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Saints 2 Swansea 0
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- Saints secure a third Premier League win in a row
- Adam Lallana gives Saints a first half lead
- Jay Rodriguez makes the points safe with seven minutes remaining
- Saints up to fourth immediately after win
Saints up to fourth after this latest win.
Tottenham kick off at 4pm and if they fail to beat West Ham then Saints will remain there for the next fortnight of the international break
SAINTS 2 SWANSEA 0
SAINTS SUB (88 mins)
Do Prado on for Steven Davis
GOAL (83 mins) SAINTS 2 SWANSEA 0
Boruc pumps a long ball up front.
Swansea head it up and backwards, Flores tries to hold off and turn Rodriguez on the edge of his own area but it's a big mistake.
The Saints man is too strong for him, controls on his chest and fires into the far corner, surely wrapping up another three points for Saints.
DISALLOWED GOAL (75 mins)
Controversial corner given by referee Mike Dean after James Ward-Prowse manages to get himseld in a tangle and put the ball behind for a clear goal kick.
Swansea players protest.
Ward-Prowse whips in the corner, Victor Wanyama taps home from inside the six yard box but Dean manages to find a foul to give as Lovren had tussled with a Swansea defender for the ball before it reached the Saints midfielder.
SAINTS SUB (68 mins): Rickie Lambert off, Jay Rodriguez on.
SWANSEA SUB (67 mins): Wayne Routledge off, Alejandro Pozuelo on.
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SAINTS SUB (58 mins): Dani Osvaldo off, James Ward-Prowse on.
Jose Fonte makes a hash of a back pass, setting Wilfried Bony away. He attempts to go past Dejan Lovren on the edge of the area, with the defender judged to have fouled him just outside the area. Lovren receives a yellow card for his troubles. Fonte also appeared to receive a caution for arguing with referee Mike Dean. Jonjo Shelvey's resulting free-kick curls just over the bar.
CHANCE (52 mins): Wayne Routledge plays Nathan Dyer in down the inside-right channel, but the winger gets his shot all wrong, drilling it well wide of the near post.
Play stops for a couple of minutes after Jose Canas catches Dani Osvaldo with a sliding tackle. The Swansea player is booked for the challenge, while Osvaldo requires treatment after going down in a heap. The striker limps off to the side of the pitch, but comes back on after a few moments. (49 mins)
Artur Boruc saves a shot at the feet of Swansea's Wilfried Bony
Saints 1 Swansea 0
CHANCE (45 mins): Nathan Dyer, so dangerous in this half, produces another brilliant cross from the right. Michu meets it about ten yards out, but plants his header straight into the grasp of the grateful Artur Boruc.
CHANCE (42 mins): A magnificent stop from Artur Boruc. Nathan Dyer swings in a cross from the right that picks out an unmarked Wilfried Bony. His header looks destined for the back of the net, but Boruc flings himself to his left to turn the ball away.
CHANCE (40 mins): Dani Osvaldo is judged to have been tripped by Wayne Routledge out on the right touchline, about 12 yards from the corner flag. Adam Lallana picks out Rickie Lambert's near post run with the resulting free-kick, but the striker's header is off target.
CHANCE (39 mins): Adam Lallana wins the ball off Wayne Routledge, and chips a clever pass towards Steven Davis 20 yards out. He tries a first-time side-footed volley, but the shot doesn't have enough on it to trouble Michel Vorm.
CHANCE (36 mins): So unlucky for Swansea. Wilfried Bony bamboozles Danny Fox and Dejan Lovren with a backheel that sets Nathan Dyer scampering away down the inside right channel. The ex-Saints winger bursts into the area, cuts onto his left foot and slams in a shot that hits the inside of the post and flies right across the face of goal, before spinning wide.
CHANCE (31 mins): Wilfired Bony collects a pass from Jonjo Shelvey just outside the area. The forward spins and fires in a low right-foot shot, but it is straight at Artur Boruc.
CHANCE (29 mins): Adam Lallana is tripped about 30 yards out, giving Rickie Lambert a sight of goal. The forward strikes a superb effort, bending the ball around the wall, but Michel Vorm dives low to his left to scramble it away.
CHANCE (26 mins): Angel Rangel gets free down the Saints left and delivers a cross to the back post that picks out Michu. His header is turned round the post by the alert Artur Boruc, who shortly afterwards has to dive to his left to tip a low Jonjo Shelvey shot from just outside the area wide.
CHANCE (24 mins): Steven Davis lays the ball back to Adam Lallana 25 yards out. He strikes a first-time shot with his left foot, which is well hit, but flies a few yards over.
