West Brom relegated as Southampton beat Swansea

Winners and losers as huge Saints win v Swansea relegates WBA

Southampton's win confirmed West Brom's return to the English second tier after eight seasons in the top flight, with an eighth-place finish the best the Baggies managed during the 2012/13 season with Steve Clarke in charge.

Pic: ReutersSouthampton nearly certainly secured their Premier League survival after Manolo Gabbiadini's second-half goal gave them a 1-0 win over Swansea City on Tuesday that left their relegation rivals deep in the mire.

Swansea, on the other hand, need to win their final game against already relegated Stoke City and hope Huddersfield Town lose at Chelsea on Wednesday and at home to Arsenal on Sunday.

At the other end Charlie Austin was twice denied by Swans goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski.

Swansea pushed forward in numbers in the final ten minutes but they were unable to find a leveller that would have made their task on Sunday much less daunting.

If both sets of fans were wracked with nerves, the players did little to alleviate the tension, filling a cagey first half with numerous mistakes and stalled attacks.

Jordan Ayew had been Swansea's stand-out performer and he forced McCarthy into an excellent save from 20 yards within two minutes of the re-start.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg found the striker with an incisive throughball, but his angled drive towards the far corner was too close to Fabianski, who got down well.

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

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Austin and Fabianski were involved in Gabbiadini's victor.

The home crowd demanded a penalty when the ball struck Wesley Hoedt's arm, but the Saints defender was on the ground and contact was certainly not intentional.

Carlos Carvalhal's side huffed and puffed in the closing stages, but the Saints backline held firm to hold on for a win that all-but secures another season of Premier League football. - Seven of Southampton's last 11 away Premier League victories have been against sides starting the day in the relegation zone. - Swansea have failed to score in eight of their 12 Premier League clashes with Southampton, scoring just five goals in total in those matches.

The goal by Manolo Gabbiadini catapulted the Saints up to 16th in the table with this late second-half strike.

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

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