Saints pick up home win against Swansea

Southampton dominated from start to finish but only one Charlie Austin goal separated the two sides at the the full time whistle.

Saints pick up home win against Swansea
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Swansea Cty
Southampton: Forster, Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie, Romeu, Tadic, Davis, Redmond, Long.
Swansea Cty: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley, Cork, Ki, Fer, Sigurdsson, Barrow, Llorente.
SCORE: 1-0, Austin, 65'.
REFEREE: Mike Jones.
INCIDENTS: St. Mary's Stadium. Attendance: 29,087.

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Southampton, on the other hand, were fantastic going forward. Nathan Redmond was always involved and although his finishing let him down on occasion, he played well. Charlie Austin made a big impact when coming off the bench. 

Swansea did not show the same fight they showed last week against Chelsea. The away side were hardly in the game at all. 

FULL TIME! SOUTHAMPTON 1-0 SWANSEA CITY. The Saints have their first Premier League win of the season! Claude Puel has his first win in England. 

90' 4 minutes added on.

89' Naughton trips Hojbjerg as Southampton try to counter attack. Yellow card.

86' Swansea corner. Are Southampton going to be made to paid for all those missed chances?

85' Just as I was about to say Swansea weren't trying to get back into it, they go close! Llorente finds Sigurdsson as his low driven shot is parried by Forster. A fantastic save. Nervy times for Southampton.

80' Southampton substitution: Dusan Tadic replaced by Cuco Martina. 

76' Fifteen minutes remaining and Swansea trying to come back into this game. Saints still lead 1-0. 

70' Swansea finally force Forster into a save. Barrow cut inside on his left foot and drills a shot at the England keeper. 

Swansea substitution: Jefferson Montero replaces Sung-Yueng Ki. 

Francesco Guidolin needs to make changes. Nothing happening for the away side today. 

67' Austin is in fantastic form today. He combines with Tadic down the right and gets the ball back in the box but Fabianski keeps his effort out. Saints looking like they want to kill this game off.

64' GOAL SOUTHAMPTON! Austin hit the bar minutes earlier but he's finally found the net! A lovely placed cross is flicked on by a defender and Austin rifles home into the top corner. Finally a break through.

63' Apologies to any Swansea fans reading this but your side have not been at the races today. 

58' Oriel Romeu has had a quiet game but he has missed a golden chance. Tadic whips a corner in and the Spaniard heads into the ground and over. 

56' Swansea have a brief spell of possession but Barrow gives the ball away and Southampton break. Redmond has options either side but goes himself from distance and his shot is well wide.

54' Nearly an instant impact for Austin who narrowly misses the target after latching on to a cross.

Substitutions for Southampton: Shane Long and Jordy Clasie off. Charlie Austin and Emile Pierre Hojbjerg on.

Two early changes for Southampton being prepared.

Swansea being overran in midfield. Can't seem to get a hold of this game.

50' Swansea have their first attempt of the half as Gylfi Sigurdsson fires miles wide. 

Redmond and Long have played very well together today.

48' Southampton starting the second half as they ended the first. Shane Long has an effort cleared off the line before Redmond is wrongly ruled offside moments later as he teed up Long. 

Swansea struggling to muster any real threat so far.

HALF TIME. 40 minutes of no drama and 5 minutes of Southampton chances. The home side should really be ahead here. Redmond has been fantastic.

45' Swansea trying desperately to hold on before half time. This time Cedric is played down the right but he takes a poor touch and the balls run into the path of Fabianksi.

44' It's all happening now! Redmond is played through on goal, he beats a man and with the entire goal looming and Fabianski already going down, he blasts it way over. Great link up play but very poor finish. 

42' Redmond attacks down the right and with Long square across the goal, the midfielder decides to go alone and blasts over the bar. Long isn't happy!

41' Some action late on in the half. Shane Long booked for diving after going down in the penalty area... Looked like the Irishman was fouled but the ball was going out of play.

