Swans v Saints Report
The Liberty Stadium
Sat 20th April 3pm
Saints travelled to the Liberty Stadium to face League Cup winners Swansea, full of hope after their recent good form.
Jay Rodriguez returned to the starting line-up in place of Gaston Ramirez. Daniel Fox kept his place in the team with Luke Shaw staying on the bench.
The game began with Saints under the cosh as Swansea showed glimpses of the form and style which has won them many admirers. Angel Rangel sent in a hard cross/shot which Luke Moore missed connecting to by a whisper.
Then Jonathan de Guzman had a fierce shot blocked by Jos Hooiveld before Luke Moore again came close to connecting with a cross, this time sent in by Nathan Dyer.
Saints were defending stoutly and slowly gaining more of a grip on play. The 14th minute saw a run down the line from Nathaniel Clyne and pass to Morgan Schneiderlin, create a chance which Jack Cork sent in only for Michel Vorn to make the first real save of the day.
With Saints now matching the Swans there was more play in midfield as both teams cancelled each other out.
Saints did have a good chance as the half hour approached when Adam Lallana was fouled by Chico Flores on the edge of the box. Rickie Lambert fired in a great shot forcing Michel Vorn into a superb flying save as he tipped the shot round the post conceding a corner.
From the corner we saw Adam Lallana jump with Vorn and with the ball falling he prodded it into the net. The goal looked good but controversially was disallowed.
Then with the first half coming to an end Rickie Lambert appeared to have been fouled just inside the box. The appeals went unheeded and the half ended all square at 0-0.
The Swans made a change at the break with Luke Moore being replaced by Wayne Routledge for the second 45.
Routledge made an immediate impression within two minutes of the action resuming. He raced down the right flank to cross for Michu, who went very close with a towering header.
The Saints remained lively at the other end though, with Lambert unfortunate not to find Lallana with a through-ball, before Cork then did exactly that, but the skipper`s shot was blocked just after he had pulled the trigger.
With Saints having more of the play as the game continued Swansea became more of a counter attacking unit. It was on one of their counters that Dyer had a great chance but his shot was saved by Maya Yoshida who cleared the shot off the line.
The game ended with no goals but it was far from being a no skills bore draw.
Jack has done far better than some of us expected since his arrival from Chelsea and this game highlighted what he brings to the park.
His team began well and we could see his footballing influence on the way Swansea played.
Saints again had to fight for the right to play and showed how much we have improved of late.
'I think we should have won but when you don't you have to accept a draw and look on the positive side. We had conceded two goals in each of our last four games and we have now kept a clean sheet.'
'It was not a very good game but we are unbeaten in six games and I am happy with the clean sheet.
'Maybe we should have won because we created the best chances but their goalkeeper made two outstanding saves.