Swansea 2 Southampton 1: Sigurdsson's second-half strike secures win

Sigurdsson collected a pass from Luciano Narsingh on a counterattack in the 70th minute and fired home a left-foot shot.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a second-half victor as Swansea savoured a 2-1 home victory over Southampton on Tuesday that kept the Welsh side two points clear of the drop zone.

But Sigurdsson, who had been linked with a move away from the Welsh club this month, underlined his importance with his seventh goal of the season and his second vital victor in as many games having scored the clinching strike against Liverpool at Anfield.

After a shock 3-2 win at Liverpool last time out, Swansea's battle to avoid the drop is gathering momentum, while EFL Cup finalists Southampton have lost five of their last six league matches.

Alfie Mawson headed the hosts in front at the Liberty Stadium, before Shane Long levelled matters after the interval, but it is Sigurdsson who once again proved his worth in Swansea's fight for Premier League survival.

"But I would like to comment on Gylfi's work ethic. We showed big character", Clement told reporters.

Performance was so-so, the result massive.

Southampton (7-10-6) started the better side in Wales and Long lashed wide of the near post after just three minutes with Paul Clement's charges looking nervous.

"But once we got to grips with that we had a good spell in to half-time and then defended well when there were a lot of balls into our box late on".

Clement also confirmed record signing Borja Baston would not be leaving the club, despite reports linking him with a loan move to Villarreal.

Our second goal was fantastic, a great counter.

Steven Davis released Ryan Bertrand on the left and his low cross was flawless for Long who made no mistake in beating Lukasz Fabianski.

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