Winger Wayne Routledge scored a brace after top-scorer Michu's early opener as Swansea took West Brom apart.

Michu took his goal tally to eight from close range and Routledge deflected in after Jonas Olsson failed to clear, before netting a sublime second.

On-loan striker Romelu Lukaku smashed in for West Brom just before half-time.

Routledge at the double

It was the first time that Wayne Routledge has scored twice in a Premier League game

The away side failed to produce any clear cut chances in the second half, as Spaniard Michu came close to adding another late on.

West Brom's superb start to the season was blown away by a Swansea performance that saw them outpass and outclass their opponents.

Manager Steve Clarke has been receiving plaudits for the way he has started his managerial career and the Baggies had been tipped for a European competition spot after their impressive start. But on this form, the Scot will need to re-evaluate his side's chances of a top six finish in May.

Laudrup delights in Swansea display

On the other hand, Michael Laudrup's men have suffered just one defeat in their last eight league games, and look well set to build on their excellent debut season in the Premier League.

Pablo Hernandez, a summer signing from Valencia, was central to everything the Swans created, typifying the team's ethos; calm, collected and extremely comfortable every time he was in possession.

The home side started brightly with their crisp, passing style of play, a pattern that continued throughout the first half.

Spaniard Hernandez linked up with Michu early on and the Swans forward struck the foot of the post.

Swansea's first half flurry

Swansea last scored a goal in the opening 45 minutes of a match against Sunderland on 1 September, before netting three in the first half against West Brom

It was the same combination that gave the home side the lead, as Nathan Dyer's cross was knocked back by Hernandez for a simple tap-in for Michu.

And their blistering start enabled them to make it two within the opening 11 minutes. Hernandez's trickery was West Brom's undoing as he skipped past two defenders before laying on for Routledge who bundled home after Olsson's attempted clearance.

After winning their previous four games, West Brom were in unfamiliar territory. Lukaku was stranded up front on his own and Peter Odemwingie could only fire a shot towards Gerhard Tremmel's goal out of frustration.

West Brom must take defeat 'on the chin'

Swansea went further ahead with Hernandez involved yet again, laying on Ben Davies. The left-back found Routledge, who nonchalantly struck a first-time finish with the outside of his foot.

Having created nothing all half, West Brom somehow managed to get back into the game on the stroke of half time with an emphatic finish from Lukaku after Chris Brunt's corner.

The visitors attempted to claw their way back into the match but came up against a resolute Swansea defence.

In fact, it was Swansea who should have extended their lead as Michu flashed a header wide, before stinging the palms of Boaz Myhill.

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"The first half was one of the few times as a manager that you are just watching the game, it was a delightful, it was fantastic.

"We also saw the quality and attitude but the mental part is important too because they scored late in the first half.

"It was a great team performance and I don't want to single out any individual performance.

"Everybody was great to watch. We have the momentum and we want to keep it now."

West Brom manager Steve Clarke:

"We started slowly and got punished, and got punished by the better team. We did not get out of the blocks.

"At 3-0 down you are a long way from getting anything from the game.

"The goal gave us a glimmer of hope but we move on to the next game now.

"Swansea are a really good team and we knew it would be difficult and they proved that."

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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Swansea 3-1 West Brom FT
(HT 3-1)
  • Michu 9
  • Routledge 11
  • Routledge 39
  • Lukaku 45+3

Swansea

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: MasonAtt: 20,377
SWANSEA
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Swansea 53%
  • West Brom 47%