SAINTS 1 SWANSEA 0 (Adam Lallana 19)
Lallana delivers a cross from the right, which Chico Flores only clears to the edge of the area. Morgan Schneiderlin nods it down to Steven Davis, who plays a wonderful first-time pass into the run of Lallana. The midfielder takes a touch and fires into the far top corner from a tight angle.
CHANCE (7 mins): Rickie Lambert flicks a clever pass through for Dani Osvaldo. He's forced into a tight angle by Chico Flores' sliding challenge, eventually firing wide at the near post.
CHANCE (5 mins): Swansea are getting a bit of early joy from pressing Saints high up the pitch. After intercepting a Victor Wanyama pass, they set up Jonjo Shelvey 25 yards out, but his low shot is straight at Artur Boruc.
Referee Mike Dean gets the match underway.
The players have emerged from the tunnel and are now going through the traditional handshakes and their final warm-up. Kick-off is just a few minutes away. Stick with us, as we will have updates for you from throughout the game, followed by reaction on the website afterwards.
The teams are out on the pitch here at St Mary's for their warm-ups. Saints will be all in red, with Swansea in their white kit. It's a glorious Sunday afternoon, which should suit the positive passing style of both teams.
Mauricio Pochettino has written about Saints' start to the season in his programme notes. Here's a snippet of what he had to say...
The league table shows us in a healthy position, but we feel as though we could be higher placed based on the performances that we have put in so far. However, there is no point getting ahead of ourselves at this stage. The fact that we are not entirely satisfied with our start shows we have the right attitude to progress, but we must not lose sight of the fact that every game in the Premier League is a challenge which we must respect.Mauricio Pochettino
Michu will wear a rugby scrum cap this afternoon against Southampton after his head injury against St Gallen on Thursday night.— @SwansOfficial 06 October 2013
Mauricio Pochettino and Michael Laudrup, who crossed swords as both players and managers during their time in La Liga, will meet again today. While Pochettino was this week talking about his future Champions League ambitions, Laudrup was giving his view that neither side will finish any higher than eighth in the Premier League this season.
One change for Saints from the side that beat Crystal Palace 2-0, as Luke Shaw misses out through illness. Danny Fox starts at left back in place of him. There is also no place on the bench for Gaston Ramirez. For Swansea, there are five changes from the team that played in the Europa League on Thursday night. Michel Vorm, Angel Rangel, Jose Canas, Nathan Dyer and Jonjo Shelvey come in, with Gerhard Tremmel, Dwight Tiendalli, Leon Britton, Jonathan de Guzman and Alejandro Pozuelo dropping out.
SAINTS: Boruc; Clyne, Fonte, Lovren, Fox; Wanyama, Schneiderlin; Lallana, Osvaldo, S Davis; Lambert.
Subs: K Davis, Hooiveld, Chambers, Rodriguez, Ward-Prowse, Cork, Do Prado.
SWANSEA: Vorm, Rangel, Amat, Flores, Davies, Canas, Shelvey, Michu, Dyer, Routledge, Bony.
Subs: Tremmel, Taylor, Pozuelo, Williams, Britton, Tiendalli, Vazquez.
Referee: Mike Dean.
PHOTO The sun shines in the south for Southampton v Swansea #SOUSWA http://t.co/djLriPWQ2G— @premierleague 06 October 2013
Saints left-back Luke Shaw is the main fitness concern today. The 18-year-old was ill during the week and, although he has now recovered, Mauricio Pochettino would not reveal whether he will be ready to play today when he addressed the media on Friday afternoon. You can read his comments by clicking here. We will find out in about 15 minutes whether Shaw does play or not.
Saints captain Adam Lallana spoke to the media this week and he discussed the impact that the club's manager, Mauricio Pochettino, has had since arriving at St Mary's in January. You can read our full piece by clicking here, but below is a snippet of what the midfielder had to say...
We want, we believe, and we feel that Southampton could be the big club, and hopefully the manager will stay for a long time. It’s a big club anyway at the minute, but if it can become a bigger club under his management that would be perfect. He’s very loyal, you can tell that by working with him. The club’s privileged to have him here, but you can tell he’s really enjoying it. He’s really enthusiastic about working, and that kind of attitude is rubbing off on all his players.Adam Lallana
Hello and welcome to today's Daily Echo blog, covering Saints' home Premier League clash with Swansea. Mauricio Pochettino's men could go third in the table with a victory this afternoon, although they will need Chelsea and Tottenham to drop points for that to happen. Saints are unbeaten so far at home this season, but faced two tough games against the Swans last season, with a 1-1 draw at St Mary's followed by a 0-0 stalemate at the Liberty Stadium. Michael Laudrup's men are coming off the back of a hard-fought 1-0 win over St Gallen in the Europa League on Thursday, so fatigue could be an issue for them. Stay with us for the build-up, team news and match updates...
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