Sloppy Saints settle for draw

Southampton moved off the bottom thanks to a 1-1 draw at home to Swansea but were left to regret more sloppy defending.

Last Updated: 10/11/12 at 19:44 Post Comment

Nathan Dyer came off the bench to score an equaliser for Swansea against his for

Nathan Dyer came off the bench to score an equaliser for Swansea against his for

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Saints looked set for their second win of the season when Morgan Schneiderlin got on the end of a Rickie Lambert knockdown to force the ball past Gerhard Tremmel after 64 minutes.

But Nigel Adkins' men threw the lead away within 10 minutes when Maya Yoshida was unable to control a short pass from goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and Nathan Dyer pounced.

The former Southampton winger had only been introduced just before the hour mark and produced a clinical finish in off the post to get Swansea back on level terms.

Although the home side pushed for an equaliser their efforts looked tired and both sides were forced to settle for a point apiece.

Having seen his team concede the opening goal in all 10 games so far this season, Adkins had been keen to keep things solid before the break.

And while the Swans dominated possession they created little beyond a near-post drive from Ki after good trickery from the South Korean.

Indeed, Southampton had the better of the openings with Rickie Lambert a useful weapon with his knockdowns. Gaston Ramirez and Schneiderlin both fired wide when well placed.

It was no surprise when the goal came by that route. But it was even less surprising to see Saints throw the lead away and while they climb above QPR they remain in trouble in 19th.

SouthamptonTeam StatisticsSwansea City
1Goals1
01st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target3
7Shots off Target2
5Blocked Shots2
10Corners6
13Fouls13
2Offsides2
2Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
79.5Passing Success82.3
19Tackles15
73.7Tackles Success66.7
48.6Possession51.4
55.9Territorial Advantage44.1
448Total Passes485
32Total Crosses16
160Lost Balls159
64Recoveries53
41.41st Half Poss.58.6
56.22nd Half Poss.43.8

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