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May 3, 2014
• Liberty Stadium, Swansea
Referee: A. Taylor
• Attendance: 20682
R. Lambert 90'+
And with that the full-time whistle blows. Not the greatest match the Liberty Stadium has ever seen but Southampton won't mind as they secure yet another three points. They head into their final match of the season against Manchester United with two straight victories. For now, I've been Tom Maston and thanks for joining me.
90' + 3'
Goal Rickie Lambert
GOAL!!! Southampton have won it though it is a huge slice of luck. Davis chips the ball over Amat, and Williams in trying to clear lobs Vorm onto the post, and the ball bounces off Lambert and into the net. A comical ending to a drab match.
90' + 1'
We are into three minutes of stoppage time though you get the feeling both sets of fans would be happy if the full-time whistle just went now.
Swansea are trying to get the ball forward and find a late winner but the Southampton defence are holding firm and keeping the likes of Bony at bay.
Apologies for sounding like a broken record, but there is still no sign of either side finding the net this afternoon. This has been a drab encounter on the whole.
Southampton make their final change as Cork is replaced by youngster Reed.
Fonte stayed down for some time after being caught on the knee by Emnes, but he is now back on his feet with just over five minutes to play in South Wales.
Yellow Card Marvin Emnes
Emnes picks up a booking as he leaves his foot in on Fonte and Anthony Taylor has no choice but to brandish the yellow card.
Still no sign of a goal with the ball camped in midfield and neither Lambert or Bony having any chances to become the matchwinner.
The home fans have raised the volume a notch as we enter the final ten minutes of normal time at the Liberty Stadium this season. Can the players respond?
Swansea make a double substitution as Emnes and Taylor replace Hernandez and Tiendalli while Southampton also make a change as Gallagher is withdrawn and Ward-Prowse is on.
This is turning into a pre-season game with passes going astray and a number of supporters losing interest. Not the greatest advert for the Premier League.
Hernandez looks to create something out of nothing as he cuts inside from the left on the edge of the area but by the time he shoots he is off-balance as his effort is a weak one.
Little tempo to the game but Southampton, with two men up front, are still just about on top. They would deserve a win were they to get one.
Into the final 20 minutes now as we continue to wait for the deadlock to be broken. Neither side looking likely to do that at present.
Schneiderlin has been moved forward after Lallana's withdrawl but he doesn't quite carry the same threat and his first action around the area is a weak shot that Vorm holds onto down to his left.
Jonathan De Guzmán
Davis fires over the top from 25 yards as Swansea do now introduce Dyer, with de Guzman the man being replaced.
Swansea have really struggled to impose themselves on this game despite being at home, and Monk is readying Dyer down on the touchline. They need a spark from somewhere.
Shaw wins a corner on the left as Southampton make their first change of the match. Lallana is the man to be replaced, with Lambert on in his place.
Shelvey drives it in towards the near post but Boruc is across well to hold on. Williams and Amat not happy with that delivery from the midfielder.
Yellow Card José Fonte
Chance now for Swansea as Fonte picks up the first booking of the match as he dives in on Hernandez by the left-hand corner of the Southampton box...
Hernandez delivers a great ball into the six-yard box but no Swansea players attack it, and though Routledge keeps it alive, Shelvey's shot from distance is weak and Boruc holds it.
Shaw concedes a free-kick on the right as Routledge's quick feet draw a foul out of the left-back...
Clyne again gets forward on the right but this time his cross is too deep and Swansea are able to clear. No real chances on goal as yet in the second half.
Lallana does look a threat when he gets on the ball, and he almost creates something as he twists and turns before getting to the byline on the right. He is still able to dig out a cross but Williams positions himself well to head away at the near post.
Hernandez has again gone out to the right-hand side, by Shaw is holding firm despite having to concede a corner that Williams flicks over the top.
Swansea struggling to get going after the break, with almost all the action taking place in the home side's half. Pochettino will be happy with the way this one is shaping up.
Southampton threaten straight away as Lallana is offered far too much space 20 yards from goal but his shot is straight at Vorm and he holds on well.
Southampton kick-off and we are back underway...
The two teams have made their way back out onto the field and we are ready to get back going in South Wales...
Gallagher and Hernandez wasted the best chances at either end while Bony should also have found the net during that first half, but he may need more support in the second half if the Swans are to make it three wins on the bounce. I'll be back in ten minutes to see if we can find a goal.
No stoppage time at the end of the first-half and the two teams head for the dressing rooms with the deadlock still firmly intact. Swansea dominated early on but since Southampton have looked the more dangerous side.
Hernandez has reverted to the right-hand side in an attempt to put Shaw under some pressure. The young England left-back has had little to do in defence as yet and is having a fine match going forward.
The game seems to be winding down towards half-time now, with neither side wanting to concede before the break. While neither manager will be particularly disappointed with this it hasn't really been a great display of attacking play.
Gallagher hasn't quite been able to provide the focal point that Lambert possibly would have done and Southampton are struggling to create any big chances because of that. The England striker will no doubt be brought on in the second half.
Southampton win a corner after Cork's drive is deflected behind by Williams, but Shelvey gets up well at the near post to head away and the hosts can clear.
Swansea suddenly look more confident despite Bony wasting that chance and they are keeping the ball much better in midfield.
This game has come to life now, with Cork trying his luck from the edge of the area with a curling shot that Vorm can collect with ease. Suddenly a much better match.
WHAT A MISS! And now Swansea miss a big opportunity as Hernandez wins a header that finds the onrushing Bony, and with much of the goal to aim for, the striker's powerful effort goes just over the bar.
