A late Jonjo Shelvey stunner gave Swansea a dramatic late victory against Southampton as Ryan Bertrand saw red for a challenge on Modou Barrow.
The home side totally dominated in terms of possession and chances but Swansea defended manfully and took the lead with just seven minutes remaining when Shelvey beat Fraser Forster with a pile driver from distance.
Bertrand then saw red for a two-footed lunge on Barrow and despite late Southampton pressure, Garry Monk’s men held out for their first win in four and first ever Premier League win against the Saints.
Defeat for Southampton is their first in six matches and only their third home loss of the season. It means they remain fourth in the table behind Manchester United whilst Swansea climb above Stoke City to ninth in the table.
6’ – GOOD SAVE FABIANSKI: Clyne crosses in to Davis only a few yards out but Fabianski sticksmakes a great reaction save with his foot to prevent Southampton from taking the lead.
13’ – SWANSEA CLOSE: Shelvey plays it in to Gomis who takes it well before firing a left-footed volley just wide of Forster’s post.
59’ – SHELVEY HITS THE POST: The midfielder surges forward and lets fly with a shot that beats Forster but comes off the post.
60’ – DOUBLE CHANCE WARD-PROWSE: His header at the far post from Tadic’s cross lacks power, as does his shot moments later that takes a slight deflection and is easy for the keeper.
83’ – GOAL! Southampton 0-1 Swansea: Shelvey again tries his luck from distance and this time catches it perfectly, beating Forster for pace into the top left corner.
87’ – DOUBLE CLEARANCE WILLIAMS: The Swans skipper twice saves his side, first clearing of the line from Mane before blocking the follow-up from the same player.
89’- BERTRAND SENT OFF: It’s a two-footed lunge that leaves the referee with little choice and Barrow leaves the field on a stretcher.
Swansea claim their first ever PL victory (home and away) against Southampton and also win their first top flight away match at Southampton.
Southampton lose for the first time in 2015 in the PL, and the first time in six matches, since 0-1 away at Burnley on 13 December.
Kyle Naughton makes his Swansea debut, after moving from Spurs. The last match he played in all competitions was at home to Partizan Belgrade on 27 November in the Europa League.
Jay Fulton makes just his second ever PL start for Swansea, his first coming away at Sunderland on 11 May 2014. He made a substitute appearance against Chelsea on 17 January.
TALKING POINT - Was it a red card?
At full speed it looked a certain sending off but when slowed down it looked like Bertrand may have got some of the ball before the player. But with both feet high and off the ground, it looked a bad one.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Ashley Williams (Swansea): A real captain’s performance. Led his defence brilliantly and saved his side with two goal line clearances.
Southampton: Forster 6, Clyne 7, Fonte 6, Yoshida 6, Bertrand 6, Reed 6, S. Davis 6, Ward-Prowse 7, Tadic 7, Elia 6, Pelle 6. Subs: Mané 7, Seager 6.
Swansea: Fabianski 6, Naughton 6, Fernandez 7, Williams 8, Taylor 7, Fulton 6, Carroll 6, Shelvey 7, Dyer 6, Emnes 6, Gomis 7. Subs: Rangel 6, Amat 6, Barrow 7.