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Swansea City 1-0 Norwich City

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Gylfi Sigurdsson has scored six goals in 10 games for Swansea

Swansea City moved nine points clear of the Premier League relegation zone as Norwich slipped further into danger.

Gylfi Sigurdsson's neat finish into the bottom corner was enough to settle a cagey, low quality match.

Nathan Redmond shot wide late on for the visitors but Swansea, whose head coach Francesco Guidolin missed the game through illness, held on to win.

Norwich remain in the relegation zone and are without a win in 10 matches in all competitions.

Alex Neil's side are now one point from safety after Sunderland picked up a draw against Southampton.

Swansea have now secured back-to-back league victories after their shock win over Arsenal on Wednesday.

A lack of quality

Except for a low Cameron Jerome effort from range that was palmed away by Lukasz Fabianski, neither goalkeeper was tested in an uneventful first half.

But Iceland midfielder Sigurdsson opened the game up shortly after the break with a calm finish that gave Swansea what was, in the end, a deserved win.

He was also denied a second goal from a curling free kick late on by John Ruddy's finger-tip save.

Norwich lacked urgency until the closing stages and pressed late on in the game, but Dieumerci Mbokani could not keep a header down and substitute Patrick Bamford saw a low effort saved.

The Canaries remain without an away win since beating Manchester United in December.

Norwich touches 1st half (left) v 2nd half (right)
Norwich managed only three touches in the Swansea box during the first half (left) but they were more of a threat in the second (right) following the introduction of Patrick Bamford

Had you Fer-gotten me?

The second-half introduction of former Norwich midfielder Leroy Fer, signed by Swansea in the January transfer window, gave the hosts a fresh impetus in attack.

It was his square ball that found Sigurdsson in space for the winning goal and, having impressed at the Emirates against Arsenal on Wednesday, he went on to put in a lively performance for the Swans.

Guidolin on the mend

Swansea boss Guidolin picked the team from his hospital bed for a second consecutive game, as he continues to recover from a chest infection.

Coach Alan Curtis, who has taken on first-team duties in his absence, confirmed Guidolin is due to return to work this week and said picking up six points from two games would no doubt aid his recovery.

"I know he's delighted and has sent his best wishes," said Curtis. "He'll probably be relaxing now and it's a huge boost for him.

"He's due to leave hospital on Monday. We won't see him for a couple of days, but I expect him to be at the Bournemouth game next Saturday."

Man of the match: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson
Norwich struggled to keep hold of Gylfi Sigurdsson and he found time and space to score his eighth goal of the season, and only a brilliant save from Ruddy prevented his total becoming nine

The stats you need to know

  • Norwich City are still the only team yet to keep a clean sheet in a Premier League away game this season.
  • The Canaries have kept the joint-fewest clean sheets in the Premier League this season (three, along with Sunderland).
  • Swansea have won two successive Premier League games for the only the second time since May 2015.
  • The Swans have scored in nine of their 10 Premier League games in 2016.

Manager reaction

Swansea coach Alan Curtis: "It was a strange game. The first half was poor from both teams but we upped our game and we got the goal. We were hanging on a bit at the end.

"When it's two teams who need the points it affects it. It was one of the worst games of the season.

"We felt like we had to make changes in the second half and everyone played their part and we're delighted. It gives us breathing space."

Norwich manager Alex Neil: "It was edgy but I don't think there was a team that was clear. You hope you've got the players to make the difference.

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Norwich need to stay positive - Neil

"Swansea opened up in a 10-minute spell and got the goal.

"We need to win games to stay in this league. We've got to stay positive and we've got to believe we can win these remaining games. The other teams may determine out fate."

Up next

Swansea travel to Bournemouth on 12 March, while Norwich host Manchester City at lunchtime on the same day.

Line-ups

Swansea

  • 1Fabianski
  • 22RangelBooked at 90mins
  • 33Fernandez
  • 6Williams
  • 3TaylorBooked at 34mins
  • 24Cork
  • 7BrittonSubstituted forFerat 55'minutes
  • 10A AyewSubstituted forGomisat 82'minutes
  • 23Sigurdsson
  • 15Routledge
  • 9PaloschiSubstituted forBarrowat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Amat
  • 8Fer
  • 13Nordfeldt
  • 18Gomis
  • 20Montero
  • 26Naughton
  • 58Barrow

Norwich

  • 1Ruddy
  • 25Pinto
  • 5MartinBooked at 50mins
  • 17Klose
  • 12BradyBooked at 17minsSubstituted forBennettat 27'minutesBooked at 46mins
  • 28O'NeilBooked at 57mins
  • 8Howson
  • 22Redmond
  • 14Hoolahan
  • 7NaismithSubstituted forBamfordat 64'minutes
  • 10JeromeBooked at 13minsSubstituted forMbokaniat 64'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Mbokani
  • 11Bamford
  • 13Rudd
  • 16Jarvis
  • 18Dorrans
  • 21Mulumbu
  • 24Bennett
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
20,929

Match Stats

Home TeamSwanseaAway TeamNorwich
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away0
Fouls
Home14
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Swansea City 1, Norwich City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Swansea City 1, Norwich City 0.

Booking

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

Foul by Angel Rangel (Swansea City).

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

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

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Foul by Bafétimbi Gomis (Swansea City).

Timm Klose (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Patrick Bamford (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross.

Attempt saved. Patrick Bamford (Norwich City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Foul by Federico Fernández (Swansea City).

Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan.

Attempt blocked. Patrick Bamford (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Redmond with a cross.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by John Ruddy.

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

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

Foul by Ryan Bennett (Norwich City).

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

Foul by Nathan Redmond (Norwich City).

Offside, Swansea City. Modou Barrow tries a through ball, but Wayne Routledge is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Swansea City. Bafétimbi Gomis replaces André Ayew.

Attempt missed. Dieumerci Mbokani (Norwich City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Wes Hoolahan with a cross.

Foul by Leroy Fer (Swansea City).

Nathan Redmond (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

Foul by Ivo Pinto (Norwich City).

Foul by Jack Cork (Swansea City).

Jonny Howson (Norwich City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

Attempt saved. Wayne Routledge (Swansea City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ashley Williams.

Offside, Norwich City. John Ruddy tries a through ball, but Patrick Bamford is caught offside.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Ryan Bennett.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Dieumerci Mbokani replaces Cameron Jerome.

Substitution

Substitution, Norwich City. Patrick Bamford replaces Steven Naismith.

Corner, Swansea City. Conceded by Timm Klose.

Goal!

Goal! Swansea City 1, Norwich City 0. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leroy Fer.

Attempt missed. André Ayew (Swansea City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Modou Barrow.

goal

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4Man City28155852312150
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6Man Utd28138737261147
7Stoke29127103134-343
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11Everton28911851391238
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14Bournemouth2998123545-1035
15Crystal Palace2896133137-633
16Swansea2989122837-933
17Sunderland2967163554-1925
18Norwich2966173154-2324
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