Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Southampton boss Mark Hughes thanks 'dark arts' after crucial Swansea win

Southampton boss Mark Hughes thanks 'dark arts' after crucial Swansea win

Southampton boss Mark Hughes spoke of his anger in the build-up to the match, which the Saints won 1-0 to all-but ensure their Premier League status for another season, although he later claimed the cancellation had worked in his side's favour.

Southampton saw this as foul play by the hotel in a bid to derail their squad, but it backfired, as a late Manolo Gabbiadini victor clinched three points for the visitors.

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

Southampton's Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini (C) celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Southampton at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on May 8, 2018.

Carvalhal replaced the sacked Paul Clement towards the end of 2017, just four days after losing his job at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday. Problems off the pitch added to the disappointment on it when a mid-season trip to Barcelona made the headlines for the wrong reasons.

In that campaign, West Brom were bottom of the division and eight points from safety at Christmas but recovered to survive on the final day of the season thanks to an unlikely sequence of results. This situation draws parallels with a club in Germany two seasons ago when Hoffenheim were in a similarly desperate position to the one West Brom found themselves in, albeit earlier in the season.

After Southampton beat Swansea 1-0 tonight thanks to Manolo Gabbiadini's 72nd-minute victor, the Baggies re now unable to catch 17th place on the final day of the season.

Southampton refused to comment on the incident, although their official Twitter account has now posted a quite brilliant tweet.

They now trail 17th-placed Huddersfield and 16th-placed Southampton by three points with only one game left to play, while the Terriers have a game in hand. Southampton are also on 36 points but have a goal difference of -18. The Saints' superior goal difference means it would require a 10-goal swing for them to go down.

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