Swansea, Saints share spoils
Southampton coach Nigel Adkins (File)
Southampton - Southampton remain stuck in the Premier League relegation zone after being pegged back by Swansea City in a 1-1 draw at St Mary's Stadium on Saturday.
Morgan Scheiderlin rewarded the hosts' dominance by breaking the deadlock in the 64th minute but a defensive mix-up allowed former Saints winger Nathan Dyer to claim an equaliser for Michael Laudrup's side.
The result was enough to take Southampton off the foot of the table at the expense of Queens Park Rangers, but the manner in which they threw away victory is unlikely to ease the pressure on manager Nigel Adkins.
Southampton had dropped to the foot of the table last weekend, but they enjoyed the best of the first half in Saturday's encounter on the English south coast.
Captain Adam Lallana forced Swansea goalkeeper Gerhard Tremmel into a save with a low shot, while Gaston Ramirez saw an effort flash wide of the post.
Ramirez also teed up Jose Fonte with a cleverly disguised free-kick, but the Portuguese defender's header back across goal was well cleared by Ben Davies.
The visitors, typically, enjoyed the greater share of possession, but their only first-half opening saw Ki Sung-yeung's shot draw a flying save from goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga.
Lallana curled over the bar shortly before half-time, while Swansea procured a sight of goal through Wayne Routledge after 56 minutes, only for the winger to fail to find the target from a central position.
Southampton remained in the ascendancy, however, and they took the lead in the 64th minute when Schneiderlin gathered Rickie Lambert's pass on his chest before steering the ball past Tremmel with his head.
A second victory of the season beckoned for Adkins' men, but the promoted side shot themselves in the foot with 17 minutes remaining.
Gazzanigga attempted to play a pass to Maya Yoshida but Dyer alertly intervened to intercept the ball before running in on goal and firing home the equaliser via the far post.