Gabbiadini saves Southampton season

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  • West Brom relegated
  • Gabbiadini scores 73rd minute goal
  • Southampton moves 16th, three clear of Swans

Southampton won a massive relegation six-pointer on Tuesday when Manolo Gabbiadini‘s second half goal led them past Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

The win boosts Saints onto 36 points, three clear of 18th place Swans and level with 17th place Huddersfield Town. Southampton has vastly superior goal differential to both.

West Bromwich Albion was relegated in the loss.

Huddersfield Town is at Chelsea on Wednesday and home to Arsenal on Sunday. Southampton hosts Manchester City on Sunday, while Swans host Stoke City.

One point earned by Huddersfield Town from its final two matches would send Swans to the Championship.

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Jordan Ayew won a dangerous free kick early, but a 4th minute effort from 19 yards rammed into the wall.

Jordan then cued up his brother Andre inside the box, and he was defied by duel sliding tackles from Jan Bednarek and Wesley Hoedt. The ball bounded off the back of Hoedt’s arm, but (rightly) no penalty.

Swans had more of the ball, but Charlie Austin brought the next dangerous action with a break. The English striker couldn’t get enough on his shot, though, and Lukasz Fabianski collected the low drive.

Sam Clucas turned a header wide of goal in one of Swans’ best looks at an opener.

Austin was again stopped by Fabianski in the second half.

Bednarek had to be removed from the match when his goalkeeper, Alex McCarthy, punched a corner kick away and connected with the center back’s head.

Southampton broke through off a corner kick, with Austin again defied by Fabianski before Gabbiadini pushed the rebound home.

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West Brom 1-1 Swansea: Swans grab a point

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  • West Brom have 1 win in last 33 PL games
  • Darren Moore draws first game in caretaker charge
  • Swansea without a win in three

West Brom drew 1-1 with Swansea City at the Hawthorns on Saturday as they remain bottom of the table.

Jay Rodriguez gave the Baggies the lead but Tammy Abraham equalized in the second half.

West Brom remain bottom and have 21 points, nine points from safety. Swansea have 32 points from 32 games.

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A quiet first half played out at the Hawthorns as the only real chance of note was from Chris Brunt who forced Lukasz Fabianski into a fine stop.

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Ahead of half time the best chance of the first half arrived as Sam Clucas found Andre Ayew but he put his effort wide when he should have scored.

Moments before the half time whistle Rodriguez was then denied by a brilliant stop from Fabianski.

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The Baggies took the lead early in the second half as Matt Phillips‘ cross was flicked on by Salomon Rondon and Rodriguez tapped home. 1-0.

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Swansea came roaring back after they went behind and Abraham nodded home an equalizer.

The Chelsea loanee rose above Jake Livermore from Clucas’ corner to make it 1-1 and grab a point for the Swans in their relegation battle.

Carvalhal offers hilarious hospital metaphor after upset of Arsenal

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Before Christmas, Carlos Carvalhal walked away from the Sheffield Wednesday job and neither side was too bothered by his exit.

A shock hire by Swansea City, the Portuguese boss now has pulled the Welsh side out of the drop zone with a 3-1-1 record which includes last week’s win over Liverpool and now Tuesday’s win over visiting Arsenal.

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Post-match story time was wonderful on NBCSN:

“A team that was almost death (makes oxygen-gasping noise) almost ready to go to the cemetery. But I said in our analogy but we were not in intensive care but we were in the hospital. Maybe now we are near to go out of hospital. We still have our problems. The doctor still has to look after us. We are not far away to be out of hospital. This is something very good to us.”

The air-sucking sound Carvalhal make is not one you expect coming out of your television speakers, that’s to be sure, but the manager clearly knows how to get his point across to listeners.

Sam Clucas picked up an unexpected brace for Swans as he hopes to avoid being relegated in successive seasons, and laid out the details of the hosts’ result (from the BBC):

“We felt we could play a bit more, Arsenal give you a bit more time than Liverpool,” Clucas said. “Jordan Ayew has been brilliant. The last two games he’s been up there on his own. I thought we were ruthless in the second half. It’s a massive result win. Every win breeds confidence.”

The fight is long, but Swans’ plight is looking more and more like another escape to Premier League safety.

Swans 3-1 Arsenal: Massive Welsh win

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  • Cech gaffe gives Swans lead
  • Clucas nabs two goals
  • Swans in 17th with 23 points
  • Arsenal sixth, 8 behind fourth

Carlos Carvalhal, take a bow.

The Spanish coach has now led Swansea City to impressive results on the bounce, this time a 3-1 win over Arsenal at the Liberty Stadium on Tuesday.

Sam Clucas scored twice for the Swans and Jordan Ayew had a goal and an assist in leading Swans out of the drop zone.

Nacho Monreal scored Arsenal’s loan goal, as the Gunners drop eight points back of the Top Four. New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan made his debut off the bench for Arsenal.

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Swansea supporters would’ve been forgiven for writing off matches against Liverpool and Arsenal. Swans won ’em both.

Arsenal saw a pinpoint pass from Mesut Ozil set Monreal up for the opener, the German wizard registering his seventh assist of the Premier League season.

The lead was gone in a minute’s time, with Ozil this time setting up Swans for success. His giveaway allowed Alfie Mawson to slip Clucas through to an equalizer.

A Petr Cech error after the break put Swans in front for the first time, as Jordan Ayew was quick to capitalize on a mishit ball.

Ayew’s deflected cross then fell to Clucas for the completion of his brace.

Also, Ayew is the new Sigurdsson. See below:

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PL AT HALF: Palace, West Ham level; Arsenal even, Liverpool ahead

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Liverpool has just headed to the locker room with a lead, while four other Premier League clubs are re-emerging from the team rooms level at 1-1 on Tuesday.

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West Ham 1-1 Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke‘s early header (above) put the visitors on top, but Mark Noble converted a penalty won by Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez to put the midtable hopefuls level before the break.

Swansea City 1-1 Arsenal

Nacho Monreal is suddenly a multi-match goal scoring threat, but his opener was canceled out when Alfie Mawson took a Mesut Ozil turnover and fed Sam Clucas for an equalizer.

Huddersfield Town 0-2 Liverpool

Two goals, both pretty and precise.

Emre Can hit a low rocket through traffic and inside the near post as the Reds have at least temporarily arrested supporter concerns with an early lead at the John Smith’s Stadium (They really ought to convince Can to stay, you know?).

It became 2-0 just before the break when Robert Firmino squeezed a shot inside the far post from an acute angle near the end line. Hardly real from the Brazilian!