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Fulham 1-2 Swansea City

Jonjo Shelvey came off the bench to secure Swansea's first win in six matches and leave Fulham in the Premier League relegation zone.

Captain Scott Parker notched his first goal for Fulham with a curling effort to cancel out Aaron Hughes's own goal.

But Shelvey netted the winner when he made space on the edge of the area late on and fired past Maarten Stekelenburg.

The defeat adds pressure on Fulham boss Martin Jol, with some fans calling for his sacking after the final whistle.

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Defeat feels terrible - Jol

Hughes's own goal on 56 minutes summed up a frustrating opening to the season for Fulham and their manager Jol, who has been criticised for their poor position.

His side have now lost eight of their 12 league matches and the presence of recently-appointed head coach Rene Meulensteen alongside him in the dugout could not improve the Cottagers's downward momentum.

Despite their opponents lowly form, Swansea came into the fixture just two points better off in what has been their worst start to a season in the top flight.

Without the influence of Spaniards Michu and Pablo Hernandez, the Welsh side could only draw 3-3 at home with Stoke in their last outing, but Shelvey's solo strike brought to an end what their manager Michael Laudrup had called a "difficult time".

The former Liverpool player weaved an opening with 10 minutes remaining and lifted the ball into the top corner from 18 yards to give his side the points at the end of an entertaining second-half.

The man he replaced, Nathan Dyer, had the Swans' best opening of the first period, but smashed against the legs of Stekelenburg from a narrow angle in added time.

A Roland Lamah deflected effort had rooted the Dutch keeper to the spot earlier in the game, only for the ball to roll wide, but it was Fulham's Darren Bent who missed the half's golden chance.

He volleyed against the post from the centre of the area after pouncing on a long ball and when Hughes bundled De Guzman's cross into his own net on 56 minutes, Bent's error was compounded.

Fulham have now conceded the first goal in nine of their 12 league fixtures, but Parker, who was captain for the first time, lead the response.

His curler from 18 yards may well have been meant as a cross, but his first goal since joining from Tottenham looked significant going into the last quarter.

Stekelenburg denied Wilfried Bony with a smart low save as the visitors, typically confident in possession, looked most likely to net the winner.

And Shelvey, introduced on the hour, made the difference with a quality strike before almost adding a third late on when he rounded Stekelenburg, only for Steve Sidwell to make a last-ditch tackle.

Fulham rallied, but could not trouble Michel Vorm and have now scored just once on their last seven home league games at Craven Cottage.

Fulham manager Martin Jol:

"Darren Bent could have scored a hat-trick and we should have been up but it didn't happen and the own goal we scored was tough on us as we could have been up at half-time.

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Swansea stuck to their guns - Laudrup

"If you don't score, you can't win games. They had players missing and we had the chance to beat them. You have to take the opportunities in this league and we didn't.

"All the hard work we've done in the last two weeks we haven't built on today. I want the fans to realise that Swansea are a good team and we were unfortunate. A win would have put us above them and it was close."

Swansea manager Michael Laudrup:

"Another win away is always difficult wherever you play and especially this time. It was so important for us today. Apart from that though we played very well and I think it was well deserved.

"In difficult moments, it is important to get points and we kept our way of playing. It's not always easy when you have added pressure so I have to congratulate the team.

"We scored good goals and we had chances for more but even without looking through biased eyes, we deserved it."

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Line-ups

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 22Zverotic
  • 15Richardson
  • 23BoatengBooked at 19minsSubstituted forSidwellat 60'minutes
  • 18HughesBooked at 62mins
  • 35Amorebieta
  • 8KasamiBooked at 30mins
  • 28ParkerSubstituted forTaarabtat 86'minutes
  • 39Bent
  • 9Berbatov
  • 10RuizSubstituted forKacaniklicat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Senderos
  • 7Sidwell
  • 11Kacaniklic
  • 13Stockdale
  • 19Taarabt
  • 24Dejagah
  • 45Dembele

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22Rangel
  • 33DaviesBooked at 72mins
  • 21Cañas
  • 4Chico
  • 6Williams
  • 12DyerSubstituted forShelveyat 59'minutes
  • 20De Guzmán
  • 10Bony
  • 24PozueloSubstituted forAlvaroat 90+3'minutes
  • 14LamahSubstituted forTiendalliat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 7Britton
  • 8Shelvey
  • 19Tiendalli
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Alvaro
Referee:
Andre Marriner
Attendance:
25,258

Match Stats

Home TeamFulhamAway TeamSwansea
Possession
Home37%
Away63%
Shots
Home9
Away21
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home8
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Fulham 1, Swansea City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Swansea City 2.
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Steve Sidwell (Fulham).
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro replaces Álex Pozuelo.
Ben Davies (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Elsad Zverotic (Fulham).
Attempt saved. Darren Bent (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Elsad Zverotic with a cross.
Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chico.
Foul by José Cañas (Swansea City).
Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Dwight Tiendalli replaces Roland Lamah.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Adel Taarabt replaces Scott Parker.
Attempt blocked. Steve Sidwell (Fulham) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is blocked. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Swansea City 2. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Roland Lamah.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Alexander Kacaniklic replaces Bryan Ruiz.
Attempt saved. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Booking

Ben Davies (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).
Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.
Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pajtim Kasami (Fulham).
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Scott Parker (Fulham) because of an injury.
Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Roland Lamah.

Goal!

Goal! Fulham 1, Swansea City 1. Scott Parker (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Bryan Ruiz following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Booking

Aaron Hughes (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aaron Hughes (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Steve Sidwell replaces Derek Boateng.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jonjo Shelvey replaces Nathan Dyer.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.

Goal!

Own Goal by Aaron Hughes, Fulham. Fulham 0, Swansea City 1.
Álex Pozuelo (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Angel Rangel.
Attempt blocked. Ben Davies (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.
Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Angel Rangel.
Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).
Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Roland Lamah (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ben Davies.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

Second Half

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Swansea City 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Fulham 0, Swansea City 0.
Foul by Roland Lamah (Swansea City).
Elsad Zverotic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt saved. Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Álex Pozuelo.
Attempt missed. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Angel Rangel with a cross.
Foul by Ashley Williams (Swansea City).
Derek Boateng (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
goal

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