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Monday 25 September 2017

Long goal fails to lift Saints defeat

Swansea 2 Southampton 1

Shane Long celebrates
Shane Long celebrates

Ireland striker scored his second goal a week for Southampton, but it wasn't enough as Swansea recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike saw them beat Southampton 2-1 and claim a crucial victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The home side had led through a deflected Alfie Mawson header seven minutes before the break, but were pegged back by Long's near-post effort just before the hour mark. But up popped Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to go to score his seventh league goal of the season - a second winner in 10 days after his strike against Liverpool at Anfield - and boost the Welsh club's Premier League survival hopes.

The Saints had made the better start as Swansea were strangely muted. Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster soon made his first save, holding a dipping Sigurdsson strike before parrying Leroy Fer's volley around a post. But the goalkeeper had little chance from the resulting corner. Mawson lost Oriol Romeu and the defender's header diverted off the Spaniard on to the inside of the post and into the net.

Swansea were made to pay the price for failing to take advantage of a strong period in the game when Long equalised from an incisive Southampton attack.

Against the run of play Swansea hit back through Sigurdsson as they held on for three more valuable points.

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