A Jonathan de Guzman double helped ease Swansea City's relegation worries with a win that leaves Norwich City looking over their shoulders at the drop zone.

The Netherlands international blasted the Swans in front from the edge of the area before slotting home a second.

Swansea goalkeeper Michel Vorm produced a couple of fine saves as Norwich looked for a way back into the game.

But Wayne Routledge's low finish sealed victory to move the Swans above the Canaries in the Premier League table.

Canaries clipped

  • Norwich have won none of their last eight Premier League away games, losing the last six in a row (W0 D2 L6)
  • However, this was their first-ever Premier League defeat by Swansea City

They are now 13th, seven points above the relegation zone, while Norwich are 15th.

With the two sides fighting for Premier League survival, it was understandably a tense atmosphere at the Liberty Stadium before kick-off, with both sets of fans aware that three points would mark a major step towards safety.

The home supporters were fully behind their side from the start as every Swansea attack and tackle was greeted with cheers, but signs of nerves were also evident as their voices fell silent every time Norwich crossed the halfway line.

Fortunately for the hosts, such attacks were infrequent as Swansea dominated the first half.

Michu, making only his second start since returning from injury, threatened during the early stages but could only fire two efforts wide of the Norwich goal.

The Spaniard lacked the kind of conviction that made him one of the Premier League's most lethal finishers last season and instead it was De Guzman who opened the scoring.

Jonjo Shelvey crossed into the box and the Canaries defence could only clear as far as De Guzman on the edge of the area and the midfielder lashed the ball home.

De Guzman and Routledge were pressing high up the pitch in support of Wilfried Bony and Michu, making it hard for Chris Hughton's side to get out of their half.

Consequently, Swansea were well in control as they continued to push forward in search of a second, which duly arrived just before the break.

De Guzman passed to Bony, who in turn back-heeled into the Dutchman's path and he clipped the ball over Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy and into the net.

Norwich nearly got back into the game straight after the break as Robert Snodgrass's powerful low shot was cleared off the line by Ashley Williams.

Ricky van Wolfswinkel, still looking for his first goal in 23 games in all competitions, then saw a header turned behind by Michel Vorm.

But Norwich's attacking threat faded as the game wore on and Routledge's low finish after latching onto Shelvey's through ball sealed the points.

Norwich boss Chris Hughton: "We find it very difficult away from home just to get that right formula.

"In a game when you're up against a team that's as good a passing team as Swansea are, you can't give them the amount of ball we gave them.

"I thought we conceded three soft goals. They showed great quality with what they have and real pace to get those goals, but it's that balancing act at the moment."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Swansea City

  • 01 Vorm
  • 22 Rangel Booked
  • 33 Davies
  • 08 Shelvey
  • 04 Chico
  • 06 Williams
  • 20 De Guzmán (Dyer - 77' )
  • 07 Britton
  • 10 Bony (Alvaro - 88' )
  • 09 Michu (Hernández - 73' )
  • 15 Routledge

Substitutes

  • 02 Amat
  • 03 Taylor
  • 11 Hernández
  • 12 Dyer
  • 21 Cañas
  • 25 Tremmel
  • 26 Alvaro

Norwich City

  • 01 Ruddy
  • 02 Martin
  • 23 Olsson
  • 08 Howson (Johnson - 45' Booked )
  • 24 R Bennett
  • 05 Bassong
  • 07 Snodgrass
  • 27 Tettey Booked
  • 09 van Wolfswinkel (Hooper - 73' )
  • 16 Elmander
  • 14 Hoolahan (Gutiérrez - 45' )

Substitutes

  • 03 Whittaker
  • 04 Johnson
  • 11 Hooper
  • 13 Bunn
  • 15 Gutiérrez
  • 19 Becchio
  • 22 Redmond
Ref: Jonathan Moss
Att: 20,371

Match Stats

Shots

16 8

On target

7 4

Corners

7 4

Fouls

15 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +3:02 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0.

90:00 +2:35

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +2:35

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

90:00 +1:09

Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:09

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

89:11

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

89:11

Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro Vázquez replaces Wilfried Bony.

86:39

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

86:39

Gary Hooper (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:25

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

83:25

Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

81:49

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

81:11

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

79:46

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

79:46

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

78:15

Attempt saved. Pablo Hernández (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

77:44

Attempt blocked. Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Hooper.

76:47

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

76:47

Ryan Bennett (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:02 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.

74:50 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

72:48 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Michu.

72:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Gary Hooper replaces Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

72:00

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Leon Britton following a set piece situation.

71:01

Michu (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:01

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

70:16

Attempt blocked. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

68:13

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

67:09

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

67:09

Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:52

Attempt blocked. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Wayne Routledge.

64:57

Attempt saved. Johan Elmander (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

64:19

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

64:19

Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

63:24

Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán following a fast break.

63:03

Attempt blocked. Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:35

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chico.

62:31

Attempt blocked. Russell Martin (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass.

61:52 Booking

Booking Angel Rangel (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:47

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

61:47

Martin Olsson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

60:09

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

60:09

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:41

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Johan Elmander.

59:29

Attempt blocked. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

58:39 Booking

Booking Alexander Tettey (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:35

Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

58:35

Foul by Alexander Tettey (Norwich City).

56:47 Booking

Booking Bradley Johnson (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

56:42

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:42

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

55:00

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Russell Martin.

53:14

Offside, Swansea City. Leon Britton tries a through ball, but Jonathan De Guzmán is caught offside.

51:55

Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán.

50:26

Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

50:26

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

49:40

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Michu.

48:00

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Ben Davies.

47:13

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

47:13

Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

46:14

Michel Vorm (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:14

Foul by Jonás Gutiérrez (Norwich City).

46:11

Attempt saved. Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Robert Snodgrass with a cross.

45:39

Attempt blocked. Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ricky van Wolfswinkel with a headed pass.

45:00

Second Half begins Swansea City 2, Norwich City 0.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Jonás Gutiérrez replaces Wes Hoolahan.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Norwich City. Bradley Johnson replaces Jonny Howson.

45:00 +1:11 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Swansea City 2, Norwich City 0.

45:00 +0:32

Attempt missed. Martin Olsson (Norwich City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

43:05

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Russell Martin.

41:09

Michu (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

41:09

Foul by Johan Elmander (Norwich City).

39:01

Attempt saved. Russell Martin (Norwich City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Martin Olsson with a cross.

37:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 2, Norwich City 0. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.

35:54

Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Michu.

35:19

Michu (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

35:19

Foul by Jonny Howson (Norwich City).

34:06

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

34:06

Johan Elmander (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:11

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

31:11

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Swansea City 1, Norwich City 0. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Michu.

27:42

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chico.

26:20

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Wes Hoolahan.

26:17

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michu.

25:07

Attempt blocked. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

23:13

Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey with a cross.

18:16

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chico.

16:13

Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).

16:13

John Ruddy (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:43

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

7:30

Attempt missed. Michu (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Angel Rangel.

6:35

Offside, Norwich City. Robert Snodgrass tries a through ball, but Johan Elmander is caught offside.

5:52

Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).

5:52

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:03

Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).

1:03

Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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