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Swansea City 2-0 Fulham

Jonjo Shelvey of Swansea City celebrates scoring the opening goal

Swansea ended a run of eight Premier League games without a win to climb clear of the relegation struggle and leave Fulham deep in trouble.

Jonjo Shelvey and Chico Flores scored the goals, both aided by wicked deflections past Maarten Stekelenburg.

Shelvey had already hit the bar before his shot struck two defenders en route to the net, while Flores's flicked header went in off Dimitar Berbatov.

Swansea jump to 10th while Fulham languish a point above the drop zone.

Although the two goals conceded could be considered unfortunate, the Cottagers have now let in 50 - comfortably the worst defensive record in the division.

An approach for Leicester defender Liam Moore has been rebuffed in a quiet transfer window for the Londoners, whose only addition of note is the arrival of former player Clint Dempsey on a two-month loan from Seattle Sounders.

Swansea have been equally restrained, adding David Ngog from Bolton although there was no place for the former Liverpool forward against Fulham.

Instead, Michael Laudrup's ranks were swelled by the return from injury of midfielders Jonathan de Guzman and Shelvey - who scored the winner the last time these two sides met - and Nathan Dyer, who was named on the bench.

Given both teams' recent inability to keep a clean sheet, it was something of a surprise that there were no goals in the first period to entertain a full house at the Liberty Stadium.

Wilfried Bony looped a header over, before Shelvey crashed a shot off the Fulham crossbar after being picked out by Pablo Hernandez.

Fulham had good chances, too, Brede Hangeland sent Kieran Richardson's free-kick just over, Ashkan Dejagah contrived to head Alexander Kacaniklic's cross straight at Gerhard Tremmel, while Dempsey also worked the Swans goalkeeper.

Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen

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Fulham got done - Meulensteen

Stekelenburg in the Fulham goal was called into serious action for the first time soon after the restart, clawing away Flores' header before diving left to field De Guzman's shot.

That persuaded Laudrup to turn the screw, sending on Dyer in place of Hernandez for his first action since being injured on 15 December.

The winger had an immediate impact by teeing up Shelvey for the opening goal, although the ball took a double deflection off Steve Sidwell and Hangeland.

It took a flying stop by Stekelenburg to prevent De Guzman doubling Swansea's lead as the home side continued to dominate.

But with 15 minutes remaining the Fulham keeper was fooled again as Berbatov got the final touch after Flores flicked on De Guzman's free-kick.

Rene Meulensteen sent on Marcus Bent for Dejagah in an effort to rescue something for Fulham and the striker did bring a good low save out of Tremmel.

But it was a rare moment of concern for Swansea who are now looking relatively comfortable in mid-table, while the gloom continues to gather around Fulham.

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Line-ups

Swansea

  • 25Tremmel
  • 22Rangel
  • 33Davies
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forPozueloat 88'minutes
  • 4Chico
  • 6Williams
  • 11HernándezSubstituted forDyerat 58'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 10BonyBooked at 90mins
  • 8ShelveySubstituted forAmatat 79'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 12Dyer
  • 13Cornell
  • 14Lamah
  • 24Pozuelo
  • 26Alvaro

Fulham

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 27Riether
  • 15RichardsonBooked at 75mins
  • 7Sidwell
  • 5Hangeland
  • 33Burn
  • 24DejagahSubstituted forBentat 59'minutes
  • 28Parker
  • 9BerbatovSubstituted forTankovicat 83'minutes
  • 32DempseySubstituted forDuffat 71'minutes
  • 11Kacaniklic

Substitutes

  • 13Stockdale
  • 16Duff
  • 18Hughes
  • 20Rodallega
  • 37Christensen
  • 39Bent
  • 43Tankovic
Referee:
Michael Oliver
Attendance:
20,004

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away8
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 2, Fulham 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 2, Fulham 0.
Attempt missed. Muamer Tankovic (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ben Davies.

Booking

Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Alexander Kacaniklic is caught offside.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Ashley Williams.
Attempt blocked. Darren Bent (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.
Leon Britton (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álex Pozuelo replaces Jonathan De Guzmán.
Foul by Wayne Routledge (Swansea City).
Damien Duff (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Angel Rangel.
Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Scott Parker.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Muamer Tankovic replaces Dimitar Berbatov.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Dan Burn.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Jordi Amat replaces Jonjo Shelvey.
Attempt missed. Dimitar Berbatov (Fulham) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Kieran Richardson with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).
Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Chico.
Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).
Scott Parker (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 2, Fulham 0. Chico (Swansea City) header from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Kieran Richardson (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Damien Duff replaces Clint Dempsey.
Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Darren Bent is caught offside.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Maarten Stekelenburg.
Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Attempt missed. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.
Foul by Nathan Dyer (Swansea City).
Kieran Richardson (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Nathan Dyer (Swansea City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Kieran Richardson (Fulham).

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Fulham 0. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.
Foul by Leon Britton (Swansea City).
Darren Bent (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Dyer.

Substitution

Substitution, Fulham. Darren Bent replaces Ashkan Dejagah.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Nathan Dyer replaces Pablo Hernández.
Attempt saved. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dimitar Berbatov.
Attempt saved. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Wilfried Bony.
Attempt missed. Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Ben Davies.
Attempt saved. Chico (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Jonathan De Guzmán with a cross.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.
Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).
Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Second Half

Second Half begins Swansea City 0, Fulham 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Swansea City 0, Fulham 0.
Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Fulham) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ashkan Dejagah with a cross.
Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Gerhard Tremmel.
Attempt saved. Clint Dempsey (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Scott Parker.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Scott Parker.
Attempt saved. Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Wayne Routledge with a cross.
Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Steve Sidwell.
goal

As It Stood

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2Man City2216243850
3Chelsea2215432349
4Liverpool2314452946
5Tottenham221345343
6Everton2311931142
7Man Utd2312471140
8Newcastle231148437
9Southampton23887432
10Swansea236611-424
11Aston Villa226610-724
12Norwich236611-1724
13Hull236512-723
14Crystal Palace237214-1623
15West Brom224108-522
16Stoke225710-1422
17Fulham236116-2819
18West Ham224612-1118
19Sunderland224612-1518
20Cardiff234613-2318
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