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Sunday, 11 November 2012

Southampton 1 - Swansea 1

70 minutes in to this game, I had the feeling that this blog was going to be a fairly sombre affair, comparing the performances against Man C, Liverpool and Chelsea with a defeat to Southampton and how we still hadn't scored an away goal since the 5 v QPR.

Nathan Dyer's superb finish however means that everything's far more relaxed and there's still a sizeable gap between Swansea and the bottom 3.

Overall, Southampton had 16 attempts compared to Swansea's 7, the second half in particular belonged to Southampton with 11 attempts:
Shots by side, Swansea with 3 in 1st half and 4 in 2nd
It was a busy day in particular for Ashley Williams, who made 22 clearances in total, twice as many as the next player (Rangel) and more than the entire Southampton team.
Overall, Swansea made 54 defensive clearances to Southampton's 17
Aerial duels were a bit of a mixed bag with Rangel winning 5 of his 8 and Michu 4 of his 7 (I don't have the stats to hand but I'd expect that Michu wins a far greater percentage of aerial duels than Danny Graham).
With regard to take-ons, Swansea were successful with 3 of 13 attempts compared to Southampton who had 6 successful from 13.
Swans Aerial Duels and Take-ons.  Pablo successful with just 1 of 7 attempted take-ons
Overall, not a great performance but a huge result, more for the two points less for Southampton than the one for us.  I think the squad has it in it to finish around 12th-14th but until we're mathematically safe, keeping the bottom three as far away as possible is the main concern.


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