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Southampton edged closer to Barclays Premier League survival after picking up a point against Swansea City.
The Saints may feel aggrieved they did not leave south Wales with all three points after Adam Lallana had an effort ruled out for handball after an error by Michel Vorm just before half-time, while Nathan Dyer went closest for the hosts as Maya Yoshida cleared his effort off the line in a game featuring few chances on goal.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are now eight points clear of the drop zone and look well-placed to secure survival.
Swansea can also look forward to another top-flight season but Michael Laudrup will be concerned that they have equalled their previous longest winless run in the Premier League of five games.
The Welsh side made a promising start, with their movement causing the visitors problems. The best early chance fell to Jonathan de Guzman. Pablo Hernandez’s pull-back fell to the Dutch international but several Southampton defenders were out quickly to block.
Luke Moore then narrowly failed to get on the end of Dyer‘s cross as Saints struggled for a foothold in the early going.
But Pochettino‘s men grew into the game, with the industrious Jack Cork forcing Vorm into the game‘s first save with a hopeful effort from the edge of the box.
Vorm made an excellent stop to deny Jay Rodriguez after 25 minutes, getting down low to hold the volley after Rickie Lambert had teed up his colleague.
The Swansea goalkeeper continued to be the busier goalkeeper and had to be at full stretch to deny Lambert his 15th goal of the season, the Dutchman tipping over a free-kick that was heading for the top corner. But the keeper blotted his copybook seconds later, failing to hold a simple Rodriguez cross for Lallana to bundle in, only for the whistle to go for handball against the Saints midfielder.
Laudrup made a change at the break, introducing Wayne Routledge for Moore and the substitution almost paid dividends two minutes after the resumption but Michu could not keep his header down from the winger’s cross.
Hernandez engineered another promising situation on the hour as he skipped past Southampton defender Nathaniel Clyne and put a teasing ball across the six-yard box but there were no white shirts lurking to tap in.
Swansea went closer still six minutes later. The ball ran away from Lallana inside his own area and Michu pounced to set up Dyer but Yoshida got himself in the right place to clear off the line.
Artur Boruc then made two excellent saves as he denied De Guzman and Dyer when the pair were in on goal and with time running out the visitors almost snatched a winner. Ki was muscled off the ball by Steven Davis but Vorm sharply held Emmanuel Mayuka’s effort, as the sides left the Liberty Stadium with a point each.
Swansea City manager Michael Laudrup:
"[The result] means we will have to get the points elsewhere. I do not know how many points we will need to stay up there. But West Ham won. At least we keep Southampton three points behind. We need four to six points.
"We have to find them somewhere and of course it will not be easy with some of the games coming up. But that is life."
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino:
“The positive side is that we got a point and didn’t concede any goals. Perhaps it wasn’t one of our best games, actually it wasn’t one of our best games, we did put in a good performance to not concede any goals but overall we were lacking the fluidity that we needed to impose our style of football.”
"I think we did have desire as well as Swansea did. Perhaps we didn’t have the fluidity we wanted but I am happy with my team and the fact they still had that desire to win the game. It wasn’t our best day but we did have the desire to win."
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|12 May 2013||v Man Utd (A)|
|19 May 2013||v Fulham (H)|
|15 Mar 2014||v Swansea (H)|