BIG CHANCE! Southampton should have broken the deadlock, and Clyne is the architect on the right. He leaves Davies for dead before putting in a fantastic ball for Gallagher. The striker has a free header around six yards from goal, but heads just over the top.
When Southampton do get the ball, they are looking to get the ball out to Davies and Routledge out on the left, but Clyne is holding firm despite their threat.
The visitors win the first corner of the game but it is taken short and nothing comes of it as the match reverts to a midfield battle with plenty of good possession play from both sides. Little else to report.
Southampton are certainly dominating possession at the moment but are doing little with the ball. Britton is helping shield the defence admirably from the threat of Lallana.
Some concern here for Southampton as Clyne stays down after a challenge from Bony down on the touchline. Looks as if he was caught late on his ankle, but no punishment and he should be able to continue.
The game has entered something of a lull with both defences well on top at present. The likes of Shelvey and Lallana haven't seen enough of the ball to have a real influence as yet.
Swansea struggling to get the ball out wide, especially on the right where the natural midfielder de Guzman is being utilised as a winger. With Dyer on the bench that could change as the game goes on.
Gallagher wins a free-kick right on the edge of the area from Tiendalli, but with Lambert on the bench, Lovren is the man tasked with taking the set-piece. His effort isn't bad one, but Vorm isn't troubled as it floats over the top.
It's certainly not scrappy here, with both sides looking to play football, but there has been little goalmouth action since Swansea's early chances. Bony is already dropping deeper to try and get on the ball.
Shaw has looked a threat already on the left, and he creates Southampton's first real chance as he swings a ball over that Schneiderlin meets with his head, but his effort only balloons over the bar.
Southampton are eventually managing to exert some control of their own, with Wanyama finding himself on the ball on plenty of occasions in midfield. He and Schneiderlin have an important job to keep the Saints ticking this afternoon.
Shaw wins a free-kick on the left that is worked to Cork on the edge of the area, and though the midfielder's low shot is on target, Vorm isn't worked as Bony gets in a good block.
Davis and Clyne are looking to take advantage of Davies coming forward down the Swansea left, but as yet they are struggling to find Gallagher in the box.
JUST WIDE! Bony is causing all sorts of problems for Fonte and Lovren, and he almost breaks the deadlock again as Shelvey comes inside to deliver a cross from the left, but the Ivorian's flick header floats just the wrong side of the post. Southampton need to organise quickly here.
Swansea again come forward after some good play from Britton in midfield. He turns out of two challenges before feeding Davies on the left, but Bony's header from the resulting cross is wayward.
GREAT SAVE! Swansea should lead, and only a save from Boruc has kept the visitors level. Shelvey wins the ball on the edge of the area from Davis before feeding Bony. He in turn finds Hernandez in space, but the goalkeeper gets across well to parry. De Guzman then fires the rebound over the top from the edge of the area. A let-off for Southampton.
A fairly even start to proceedings with the midfield areas pretty packed. Both teams have gone for five men in the middle, and though Lallana is looking to get forward for the visitors, there is sure to be a good battle through the centre.
Swansea kick-off and we are underway at the Liberty Stadium...
The two sides have gone through the pre-match niceties are we are almost ready to get going...
The teams are starting to make their way into the tunnel ahead of kick-off in just a few minutes' time. This may not be the biggest game of the day, but with two teams who look to play good football, we could still be in for a thriller...
There are just over five minutes until kick-off in South Wales, and there is sure to be something of a celebratory mood amongst both sets of supporters. Wins now may mean little in terms of winning trophies or fighting the drop, but they can help raise morale heading into next season.
Southampton are boosted by the return of reported Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin to their starting line-up, with Rickie Lambert the man who misses out from the team that beat Everton. That means youngster Sam Gallagher will play up front on his own while captain Adam Lallana again plays despite a slight groin problem.
Swansea make just one change to the side that saw off Aston Villa last week, with right-back Angel Rangel replaced by Dwight Tiendalli. Wilfried Bony, who has netted four times in his last two appearances, again leads the line with Jonjo Shelvey in support.
Southampton subs: Gazzaniga, Chambers, Hooiveld, Ward-Prowse, Do Prado, Reed, Lambert.
Southampton: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Shaw; Schneiderlin, Cork; Davis, Wanyama, Lallana; Gallagher.
Swansea subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Bartley, Dyer, Fulton, Emnes, Vazquez.
Swansea City: Vorm; Tiendalli, Amat, Williams, Davies; Britton, de Guzman; Routledge, Shelvey, Hernandez; Bony.
Before we go any further, the two team line-ups are in ahead of kick-off in 20 minutes' time...
Though Southampton's hopes of catching Manchester United in seventh ended last week, Mauricio Pochettino and his team can still be proud of what they have achieved this season. A win over Everton last time out saw them reach the 50-point mark, and though the futures of both Pochettino and some of his star players are uncertain, for now there is certainly a positive vibe surrounding St. Mary's this season.
Swansea last week secured their Premier League safety with a 4-1 win over Aston Villa, and after flirting with the survival battle for around a month, Garry Monk and the Swans' supporters can now breathe again and begin planning for next season. Monk is the big favourite to be named Michael Laudrup's permanent successor, and a third straight win today would do his hopes little harm.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Premier League encounter between Swansea City and Southampton. These two sides have little to play for other than league position as we enter the penultimate round of fixtures, but that doesn't mean this won't be a keenly contested fixture. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action from the Liberty Stadium.
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