Swansea steal one at Southampton thanks to Shelvey strike

Published Sunday, February 1, 2015 11:52 AM by William Montero

Very few could have seen this one coming.  Swansea going to 3rd placed Southampton and stealing all three points.

Boy oh boy does Swansea miss Bony.  Throw in the Sigurdsson suspension and they had absolutely no teeth in the attack at all for almost the entire match.  It was evident that Southampton were not scared in the least bit which allowed them to send their outside backs forward at every chance putting the Swans under immense pressure.

Unfortunately, Southampton were not interested in putting them away.  Tons of possession and attack, but very few good scoring chances created.  James Ward-Prowse had the best chance of the opening 45 minutes as Nathaniel Clyne laid a perfect ball across the six that Ward-Prowse hit first time.  Fabianski was up to the task in goal though as he went down to make the smart save.

New Southampton signing Eljero Elia was once again impressive on the day showing his technical skills on the wing and giving Swansea fits.  But despite the one way traffic, Swansea were level at halftime and feeling good about their chances to steal one.

The opening 15 minutes of the second half were basically the same as the first 45.  Southampton on the front foot, but unable to unlock the Swansea defense and find the goal to take the lead.  Then out of nowhere Swansea nearly jumped in front as JonJo Shelvey fired off the post from 25 yards.  Suddenly the game was livening up a bit and a foreshadowing of what was to come.

Minutes later a long run from Swansea's Barrow earned a freekick right at the top of the Southampton penalty area.  Shelvey stepped up to take the kick. Slipped and put it straight into the wall.  Opportunity lost for sure.  At least Swansea were coming out of their shell and suddenly a game that looked to be Southampton's to win was up for grabs.  Swansea were right where they wanted to be with 20 minutes to play on the road against a top EPL side.

With 8 minutes left the most dangerous player on the day for Swansea struck.  JonJo Shelvey unleashed a blast that beat Southampton keeper Foster high to the right.  A stunning goal that led to a stunning result.  It took some massive heroics from Swansea defender Ashley Williams in the dying minutes as he blocked two off the line in quick succession to save the lead.

Southampton miss out to go third in the EPL standings and now sit with Arsenal in 4th on 42 points.  Swansea move up to 9th and have serious goals of a top 10 finish now.