33' Redmond attacks down the left but his cross is once again blocked by Fernandez.

30' This certainly isn't a game for the neutral fan... Southampton counter attack and Redmond's passing ability means he finds Davis, who finds Tadic but the cross is blocked. Still 0-0. Saints on top.

25' Southampton having more possession and doing well when on the ball. Swansea mustering their first real threat as Llorente scuffs his effort at goal.

20' Fabianski tips Dusan Tadic's free kick over the bar. Not the best effort from the midfielder.

19' Ki fouls Redmond and Southampton have a free kick in a very dangerous position.

17'. Another chance for Southampton. Long again finds space down the left and whips in a cross but Steven Davis couldn't find the target with a header.

14'. Finally a chance! Nathan Redmond attacks down the right and finds Shane Long in space but his shot is saved by Fabianksi. The 'keeper spills the effort but two Saints attackers are offside to spare his blushes.

9'. End to end stuff so far but no real clear cut opportunities as of yet.

3'. Half chance for Swansea but their attempted shot is straight at Fraser Forster.

Kick off. We're underway at St. Mary's. 

Under ten minutes until kick-off. Can the Saints gain their first three points of the league campaign? 

TEAM NEWS: SOUTHAMPTON: Forster, Soares, Fonte, van Dijk, Bertrand, Clasie, Romeu, Tadic, Davis, Redmond, Long.

TEAM NEWS: Swansea City: Fabianski, Naughton, Fernandez, Amat, Kingsley, Cork, Ki, Fer, Sigurdsson, Barrow, Llorente.

I'll be back tomorrow to take you through all the team news before the match kicks off tomorrow afternoon!

Time will tell whether left-back Neil Taylor will regain his place in the starting XI after a bust up with coach Guidolin last weekend. The Welsh defender was clearly unhappy at being substituted early in the first half and made his feelings known when the Italian coach attempted to apologise to the player.

Swansea's record signing Borja Baston is likely to be on the bench after recovering from a thigh injury. Nathan Dyer has been ruled out with a ankle injury. The winger is likely to be out for two months. 

Jay Rodriguez hasn't started many matches this season and despite his goal in midweek, he may miss out again due to a knock he picked up on Thursday. Austin is likely to start only his third game of the season.

This is the first of seven straight Sunday afternoon fixtures for Southampton due to the Europa League. After resting a host of first team players, Puel is likely to put faith in his usual first team players tomorrow.

The clubs have met numerous times over the past few years after Swansea forged themselves as a Premier League outfit. Photo: Getty

Southampton can take pleasure when looking in the history books when it comes to this tie. The South Coast side have won five of their last six matches against Swansea, three of those wins being by a one goal margin. 

As mentioned, the draw was somewhat lucky. Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a penalty against the run of play when the Swans were trailing, before Leroy Fer tucked a shot under Thibaut Courtious after appearing to foul Gary Cahill.

Oscar battles with Leroy Fer in last weekend's tie. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Francesco Guidolin will be hoping that his players can build on their draw against Antonio Conte's men. The Welsh outfit may not have deserved the point in a game that Chelsea dominated but the fact they managed to deny Diego Costa and co. on numerous occasions does offer some hope.

The win will give the whole side confidence after what has been a difficult start to their domestic campaign. Austin, who hasn't reached the same heights as at former clubs, will hope this is the start of a goalscoring run.

Cuco Martina during Southampton's win against Sparta Prague. Photo: Getty Images

Claude Puel registered his first win as Saints manager during the week and the performance was an encouraging one. Charlie Austin got on the scoresheet twice before Jay Rodriguez added a third late on to wrap up the victory.

It's been a good week for both clubs on the pitch. Southampton kick-started their Europa League campaign with a solid 3-0 victory over Sparta Prague earlier in the week, whilst Swansea snatched a shock 2-2 draw against Chelsea. 

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