Southampton 0-1 Swansea City: Shelvey’s late goal sees Swans earn smash and grab victory

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey scored a long range effort late in the second-half to earn the visitors are surprising victory against Southampton at St James’ Park, reports BBC Sport.

Gary Monk’s men set out to contain the Saints, and to nullify their attacking threat. The plan worked well, with the hosts struggling to carve any real scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes of the game. They will have feel their dominance in the first-half deserve a slim lead, however, and they were eventually made to pay for not scoring, with Swansea pulling off a smash and grab at St Mary’s

After the break, the game somewhat turned the way of Swansea, with the Welsh club enjoying more possession and slow working their way back into the match. Jonjo Shelvey started to have more of an influence in the game too, striking the post with an effort from distance, giving an indication for things to come.

The former Liverpool man won the game for the visitors, hitting a fierce long-range shot that had too much power and precision to beat Fraser Forster in the Southampton goal.

Saints’ top-four hopes are still alive, but they dropped points at a time where Manchester United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all have capitalised on the weekend.

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