Attempts on target

  • Swansea 8
  • West Brom 2

Attempts off target

  • Swansea 5
  • West Brom 4

Corners

  • Swansea 5
  • West Brom 2

Fouls

  • Swansea 10
  • West Brom 16
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:00 The referee signals the end of the game.
  • 90:00+2:13 Direct free kick taken by Ben Davies.
  • 90:00+2:13 Booking Billy Jones goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 90:00+2:03 Unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge by Billy Jones results in a free kick.
  • 88:35 The assistant referee flags for offside against Sung-Yeung Ki. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 87:07 Luke Moore takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
  • 84:50 Chico produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 84:50 Substitution Kemy Agustien replaces Miguel Michu.
  • 84:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Claudio Yacob.
  • 82:43 Claudio Yacob gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Moore. Free kick taken by Jonathan de Guzman.
  • 81:41 Luke Moore is caught offside. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 79:36 Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:38 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Leon Britton, the ref awards a free kick. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.
  • 76:13 Romelu Lukaku is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Chico.
  • 75:43 Centre by Billy Jones, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.
  • 73:26 Strike comes in from Sung-Yeung Ki from the free kick.
  • 73:26 Substitution (Swansea) makes a substitution, with Jonathan de Guzman coming on for Pablo Hernandez.
  • 73:26 Chris Brunt challenges Leon Britton unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 73:02 Miguel Michu takes a shot. Boaz Myhill makes a save.
  • 71:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Olsson by Luke Moore. Liam Ridgewell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 70:21 The ball is crossed by Pablo Hernandez, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by Miguel Michu misses to the right of the target.
  • 69:47 Inswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki, save by Boaz Myhill.
  • 69:14 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Hernandez, Billy Jones manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:05 Pablo Hernandez crosses the ball, Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
  • 67:28 Claudio Yacob gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Michu. Direct free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 66:52 The ball is sent over by Angel Rangel, Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
  • 65:46 Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 64:15 Free kick awarded for a foul by Miguel Michu on Youssouf Mulumbu. Direct free kick taken by Claudio Yacob.
  • 63:13 Indirect free kick taken by Gerhard Tremmel.
  • 63:13 Substitution Luke Moore replaces Nathan Dyer.
  • 63:13 Peter Odemwingie is ruled offside.
  • 62:46 Foul by Miguel Michu on Gareth McAuley, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • 61:52 James Morrison fouled by Ashley Williams, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 61:16 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Hernandez from the right by-line, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 61:06 The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Liam Ridgewell gets a block in.
  • 59:19 The ball is crossed by Liam Ridgewell.
  • Correction - 58:02 The ball is crossed by Romelu Lukaku, Ashley Williams makes a clearance.
  • 58:02 Romelu Lukaku produces a cross, Angel Rangel makes a clearance.
  • 56:25 Inswinging corner taken by Chris Brunt from the right by-line.
  • 56:13 James Morrison delivers the ball, Ben Davies gets a block in.
  • 54:46 Drilled left-footed shot by Peter Odemwingie. Ben Davies gets a block in.
  • 52:53 Wayne Routledge takes a shot. Jonas Olsson gets a block in.
  • 51:04 Free kick taken by Chico.
  • 51:04 Booking Jonas Olsson booked.
  • 50:55 Jonas Olsson concedes a free kick for a foul on Angel Rangel.
  • 49:29 Miguel Michu is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Gareth McAuley.
  • 48:55 Unfair challenge on Miguel Michu by Jonas Olsson results in a free kick. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
  • 48:26 Effort on goal by Chris Brunt from 35 yards cleared the target.
  • 46:57 Shot from close in by Romelu Lukaku misses to the left of the goal.
  • 45:56 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Gareth McAuley. Chico takes the free kick.
  • 45:11 Sung-Yeung Ki concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Odemwingie. Free kick taken by Liam Ridgewell.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:38 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+2:23 Chris Brunt provided the assist for the goal.
  • 45:00+2:23 GOAL - Romelu LukakuSwansea 3 - 1 West Brom Romelu Lukaku fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 3-1 West Brom.
  • 45:00+2:01 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Chris Brunt,
  • 45:00+1:06 The official flags Wayne Routledge offside. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 44:56 Ashley Williams takes the direct free kick.
  • 44:56 Booking The referee shows Chris Brunt a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 44:47 Unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Chris Brunt results in a free kick.
  • 43:42 Pablo Hernandez crosses the ball.
  • 41:06 The ball is crossed by Angel Rangel, Gareth McAuley makes a clearance.
  • 38:15 The assist for the goal came from Ben Davies.
  • 38:15 GOAL - Wayne RoutledgeSwansea 3 - 0 West Brom Goal scored by Wayne Routledge from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Swansea 3-0 West Brom.
  • 37:24 The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, Gerhard Tremmel makes a save.
  • 36:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Miguel Michu. Indirect free kick taken by Jonas Olsson.
  • 35:42 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Pablo Hernandez from the right by-line, Liam Ridgewell manages to make a clearance.
  • 35:07 Corner taken right-footed by Pablo Hernandez, Chico takes a shot. Blocked by Billy Jones.
  • 34:38 Pablo Hernandez takes a shot. Blocked by Gareth McAuley.
  • 29:29 Peter Odemwingie concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Davies. Ben Davies takes the free kick.
  • 28:54 Peter Odemwingie has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.
  • 27:45 Sung-Yeung Ki challenges James Morrison unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth McAuley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:28 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Wayne Routledge. Direct free kick taken by Leon Britton.
  • 19:47 Romelu Lukaku challenges Chico unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Chico.
  • 19:04 Sung-Yeung Ki has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 17:43 Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Free kick crossed by Pablo Hernandez, clearance made by Chris Brunt.
  • 16:52 Miguel Michu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on James Morrison. Claudio Yacob takes the direct free kick.
  • 16:27 The ball is swung over by Angel Rangel.
  • 14:52 Nathan Dyer is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Boaz Myhill.
  • 13:32 Unfair challenge on Pablo Hernandez by Billy Jones results in a free kick. Leon Britton takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:59 Free kick taken by Leon Britton.
  • 12:59 Booking Booking for Gareth McAuley for unsporting behaviour.
  • 12:49 Gareth McAuley challenges Wayne Routledge unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 10:57 Assist by Pablo Hernandez.
  • 10:57 GOAL - Wayne RoutledgeSwansea 2 - 0 West Brom A goal is scored by Wayne Routledge from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 2-0 West Brom.
  • 8:17 Pablo Hernandez provided the assist for the goal.
  • 8:17 GOAL - Miguel MichuSwansea 1 - 0 West Brom Miguel Michu finds the net with a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Swansea 1-0 West Brom.
  • 2:50 Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Boaz Myhill takes the free kick.
  • 2:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Liam Ridgewell. Angel Rangel restarts play with the free kick.
  • 1:21 Shot from close range by Miguel Michu strikes the post.
  • 0:00 The match gets underway.

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