Mayuka, Puncheon.
Swansea: Vorm, Rangel, Chico, Williams, Davies, Britton, de Guzman, Hernandez, Michu, Dyer, Moore. Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Routledge, Monk, Shechter, Tiendalli, Ki.
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