Southampton 0 Swansea 1: Player ratings as Jonjo Shelvey strikes

Player ratings as Jonjo Shelvey's stunning goal hands the Swans victory at St Mary's

By Brett Curtis

Southampton

Fraser Forster Avoided a scare in second half when, sliding to prevent a corner, he inadvertently played it straight to Neil Taylor who failed to punish. Got a hand to Shelvey’s winner. 6/10

Nathaniel Clyne His rampaging runs and low crosses provided a major headache for Swansea in the first-half, when he found Ward-Prowse six yards from goal, but he was strangely subdued in the second-half. 7

Jose Fonte Unquestionably the authoritative member of Southampton’s back-line, the opposition had little joy down his side. Strides forward well in possession, too, but his lack of pace makes him vulnerable to counter-attacks. 6

Maya Yoshida Dealt well with the taller Gomis aerially, but looked uncomfortable when directly ran at. 6

Ryan Bertrand Does not quite offer Clyne’s explosiveness but carries and uses the ball well and was always an attacking outlet nonetheless. Sent off late on for a two-footed challenge. 6

Steven Davis Tasked with the deepest-lying role in Southampton’s midfield, his acceleration helped his side progress into the final third and his passing was as consistent as ever. A hard-worker too, although he may be slightly disappointed with his failure to get touch-tight to Shelvey for Swansea’s winner. 7

Harrison Reed Industrious and never gave the ball away, he did everything that could be reasonably expected of a youngster on his third league start. Will likely need to contribute more going forwards in future, however. 6

James Ward-Prowse Missed a gilt-edged early chance from Clyne’s cross and, while tidy, he needs to do more direct damage to opponents to live up to his considerable hype. 5

Dusan Tadic Bright as ever in his interplay with Clyne, but his final ball was lacking, and he was almost anonymous in the second-half. 6

Eljero Elia Gave his side natural width, producing several dangerous crosses, but often played on the fringes of proceedings. 6

Graziano Pelle His touch is faultless but he is currently showing plenty of the signs – in particular, dropping too deep – of a man shy of confidence in front of goal, most notable when blazing high in the final minute. 6

Substitutes

Saido Mane Undoubtedly provided an attacking spark after replacing Reed just after the hour-mark, with his presence behind Pelle providing a more direct threat. Should have scored late on, however. 6

Swansea

Lukasz Fabianski Saved well from Ward-Prowse’s tame effort but it is difficult to think of another telling contribution he made to the match, such was Southampton’s failure to create clear chances. 6

Kyle Naughton Making his debut for his new club, the 26-year-old had a decent enough game, providing a steady presence in defence. Subbed late on when Elia was causing problems. 6

Federico Fernandez Remains a consistent presence in Swansea’s back-line and something of a transfer coup. Dealt with Pelle well. 7

Ashley Williams A fine game from the captain, with his late goal-line clearance from Mane’s chip ensuring the three points were his side’s. He reads the game and covers space superbly. 7

Neil Taylor Combative as ever, he had a tough time with Tadic and Clyne in the first-half but grew into the match. 6

Jay Fulton Looked hesitant in midfield at times on his first league start since the final game of last season, with his passing safe and yet still occasionally astray. 5

Tom Carroll Appeared to relish his increased midfield authority, consistently giving his side impetus from deep with his clever passing and forward movements. Classy player. 7

Jonjo Shelvey The best player on the pitch, Shelvey’s counter-attacking role behind Gomis suited him down to the ground. His direct running, passing and shooting impressed all match, and ultimately proved the difference between the sides when his rapturous strike beat Forster late on. 8

Nathan Dyer Is not the same player of a year or two ago, although was perhaps hindered by Emnes’ injury, which meant he moved to a left-midfield position which does not suit his natural game. Worked tirelessly, though. 6

Marvin Emnes Subbed in the 15th minute due to injury. N/A

Bafetimbi Gomis A mixed bag. Two half-chances were not buried and his touch was occasionally heavy, but he linked well with Shelvey and his mobility makes him a weapon on the counter-attack. 6

Substitutes

Mo Barrow Worked hard and his running occasionally gave the Southampton defence issues, winning a couple of free-kicks, but appears to lack decisive quality. 6

Angel Rangel Brought on for Naughton late on. N/A

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