English Premiership

Shelvey shoots down Saints

2015-02-01 22:52
Jonjo Shelvey (Supplied)

Southampton - Southampton's Champions League aspirations suffered a blow as Jonjo Shelvey's long-range goal earned Swansea City a smash-and-grab 1-0 win in the Premier League on Sunday.

In a weekend when their leading Premier League rivals proved they are slowly gathering momentum, the Saints lost precious ground.

While they remain fourth, a point below third-place Manchester United, they lead Arsenal only on goal difference, and Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool are also closing in.

Shelvey's late strike was out of context with the rest of the match, but that was of no concern to Swansea, who climbed to ninth in the table.

A miserable afternoon for Southampton was rounded off by a red card shown to Ryan Bertrand for a reckless challenge.

Prior to the match, it had appeared to be a good time for Southampton to be playing Swansea. Without a win since Boxing Day and on the back of an FA Cup exit at Blackburn Rovers' hands, Swansea seemed at a crossroads.

The Welsh side have been struggling for form and with key man Gylfi Sigurdsson suspended, following on from the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City, it promised to be a testing experience for Swansea manager Garry Monk on his return to his old club.

Southampton started brightly. Nathaniel Clyne's cross found its way to James Ward-Prowse, who saw his low shot kept out by Lukas Fabianski's outstretched boot.

Swansea rarely ventured forward and were content to sit back and soak up the early pressure.

They did threaten when Bafetimbi Gomis drove just wide after collecting Shelvey's clever pass.

And while Southampton dominated possession, whenever a player from the home side threatened to break free, he was quickly surrounded by white shirts.

That was the case on the half-hour mark when Dusan Tadic could not turn Eljero Elia's cross home under pressure from Neil Taylor.

The start of the second half continued the theme of the first period. Swansea continued to sit back, with Gomis their only man in front of the ball on most occasions.

Southampton have the league's tightest defence and are the Premier League's highest scorers at home, but the game seemed destined for a stalemate until Shelvey came to life.

On the hour, the former Liverpool midfielder made room for himself and his driving run ended with a 25-yard shot that rebounded off the foot of the left-hand post.

It could have provided the spur that Southampton needed as Ward-Prowse tested Fabianski twice in quick succession, but it was Swansea who went ahead in the 83rd minute.

Picking the ball up 30 yards from goal, Shelvey neatly skirted an opponent and then rifled a right-foot shot past Fraser Forster to silence St Mary's.

Sadio Mane saw two efforts cleared off the line by Ashley Williams, but Southampton had long run out of ideas.

Bertrand's red card just moments before the final whistle for a wild challenge on Modou Barrow summed up an afternoon to forget for Ronald Koeman's hosts.

The left-back had to be dragged down the tunnel after a spat with Monk that could land him in hot water.


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Friday, 22 February 2019
Cardiff City v Watford, Cardiff City Stadium 21:45
West Ham United v Fulham, London Stadium 21:45
Saturday, 23 February 2019
Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Turf Moor 14:30
Newcastle United v Huddersfield Town, St. James' Park 17:00
AFC Bournemouth v Wolverhampton Wanderers, Vitality Stadium 17:00
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion, Stamford Bridge 14:00
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium 16:05
Manchester United v Liverpool, Old Trafford 16:05
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2018/19 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.