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Southampton 1-1 Swansea City

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Dyer: Scored the equalizer

Dyer: Scored the equalizer

Southampton were forced to settle for a draw against Swansea after Nathan Dyer's strike cancelled out Morgan Schneiderlin's opener.

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Swansea started brightly and enjoyed the majority of possession but Southampton soon settled into the game and had the best chances without ever really troubling Swans keeper Gerhard Tremmel.

Schneiderlin drilled the ball over the bar before Rickie Lambert volleyed straight at Tremmel.

Record Saints signing Gaston Ramirez fired narrowly wide when in a good position, but Adam Lallana came closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time, curling an effort just over the far woodwork.

At the other end, Sung-Yueng Ki saw an effort palmed away by Paulo Gazzaniga, who then spilt a corner, but luckily for the Saints keeper no Swansea player was close enough to capitalise on his error.

The half ended goalless with the Swans' build-up play amounting to little and Southampton lacking a real cutting edge.

Both sides displayed more urgency after the break and the home side eventually broke the deadlock in the 65th minute, Schneiderlin heading home from Rickie Lambert's knockdown.

They didn't have the lead for long however, the Welsh outfit levelling just nine minutes later. Dyer robbed Maya Yoshida of possession and smashed the ball into the bottom corner.

Nigel Adkins' side laboured in front of goal and it could have been worse for his side but Daniel Fox was able to deny Itay Schechter with a last-ditch tackle.

The point lifts the Saints off the bottom of the table, where they are replaced by QPR, while Swansea remain in 11th place.

Posted: 10/11/12 16:39

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