Southampton secured a record seventh Premier League win away from home after Swansea conceded a sloppy late goal in their last home game of the season.

Sam Gallagher headed wide in what was a great opportunity for the Saints, while Swansea's best chance fell for their top scorer Wilfried Bony who shot wide.

Neither team created many chances and the match seemed to be heading towards a draw until Rickie Lambert struck.

Manager decision imminent - Monk

Lambert had the last touch for the goal after a mistake by Ashley Williams.

It was a strange conclusion to a tedious match as captain Williams poked the ball over both his goalkeeper Michel Vorm and Rickie Lambert in a clumsy attempt to deal with Luke Shaw's chipped through ball.

Lambert was deemed to have had the final touch before the ball bounced over the line, though it could easily have been awarded as an own goal.

Two successive victories for Swansea prior to this match - against Newcastle and Aston Villa - had already ensured the Welsh team had avoided a relegation scrap before the final two games of the season, and they played like a team content with their lot.

Southampton were even better placed in the table prior to kick-off, having already equalled their best points haul in a 38-game Premier League season, so it was perhaps no surprise that the game failed to match the atmosphere inside the Liberty Stadium for passion and verve.

Southampton fans at the Liberty Stadium

Southampton dominated the early exchanges but the first chance fell to Swansea, with Pablo Hernandez, after good work from Bony and Jonjo Shelvey, seeing his shot parried clear by Artur Boruc.

Jonathan de Guzman fired the rebound into the stands, while Bony later header narrowly wide from a Shelvey cross.

Mauricio Pochettino's side continued to press, although they created little until the industrious Nathaniel Clyne found teenager Gallagher, who failed to keep his header on target.

Pochettino congratulates players

The striker's miss jolted Swansea into action and seconds later Bony burst into the Southampton box only to direct his shot high when he just had Boruc to beat.

After the break, the match petered out with both sides restricted to long-range efforts which failed to trouble either goalkeeper.

Michel Vorm seemed to be heading for a rare clean sheet until Williams hooked the ball towards his own goal and the alert Lambert beat the Swansea captain and Vorm to the ball to give the Saints a deserved win.

Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We were lucky because we left it quite late. I just want to congratulate the players because they did fantastic.

"It's been an amazing season. We still have three more points to go for to even surpass the record we've achieved so far.

"It's been a long, hard season but I just want to congratulate the players, all the medical staff and also the fans because they've been amazing throughout the season."

Swansea boss Garry Monk: "We found it difficult to start off with against a very good side. We had three or four really good chances that we should have scored.

"It's just a disappointment at the end. It's a poor goal and we've done that too many times and it's cost us.

"I think the chairman stated [my future] would be decided before the end the season so I imagine at some point before the end of the week an announcement would be made."

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Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 19 Tiendalli (Taylor - 77' )
  • 33 Davies
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 02 Amat
  • 06 Williams
  • 20 De Guzmán (Dyer - 66' )
  • 07 Britton
  • 10 Bony
  • 11 Hernández (Emnes - 77' Booked )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 03 Taylor
  • 12 Dyer
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 26 Alvaro
  • 27 Bartley
  • 56 Fulton
  • 57 Emnes

Southampton

  • 31 Boruc
  • 02 Clyne
  • 23 Shaw
  • 12 Wanyama
  • 06 Fonte Booked
  • 05 Lovren
  • 18 Cork (Reed - 86' )
  • 04 Schneiderlin
  • 40 Gallagher (Ward-Prowse - 78' )
  • 20 Lallana (Lambert - 62' )
  • 08 Davis

Substitutes

  • 07 Lambert
  • 16 Ward-Prowse
  • 21 Do Prado
  • 22 Chambers
  • 25 Gazzaniga
  • 26 Hooiveld
  • 38 Reed
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 20,682

Match Stats

Shots

12 17

On target

3 4

Corners

3 5

Fouls

11 5

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swansea City 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +3:31 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swansea City 0, Southampton 1.

90:00 +2:09 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 0, Southampton 1. Rickie Lambert (Southampton) with an attempt from very close range to the bottom right corner.

85:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Harrison Reed replaces Jack Cork.

83:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:16

Delay in match Jose Fonte (Southampton) because of an injury.

81:37 Booking

Booking Marvin Emnes (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:30

Jose Fonte (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:30

Foul by Marvin Emnes (Swansea City).

79:20

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

77:28 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. James Ward-Prowse replaces Sam Gallagher.

76:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Neil Taylor replaces Dwight Tiendalli.

76:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Marvin Emnes replaces Pablo Hernández.

73:39

Attempt missed. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

73:12

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left following a corner.

72:40

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Nathaniel Clyne.

71:34

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

70:57

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:57

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

67:43

Attempt saved. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

65:42 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.

65:13

Attempt missed. Steven Davis (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Morgan Schneiderlin.

64:17

Attempt blocked. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

63:03

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Jose Fonte.

61:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Southampton. Rickie Lambert replaces Adam Lallana.

61:05

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dwight Tiendalli.

59:16

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the bottom left corner.

58:38 Booking

Booking Jose Fonte (Southampton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:32

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

58:32

Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:40

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:40

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

56:34

Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

55:45

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

55:45

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

54:37

Attempt blocked. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Shaw.

52:03

Hand ball by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

51:06

Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:06

Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).

50:08

Attempt missed. Ashley Williams (Swansea City) header from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross following a corner.

49:38

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Luke Shaw.

48:35

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Southampton).

48:35

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

47:31

Foul by Jose Fonte (Southampton).

47:31

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:44

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Jordi Amat.

45:41

Attempt saved. Adam Lallana (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Cork.

45:00

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Southampton 0.

45:00 +0:12 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Southampton 0.

43:09

Foul by Luke Shaw (Southampton).

43:09

Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:40

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left following a corner.

40:38

Attempt blocked. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis with a cross.

39:57

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Dwight Tiendalli.

38:33

Offside, Southampton. Dejan Lovren tries a through ball, but Jack Cork is caught offside.

37:20

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

37:18

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Davis.

36:26

Offside, Swansea City. Ben Davies tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

35:08

Offside, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey tries a through ball, but Wilfried Bony is caught offside.

34:32

Attempt saved. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

33:41

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Pablo Hernández with a headed pass.

32:58

Attempt missed. Sam Gallagher (Southampton) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne with a cross.

31:00

Sam Gallagher (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:00

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

29:04

Attempt blocked. Victor Wanyama (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

27:43

Corner, Southampton. Conceded by Ben Davies.

24:29

Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton) wins a free kick on the right wing.

24:29

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

21:49

Adam Lallana (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

21:49

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

21:03

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:03

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

19:02

Attempt missed. Dejan Lovren (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

18:07

Sam Gallagher (Southampton) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:07

Foul by Jordi Amat (Swansea City).

14:30

Attempt missed. Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Shaw with a cross.

11:35

Attempt blocked. Jack Cork (Southampton) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Lallana.

11:01

Luke Shaw (Southampton) wins a free kick on the left wing.

11:01

Foul by Dwight Tiendalli (Swansea City).

9:30

Attempt blocked. Luke Shaw (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:24

Attempt blocked. Steven Davis (Southampton) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

7:32

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

7:00

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

5:49

Attempt missed. Adam Lallana (Southampton) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Davis.

4:39

Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

4:37

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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