Southampton boss Nigel Adkins will be failing the pinch after his side failed to beat Swansea at St Mary’s.

Saturday’s clash with the South Wales club was deemed as must win after Adkins held clear the air talks with chairman Nicola Cortese following Monday’s loss at West Brom.

But true to form they failed to hold onto the slender lead handed to them by Morgan Schneiderlin and have now sacrificed 13 points from winning positions.

The Swans were grateful to former Saints academy graduate Nathan Dyer for his equaliser that ended a run of three away trips without success.

After eight defeats in the last 10 games the hosts needed to somehow diffuse the tension in the stands and goal would have been the perfect remedy with Adam Lallana and Gaston Ramirez going close early on.

The visitors rarely threatened aimed a majority of their first half attacks down the right flank towards 17-year-old Luke Shaw, who became the youngest player to make a top-flight start for Southampton.

After the break the hosts started to take a semblance of control and Rickie Lambert was only denied a goal by a superb block by Sung-Yueng Ki, before Gary Monk threw himself in front of a Ramirez rasper.

But their pressure finally bore fruit as Schneiderlin did brilliantly to control Lambert’s header back across goal before nodding the ball beyond Gerhard Tremmel in the 64th minute.

However, Michael Laudrup’s side regrouped and restored parity nine minutes later as substitute Dyer stole the ball from a nervous Maya Yoshida before driving the ball across Paulo Gazzaniga and in off the post.

There were still chances for both sides to snatch a late win but Lambert twice going close with his head before Danny Fox’s denied Itay Shechter at the other end.

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