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Clement salutes his Swansea after huge Southampton victory in battle for safety

Swansea 2-1 Southampton

By Mark Staniforth

Swansea recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this season as Gylfi Sigurdsson's strike saw them beat Southampton 2-1 and claim a crucial victory at the Liberty Stadium.

The home side had led through a deflected Alfie Mawson header seven minutes before the break, but were pegged back by Shane Long's near-post effort just before the hour mark.

But up popped Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to go to score his seventh league goal of the season - a second winner in 10 days after his strike against Liverpool at Anfield - and boost the Welsh club's Premier League survival hopes.

Swansea boss Paul Clement said: "A massive result for us, to back the great away win at Liverpool up with a home win in a really hard game.

"They peppered our box with crosses. We showed big character. Our second goal was fantastic, a great counter.

"The performance was so-so, the result massive. We have done more than I expected. Since the heavy loss to Arsenal we have taken one or two really important games."

Southampton chief Claude Puel said: "We had a good second half but perhaps it was too late.

"We cannot take a positive when you lose a game.

"All the players can have a recovery. It was not sufficient for us in the same half without a good concentration and application of our football.

"The second half was a good reaction, a good try but they played clinically tonight and have been rewarded."

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