Swansea City 3-0 Norwich City

Jonathan de Guzman

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.

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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Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Vorm
  • 22RangelBooked at 62mins
  • 33Davies
  • 8Shelvey
  • 4Chico
  • 6Williams
  • 20De GuzmánSubstituted forDyerat 77'minutes
  • 7Britton
  • 10BonySubstituted forAlvaroat 88'minutes
  • 9MichuSubstituted forHernándezat 73'minutes
  • 15Routledge

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 3Taylor
  • 11Hernández
  • 12Dyer
  • 21Cañas
  • 25Tremmel
  • 26Alvaro

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 2Martin
  • 23Olsson
  • 8HowsonSubstituted forJohnsonat 45'minutesBooked at 57mins
  • 24Bennett
  • 5Bassong
  • 7Snodgrass
  • 27TetteyBooked at 59mins
  • 9van WolfswinkelSubstituted forHooperat 73'minutes
  • 16Elmander
  • 14HoolahanSubstituted forGutiérrezat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Whittaker
  • 4Johnson
  • 11Hooper
  • 13Bunn
  • 15Gutiérrez
  • 19Becchio
  • 22Redmond
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
20,371

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home16
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home15
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 3, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

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

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

Foul by Robert Snodgrass (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Gary Hooper (Norwich City).

Foul by Pablo Hernández (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Álvaro Vázquez replaces Wilfried Bony.

Foul by Ben Davies (Swansea City).

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

Foul by Chico (Swansea City).

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

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

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Sebastien Bassong.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

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

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.

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

Foul by Wilfried Bony (Swansea City).

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

Substitution

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

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Pablo Hernández replaces Michu.

Substitution

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

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.

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

Foul by Bradley Johnson (Norwich City).

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

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Foul by Jonathan De Guzmán (Swansea City).

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

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

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.

Foul by Jonjo Shelvey (Swansea City).

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

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.

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

Corner, Norwich City. Conceded by Chico.

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

goal

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