West Brom relegated after Southampton beats Swansea 1-0

by Steven Clarke May 9, 2018, 1:12
West Brom relegated after Southampton beats Swansea 1-0

Victor really takes all tonight and that should be the message to all the players when Swansea City entertain Southampton at the Liberty stadium, later this evening in a big relegation match.

Huddersfield have a game in hand but face daunting fixtures against Chelsea and Arsenal.

Swansea now appear most likely to join Stoke and West Brom in the second tier, with defeat leaving them third bottom and three points shy of both Saints and Huddersfield Town.

Gabbiadini had only been on the pitch for four minutes and it was only his fifth goal of a hard season for the Italian.

"Now we don't have the things in our hands - it is the reality but let's see what happens. We are depending on others".

West Brom did well just to survive this long, with relegation looking a certainty for months until Darren Moore took over as caretaker manager in early April in place of the fired Alan Pardew.

But it leaves West Brom five points adrift of the safety zone with one match to play. The side needed a draw between Swansea and Southampton to keep alive its faint hopes, but Gabbiadini put paid to that. Yet Carvalhal is convinced that home advantage will make all the difference in turning around this parlous situation with Swansea enjoying their last two matches at the Liberty Stadium against Southampton and doomed Stoke on Sunday.

The Italy striker has been used mostly as a substitute in recent months and he came off the bench again in the 68th minute against Swansea, with Southampton heading toward an unsatisfactory draw.

Austin was guilty of wasting another chance when he headed straight at Fabianski but he was the architect of the only goal.

Southampton manager Mark Hughes celebrated wildly with his players on the field, a release of emotion for a coach who was facing being partly responsible for two clubs getting relegated.

"At the end of the game all the lads had the feeling we deserved a bit more", the Swansea boss said. "I thought they were huge tonight". "We must react very fast because we have a game on Sunday".

Southampton instead stayed at the Vale of Glamorgan which will increase their travel time for tonight's game. The team has scored just twice in eight games.

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