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Gabbiadini goal sends Saints close to safety

8 May 2018
Swansea City v Southampton

Substitute's winner at Swansea City means Saints are three points clear of the bottom three with one match to play

Southampton took a huge stride towards Premier League safety with a 1-0 win at relegation rivals Swansea City.

Manolo Gabbiadini scored a 72nd-minute winner to lift Saints three points above the bottom three and with a superior goal difference to 18th-placed Swansea. 

The hosts made the better start at Liberty Stadium but it was not until the 47th minute that Jordan Ayew forced a diving stop from Alex McCarthy.

The best chances fell to Charlie Austin, who was denied on four separate occasions by Lukasz Fabianski before Saints struck.

Shortly after coming on for defender Jan Bednarek, substitute Gabbiadini pounced on the rebound of a fifth saved Austin shot to take Mark Hughes's side up to 16th.

The result also means West Bromwich Albion, in 19th, are relegated. 

Huddersfield Town drop to 17th but can secure their PL status if they avoid defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night.

See: Swansea reportSouthampton report

Next fixtures

Swansea: 13 May v Stoke (H)
Southampton: 13 May v Man City (H)

The battle against relegation

Pos Team Pl GD Pts
16 HUD 38 -30 37
17 SOU 38 -19 36
18 SWA 38 -28 33
19 STK 38 -33 33
20 WBA 38 -25 31
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